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Source: Uber
Source: Uber

Uber is testing its self-proclaimed “self-driving” vehicles on California roads without complying with the testing requirements of California’s automated driving law. California’s Department of Motor Vehicles says that Uber is breaking that law; Uber says it’s not. The DMV is correct.

Brad Templeton discusses Waymo and why it is an important move away from being a unit of a mega-company like Google or Alphabet.

by   -   January 22, 2016

Perhaps the biggest upcoming robotics-driven economic and social change will be the arrival of fully autonomous (self-driving) vehicles. Imagine a world full of self driving cars, planes and boats — the benefits will range from life-saving and cost reduction to greater mobility options for people of all ages.

Every year cars get a little better, but we’re in for a period of about 5 years in electric cars where each year’s new model is a lot better, and that’s trouble for people trying to sell them. To top it off, in a few years robocar features will start getting more serious (starting with the first no-supervision traffic jam assist), and so other parts of the car will also be on the Moore’s Law curve. How might a taxi model for robocars mitigate this?

NHTSA, the federal car safety agency, has been talking about getting into the robocar game for a while, and now declares it wants more involvement.

While many people view technology or regulation as the biggest obstacles to robocar deployment, it could be that the bigger obstacle is that we have yet to determine what our safety goals are for autonomous cars, and also how to test these vehicles so that we can know when these goals have been met.

by   -   January 13, 2016

I’m back from CES 2016 with a raft of robocar news. Almost everybody in the robocar space had something to say — even if it was only to have something to say!

by   -   January 12, 2016

In the spirit of the New Year, and especially in the wake of California’s draft rules for the (theoretical) operation of automated motor vehicles, I offer two resolutions for any serious developer of an automated driving (or flying) system.

by   -   December 30, 2015

The-ethical-dilemma-of-self-driving-cars---Patrick-Lin---YouTube

Self-driving cars are already cruising the streets today. And while these cars will ultimately be safer and cleaner than their manual counterparts, they can’t completely avoid accidents altogether. How should the car be programmed if it encounters an unavoidable accident? Patrick Lin navigates the murky ethics of self-driving cars in this TED-Ed lecture.

Be careful what you wish for. Google had previously requested that state regulations on robocars be clarified, to help ensure that their driverless cars were legal. When California’s DMV finally released its proposed regulations yesterday, Google found them quite upsetting. The state’s draft operating rules effectively forbid Google’s current plan, making it illegal to operate a vehicle without a licensed and specially certified driver on board.

Google_Tesla_robocar_In the buzz over the Tesla autopilot update, a lot of commentary has appeared comparing this Autopilot with Google’s car effort and other efforts and what I would call a “real” robocar — one that can operate unmanned or with a passenger who is not paying attention to the road. We’ve seen claims that “Tesla has beaten Google to the punch,” but while the Tesla release is a worthwhile step forward, the two should not be confused as all that similar.

by   -   October 16, 2015

Though it’s been anticipated for a few months now, Tesla announced yesterday the release of their highway cruise update for Model S cars from the last year.

by   -   October 15, 2015

If you follow technology news — or even if you don’t — you have probably heard that numerous companies have been trying to develop driverless cars for a decade or more. These fully automated vehicles could potentially be safer than regular cars, and might add various efficiencies to our roads, like smoother-flowing traffic. Or so it is often claimed. But the promise of artificial intelligence, advanced sensors, and self-driving cars could be achieved without full autonomy, argue scholars with deep expertise in automation and technology — including David Mindell, an MIT professor and author of a new book on the subject.

Google restructured itself and put the car project in the new Alphabet Holding company, hiring car industry veteran John Krafcik to lead the project.

Future models of the robocar will be incredibly cheap. Particularly the “city cars” that never go on the highway and only carry one or two people.



Disney Robotics
September 17, 2017


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