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Robocars don’t need fancy dashboards and streets

Yesterday I attended the “Silicon Valley reinvents the wheel” conference by the Western Automotive Journalists, which had a variety of talks and demonstrations of new car technology. Now that rob...
07 October 2015, by

What does the VW scandal mean for robocars?

Most of you will have heard about the revelations that Volkswagen put software in their cars to deliberately cheat on emissions tests in the USA and possibly other places. It’s very bad for VW, but ...
05 October 2015, by

IEEE driverless car roundtable

[focus07] Hear about the current state of the driverless vehicle industry from experts including IEEE Member Jeffrey Miller, IEEE Fellow Wei-Bin Zhang, Bernard Soriano, and Bryant Walker Smith. In ...
30 September 2015, by

Tricking LIDAR and robocars

Security researcher Jonathan Petit claims to be able to hack the multi-thousand-dollar laser ranging - LIDAR - systems that self-driving cars rely on. How does he do it and is it as dangerous as it so...
14 September 2015, by

Peloton Technology gets $17M for truck platooning tech

Peloton Technology, a Silicon Valley startup providing truck platooning technology, got $17 million from strategic investors after receiving $16M this April. Denso Intl. was the lead investor in both...
01 September 2015, by

Google Alphabet: Is it good for robocars?

Everybody has heard about Google’s restructuring. In the new setup, Google X, which includes the self-driving car division, will be a subsidiary of the new Alphabet holding company, and no longer pa...
14 August 2015, by


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Automated Vehicles Symposium recap (Part 2)

From small beginnings, over 800 people are here at the Ann Arbor AUVSI/TRB Automated Vehicles symposium. Let’s summarize some of the news....

Will robocars vastly increase battery life?

We know electric cars are getting better and likely to get popular even when driven by humans. Tesla, at its core, is a battery technology company as much as it’s a car company, and it is sometimes ...

Video: Robocar Q&A

At Singularity U, we’re releasing a new video series answering questions about our future technology topics that come from Twitter. My segment is one of the first, and while regular readers of my bl...

Powering the robocar: Ultracapacitors and other energy sources

A reader recently asked about the synergies between robocars and ultracapacitors / supercapacitors. It turns out they are not what you would expect, and it teaches some of the surprising lessons of ro...

The social car: Simplifying autonomous action with Thing Theory

Automating vehicles simplifies operation for humans but also increases complexity. In order to negotiate a safe journey within a crowded transportation system, cars must communicate messages not only...
10 June 2015, by and

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...

Will motion sickness really be a barrier to self-driving cars?

Earlier this week I was sent some advance research from the U of Michigan about car sickness rates for car passengers. I found the research of interest, but wish it had covered some questions I think ...
14 April 2015, by

Delphi completes trans-continental drive, and Hyundai goes big

Most recent robocar press has been about the Delphi drive from San Francisco to New York, which is now completed. Congratulations to the team. Few teams have tried to do such a long course that invo...
08 April 2015, by

“Anyone who focuses on tech alone hasn’t grasped how autonomous driving will change society”

The way that consumers interact with and operate cars will transform most functions in commuting, travel, communications, car ownership, and many other as-yet unknown ways....
01 April 2015, by

Delphi’s cross-country trip, and a raft of other robocar news

There has been a ton of robocar news in the last four weeks. Below is just a small subset of the now constant stream of news items and articles that appear about robocars....
31 March 2015, by

Issues in regulating robocars, and the case for a light hand

All over the world, people (and governments) are debating about regulations for robocars. First for testing, and then for operation. It mostly began when Google encouraged the state of Nevada to write...
04 March 2015, by

Uber price in LA approaches robocar cheap

I was recently considering the price of UberX in Los Angeles. It’s gotten disturbingly low, with a flag drop costing as little as $0.18 per minute / $0.90 per mile....
02 March 2015, by

Keep Calm and Carry Passengers: UK robocar projects level up

The government-baked robocar projects in the UK are going full steam, with this press release from the UK government to accompany the unveiling of the prototype Lutz pod, which should ply the streets...
13 February 2015, by

Programming safety into self-driving cars

For decades, researchers in artificial intelligence, or AI, worked on specialized problems, developing theoretical concepts and workable algorithms for various aspects of the field. Computer vision, p...

Will robocars use V2V at all?

I commonly see statements from connected car advocates that vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to infrastructure communications are an important, even essential technology for robocar development. R...
03 February 2015, by

Uber Chases Google in self-driving cars with Carnegie Mellon deal | WSJ

What might have been a budding partnership suddenly appeared to boil over into a pitched rivalry on Monday. Besides Uber’s disclosure that it will work on its own self-driving car technology, a Bloo...
03 February 2015, by

No, Google and Uber aren’t going to war over self-driving cars | The Verge

This week, Uber has announced a self-driving research initiative in partnership with Carnegie Mellon, while Google is rumored to be investigating ride-sharing using its own self-driving cars. At a gla...
03 February 2015, by

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

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







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