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Old Posted Jun 11, 2019, 10:56 PM
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I for one cant wait for driverless cars. You can sleep on the way to work or drink and drive without getting a DUI.
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Old Posted Aug 26, 2019, 11:56 PM
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They're nowhere close to getting this to work. The demo can't even get to the demo zone by itself. Then when it gets there, traffic is light and the weather is perfect. Ooh, and it's like 11am, not 11pm.

We're 50 years from being able to ride a self-driving car in the cold rain in Pittsburgh at 11pm in February.
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Old Posted Aug 27, 2019, 12:08 AM
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I for one cant wait for driverless cars. You can sleep on the way to work or drink and drive without getting a DUI.
I was in Phoenix in July and the Waymo vehicles are all over the place. I think it's getting close. Give it another 10 years or so.
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Old Posted Aug 27, 2019, 4:32 AM
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I was in Phoenix in July and the Waymo vehicles are all over the place. I think it's getting close. Give it another 10 years or so.

50. They're testing in the desert southwest because they have no hope of getting this stuff to work in foul weather until affordable sensory equipment exists that can function while covered in splattered mud and snow.

I mean, go up to one of those Waymo cars and wing some pizza sauce at it. They're done.
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I for one cant wait for driverless cars. You can sleep on the way to work or drink and drive without getting a DUI.
Lol, this basically explains why Uber exists.

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Old Posted Sep 11, 2019, 6:49 PM
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https://www.vox.com/2019/9/11/208508...bill-uber-lyft

I can't help but wonder what implications this may have for autonomous vehicles. If this begins to spread to other states, will leaders of Uber/Lyft see this as an incentive to invest more into making autonomous ride sharing happen sooner as it will eliminate the need to cover "employees"? Then again, maybe there is still enough of a gap between what we have now and a reality where driverless cars are everywhere.
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Self-driving car only lanes? They're coming to an autonomous corridor in Michigan

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/s...idor-michigan/

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- A future stretch of road between Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan, will be home to road lanes marked exclusively for self-driving cars in the future. The state and private partner Cavnue announced Thursday the creation of a new public-private duo to build the first kind of autonomous car corridor in Southeast Michigan to help accelerate testing. Eventually, the end goal is to close "long-standing gaps" to transportation access in the area.

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Old Posted Sep 28, 2020, 7:25 PM
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Why we’re still years away from having self-driving cars

https://www.vox.com/recode/2020/9/25...ill-years-away

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- Everything from programming vehicles to follow the rules of the road to getting them to communicate with human drivers and pedestrians forever ending, for instance, that infuriating indecisiveness we all encounter when trying to determine who should go first at a four-way stop is giving engineers fits. Even further in the weeds: developing sensors that can work flawlessly in all kinds of weather and visibility conditions, and teaching cars how to respond to all the so-called “edge cases” they’ll encounter on the road, such as comprehending the difference between a flock of birds dashing across the road or wind-blown leaves that are fine to run down. Also, cars don’t drive in a vacuum, the roads and infrastructure, as well as federal, state, and local regulations, have to accommodate fleets of robocars, and the public has to be on board, too. Many puzzle pieces must fall perfectly into place.

- The reality is that while roads themselves are generally orderly and well-known environments, what actually happens on them is anything but. Humans are proficient behind the wheel, but they’re also imprecise and occasionally wayward. So until 100 percent of the vehicles on the road are fully autonomous, something many analysts think is actually highly unlikely, every autonomous vehicle will have to be able to respond to the edge cases plus countless quirks and tics exhibited by human drivers on a daily basis. It’s the stuff we’re able to swat away without missing a beat while driving ourselves, but getting computers to try to manage it is a really big deal. — But don’t fret. Highly automated driving remains a very real proposition, one that’s being enabled not merely by fast-talking CEOs but by technology that’s indeed racing forward even if it’s not as fast as we’d hoped.

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Old Posted Sep 28, 2020, 8:02 PM
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I have always thought that self-driving cars are much ado about nothing.

Even if they perfect the technology it crosses too many legal barriers. One of the primary ones is insurance. When there is an accident and the car is completely self-driving, how can the individual not driving it be held responsible? Isn't that a akin to causing an accident and holding the passengers equally liable?

Of course what about the drivers test? Are they even necessary anymore and should anyone who can push a button be able to drive regardless of the ability or even age?
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China’s cities will soon be crawling with self-driving robotaxis

https://www.fastcompany.com/90553995...ving-robotaxis

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- As the taxi drove itself through Shenzhen’s bustling streets, Bill Russo marveled from the passenger seat. Be it a scooter making a U-turn in front of the robotaxi, or a nearby driver who decided to go straight instead of following the legal left or right turns marked on the road, there was no shortage of obstacles for the self-driving car. Granted, there was a flesh-and-blood driver behind the wheel of the vehicle, which is part of startup AutoX’s autonomous car pilot program that publicly launched in China mid-August, but he would only take control in an emergency. --- However, Russo, who is the chairman of the Automotive Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, says AutoX’s AI was so effective that the emergency driver “never had to intervene” during the 70-minute ride. That level of sophistication is needed for companies such as AutoX and Didi, the latter being the ride-hailing company that recently launched a competing AV pilot program in China. That’s because, according to Russo, “Companies in China . . . are trying to do the black diamond, to use a skiing metaphor, and not a bunny hill.”

