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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....

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

Self-driving cars, networks, and the companies and people that are stimulating development

Intel is establishing an autonomous driving division; hacker George Hotz is open-sourcing his self-driving software in a bid to become a network company; LiDAR and distancing devices are changing. Wh...
06 December 2016, by

Pittsburgh and Singapore are now pilot sites for self-driving car services

Two self-driving car events of note: Uber just began operating a fleet of Volvo self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, and nuTonomy launched the first autonomous pilot taxi program last month in Singapore. ...
19 September 2016, by

Will robocars be heaven or hell for our cities?

Robin Chase wrote an article wondering if robocars will improve or ruin our cities and asked for my comment on it. It’s a long article, and I have lots of comment, since I have been considering thes...
15 August 2016, by

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...



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Stakeholders likely to be disrupted by the changeover to self-driving vehicles

Volumes have been written about the possible beneficial (and negative) effects of self-driving cars and systems. But few have studied what industries will be disrupted by the transformations as self-d...
26 April 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

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...

As Google cars roll out, Deere reminds us of its thousands of self-driving tractors

Google is putting 25 new self-driving cars onto the streets of Mountain View, California, but agricultural equipment manufacturer John Deere reminds us that it already has tens of thousands of self-dr...
28 June 2015, by

Slow down that runaway ethical trolley

The runaway trolley has chased automated motor vehicles into the new year. In early 2012, I raised a variation of the classic thought experiment to argue that there is not always a single absolu...
13 January 2015, by

Robocars driving when the map is wrong

Yesterday’s note on Here’s maps brought up the question of the wisdom of map-based driving. While I addressed this a bit earlier let me add a bit more detail. A common first intuition is that b...
02 January 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

Tesla’s auto lane-changing, Audi’s self-driving race car and other recent announcements

Tesla is certainly an important company to watch. As the first successful start-up car company in the USA, they are showing they know how to do things differently, taking advantage of the fact that th...
22 October 2014, by

Robocars: A natural fit for retirement communities

As people get older, they start losing their ability to drive: they start having trouble seeing in the dark and they stop driving at night; they also make mistakes, causing other people to hit them, a...
18 October 2014, by

Livestream: Cato Institute on “Policy implications of self-driving cars”

October 14, 2014 12:00PM EST Featuring Randal O’Toole, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; Marc Scribner, Research Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute; and Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow, ...
14 October 2014, by

An ethical dilemma: When robot cars must kill, who should pick the victim?

Image credit: Craig Berry We are moving closer to having driverless cars on roads everywhere, and naturally, people are starting to wonder what kinds of ethical challenges driverless cars will pose. ...
11 June 2014, by

The car in your driveway may be more autonomous than you think

[Jaguar XF, ESC test by EuroNCAP - photo: EuroNCAP ] Did you know that the majority of the cars we buy and drive today are able to act by themselves and maneuver themselves out of an accident? They...
11 June 2014, by

How do self-driving cars work?

Nissan’s autonomous car prototype - 2013, photo:Nissan Global Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, recently announced that the car manufacturer will produce self-driving cars within three years. Nissan has announ...
03 June 2014, by

The autonomous driving r/evolution: Call to contribute to Robohub Focus

While a city full of autonomous taxis may seem part of a distant future, sophisticated driver-assistance systems such as ABS, cruise-control, lane-keeping and self-parking are already a reality in t...
21 May 2014, by







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