Next month in San Francisco, Uber will stand trial in federal court for allegedly cheating in the race to commercialize self-driving cars.
Next month in San Francisco, Uber will stand trial in federal court for allegedly cheating in the race to commercialize self-driving cars.
In America, the age of autonomous shuttles began with a crunch. A minor crunch, really, according to the people running the autonomous shuttle in question.
Cars crash a lot: Nearly 37,500 Americans died on the roads last year. Autonomous cars would crash less (for one thing, they don’t drink or text or yell at their kids in the backseat). But that doesn’t mean drivers are ready to give over the wheel.
Wednesday was supposed to be the triumphant launch of a free, driverless shuttle in downtown Las Vegas.
Technically speaking, self-driving cars are already here. But in even the most optimistic scenario — given their persistent difficulties with situations as simple as a snowy day — robot drivers will remain wildly outnumbered by human drivers for the foreseeable future.
Waymo recently hosted a number of journalists at its private Castle testing compound, and treated us to rides with no safety driver behind the wheel – now, the former Google self-driving car company is going farther still, however, launching public road tests of its autonomous Chrysler Paci
Self-driving cars aren't just here. They are, it seems safe to say, just about everywhere—roaming the streets of San Francisco, New York City, Phoenix, Boston, Singapore, Paris, London, Munich, and Beijing.
If you live in Southern California and you’ve ordered one of those fancy new smart refrigerators in the past few weeks, it may have hitched a ride to you on a robotruck.
From fender benders to a fatal crash, the self-driving cars and trucks now on the road have had their share of mishaps. But they're considered safer than conventional vehicles, and experts say they'll become even safer as autonomous technology matures.
Waymo, which started as the Google self-driving car project in 2009, is ready for the next phase. Starting now, Waymo’s fully self-driving vehicles — the most advanced self-driving vehicles on the road today — are test-driving on public roads, without anyone in the driver’s seat. And soon, m
Yes, the autonomous car is coming, and fast. Tesla delivered the first of its much-anticipated Model 3s last week, complete with the Autopilot feature that allows the cars to drive themselves on well-marked highways. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class can conquer a roundabout on its own.
How it could play out: It could start with 'platooning:' One entry point to significant truck automation could be to have a second, autonomous truck travel behind a lead truck driven by a human — a concept known as platooning.
It is a warm autumn morning, and I am walking through downtown Mountain View, Calif., when I see it. A small vehicle that looks like a cross between a golf cart and a Jetson-esque, bubble-topped spaceship glides to a stop at an intersection.
Convolutional Neural Networks are great: they recognize things, places and people in your personal photos, signs, people and lights in self-driving cars, crops, forests and traffic in aerial imagery, various anomalies in medical images and all kinds of other useful things.
Mention autonomous vehicles, and people conjure two visions of the future. The rosy picture features a world in which cars zip around by themselves, allowing commuters to while away their time checking email as they benefit from technology expected to save 600,000 lives by 2045.
The expected shift to battery-powered vehicles that drive themselves will have repercussions that extend far beyond U.S. roadways — altering industries as varied as real estate, oil, auto repair and retail. Here are seven of his boldest and most interesting predictions.
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WASHINGTON — Federal auto safety regulators on Monday made it official: They are betting the nation’s highways will be safer with more cars driven by machines and not people.
Urban planners talk about two visions of the future city: heaven and hell. Hell, in case it's not clear, is bad—cities built for technologies, big companies, and vehicles instead of the humans who actually live in them. And hell, in some ways, is here.
Constantly spinning, it uses laser beams to generate a 360-degree image of the car’s surroundings. Uses parallax from multiple images to find the distance to various objects. Cameras also detect traffic lights and signs, and help recognize moving objects like pedestrians and bicyclists.
