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General Motors wants to do away with the steering wheel

January 10th, 2020 at 12:08 pm » Comments Off

Almost all major automakers are gearing up to enter the new era of self-driven cars. Taking this concept further is General Motors, which wants to do away with the steering wheel altogether in its latest self-driven model. The automaker has put in a request to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to allow it […]



Smart intersections could cut autonomous car congestion

December 26th, 2019 at 12:50 pm » Comments Off

Researchers have developed a first-of-its-kind model to control traffic and intersections in order to increase autonomous car capacity on urban streets of the future, reduce congestion and minimize accidents. In the not-so-distant future, city streets could be flooded with autonomous vehicles. Self-driving cars can move faster and travel closer together, allowing more of them to […]



Here’s how quantum computer supremacy will impact self-driving cars

November 23rd, 2019 at 1:08 pm » Comments Off

  Quantum supremacy, achieved? The news recently was agog with the claim that the so-called and highly sought “quantum supremacy” had been achieved via an effort undertaken by Google researchers. Not everyone agreed though that the Google effort warranted waving the superlative supremacy flag. That’s not to say that the use of their 54-qubit Sycamore […]



The problem with all self-driving cars looking alike

November 7th, 2019 at 1:19 pm » Comments Off

Self-driving cars within fleets will look alike, creating problems. Have you ever seen a sea of yellow cabs, all of which seem indistinguishable from each other? It used to be that if you booked a yellow cab for picking you up at a busy airport or similar venue, the odds were that a slew of […]



Autonomous taxis have made their driverless debut in London

October 22nd, 2019 at 11:12 am » Comments Off

Are London cabbies’ days numbered? SELF-DRIVING taxis have hit the streets of London for the first time during a week-long trial in the capital. The culmination of a 30-month development process lead by the government and industry-supported the DRIVEN autonomous vehicle technology consortium, the tests saw a collection of Ford Mondeo-based test cars complete short […]



Hyundai to start mass production of driverless cars in 2024

October 22nd, 2019 at 11:08 am » Comments Off

  South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor Group will start mass production of self-driving cars within the next five years, said Chung Euisun, the heir to the auto giant, as he made a hefty investment in a joint venture the company established with Aptiv on Sept. 23. At a luncheon session held in New York with […]



Special report: Driverless cars are the new dot-com bubble

September 22nd, 2019 at 1:18 am » Comments Off

We simply don’t know what sort of jobs will be available in the future. After all, imagine yourself in the year 1900 peering into the future. How could you know then that the proportion of people employed in agriculture in the USA would fall to a twentieth of what it was then? Or that there […]



Waymo cars refuse to drive in unsafe conditions

September 8th, 2019 at 3:21 am » Comments Off

Heavy rain and blizzards aren’t the only forms of severe weather Waymo’s self-driving vehicles encounter on the regular. In a blog post published this morning, the Alphabet subsidiary laid out the ways its cars in over 25 cities tackle fog, dust, smoke, and other dangerous conditions that trip up even human drivers. “Challenging [environmental] conditions, […]



73 mind-blowing implications of driverless cars and trucks

August 25th, 2019 at 10:44 am » Comments Off

I originally wrote and published a version of this article in September 2016. Since then, quite a bit has happened, further cementing my view that these changes are coming and that the implications will be even more substantial. I decided it was time to update this article with some additional ideas and a few changes. […]



City planners eye self-driving vehicles to correct mistakes of the 20th-century auto

August 18th, 2019 at 2:15 am » Comments Off

Autonomous cars could cut traffic and pollution — or make them worse, planners say  The Los Angeles City Council last year approved a $4.9-billion contract to design, build and operate an automated people mover at Los Angeles International Airport. The elevated system will have driverless electric trains that carry passengers between terminals, a transportation center […]



Bosch and Daimler get approval for Level 4 automated parking in Germany

August 11th, 2019 at 1:34 am » Comments Off

It’ll be put to use at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. The car’s indicators turn turquoise when the car is operating autonomously, telling pedestrians that there’s no driver behind the wheel. Back in 2017, Bosch and Daimler teamed up to operate a pilot program for its driverless valet service. Clearly, it worked well enough, because […]



Elon Musk: Tesla will stop selling cars to consumers once autonomous driving is perfected

July 20th, 2019 at 12:47 pm » Comments Off

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been talking a lot about Tesla Network lately, part of Tesla’s “Master Plan, Part Deux” which will enable Tesla cars with full self-driving hardware to operate as autonomous robotaxis to generate revenue for owners and for Tesla itself. This is all still a ways off, but that hasn’t stopped Musk […]



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