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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.”

Driving autonomous cars off the beaten path

Autonomous vehicles can follow the general rules of American roads, recognizing traffic signals and lane markings, noticing crosswalks and other regular features of the streets. But they work only on well-marked roads that are carefully scanned and mapped in advance. Many paved roads, though, have faded paint, signs obscured behind trees and unusual intersections. In addition, 1.4 million miles of...[Read More]

Move over autonomous cars — BMW’s made a self-driving motorcycle

We’ve seen a fair number of self-driving cars in our time but a self-driving motorcycle? That’s a new one, but it’s one that BMW has gone and created. BMW Motorrad has been working on an autonomous motorcycle for the past two years, a secretive project that has borne enough fruit for them to finally be able to show it off. The result? A motorbike that can start itself up, take of...[Read More]

Even self-driving cars need driver education

What do self-driving cars and teenage drivers have in common? Experience. Or, more accurately, a lack of experience. Teenage drivers – novice drivers of any age, actually – begin with little knowledge of how to actually operate a car’s controls, and how to handle various quirks of the rules of the road. Their first step in learning typically consists of fundamental instruction conveyed by a teache...[Read More]

Silicon Valley is winning the race to build the first driverless cars

Henry Ford didn’t invent the motor car. The late 1800s saw a flurry of innovation by hundreds of companies battling to deliver on the promise of fast, efficient and reasonably-priced mechanical transportation. Ford later came to dominate the industry thanks to the development of the moving assembly line. Today the sector is poised for another breakthrough with the advent of cars that drive themsel...[Read More]

What kinds of skills will our children need to get ahead in our new world of autonomous driving?

Will my eight-month-old son ever learn to drive a car? Or touch type? Watching him learn to crawl, having mastered sitting, is just the beginning of his discovering how to get around in the world. But in about 15 years’ time, when he needs to start driving himself, will that kind of skill even be necessary? The world is changing at a phenomenal rate, with exponential shifts in new technology...[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]

Redefining ‘safety’ for self-driving cars

In early November, a self-driving shuttle and a delivery truck collided in Las Vegas. The event, in which no one was injured and no property was seriously damaged, attracted media and public attention in part because one of the vehicles was driving itself – and because that shuttle had been operating for only less than an hour before the crash. It’s not the first collision involving a self-driving...[Read More]

Pizza delivery by robot cars has arrived with big questions

People in Ann Arbor, Mich., are experiencing home food-delivery without a driver. Domino’s Pizza and Ford have paired up in a pilot project that will look at how humans interact with driverless food-delivery cars. Ann Arbor is home to thousands of students, an age group not likely to view this new technology with suspicion. But it could turn into a fascinating social experiment for the food indust...[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]

Self-driving cars must learn trust and cooperation

Self-driving vehicles will not only need to “see” the world, they’ll need to communicate and work together. Cars will rely on cameras, sensors and artificial intelligence (AI) to recognise and respond to road and traffic conditions, but sensing is most effective for objects and movement in the immediate vicinity of the vehicle. Not everything important in a car’s environment will be caught by the ...[Read More]

Helping autonomous vehicles and humans share the road

A common fantasy for transportation enthusiasts and technology optimists is for self-driving cars and trucks to form the basis of a safe, streamlined, almost choreographed dance. In this dream, every vehicle – and cyclist and pedestrian – proceeds unimpeded on any route, as the rest of the traffic skillfully avoids collisions and even eliminates stop-and-go traffic. It’s a lot like the synchronize...[Read More]

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