- Such companies could gather even more momentum thanks to a slew of infrastructure investment that the Chinese government announced earlier this year. That includes a 62-mile expressway connecting Beijing and neighboring Xiong’an that has several lanes dedicated to autonomous cars and was built by driverless construction vehicles. The paving was completed in mid-August, and the road will officially open in 2021. --- Russo, who is also the founder and CEO of the consulting company Automobility, says government funding is also focused on boosting China’s 5G infrastructure. The goal is to “allow for high-speed communication between autonomous vehicles and the network, which has eyes in the sky and helps the car see all around itself,” he says. --- Russo, who is also the founder and CEO of the consulting company Automobility, says government funding is also focused on boosting China’s 5G infrastructure. The goal is to “allow for high-speed communication between autonomous vehicles and the network, which has eyes in the sky and helps the car see all around itself,” he says.

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Futuristic All-Electric Autonomous Delivery Pods Now Available Worldwide

https://interestingengineering.com/f...able-worldwide

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- Swedish freight mobility company, Einride, unveiled its next-gen autonomous electric Pod on a commercial and global level. With updates and new features, the futuristic Pod is quite a sight. As of 2019, Einride became the first company to create a completely autonomous and electric heavy transport vehicle for the road. Now, with its updates and new Pod features, it's still way ahead of its competition. --- As the Einride Pod has no driver's compartment, the company had to "develop a proprietary methodology for describing the use cases for Autonomous Electric Transport (AET)," as per its press release.

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Old Posted Oct 17, 2020, 5:46 PM
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Driverless shuttle launches in downtown Tampa

https://www.tampabay.com/news/transp...owntown-tampa/

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- A 16-foot shuttle that cruised down N Marion Street at 15 mph Friday morning lacked two common things: a steering wheel and a driver. Instead, GPS, radar and light sensors guided the shuttle through intersections and past cars. When needed, an onboard shuttle specialist picked up an X-box controller and helped navigate around traffic cones and construction crews. --- “For the most part, we’re about 93-percent autonomous,” said Beep junior support engineer Rhys Reid, 19, as he paused the shuttle at a Kennedy Boulevard traffic light Friday. “In certain cases, the shuttle’s not smart enough to make a decision on its own yet. In that case, the shuttle specialist on board will have to decide, ‘I don’t think it’s safe to do this, let me engage manual mode.’”

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It's high time we had a thread dedicated to autonomous cars on this page.
If this works out, autonomous cars will be the biggest transportation innovation to occur in our lifetimes. No one knows what kind of change self-driving and self-parking german auto spare parts will have on current transportation trends - but most analysts agree the disruption will be huge.

Will people need to own cars anymore, or will large public fleets of autonomous taxis be enough?
What will the role of buses and public transportation be?
When cars can park themselves, will there be a need for parking requirements anymore?

As for news items:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/0...n_5401375.html

"Google's New Driverless Car Has No Brake Pedal Or Steering Wheel"

Very Interesting post. Got to know something new. But I believe it will take years to get accessible to all people. Every new innovation is costly in the beginning. Just take the case of new iPhones!
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Yes, and progress is still happening.
Here's something I hadn't considered: Covid safety!

Google had shut down their Waymo testing in March, but now they're back to operating their test program. (You need to live within a certain geo-fenced area of phoenix, AZ, and be invited to join their program to ride.)
Due to Covid, they are taking extra precautions. The most obvious is that they are removing the test driver from the vehicles that passengers will be riding in! I think that's really cool:

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Old Posted Oct 27, 2020, 1:57 AM
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FYI, last week Tesla released its FSD (Full Self Driving) Beta software to some of its customer-test drivers, and the videos have been extremely promising:

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As a reminder, Tesla likes to release Beta software to its customer fleet. Through feedback from the customers, Tesla is able to refine its software from awkward to usable to excellent.

FSD is slated for a wide release (to all Tesla customers who bought the FSD option) by the end of the year. I am one of those customers, and I super, SUPER stoked for this!
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50. They're testing in the desert southwest because they have no hope of getting this stuff to work in foul weather until affordable sensory equipment food photographers in Dubai exists that can function while covered in splattered mud and snow.

I mean, go up to one of those Waymo cars and wing some pizza sauce at it. They're done.
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