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The car in your driveway may be more autonomous than you think

[Jaguar XF, ESC test by EuroNCAP - photo: EuroNCAP ] Did you know that the majority of the cars we buy and drive today are able to act by themselves and maneuver themselves out of an accident? They...
11 June 2014, by

Reader poll: If a death by an autonomous car is unavoidable, who should die?

Image source: Karora via Wikipedia. There may be times when an accident or a death is unavoidable while an autonomous car is controlling the wheel. What should an autonomous car do when such ...
10 June 2014, by

Should autonomous cars be allowed to speed? Results from our reader poll

Our previous poll, which asked (among other questions) whether kids should be allowed to ride in autonomous vehicles by themselves, revealed that responsibility is a key issue for most people. Are we ...
09 June 2014, by

How do self-driving cars work?

Nissan’s autonomous car prototype - 2013, photo:Nissan Global Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, recently announced that the car manufacturer will produce self-driving cars within three years. Nissan has announ...
03 June 2014, by

Pure autonomy: Google’s new purpose-built self driving car

Google completed a major step in its long and extensive self-driving cars project by presenting its first purpose-built autonomous car, which is designed from scratch for its role and is not a modifie...
28 May 2014, by

Reader Poll: Should autonomous cars be allowed to speed?

We conducted two polls last month in collaboration with the Open Roboethics initiative to get a sense of what people think about autonomous cars. Our polls started some interesting discussions arou...


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Kids with wheels: Should the unlicensed be allowed to ‘drive’ autonomous cars?

Share your opinion and take our next reader poll: Should autonomous cars be allowed to speed?Reader poll results: Earlier this month, when we asked people about your general thoughts on autonomous c...

The autonomous driving r/evolution: Call to contribute to Robohub Focus

While a city full of autonomous taxis may seem part of a distant future, sophisticated driver-assistance systems such as ABS, cruise-control, lane-keeping and self-parking are already a reality in t...
21 May 2014, by

Reader poll: Should the unlicensed be allowed to ‘drive’ an autonomous car?

Image from Wikimedia Commons Two weeks ago we published our first reader poll in collaboration with the Open Roboethics initiative in order to find out more about what people think about autono...

What do people think about autonomous cars? Results from our reader poll

What do people think are the main advantages of owning an autonomous car? Do people think autonomous cars should be easily identifiable? How much money are people willing to pay for an autonomous car ...

Reader poll: What do you think about autonomous cars?

Today we drive our cars. In the future they’ll do the driving. Autonomous cars are no longer a far-off futuristic dream, but something that we can expect to see on the road within the next dec...
29 April 2014, by

Transportation 2025 and beyond: Discussion with Rodney Slater

In this discussion moderated by Stanford's Bryant Walker Smith, the Honorable Rodney Slater talks about the opportunities, challenges and best pathways for successful transportation innovation and pol...
09 April 2014, by

The practical path to driverless cars | The Atlantic Cities

"Google has a lot of data from its fleet," says Bryant Walker Smith, resident fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, who's written about the legality of autonomous cars....
01 April 2014, by

SAE defines six levels of driving automation

Photo:  Osvaldo Gago SAE International's On-Road Automated Vehicle Standards Committee, on which I serve along with experts from industry and government, has released an information report defini...
07 February 2014, by

Human error as a cause of vehicle crashes

  Source: Wonderlane. Some ninety percent of motor vehicle crashes are caused at least in part by human error. This intuitive claim is a fine place to start discussions about the safety potenti...
07 February 2014, by

Six questions states need to ask about self-driving cars | Governing

A growing number of states are taking up legislation that addresses self-driving vehicles in an effort to make it easier for researchers to explore the technology. But most of the legislation deals...
13 August 2013, by

The ethics of saving lives with autonomous cars are far murkier than you think | Wired

  If you don’t listen to Google’s robot car, it will yell at you. I’m not kidding: I learned that on my test-drive at a Stanford conference on vehicle automation a couple weeks ago. The ...
30 July 2013, by

Under pressure, Google may slow rollout of driverless car technology

Google is under pressure from people inside and outside the company to crimp some features until society gets more used to automated cars.   Read more: Steve Rosenbush, Wall Street...
22 July 2013, by

Disruptions: How driverless cars could reshape cities | New York Times

By now, seeing one of Google’s experimental, driverless cars zipping down Silicon Valley’s Highway 101, or parking itself on a San Francisco street, is not all that unusual. Indeed, as automakers...
17 July 2013, by

Roadmap for driverless cars: Five highlights | The Wall Street Journal

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Thursday came out with a road map for navigating the future of self-driving cars. Bryant Walker Smith, a lecturer at Stanford Law School who st...
04 June 2013, by

Google’s driverless future: Will self-piloting vehicles rob us of our privacy and autonomy? | Reason.com

“Our cars have sensors with which they magically can see everything around them,” Google engineer Sebastian Thrun exclaimed in a 2011 TED talk. And yet no one ran out of the room screaming. That...
14 May 2013, by

Correcting misconceptions about autonomous vehicles | Openmarket.org

In the June issue of Reason, one of my favorite publications, Greg Beato has an article discussing the public policy implications of autonomous vehicles, such as Google’s Self-Driving Car. While ...
10 May 2013, by

Nissan NSC-2015 drives and parks automatically in a shopping mall car park

This autonomous driving system, developed by Nissan, can automatically drive and park your car in a shopping center parking lot. The EV used in this demo, the NSC-2015, contains technology for reco...
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