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by   -   May 18, 2016

While trucks are big, and thus, riskier to automate, they are also risky for humans to drive. Even though truck drivers are professionals who drive all day, there are still around 4,000 killed every year in the USA in truck accidents. More than half of those are truck drivers, but a large number of ordinary road users are also killed. Done well, self-driving trucks will reduce this number. Just as with cars, companies will not release the systems until they believe they can match and beat the safety record of human drivers.

by   -   May 11, 2016

What are the challenges facing existing automakers in the world of robocars?

by   -   April 27, 2016

CampFromAboveYou are faced with a few thousand hectares of rainforest that you know harbours one or more orangutans that you need to track down. Where, how, and why do you start looking?

by   -   April 20, 2016

To design a gendered robot is a deception. Robots cannot have a gender in any meaningful sense. To impose a gender on a robot, either by design of its outward appearance, or programming some gender stereotypical behaviour, cannot be for reasons other than deception - to make humans believe that the robot has gender, or gender specific characteristics.

by   -   April 19, 2016

A reddit user posted a short video of a lucky driver in Japan who was able to turn his car around just in time to escape the torrent of the tsunami. The question was asked: how would a robocar deal with this?

by   -   April 15, 2016

Over the past several years, neural network systems have gotten better than humans at things such as recognizing street signs in camera images, or identifying cancers in medical scans. These networks are also having an effect in robocar development by using vision systems for robotics and driving.

by   -   April 12, 2016

regulation_google-buggy_car_autonomous_robocar-(1)Sooner or later there will be fatal accident caused by a driverless car. It’s not a question of if, but when. What happens immediately following that accident could have a profound effect on the nascent driverless car industry.

by   -   April 7, 2016
What are you thinking? Robots and humans working together need to understand – and even trust – each other. NASA Johnson/flickr
What are you thinking? Robots and humans working together need to understand – and even trust – each other. NASA Johnson/flickr

If we are serious about long-term human presence in space, such as manned bases on the moon or Mars, we must figure out how to streamline human-robot interactions.

by   -   March 24, 2016

Cheap robotaxi service under 50 cents/mile will make personal car transportation economically accessible. If the calculated cost drops to 30 cents/mile, or even 10 cents/mile in poorer economies, there's potential for vast accessible to billions of new people. The market may already be saturated in the United States, which has vast car ownership, but the global average is about 15%. The car industry is facing a boom not a bust, from this technology.

by   -   March 17, 2016

The British Science Association (BSA) conducted a survey to see how the public thought robotics and artificial intelligence will affect society and culture. The online survey, which had over 2,000 responses, shows there hasn't been much increase in positive attitudes towards robotics. However, there has been a slight increase in anxiety about robots displacing humans in the workforce.

by   -   March 12, 2016

Many mass transit systems shut down at night, especially in places like the US. Demand is low, and that creates a big burden for the 'night people' of the world, who are left with taxis and occasional carpooling, or more limited night bus service. Should transit agencies make a deal with companies like Uber to operate their carpool services?

by   -   March 4, 2016

google-buggy_car_autonomous_robocarReports released reveal that one of Google’s Gen-2 vehicles (the Lexus) has a fender-bender (with a bus) with some responsibility assigned to the system. This is the first crash of this type — all other impacts have been reported as fairly clearly the fault of the other driver.

by   -   March 2, 2016

Is it possible to build a moral machine: a robot capable of choosing or moderating its actions on the basis of ethical rules? Three years ago, I thought the idea impossible. Since then I have changed my mind and developed and experimentally tested an ethical robot.

by ,   -   February 23, 2016

PresidentReport

For the first time, robotics was featured in the annual Economic Report of the President. The hefty 435 page report from the President and the Council of Economic Advisors was released to Congress on Feb 2016. This shows the increasing importance of robotics in world economic strategy.

by   -   February 9, 2016
Underpass in city. Photo credit: Brad Templeton
Underpass in city. Photo credit: Brad Templeton

I recently read a report of a plan for a new type of intersection being developed in Malaysia and I felt it had some interesting applications for robocars.





TechBridgeWorld
September 18, 2015


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