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Driverless cars are going to disrupt the airline industry

As driverless cars become more capable and more common, they will change people’s travel habits not only around their own communities but across much larger distances. Our research has revealed just how much people’s travel preferences could shift, and found a new potential challenge to the airline industry

A user’s guide to self-driving cars

A controversy had Tesla at the centre of the debate in 2016, when it announced it would release self-driving capabilities over-the-air to their vehicles. Similar to what happened with Mercedes-Benz, the company was criticized for misleading advertising and “overstating the autonomy of its vehicles.”

What if autonomous vehicles actually make us more dependent on cars?

Cities across Europe are taking steps to become increasingly car free. London Mayor Sadiq Khan is aiming for 80% of all trips to be made on foot, by cycle or using public transport by 2041, while Copenhagen authorities are aiming for three quarters of all trips to be made in these ways by 2025. Policymakers in Paris want to halve the number of private cars in the city centre, and Madrid will ban a...[Read More]

Why Silicon Valley wants you to text and drive

As self-driving cars come closer to being common on American roads, much of the rhetoric promoting them has to do with safety. About 40,000 people die on U.S. roads every year, and driver errors are linked to more than 90 percent of crashes. But many of the biggest advocates of autonomous vehicles aren’t car companies looking to improve the safety of their existing products. Huge backing for self-...[Read More]

Self-driving cars are coming – but are we ready?

It’s been 60 years since the cover of Popular Mechanics magazine gave us the promise of flying cars. But our personal mobility options remain, today and for the foreseeable future, earthbound. Will the promise of self-driving cars be as elusive? In short, no. The dream of taking a road trip in which we pay more attention to a new book or movie than we do to the driving task is well within reach. S...[Read More]

Why are the tech giants struggling to build their own driverless cars?

We may have just seen a major player in the drive towards autonomous cars apply screeching brakes. Apple has reportedly abandoned its plans to build its own self-driving electric vehicle and is instead going to focus on the underlying autonomous software. A similar initiative to produce a fully autonomous car by Google also appeared to run out of steam. Building self-driving cars clearly poses a c...[Read More]

Driverless cars need to hit the road come rain, wind or shine

Would you rather a robot car that can drive you anywhere and at anytime, or a car that throws in the towel as soon as a storm hits or one that flat out refuses to take you anywhere at night? No other challenge is bigger for the many Fortune 500 companies and start-ups battling to gain an edge in the self-driving car domain than developing an all-weather driverless car. The billions of dollars inve...[Read More]

Light Start – Robotic falconry, GoPro sales, Sony smartbulb, and Musk on Apple’s cars

How to remove a drone from your airspace – without using a shotgun Tokyo might be chasing down drones with nets but the boffins at the Michigan Tech Human-Interactive Robotics Lab have a much more American solution to snaring an offending drone from the skies. It’s still a net but this one is fired from the drone rather than hanging from the bottom of it. Less chance of snagging that w...[Read More]

Nissan: We’re on track for self-driving cars by 2020

Nissan believes it will have self-driving cars on the road as early as 2020. CEO Carlos Ghosn made the lofty pledge in a speech to the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan – though he also admitted that the technology isn’t currently where it needs to be. And Nissan wants to get there first, even if other carmakers and Google are also in the race. The Japanese carmaker isn’t keen on en...[Read More]

Google’s self-driving cars – How do they work?

Google’s self-driving cars have been undergoing extensive testing for the day when they’re eventually unleashed on the roads of the world. The next hurdle for the company is making sure that a vehicle is able to navigate a city street, a place that is prone to unpredictability at the best of times, without causing or participating in an accident. Google has, in a blog post, outlined ho...[Read More]

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