Yesterday, representatives from Google, GM, Delphi, and Lyft testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation about the future of self-driving vehicles. The senators, bless their hearts, asked all the wrong questions.
In a way, the pace of the self-driving car revolution will really be determined by a single technology: How quickly 3D laser scanners will improve until they’re as good as the old-fashioned 3D scanners in our human eyes.
Following up on their American adventures, Mercedes successfully tested its semi-autonomous Highway Pilot system on the German Autobahn. This technology can be fitted into regular production trucks and is a huge step towards fully autonomous transportation.
Update 06/21: Google has emphasized that none of the accidents its cars were involved with were the fault of its self-driving vehicles, and has updated its recorded miles to nearly a million. With that information, the accident rate for self-driving cars looks less unsettling and a lot more reassuring.
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We've got the answer. These are the states where driverless cars AKA self-driving cars AKA autonomous cars AKA robot cars are legal (FL is more progressive than you think), not legal and in-legislation. Also shown are the states with no legislation at all.
You could argue that the most terrifying weapon of the post-modern era is the car bomb, delivering explosives anywhere, at any time, and hidden in plain sight. The only weapon that's possibly more piercing into the collective unconscious is drones, and the Google Car could very well combine the two.
The Google Car is a sweet-looking car. Not sweet-looking like a high-boy gasser '55 Chev looks sweet, but sweet-looking like a buttercup filled with plucked daisies looks sweet.
New technology is scary, and the idea of a car with no steering wheel or pedals is certainly very new. So let's get our worst fantasies out of the way — what do you fear most about the Google Car?
Google just unveiled its latest autonomous car, and it's a bulbous two-seater, with no steering wheel, gas or brake. This is the future, pod people.
Nissan just announced that by 2020, they'll be ready to sell you an autonomous, self-driving car. And I believe them, since I've just ridden in one of these robo-cars. You want to know what it's like to ride in an autonomous car? Boring. And that's exactly what they want it to be.
Google engineers will tell you that one day robot-controlled cars will be able to drive better and safer than humans. One year ago, in a stunt for Hot Wheels, driver Greg Tracy proved just how far off those robots really are.
In the future computers will rise up and enslave the human race. We all know this.
The automobile itself is a technology, and an amazingly advanced one at that. But what automobile is the most advanced of all?
Sure, your Roomba picks up dust, but can it climb rocks and avoid obstacles? It will if you follow the example of Dean Segovis and dissect your Roomba robotic vacuum to build this killer makeshift Earth rover.
Fish are able to travel in huge schools and change direction without colliding, an ability Nissan is attempting to mimic with their Eporo robot car. Although able to travel around obstacles in groups we're told they still can't catch Pac-Man.
Steve Doocy, one of the two friends in Fox And Friends, simultaneously explains how the driverless cab works and proves that a journalism degree doesn't qualify you to talk about anything, especially technology.