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Uber to collaborate with CMU on robocars

Uber announced a strategic partnership with CMU yesterday, including a robocar lab in Pittsburg, and rumours reported in TechCrunch suggest Uber could be hiring up to 50 CMU folks to staff it....
03 February 2015, by

UMich team works on perception and localization using cameras

Some new results from the NGV Team at the University of Michigan describe different approaches for perception (detecting obstacles on the road) and localizations (figuring out precisely where you are)...
27 January 2015, by

Might the first, supervised robocars be… well… boring?

Let me confess a secret fear. I suspect that the first “autopilot” functions on cars are going to be a bit boring....
23 January 2015, by

Robocar parking

In my earlier article on robocar challenges I gave very brief coverage to the issue of parking. Challenged on that, I thought it was time to expand. The world “parking” means many things, and the ...
19 January 2015, by

Detroit Auto Show and more robocar news

Robocar news continues after CES with announcements from the Detroit Auto Show (and a tiny amount from the TRB meeting.) Google doesn’t talk a lot about their car, so the address by Chris Urmson at...
19 January 2015, by

CES 2015: The ‘amazing’ autonomous Mercedes

The unveiling of the long sleek Mercedes Benz F 015 at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES 2015) in Las Vegas was quite something. It was amazing. Mercedes told us that they have been developing autonom...
12 January 2015, by



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Robocars at CES: BMW

Day 3 at CES started with a visit to BMW’s demo. They were mostly test driving new cars like the i3 and M series cars, but for a demo, they made the i3 deliver itself along a planned corridor. It wa...
09 January 2015, by

Robocars at CES: Supervised traffic jam assist

After a short day looking at robocars at CES, a more full day was full of the usual equipment — cameras, TVs, audio and the like and visits to several car booths....
08 January 2015, by

Robocars at CES: Mercedes concept

There is reasonable volume of robocar related stuff to see here at CES. I just had a few hours today, and went to see the much touted Mercedes F105 “Luxury in Motion.” This is a concept, and no...
07 January 2015, by

Uber’s legal battles and robocars

Uber is spreading fast, and running into protests from the industries it threatens, and in many places, the law has responded and banned, fined or restricted the service. I’m curious [tweetquote]wha...
26 December 2014, by

Future driving: Business models for robocars

When I talk about robocars, I often get quite opposite reactions: Americans, in particular, will never give up car ownership! You can pry the bent steering wheel from my cold, dead hands. I can...
11 December 2014, by
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Mobility Transformation Facility, with Edwin Olson

NEW: Full transcript below. In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks with Edwin Olson, an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, about the University’s 32-acre testing environment for auton...
28 November 2014, by

Your car may be programmed to kill you — and 9 more fun facts about self-driving vehicles | Yahoo Tech

The most famous driverless cars in the world belong to Google. Since 2009, its experiments have clocked more than 750,000 miles on California roads with neither a driver nor an accident. But Google’...
10 November 2014, by

SMART begins live public robocar tests in Singapore today

Robocar R&D is moving fast in Singapore, and this week, the National University of Singapore (NUS) announced they will be doing a live public demo of their autonomous golf carts over a course wi...
23 October 2014, by

Move over, humans, the robocars are coming | Washington Post

My prediction is that in fewer than 15 years, we will be debating whether human beings should be allowed to drive on highways. After all, we are prone to road rage; rush headlong into traffic jams; b...
14 October 2014, by

Self-driving car test sites

Swarm communication and urban city driving are integral to the safe deployment of self-driving cars. Mercedes-Benz and a joint Michigan-based consortium are setting up secure test sites in California ...
08 October 2014, by

Live webstream: Risks and opportunities for the auto re/insurance industry

Today between 08:30-17:00 CET This live webstream by the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue brings together a comprehensive spectrum of perspectives and expertise on advanced driver assistance syste...
24 September 2014, by

Rain on Google’s self-driving car parade

Auto World News reminds us that Google's self-driving car can't navigate heavy rain or most roads and that there are still many challenges to solve....
02 September 2014, by

The two cultures of robocars

I have many more comments pending on my observations from the recent AUVSI/TRB Automated Vehicles Symposium, but for today I would like to put forward an observation I made about two broad schools of ...

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

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

Who gets a ticket when there’s no one behind the wheel? | Marketplace

Bryant Walker Smith, fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, discusses the new legal issues presented by having cars with no drivers. See more: Marketplace...
28 August 2013, by

Tune your engine: Driverless car technology | Radio New Zealand

Bryant Walker Smith, a fellow at Stanford Centers for Automotive Research and Internet and Society, looks at developments in driverless car technology. Originally aired on:  Radio New Ze...
29 July 2013, by

States develop legislation for driverless cars | USA Today

In California, Nevada, Florida and the District of Columbia, the future of transportation is now: All four jurisdictions are setting ground rules for self-driving cars on the roads. Read more...
29 July 2013, by

What driverless car entrepreneurs can learn from the aviation industry | Australian Broadcasting Company

The former vice-president of research and development for General Motors is a champion of the ‘driverless car’. He sees a time when traffic in our cities will swarm like insects, with cars communi...
16 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

Smart vehicles are here: Can government keep pace? | NY Times Energy for Tomorrow Conference

The pressures are building for safer and smarter vehicles on our roads, raising questions about the national, state and local policies that will emerge. Several states are already early adopters of le...
29 April 2013, by

Why driverless cars are ‘probably’ legal | The Atlantic Cities

The biggest roadblock facing a driverless world isn't necessarily technology, but legality. The question of who would be liable in the event of an accident — the human "driver," the car's owner, the...
01 April 2013, by

Who’s liable when a driverless car crashes? | NPR

It's absolutely the case that after the first accident involving an automated vehicle, there will be an automated ambulance chaser following. - Robert Hartwig, president of the Insurance Informati...
12 March 2013, by







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