Just before Christmas last year, Telia and Ericsson opened a 5G pilot network on Tallinn University of Technology's campus. It's a permanent network, created for TalTech scientists and the local startup hub to test new applications that need next-generation technology. Its first trial was to stream live 4K video from the Christmas market in Tallinn, which according to Telia Estonia, was the first live 4K broadcast in the region. Although it will take some time until mobile end users in Estonia can start signing up for 5G, there are other areas where the technology is already being put to use. One exciting project that's now powered by Telia's 5G network is ISEAuto, the first self-driving vehicle built in Estonia. ISEAuto is a last-mile autonomous shuttle, which is shorter and narrower than a Mini Cooper, although it is a meter higher than a Mini. It is being tested on the TalTech self-driving car track. The vehicle has six spaces for passengers or luggage, with a 47kW main motor … [Read more...] about What happens when driverless car meets delivery robot at an intersection?
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By Tim Higgins WSJ Thu., Jan. 17, 2019 LAS VEGAS—At a command center near the airport here, executives from automotive supplier Aptiv PLC showed why deploying robot cars will be far more complicated than many envisioned just a few years ago. With people in town for the annual CES tech show, Aptiv revealed its new operations with more than 300 people, rows of computer monitors and a 30-foot video screen. It’s all to track and keep a fleet of 75 autonomous cars operating. Thirty of those vehicles make up the 20-hours-a-day operation for passengers on Lyft Inc.’s app, taking riders across a 17-square-mile area around the Strip. Those cars already have made about 30,000 Lyft trips. “What was underappreciated by the industry is how long and how difficult it would be to industrialize the technology,” said Karl Iagnemma, president of Aptiv’s autonomous mobility. “Industrywide that recognition has dawned.” The hype that has … [Read more...] about Driverless Cars Tap the Brakes After Years of Hype
Slowly but surely, work on self-driving cars is progressing. Crashes still happen, tragic accidents come to pass every once in a while, and autonomous vehicles still make stupid mistakes that the most novice human drivers would avoid. But eventually, scientists and researchers will teach our cars to see the world and drive the streets on a level that equates or exceeds the skills of most human drivers. Hard Fork? Hard Fork. HARD FORK Distracted driving and DUI will become a thing of the past. Roads will become safer when humans are removed from behind the steering wheel. Accidents will become very rare happenings. But accidents will happen, and the question is, how should self-driving cars make decisions when a fatal accident and loss of life is inevitable? As it happens, we can’t make a definite decision. This is what a four-year-long online survey by MIT Media Labs shows. CalledMoral Machine, MIT’s test presents participants with 13 different driving … [Read more...] about How driverless cars choose who to kill is an ethical dilemma
As 2018 dawned, expectations for self-driving vehicles were sky-high: Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving car company, was testing fully driverless cars and preparing for a commercial launch in the Phoenix area. Uber was racking up millions of test miles for its own cars. Tesla was selling a "full self-driving" upgrade for its vehicles—though the feature wasn't actually shipping yet. Several times in 2016, CEO Elon Musk predicted that the technology would be ready in about two years. Self-driving technology seemed to be right around the corner. But then the industry was battered by bad news. In March, Uber was forced to drastically scale back its testing activities after an Uber vehicle hit and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. The same month, a Tesla customer died when his Autopilot-enabled Model X car slammed into a concrete lane divider. Waymo hasn't suffered such a catastrophic event. But its long-promised December launch of a commercial service in Phoenix, … [Read more...] about The hype around driverless cars came crashing down in 2018
The motoring sector is set to experience a huge shake-up over the next few months and years, as autonomous vehicles start to roll off production lines and become available for general sale. In fact, Tesla is already holding trials of its driverless Autopilot systems on roads throughout the UK. What’s more, Mercedes and Lexus are just two well-known car makers to have announced that they are researching autonomous car technology. That’s not all — automated technology is being tested by Google, while rumours are also swirling that Apple and BMW have formed a partnership which will see the duo manufacture its own vehicle, with speculation abound that this automobile will be automated as well.Despite all the work that is going on involving autonomous cars though, the feelings of the general public about the technology still appear to be split. Take an independent survey of 10,000 drivers carried out by the RSA Insurance Group as an example. While close to six in ten … [Read more...] about Driverless cars: A helping hand for the elderly?