January 9, 2020

Are autonomous vehicles safe?

In 2009, Google launched its self-driving project focusing on saving lives and serving people with disabilities. In a 2014 video, Google showed blind and elderly riders climbing into its custom-designed autonomous vehicles, part of the company’s plan to “improve road safety and help lots of people who can’t drive.”

Although there...

December 12, 2019

Have you ever dreamed of the day where your car could drive for itself freeing you to do other things, such as reading, catching up on emails, watching a movie, or sleeping rather than focus on the road while in the car? Automotive manufacturers and transportation technology vendors are rapidly progressing us to that goal.

Indeed, we discuss that “Autonomous...

October 29, 2019

Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, has largely kept quiet on its self-driving car program. The Japanese company has released some information about its test vehicles and the types of sensors it’s using, but we’ve seen very little of the cars in operation.

That’s about to change in 2020: Toyota says it will be conducting a limited ride-haili...

September 11, 2019

In the blizzard of recent opinion pieces concerning new introductions of automated driving features in mass market automobiles, a few mis-understandings have started to float around that I will address here, hoping they don't propagate further.

Last month Nissan’s ProPilot 2.0 was announced for the Japanese market only. Initially available on the upscale Skyl...

August 30, 2019

Ford (F) and Tesla (TSLA) are stepping up in the race to compete in the autonomous vehicles space. Both companies plan to launch a ride-sharing network with a fleet of autonomous cars. The vast potential market for self-driving cars is seeing automakers invest more in the space. However, Ford’s expectation that its autonomous cars will last four years has ca...

August 28, 2019

Autonomous cars are generating incredible hype, but whether they become a curse or blessing depends on how they are used. Car manufacturers are steering automatic vehicles (AVs) toward a curse for our crowded cities and our climate targets. Making empty cars drive around – to run errands or just to avoid expensive parking – could clog already crowded roads w...

August 23, 2019

Autonomous driving technology is a hot topic at the moment.

Like many automotive technologies that are hot topics (electric power, airless tyres, flying cars) it's easy to think that it's happening right nowat high speed and will take over the motoring landscape before your next birthday.

In reality, while there have been great strides in self-driving technolo...

August 14, 2019

If you drive a car, you know that some maneuvers are harder than others. For example, an unprotected left turn—one with no green arrow to tell you when to go—will always be trickier than a standard right-hand turn. Humans aren't alone in those struggles. Unprotected lefts are also a challenge for cars driven by computers, and so they train for them in simula...

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