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  • Exclusive: U.S. talks with GM over deploying self-driving cars without steering wheels

    12/20/2019 9:50:01 PM PST · by conservative98 · 52 replies
    R ^ | 12/20/19 | David Shepardson
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is holding talks with General Motors Co (GM.N) on the automaker’s petition to deploy a limited number of self-driving vehicles on American roads without steering wheels or other human controls, the head of the agency said on Friday.
  • Mapping autonomously: The cost of helping a self-driving car get around the city

    12/04/2019 1:04:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 2, 2019 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    In the highly competitive race to get self-driving cars to the market, most companies hold their secrets close. But when it comes to helping those cars figure out where they are on the road, some experts are ready to open up. Argo AI, based in the Strip District, and Aptiv, based in O’Hara, publicly released some of their own data sets earlier this year in an effort to further advancement in the field. The companies shared parts of their own maps of cities where they are testing self-driving cars, including Pittsburgh. That may seem strange considering the abundance of applications...
  • VW, Ford team up to make autonomous, electric vehicles

    07/12/2019 6:33:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 12, 2019 | Cathy Bussewitz and Tom Krisher
    Volkswagen will invest $2.6 billion into a Pittsburgh autonomous vehicle company that’s mostly owned by Ford as the automakers who were once rivals deepen their partnership to develop driverless and electric vehicles in an ultra-competitive landscape. The two automakers will become equal owners of Argo AI, and they plan to put autonomous vehicles on the roads in the U.S. and Europe as early as 2021, the companies said Friday. The deal also includes a plan for Ford to use VW’s electric vehicle platform to build zero-emissions cars for the European market starting in 2023. Auto companies have been teaming up...
  • SunTrax project moves toward phase two in Polk

    06/12/2019 4:29:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Ledger ^ | June 3, 2019 | Gary White
    AUBURNDALE — Florida has one of the world’s most famous asphalt ovals in the Daytona International Speedway. A slightly smaller track recently completed in Auburndale won’t draw massive crowds for races, but it’s part of a project that could hasten the day when self-driving vehicles take over the roads. Crews finished laying asphalt for the 2¼-mile oval — phase one of SunTrax — in early May, and construction will begin in the coming months on infield elements designed for the development and testing of connected and autonomous vehicles. The second phase of SunTrax, a project overseen by Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise...
  • Calif. professor: Self-driving cars could more than double traffic in San Francisco

    02/05/2019 1:37:16 AM PST · by blueplum · 25 replies
    SFGate ^ | 04 Feb 2019 | Michelle Robertson
    It's the not-so-far-away future in San Francisco. One-Wheels and e-scooters litter the road. Your self-driving car has just deposited you at Union Square, and you've instructed it to return in an hour, after you've purchased the latest it-smartphone, the iPhone Z. Your autonomous vehicle, intelligent as it is, knows finding a parking spot downtown is nearly impossible at this hour, plus parking lots are known to charge flat rates of $15 and up. Instead of parking, your car decides to cruise...
  • Driver was streaming The Voice when Uber self-driving car crashed, say police

    06/22/2018 7:53:17 AM PDT · by texas booster · 58 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | June 22 2018 | None Listed
    The “safety” driver behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber that hit and killed a pedestrian was streaming the television show The Voice on her phone at the time of the crash, police have said. The collision that killed Elaine Herzberg, 49, who was crossing the road at night in Tempe, Arizona, was “entirely avoidable”, a police report said, if Rafaela Vasquez had been paying attention. Instead, she repeatedly looked down at her phone, glancing up just half a second before the car hit Herzberg. Police said she could faces charges of vehicular manslaughter, but it would be for prosecutors...
  • Should self driving cars be programmed to sacrifice their passengers? [snip]

    05/06/2018 8:14:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    Self-driving vehicles have been proposed as a solution for the rapidly increasing number of fatal traffic accidents, which now claim a staggering 1.3 million casualties each year. While we have made strides in advancing self-driving technology, we have yet to explore at length how autonomous vehicles will be programmed to deal with situations that endanger human life, according to a new study published in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. To understand how self-driving cars might make these judgments, the researchers looked at how humans deal with similar driving dilemmas. When faced with driving dilemmas, people show a high willingness to sacrifice...
  • Uber is stopping self-driving car tests in all cities after pedestrian killed

    03/19/2018 10:20:30 AM PDT · by Reno89519 · 199 replies
    CNBC ^ | March 19, 2018 | Anita Balakrishnan
    Uber is temporarily halting self-driving car tests in all locations after a deadly accident. Programs in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Toronto will be paused after a woman was hit and killed overnight by an Uber self-driving car when walking across the street in Tempe, Arizona. It is likely the first pedestrian fatality caused by a self-driving car.
  • Better Living Through Chemicals and Technology: Better Mistakes Tomorrow!

