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New laissez-faire robocar rules may arise

While very few details have come out, Reuters reports that new proposed congressional bills on self-driving cars will reverse many of the provisions I critiqued in the NHTSA regulations last year....

Robocar news: Waymo starts pilot in Phoenix, Apple car gets more real, and the flying car takes off

Waymo (Google) has announced a pilot project in Phoenix offering a full ride service in their new minivans. Members of the public can sign up — the link is sure to be overwhelmed with applicants, bu...
26 April 2017, by

Luminar unstealths their 1.5 micron LIDAR

Luminar, a bay area startup, has revealed details on their new LIDAR. Unlike all other commercial offerings, this is a LIDAR using 1.5 micron infrared light. They hope to sell it for $1,000....
15 April 2017, by

LIDAR (lasers) and cameras together: Which is more important?

Recently we’ve seen a series of startups arise hoping to make robocars with just computer vision, along with radar. That includes recently unstealthed AutoX, the off-again, on again efforts of comma...
29 March 2017, by

Should California electrify Caltrain or invest in robocars?

[Editor's note: According to a recent article on SFGate, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has put the brakes on $647 million for Caltrain to go electric. The delay may kill the project entirely.]...
20 February 2017, by

Flying cars are coming, what will they mean?

Earlier I posted my gallery of CES gadgets and included a photo of the eHang 184 from China, a “personal drone” able, in theory, to carry a person up to 100kg. Whether the eHang is real or not...
27 January 2017, by


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NHTSA ODI report exonerates Tesla in fatal crash

NHTSA released the report from their Office of Defects Investigation on the fatal Tesla crash in Florida last spring. It’s a report that is surprisingly favorable to Tesla. So much so that even I am...
20 January 2017, by

CES 2017, part one: Robocar technology and concept cars

CES is the big event for major car makers to show off robocar technology. Most of the north hall, and a giant parking lot next to it, were devoted to car technology and self-driving demos....
17 January 2017, by

Robocar news: Comma One goes open source, creating simulations for robocars in New Zealand earthquakes

There have been few postings this month, as I took the time to enjoy a holiday in New Zealand around speaking at the SingularityU New Zealand summit in Christchurch. The night before the summit, we en...
02 December 2016, by

Breaking down robotaxi economics

The vision of many of us for robocars is a world of less private car ownership and more use of robotaxis — on-demand ride service in a robocar. That’s what companies like Uber clearly are pushing ...
14 September 2016, by

Robocar platooning, or just carpool?

At the recent AUVSI/TRB symposium, a popular research topic was platooning for robocars and trucks. Platooning is perhaps the oldest practical proposal when it comes to car automation because you can ...
12 August 2016, by

Carpool apps are on the rise, let’s make transfer points and roads to help

The cell phone ride hail apps like Uber and Lyft are now reporting great success with actual ride-sharing, under the names UberPool, LyftLines and Lyft Carpool. In addition, a whole new raft of apps t...

Understanding the massive gulf between the Tesla Autopilot and a real robocar, in light of the crash

Brad Templeton describes Tesla’s Autopilot as a 'distant cousin of a real robocar' that primarily uses a MobilEye EyeQ3 camera combined with radars and ultrasonic sensors. Unlike robocar sensors, T...

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 ...

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...

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

Could shallow underpasses be express tunnels for small robocars?

I recently read a report of a plan for a new type of intersection being developed in Malaysia and I felt it had some interesting applications for robocars....
09 February 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

Robocar news from CES 2016

I’m back from CES 2016 with a raft of robocar news, some of which was reported before the show. Almost everybody in the robocar space had something to say — even if it was only to have something...
13 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

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

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

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

Tesla sends highway cruise update to recent Model S owners

Though it's been anticipated for a few months now, Tesla announced yesterday the release of their highway cruise update for Model S cars from the last year....
16 October 2015, by

Should cars be fully driverless? No, says MIT engineer and historian David Mindell

by Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office If you follow technology news — or even if you don’t — you have probably heard that numerous companies have been trying to develop driverless cars for a de...
15 October 2015, by

Robocar news roundup: Google’s hire, BMW/Mercedes carsharing, Apple clues, and more

View image | gettyimages.com During a very busy September of travel, I let a number of important stories fall through the cracks. The volume of mainstream press articles on Robocars is immense. Mos...
14 October 2015, by







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