Everything that moves, says a16z partner Frank Chen, will go autonomous. But what does that really mean? In this presentation from our a16z Summit, Chen goes over the 16 most commonly asked questions about autonomous cars, and what their answers might be: Will we progress level by level, or go stra
SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Car enthusiasts, after hearing industry executives discussing the self-driving technology being built into their vehicles, might be forgiven for thinking robotic cars will soon drive themselves out of auto showrooms.
In a corner of Alphabet’s campus, there is a team working on a piece of software that may be the key to self-driving cars. No journalist has ever seen it in action until now. They call it Carcraft, after the popular game World of Warcraft.
Federal regulators announced their first safety checklist ever for semiautonomous and driverless cars this week.
The eyes of a self-driving car are called LIDAR sensors. LIDAR is a portmanteau of “light” and “radar.” In essence, these sensors monitor their surroundings by shining a light on an object and measuring the time needed for it to bounce back.
Should autonomous vehicles be programmed to choose who they kill when they crash? And who gets access to the code that determines those decisions?
Many new technologies have unexpected impacts on the physical or social world in which we live.
Within ten years, roads will be full of driverless cars. Maybe within two, depending on where you're driving.
And a result, our streets may never be the same. But what they will be like is still unclear. So Co.Design asked the New York City design consultancy Pensa to imagine the streets of the future.
Ask the automakers and tech companies trying to build cars that drive themselves to defend their work, and they turn to two key arguments: Autonomous cars will save lives, and, by eliminating the need for a human driver, they’ll open the car to new uses and users.
Elon Musk says every new Tesla comes with all of the hardware needed for fully autonomous driving. He is hardly alone in trying to spare humans the tedium of car operation.
What to expect from the next 3–20 years of autonomous vehiclesAs Uber rolls out its first self-driving taxis in Pittsburgh, Tesla and Mercedes roll out limited self-driving capabilities and cities around the world negotiate with companies who want to bring self-driving cars and trucks to their cit
Self-driving cars are expected to radically transform transportation as we know it. The agency today released its Federal Autonomous Vehicles Policy (PDF), a document that will govern the way self-driving cars are developed, regulated, and policed in the U.S.
The day is still distant when you can actually own a self-driving car, but in certain parts of the Phoenix area, hundreds of people will soon be integrating one into their daily lives.
The imminent arrival of the self-driving car will change how people move around city streets, but they could do so much more. The Tridika is a conceptual driverless electric vehicle I created to change how we use cars in our ever-growing cities, where space is expensive and limited.
Self-driving cars are zooming at breakneck speed toward America’s roadways, and Washington is finally reaching for its seatbelt.
A self-driving Uber car was involved in a high-speed crash in Tempe, Arizona yesterday. No one was seriously injured, and the Volvo XC90 SUV, which was driving itself at the time, had the right of way and bears no blame, according to police.
SAN FRANCISCO — Apple plans to start testing self-driving cars on California roads, the clearest signal yet that the world’s most valuable technology company wants to design or build autonomous vehicle technology.
It’s hard to say for sure when autonomous vehicles will become mainstream, but one thing is certain: In some cities, spotting one is no longer a novelty.
As closely as I've followed the development of autonomous vehicles over the past few years, it somehow never occurred to me that they'd have to know when to honk, too. (As long as they're sharing the road with human drivers, anyway.) Turns out Google has started thinking about it recently.
I had been enjoying a quiet happy hour with my friend Linde. He was professing his love for Ayrton Senna da Silva, the Brazilian Formula One champion, recounting how Senna’s death at the track had moved him to tears. Our neighbor had started eavesdropping, and then interrupting.
Picture a self-driving car test in your head and you probably see an engineer or two scrutinizing data... and no one else. Everyday people, if they're present at all, tend to be relegated to the back seat.
Before long, self-driving cars will deliver a lot of benefits. First and foremost, they’ll increase safety. Accidents won’t be eliminated, but surely will produce better results than humans, who play an outsized role in the 30,000 fatalities in US roads.