    01/03/2018 6:10:17 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 11 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 1-3-18 | MOTUS
    I thought I had it all figured out: self-driving cars are being developed to enable the entire population to be stoned and still arrive at their jobs, assuming they have a job, safely. Honey, I’m home!In the interim, a fierce PR campaign has been conducted via the media echo chamber to ensure everyone that legal pot is having absolutely no negative effect on vehicular accidents in order to continue our progressive march towards the Brave New World. “Public safety doesn’t decrease with increased access to marijuana, rather it improves,” Benjamin Hansen, one of the authors of the previous study, said...
  • Senate Approves Legislation to Get Self-Driving Cars On U.S. Roads

    10/01/2017 8:16:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 107 replies
    Futurism ^ | October 1, 2017 | Claudia Geib
    The Senate has agreed to pass legislation lifting regulations on manufacturers of self-driving cars. Full details will be announced the first week of October, but it's expected the bill will cover safety and manufacturing regulations as well as driver protection. Paving the Way United States roadways are one step closer to being traversed by driverless cars: on September 30, the Senate announced that it had reached an agreement to lift some of the regulations on manufacturers that made it harder to get self-driving cars on the road. “While this Senate self-driving vehicle legislation still has room for further changes,...
  • U.S. House to vote on self-driving car legislation next week

    08/31/2017 10:27:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 30, 2017 | by David Shepardson
    The U.S. House of Representatives will vote Wednesday on a sweeping proposal to speed the deployment of self-driving cars without human controls and bar states from blocking autonomous vehicles, congressional aides said. The bill, which was passed unanimously by a House panel in July, would allow automakers to obtain exemptions to deploy up to 25,000 vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards in the first year, a cap that would rise to 100,000 vehicles annually over three years. Automakers and technology companies including General Motors Co and Alphabet Inc’s’ self-driving unit Waymo have been pushing for new federal rules making...
  • Congress is about to hand over the keys to the big self-driving car companies — and that’s a problem

    07/26/2017 9:46:20 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Verge, the ^ | 19 July 2017 | Andrew J. Hawkins
    It was an unusual sight: Democrats and Republicans gently ribbing each other, giggling, and vowing to work closely together on legislation that is said to be vital to the health and safety of Americans. Of all the things that could bring both parties together in this era of rank partisanship, who would have thought it would be self-driving cars? The convivial atmosphere in today’s hearing by the House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, which was to mark-up a package of bills related to autonomous vehicles, was by design. After all, it was carefully cultivated by the big automakers...
  • Time to Cut the F & E Lines

    05/26/2017 7:29:01 AM PDT · by John Conlin · 33 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 5/26/2017 | John Conlin
    One of the biggest gold rushes of our time looks to be the anticipated market for autonomous (self-driving) vehicles. Worldwide there are companies and investors throwing billions at the market and what was predicted to happen in 10 years now looks like 2 at most. The ways autonomous vehicles will impact our daily lives are just now being contemplated but one impact is clear, they have the ability to completely change how we view public transportation, all for the better. We need to rid ourselves of a bus and rail-based paradigm for public transportation. A complete stop should be placed...
  • 'Autonomous Vehicles Provide an Avenue for Terrorism,' Congress Is Told

    02/15/2017 8:07:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 15, 2017 | 11:48 AM EST | Susan Jones
    As the nation speeds toward development of fully self-driving vehicles, here’s a speed bump to consider: Not only is hacking a “real threat,” but “autonomous vehicles provide an avenue for terrorism as well,” Congress was told on Tuesday. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) asked RAND Senior Information Scientist Nidhi Kalra, “How real is the threat of vehicle hacking” when it comes to autonomous vehicles. […] … “[A]utonomous vehicles provide an avenue for terrorism as well because there’s a way to use these vehicles to — you know — the threat is no longer sort of suicide bombers and — that blow...
  • The Ohio Turnpike gears up for self-driving car testing

