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Should Tesla disable your Autopilot if you’re not diligent? Plus, a survey of robocar validation

In this article, Brad Templeton provides a rundown of different approaches for validation of self-driving and driver assist systems, a recommendation to Tesla and others to have countermeasures to det...

Designing simple, cheap cars of the future

What does that car of the future look like? There is no one answer; in this world, the car that is sent to pick you up can be tailored for your trip. The more people traveling, the bigger the car. If ...

Letting policymakers handle the trolley problem

When I give talks on robocars the most common question asked is the one known as the “trolley problem” question. That is: “what will the car do if it has to choose between killing one person or ...

How much can customers test robocars?

Reports from Tesla suggest they are gathering massive amounts of driving data from logs in their cars — 780 million miles of driving, and as much as 100 million miles in autopilot mode. This contras...

An alternative to specific regulations for robocars: A liability doubling

Can our emotional fear of machines, and the call for premature regulation, be mollified by a temporary increase in liability which takes the place of specific regulations to keep people safe? So fa...

Robocar news around the globe: Tesla crash, Declaration of Amsterdam, and automaker services

We have the first report of a real Tesla autopilot crash. To be fair to Tesla, their owner warnings specify very clearly that the autopilot could crash in just this situation. In the video, there is ...



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Self-driving trucks are coming — what will that mean?

Today sees the un-stealthing of a new company called Otto which plans to build self-driving systems for long haul trucks. The company has been formed by a skilled team, including former members of Goo...

The coming nightmare for the car industry

I have often written on the challenge facing existing automakers in the world of robocars. They need to learn to completely switch their way of thinking in a world of mobility on demand, and not all o...

Google develops a Chrysler minivan

If you had asked me recently what big car company was the furthest behind when it came to robocars, one likely answer would be Fiat-Chrysler. In fact, famously, Chrysler ran ads several years ago duri...

What to expect from autonomous cars

Over 25,700 people died in car crashes in the European Union in 2014, and 200,000 came home with life-changing injuries....
21 April 2016, by

Self-driving cars, meet rubber duckies

MIT has offered courses on everything from pirate training to “street-fighting math,” but a new robotics class is truly one for the birds....
21 April 2016, by

GM’s purchase of Cruise fuels interest in self-driving car kits

Most car companies are remaking themselves into tech startups as they move toward offering fully autonomous self-driving vehicles. Yet thousands of tractors already use self-driving kits as ...
19 April 2016, by

How would a robocar handle an oncoming tsunami?

Recently, 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....
19 April 2016, by

comma.ai’s neural network car and new technology in robocars

Perhaps the world’s most exciting new technology today are deep neural networks, in particular convolutional neural networks, such as “Deep Learning.” These networks are conquering some of the...
15 April 2016, by

Autonomous truck platoons travel across Europe

A dozen trucks arrived in Rotterdam after traveling across Europe in the European Truck Platooning Challenge. Six different truck makers participated: Scania, Daimler, Volvo, IVECO, MAN and DAF....
14 April 2016, by

Robust and transparent governance is key to building trust in driverless cars

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 nasce...
12 April 2016, by

Startup bringing driverless taxi service to Singapore

An exciting “driverless race” is underway among tech giants the United States: In recent months, Google, Uber, and Tesla have made headlines for developing self-driving taxis for big cities....
27 March 2016, by

Calculating why we should make a lot more robocars

I frequently read that people claim one effect of robocars will be car share (when they work as taxis) and fewer cars being made (because most cars stay idle 95% of the time) — which is good news ...
24 March 2016, by

Robotics has its first unicorn – small SF startup Cruise Automation

Forget about Google and Boston Dynamics. This week the real news is that GM acquired small San Francisco based startup Cruise Automation for the rumored sum of more than $1B US, according to Fortune....
18 March 2016, by

Replacing public transit at night for Uber and Lyft

I have a big article forthcoming on the future of public transit. I believe that with the robocar (and van) it moves from being scheduled, route-based mass transit to on-demand, ad-hoc route medium an...
12 March 2016, by

Why Google’s crash is a good thing

Reports 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...
04 March 2016, by

NHTSA redefines “driver” of self-driving car

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) took an important step towards interpreting safety standards in ways that could make self-driving cars a reality for the public: it said that...
13 February 2016, by

The inevitability of the global march toward self-driving vehicles

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 ...
22 January 2016, by

Could robotaxis be the answer to electric car depreciation?

I’ve been electric car shopping, but one thing has stood out as a big concern. Many electric cars are depreciating fast, and it may get even faster. I think part of this is due to the fact that elec...
21 January 2016, by

US feds propose $4B investment in robocars, seek unified regulatory policy

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 with two important details: Unlike California, th...
18 January 2016, by

Google’s detailed intervention rates reveal the real unsolved problem of robocars

Hot on the heels of my CES Report is the release of the latest article from Chris Urmson on The View from the Front Seat of the Google Car. Chris heads engineering on the project (and until recently l...
15 January 2016, by

Two New Year’s resolutions for developers of automated vehicles

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 ...
12 January 2016, by

Robocar news roundup: Lyft and GM, Sidecar, the nature of competition, and CES

Lyft announced a $500M investment from GM with $500M more, pushing them to a $5.4B valuation, which huge but also just a tenth of Uber's. This was combined with talk of a push to robocars: GM will p...
04 January 2016, by

The ethical dilemma of self-driving cars

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. ...
30 December 2015, by

California’s new DMV regulations may kill the state’s robocar lead

Be careful what you wish for. Google had previously requested that state regulations on robocars be clarified, to help ensure that their cars were legal. When California's DMV finally released its pr...
18 December 2015, by







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