Is it a silly prank, a Pagan ritual, or a genius discovery about the next era of mass transit? In a picture posted to Flickr by artist James Bridle—known for coining the term, "New Aesthetic"—a car is sitting in the middle of a parking lot has been surrounded by a magic salt circle.
If you’re a human driver, road construction probably annoys you: one more thing clogging traffic on your way home. If you’re a self-driving car, though, it can be devastating.
Some of Uber’s self-driving cars aren’t driving as smoothly as the company hoped they would.
SAN FRANCISCO — As the race to bring self-driving vehicles to the public intensifies, two of Silicon Valley’s most prominent players are teaming up.
It’s easy to get giddy about self-driving cars. Older people and preteens will become more independent and mobile. The scourge of drunken driving will disappear. People will be able to safely play video games while on the freeway to work.
In 1935, two years after his death, Fritz Malcher’s 91-page manifesto was published by Harvard University Press. The Steadyflow Traffic System summed up the late engineer’s ideas for resolving a dirty, dangerous problem: cars and humans trying to share space in the Depression-era American city.
Today, the machine learning algorithms are extensively used to find the solutions to various challenges arising in manufacturing self-driving cars.
"Every time the car makes a complex maneuver, it is implicitly making trade-off in terms of risks to different parties," Iyad Rahwan, an MIT cognitive scientist, wrote in an email.
Google recently announced that their self-driving car has driven more than a million miles. According to Morgan Stanley, self-driving cars will be commonplace in society by ~2025. This got me thinking about the ethics and philosophy behind these cars, which is what the piece is about.
CARS are set to change more in the next couple of decades than in the 130 years since Karl Benz fitted a small four-stroke engine to a large tricycle.
It’s been a while since news broke in early 2015 that Uber was working on self-driving cars. Earlier this year, the company openly admitted it was testing cars in Pittsburgh, but we haven’t heard much more over the last 18 months.
Nvidia is kicking off CES 2016 with its traditional first keynote. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang wasted no time getting to the "punchline," a new computer for cars he's calling the Drive PX2, the follow-up to last year's Drive CX.
Driverless tech as a moral imperative for future generations. Six years ago, Google raised a lot of eyebrows when it announced it was developing a self-driving car. At the time, very few people took the technology seriously.
The Obama administration’s proposed guidelines for self-driving cars, to be formally unveiled Tuesday, include 15 benchmarks automakers will need to meet before their autonomous vehicles can hit the road. To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.
Staggering stat: The Top 10 companies in 2017 (9 of which are tech or tech-related) are worth almost as much as the entire Top 100 in 2006 ($1.42 trillion vs $1.44 trillion). Only one of them, Tencent (which owns Chinese mega social platform WeChat), isn't American.
Many components go into making a vehicle capable of driving itself, but one is proving to be more crucial and contentious than all the rest. That vital ingredient is the lidar sensor, a device that maps objects in 3-D by bouncing laser beams off its real-world surroundings.
The race to build self-driving cars is becoming an increasingly crowded field. There are carmakers like Ford Motor intent on doing it themselves. There are ones like General Motors that are acquiring the technology companies they hope can make it happen.
Recently, the “trolley problem,” a decades-old thought experiment in moral philosophy, has been enjoying a second career of sorts, appearing in nightmare visions of a future in which cars make life-and-death decisions for us.
Google is engaging in unprecedented, massive, ongoing data collection to transform intractable problems into solvable chores. I know this. I rode in one this week. I saw the car's human operator take his hands from the wheel and the computer assume control.
We were rolling eastward across the San Mateo Bridge in an Audi A7 at a dutiful 55 miles per hour, and I was riding shotgun accompanied by two of the car’s engineers.
The promise of automated cars is that they could eliminate human-error accidents and potentially enable more efficient use of roadways. That sounds, at first blush, like self-driving cars could also mean traffic reduction and lower commute times. But researchers aren't so sure.