    08/26/2016 7:04:59 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 69 replies
    13 ABC ^ | August 25, 2016 | Lissa Guyton
    TOLEDO (13abc Action News) - Self-driving cars are getting closer to becoming a reality in America. Testing is underway in a few places around the country and if you travel the Ohio Turnpike, you'll soon be sharing the road with them. We spoke with drivers and the head of the Ohio Turnpike Commission about the testing. The autonomous vehicles could be on the turnpike by the end of the year. The Ohio Turnpike will be turned into a test track of sorts for the emerging technology. Randy Cole is the Executive Director of the Turnpike Commission, "It's 241 miles of...
  • Auto erotic: Self-driving cars will let occupants bonk on the go (sex while the computer drives)

    05/03/2016 3:11:42 PM PDT · by dayglored · 39 replies
    The Register ^ | May 3, 2016 | Richard Chirgwin
    A Canadian car safety expert has introduced the world to a surprising moral panic, warning that if people no longer have to drive their cars, they'll have sex in them instead. The idea that an autonomous vehicle might become a “shaggin' wagon”* comes from Barrie Kirk, Executive Director of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Center of Excellence, who told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation “I am predicting that, once computers are doing the driving, there will be a lot more sex in cars”. Kirk's fear is that if the computer asks the human to take over at a crucial moment, their attention...
  • Google's self-driving cars crash 'surprisingly often,' but it's not their fault

    07/18/2015 6:28:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Mashable ^ | 07/18/2015 | Stan Schroeder
    Google's self-driving cars have got into quite a few accidents, but they've been caused by human-driven cars crashing into them, not the other way around. "Our self-driving cars are being hit surprisingly often by other drivers who are distracted and not paying attention to the road," head of Google's driverless car program Chris Urmson wrote in a blog post Thursday. He describes an incident in which a human-driven car (can you imagine: In a few years we may have to indicate that a car is human-driven more often than not) slammed into the back of Google's self-driving Lexus. Google's car,...
  • Many Options, No Single Solution to Nation's Traffic Snarls

    06/30/2015 10:47:03 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 27, 2015 | Joan Lowy
    The problem is clear: Traffic congestion will become significantly worse and more widespread without big changes in how people and products get around. Build more roads. Build more public transit. Rely on new technology. The possible solutions are many, but none is easy or cheap. A few ways to ease the nation's gridlock: ——— PUBLIC TRANSIT RENAISSANCE Ridership on public buses, trains and subways has reached its highest level nationally since the 1950s, and transit boosters cite this as evidence that expanded service and routes is a good investment. The nation's driving capital, Los Angeles, is making a multibillion-dollar investment...
  • Virginia Opens Its Roads To Self Driving Cars

    06/06/2015 11:11:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    Popular Science ^ | June 3, 2015 | Mary Beth Griggs
    Self-driving cars are taking to the streets in California this summer, but the Golden State isn't the only one opening its roads to autonomous cars.Virginia just announced that 70 miles of highway in the Commonwealth would be open to self-driving cars, like the cars in Google's fleet. Any autonomous vehicle wanting to travel those routes, called the Virginia Automated Corridors, will be overseen by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, which helped the state government plan the project.As the Richmond Times-Dispatchreports the plan is for companies to test how their cars react in real-world situations on highways packed with human drivers....
  • Google’s Homemade Self-Driving Cars to Hit Roads This Summer

    05/16/2015 6:22:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies ^ | 05/15/2015 | Mark Bergen
    Here’s something that irks Chris Urmson: Sometimes people will get in self-driving cars, the spectacularly complex piece of technology he runs at Google and to which he has devoted most of his scientific career, and leave with a shrug. Once, Urmson was riding in one of Google’s Lexus SUVs down a freeway. Several minutes in, his fellow passenger turned to him, nonplussed. “That’s it?” Urmson, recalling the story on Google’s Mountain View campus earlier this week, threw up his hands: “Do you have any idea how hard this is?!” Soon, there may be many more blasé reactions to one of...