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Can we test robocars the way we tested regular cars?

I’ve written a few times that perhaps the biggest unsolved problem in robocars is how to know we have made them safe enough. While most people think of that in terms of government certification, the...

VENTURER driverless car project publishes results of first trials

VENTURER is the first Connected and Autonomous Vehicle project to start in the UK. The results of VENTURER preliminary trials show that the handover process is a safety critical issue in the developme...
05 June 2017, by

SoftBank invests $5 billion into Didi Chuxing and $4 billion more in Nvidia

SoftBank, the giant telecom company, is venturing out into the world of robotics and transportation services. DealStreet Asia said that SoftBank is trying to transform itself into the 'Berkshire Hatha...
24 May 2017, by

LIDAR vs RADAR: A detailed comparison

I was recently asked about the differences between RADAR and LIDAR. I gave the generic answer about LIDAR having higher resolution and accuracy than RADAR. And RADAR having a longer range and performi...
09 May 2017, by

Dr Nathan Griffiths: Driverless cars? How the road to the future will be driven by machine learning

Over the past few weeks, we’ve blogged about how machine learning is transforming research, nuclear decommissioning, and astronomy. Building on our “Ask the Experts” panel discussion on driverle...
01 May 2017, by and

Looking ahead to the future of computer-driven cars

The field of transportation is undergoing a seismic shift with the introduction of autonomous driving — or computer-driven cars. Computer vision scientist and Mobileye co-founder Amnon Shashua PhD ...
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Choreographing automated cars could save time, money and lives

If you take humans out of the driving seat, could traffic jams, accidents and high fuel bills become a thing of the past? As cars become more automated and connected, attention is turning to how to be...
15 March 2017, by

Split-second decisions: Navigating the fine line between man and machine

Today’s self-driving car isn’t exactly autonomous – the driver has to be able to take over in a pinch, and therein lies the roadblock researchers are trying to overcome. Automated cars are hurtl...
13 March 2017, by

By 2030, will traffic jams be a thing of the past?

Imagine a future where self-driving cars, trains and buses are all seamlessly connected through an app, where traffic jams are a thing of the past and redundant car parks have been turned into green s...
03 March 2017, by

Uber talks of deal with Daimler which shows Uber’s great advantage

I generally pay very little attention when companies issue a press release about an “alliance.” It’s usually not a lot more than a press release, unless there are details on what will actually b...
10 February 2017, by

No, a Tesla didn’t predict an accident and brake for it

You may have seen a lot of press around a dashcam video of a car accident in the Netherlands. It shows a Tesla in AutoPilot hitting the brakes around 1.4 seconds before a red car crashes hard into a b...
11 January 2017, by

CES 2017 pre-news: Ford Fusion, Nvidia, MobilEye, HERE, BMW, Intel and other partnerships

Thursday night, and I am heading off to CES, and it’s become the main show it seems for announcing robocar news. There’s already a bunch....
05 January 2017, by

What are the right disability rules for robotaxis?

Robocars are broadly going to be a huge boon for many people with disabilities, especially disabilities that make it difficult to drive or those that make it hard to get in and out of vehicles. Exist...
26 December 2016, by
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Sensors for Autonomous Driving, with Christoph Stiller

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Christoph Stiller from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Stiller speaks about the sensors required for various level of autonomous driving, as well as the...
20 February 2015, by

Automated Driving Fail

Robot 'advances' in Automated Driving....
06 February 2015, by

Cars in the UK, China, LA, CES and here : Robocar news update

I see new articles on robocars in the press every day now, though most don’t say a lot new. Here, however, are some of the recent meaningful stories from the last month or two while I’ve been on t...
01 January 2015, by

Reader poll: Will autonomous cars create more jobs than they displace?

One of the most popular questions when it comes to discussing robotics is the jobs question. Will robots create more jobs, or replace them? Recently, we’ve seen a lot of discussions on the topic o...
03 September 2014, by

Readers support cars that communicate and self-organize

The conventional cars that we drive today don’t really talk to one another. Sure, some of them connect to your cellphones and mp3 players. But they don’t form a communication network with neighbou...
01 September 2014, by

Autonomous cars 101 | Brad Templeton via Big Think

http://youtu.be/1BylX2XwwAM Brad Templeton explains how autonomous vehicles will be a major disruptive innovation arriving sooner than most are expecting. Templeton is Board Member and Former Chair...
25 August 2014, by

Reader poll: How do you feel about “Swarms of Autonomous Cars”?

A few of days ago, WIRED and Robohub covered a story about “Largest Swarm of Robots” and how self-organizing algorithms can be used by robots to form certain shapes. This inspired us to see wha...
19 August 2014, by

If drinking and driving, ride the car that doesn’t need your input or let it go home w/o you

For the past few months the Open Roboethics initiative and Robohub have explored the topic of autonomous cars in the form of biweekly polls. We were able to find out a lot of interesting facts about w...
18 August 2014, by

Reader poll: Should an autonomous car be able to drive w/o a human passenger?

A couple of months ago, we asked our readers whether three different unlicensed groups of individuals should be able to ride in autonomous cars alone. The individuals were: a child under the legal dr...
05 August 2014, by

Readers split on whether they will miss driving their non-autonomous car

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-MGQqaY3eo Driving has become an integral component of our daily lives, especially in developed countries. Cars are not just a means for us to get from point A to p...
04 August 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 ...

When fully autonomous cars are the norm, will you miss driving?

A few weeks ago, one of our readers, Javier Lopez, submitted a number of questions to the ORi team. He brought up many interesting points, and we won’t attempt to cover them all in one poll. But on...
22 July 2014, by

Autonomous car poll: Participants choose random chance over informed decision

Given a choice between crashing into a motorcyclist wearing a helmet vs. a motorcyclist who isn’t wearing one, which one should an autonomous car be programmed to crash into? What about the choice b...
21 July 2014, by
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Cruise, with Kyle Vogt

In this episode, we speak with Kyle Vogt, the CEO of Cruise. His company recently joined the “driverless revolution” with their release of RP-1. This system is a highway autopilot that can be ins...
11 July 2014, by

Reader poll: How should an autonomous car optimize crashes?

Photo by Roland Dobbins, Wikimedia A couple of months ago Dr. Patrick Lin, director of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at California Polytechnic State University, wrote an article on autonomous...
08 July 2014, by

How do you want to interface with your autonomous car? Poll results

Those of you who watched the 80’s TV series “Knight Rider” might remember the dialogue between Michael Knight and its super-car, KITT. Some of you might be more familiar with scenes between “J...
07 July 2014, by

Don’t laugh; the new Google prototype car has implications for your business

It may look amusing and easily dismissed as a novelty prototype many years from production, but take a good look at a technology that in a few short years is going to transform your life and have majo...
30 June 2014, by







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