Car companies are drunk on technology. Everywhere you turn, major automakers are hyping new advances in connected cars, self-driving cars, and app-driven mobility services like ride-sharing and car-sharing.
Self-driving cars and trucks will cost millions of American jobs, right? No, poses Marc Andreessen, the co-founder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and early web pioneer.
When self-driving cars get here, they’ll make our commutes more efficient and allow us to get the kids to soccer practice without disrupting mom and dad’s work days.
Daimler and Uber have announced a partnership that will see the automaker introduce its own self-driving cars for use on Uber’s ride sharing service.
Much has been said about the ways we expect our oncoming fleet of driverless cars to change the way we live—remaking us all into passengers, rewiring our economy, retooling our views of ownership, and reshaping our cities and roads. They will also change the way we die.
Would it be better to hit a granny or swerve to hit a toddler? It seems like a dilemma, but the designers of self-driving cars say otherwise As self-driving cars move from fiction to reality, a philosophical problem has become the focus of fierce debate among technologists across the world.
Even when driving a regular car, millions of motorists fail to devote 100 percent of their attention to the task at hand. Many text, or talk on the phone, or eat, or put on makeup, or argue with passengers, or turn around to reprimand misbehaving toddlers in the back seat.
Though much attention has been centered on self-driving cars, business is missing the key lessons about AI that the evolution of the automobile has to offer. It is hard to discuss artificial intelligence (AI) without mentioning self-driving cars.
We sampled Autopilot as soon as it hit the streets and were quite impressed, to put it mildly. But evidently, Tesla's CEO isn't impressed enough.
Google updates the world monthly on the progress of its self-driving car project, and this month’s update includes the usual stats, like over 2,230,175 miles driven in autonomous mode, as well as an explainer on how the cars handle a tricky task: multi-point turning.
Driverless cars are a key topic at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting 2017. Watch the session on Shifting Gears to Driverless here.
We spend a lot of time and words on what autonomous cars can do, but sometimes it’s a more interesting question to ask what they can’t do. The limitations of a technology are at least as important as its capabilities. That’s what this little bit of performance art tells me, anyway.
Travis Kalanick has to get Uber's bet on self-driving cars right. "So if that's happening, what would happen if we weren't a part of that future? If we weren't part of the autonomy thing? Then the future passes us by basically, in a very expeditious and efficient way," he said.
Fully automated cars don’t drink and drive, fall asleep at the wheel, text, talk on the phone or put on makeup while driving. With their sensors and processors, they navigate roads without any of these human failings that can result in accidents.
To many, self-driving cars sound like a wonderful thing. Roads get safer, and more people receive access to transportation. But one concern is cost — can we really afford these things? To give a car “eyes,” so it can see and drive itself has been expensive, to the point of absurdity.
LOS ANGELES Volvo's North American CEO, Lex Kerssemakers, lost his cool as the automaker's semi-autonomous prototype sporadically refused to drive itself during a press event at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The race to create self-driving cars is on—but what happens when they’re everywhere and nobody has to drive? That could lead to a “passenger economy” worth $7 trillion by 2050, according to a new report by Intel and analyst firm Strategy Analytics.
Canadian self-driving vehicle tests are about to kick off on Ontario public roads, with three groups approved to take part in a pilot licensing program that allows autonomous testing with a safety driver behind the wheel.
SOMETIME in the future — although no one quite knows when — your morning commute may look something like this: Open an app, summon a car and wait for the arrival of a driverless vehicle that will whisk you to work like a ghost chauffeur.
Anthony Levandowski, the Uber executive accused of stealing trade secrets from Google, is stepping aside from leading some of the company’s work on self-driving vehicles, amid a bare-knuckled legal fight between the two technology giants. Mr.
Americans want to stay in control of their cars, a new study finds. According to a study by Kelley Blue Book, 80 percent of Americans say people should always have the option to drive themselves.