Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system has been impressing everyone from consumers to journalists, and even other industry experts and executives. Even us! But now a Volvo engineer has called Tesla’s system out, claiming it’s a dangerous “wannabe” autonomous technology.
Ford, Volvo, Google, Lyft and Uber are joining forces to push the U.S. government to pen regulation that supports autonomous vehicle development and deployment, according to a Reuters report. That’s good news for people yearning to be driven around by robots, because these are some seriously rich and powerful…
The more you think about autonomous cars, the more questions you raise, causing you to think even more. It’s like being trapped in the most useless perpetual motion machine. Occasionally, though, interesting questions arise, like this one: what will crash testing an autonomous car entail?
Tesla’s new semi-autonomous Autopilot feature has already saved a few YouTubers from spectacular crashes. But according to Elon Musk, those aren’t the exception to the rule: Autopilot has decreased crashes by 50 percent in a few months.
While other autonomous cars continue to grapple with things like trying to figure out where lanes are on poorly painted roads, Ford’s self-driving project managed to develop a vehicle that doesn’t even need to see ahead. Ford didn’t let it, either—they shut off the headlights and let the car loose in total darkness.
If you’re an automotive engineer, or just someone good at sneaking into convention centers, I’d like to cordially invite you to hear me blather on in front of a huge projection of slides! I’m talking today at the Society of Automotive Engineers’ World Congress at the Cobo Center in Detroit. Come and heckle me!
Prospective automaker Faraday Future has officially broken ground on its billion dollar Nevada factory today, revealing an updated design for the manufacturing facility that closely resembles a luxury resort with a giant “FF” logo on top.
The Japanese government is joining forces with Toyota and Nissan, as well as local map-making companies, in order to include driving information from the manufacturers to help create standardised intelligent maps, reported the Nikkei Daily newspaper.
Roborace, the new autonomous racing series that will run alongside Formula E, will surely be a masterful technical exercise that showcases the bleeding edge of modern artificial intelligence technology. Will it be any fun to watch? Given that most of what I love about racing involves a human element, I’m not sold yet.
Roborace, the autonomous racing series that will run alongside Formula E, hired Tron: Legacy lightcycle designer Daniel Simon to create its four-wheeled racers for competition. The Verge reports that these wild dog-bone-shaped creations are packed full of sensors to keep them from Maldonado-ing into each other.
You know how I knew the Great Jalopnik Throwdown over driverless cars would be good? Because it started almost immediately with a diatribe from Jason Torchinsky about robotic car enslavement. And Alex Roy talking about how he’ll stash motorcycles all over the city to do “a social good” if banning cars becomes an…
The emergence of new automotive technologies and practices like ride-sharing, on-demand services, and the introduction of autonomous capabilities seems like it would have a diminishing effect on future automotive sales—but studies suggest we may actually see the opposite.
Self-driving cars seem to be just about all the auto industry can discuss lately, but at least one robotics expert thinks it’s time to slow that roll a little bit. While a Duke University researcher and is all for autonomous technology, she said it’s far from ready for widespread deployment.
MIT’s researches have been fiddling with virtual models programmed to eliminate traffic lights at intersections with the introduction of fully-autonomous cars, and for the first time I can easily picture how terrifying flying through an intersection with no control just might be.