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What’s new in robotics this week? Amazon’s robot champion

Amazon's robot champion; Bipedal robot's testing terrain; Robots thinking like predators; Major flaw in Turing Test; Google car is cyclist-aware and more. Find out what's happening in our robotics un...
08 July 2016, by and

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...

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

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

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

No, a Google car was not ticketed for going too slow (and other robocar stories)

Almost every newspaper in the world reported the story of how a motorcycle cop pulled over one of Google’s 3rd generation test cars, the 2-seaters, and many incorrectly reported that the car was gi...
23 November 2015, by


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Why Tesla’s Autopilot and Google’s car are entirely different animals

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 t...
28 October 2015, by

Robocar roundup: Google deploys nextgen cars on city streets; Mercedes Freightleiner tests in NV

[clear] Google has done over 2.7 million km of testing with their existing fleet, they announced. Now, they will be putting their small “buggy” vehicle onto real streets in Mountain View. The c...

Google presents their actual autonomous car test prototype

Google just unveiled their first ‘real-build’ self-driving prototype vehicle. This is a follow up to the concept presented in May and signifies the progress of this particular Google project....
22 December 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

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

Google’s self-driving car masters city streets | Evan Ackerman on Discovery News

The cars have surpassed 700,000 autonomous accident-free miles (around 1.13 million kilometers), and they're learning how to safely navigate through the complex urban jungle of city streets. Soon enou...
30 April 2014, 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

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







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