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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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