By January next year, residents of the UK might start seeing cars without drivers, or at least without manual driver interference, on public roads. The legalization of these types of autonomous vehicle is part of the country's efforts to bill itself as place that is conducive for building and testing self-driving cars.
Google has been working valiantly on its self-driving (autonomous) car, as well as certain auto makers like Volvo. China's Baidu has revealed that it is also entering the self-driving car industry, only its system won't entirely get rid of the driver, instead serving as an "intelligent assistant".
A restricted document obtained by The Guardian reveals the FBI's focus on self-driving cars, one that is, naturally, rather pessimistic. The bureau warns that autonomous vehicles can potentially aid in nefarious activities, including functioning as someone's combination get away car and driver.
Google is making its own self-driving cars, and it wants you to see them. The surprise announcement of a fleet of autonomous vehicles - based on Google’s many thousands of miles of research driving, but without the safety backup of traditional controls - to test their viability was notable not only for how audacious Google is being, but for the scale of the challenge its chosen design presents to the current car industry behemoths.
It is the future and the joy of going to work involves a quick car booking and then off to office in a driver-less car. To put things into perspective, you probably belong to the urban landscape where carpools and owning a car are redundant. To realize this scene, a team of researchers at MIT, Stanford, and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology suggest that the best way to cut down commuting time and city cars is to implement Autonomous Cars.
Responding to questions from Charlie Rose at a TED Q&A session, Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page shared to the crowd and to the world his vision of the future. And this involves, among other things, computers that are able to understand and perhaps do things that their owners aren't exactly good at.
Typically, when we talk about autonomous vehicles, we are talking about Google and major automakers trying to get the tech ready for the roads around the nation. The US military is also looking to a future of autonomous vehicles that will allow convoys to deliver goods through hostile territory without putting soldiers at risk.
The Google-owned Japanese robotics company SCHAFT has won the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials by a wide margin. It scored 27 out of 32 points, beating its nearest competitor IHMC Robotics by seven points. Coming up third was Tartan rescue with 18 points, and MIT following that with 16 points.
With the purchase of Boston Dynamics, Google has become the proud owner of a robotics company - for the 8th time. This is not Google's first acquisition of a company in the robotics industry, nor will it be the last. What we've got instead is the continued efforts of the big G to collect the best minds in the industry to push forth their own efforts in robotics for the distant future.
Self-driving cars could cut crash and road injury rates by 90-percent and save the US economy by around $450bn each year, a new thinktank report suggests, though the technology risks being hamstrung by expensive components and a "disparate patchwork" of regulations. The independent research by the Eno Center for Transportation into autonomous vehicles such as Google's self-driving cars and similar projects from Nissan, Toyota, Mercedes and others argues that, since driver error is calculated to be the primary reason behind more than 90-percent of crashes, removing humans from their responsibility behind the wheel could save a huge amount of lives and money.