Autonomous Technology

SO, BMW WANTS TO BUILD NETWORKS OF ELEVATED CYCLING PATHS

This week, the automaker’s somewhat redundantly named Research, New Technologies, Innovations division, based in Mountain View, Tokyo, and Seoul, revealed its idea of building a network of bike lanes above street level. It’s called the E3 Way—that’s for elevated, electric, and efficient—and BMW says it could help growing cities everywhere fight congestion and ease emissions by making cycling a safer, more convenient, and thus more popular way to get around

Uber signs deal to buy up to 24,000 autonomous vehicles from Volvo

Arbib said Uber drivers shouldn’t worry about getting a new job immediately but should take note of the company’s long-term strategy.
“You’ll probably be okay for the next three or four years,” he said, “but it would be wise to begin planning for a different long-term future.” So much for being caller a uber ‘partner’! Atleast the company will probably not face the issue of full time employees vs contractors they faced. The robot revolution will hit the transportation industry faster than we all imagined becos it is YUGE!

PREPPING SELF-DRIVING CARS FOR THE WORLD’S MOST CHAOTIC CITIES

Unstructured Driving:Even Patriots fans look like goody two-shoes compared to developing world drivers who have little to zero respect for lanes, traffic signals, warning signs, and speed limits.”There are no rules here. Everything is possible,” said Daniel Asmar, a computer-vision expert and engineering professor at the American University of Beirut. “Humans can deal quite well with that, even if they get frustrated and honk at each other.” For computers, the chaos would be an enormous challenge.

 

Are those 80,000 pound trucks tailgating each other? Soon it may be perfectly normal — and safe

If you look to the next lane and see two 18-wheelers roar past at 70 mph with just 10 yards between them, you’ll probably think they are dangerously close.A wave of new technology intended to make trucks safer — using radar, cameras and reflective light scanning — is sweeping the industry. By next year, much of it may be combined to put pairs of trucks on the road at a distance that before would not have been possible or safe.

SELF-DRIVING CARS WILL KILL PEOPLE. WHO DECIDES WHO DIES?

Like any computer, a driverless car will not do anything unless instructed. A programmer can’t simply give it instructions for most scenarios and avoid thinking about edge cases. At the same time, a driverless car must make decisions within a fraction of a second. There is no opportunity to present the circumstances to an external, human “road jury” for review.

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