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
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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?
James Titcomb Follow 9 December 2018 • 8:00pm In 2012, Sergey Brin made a bold prediction. Within five years, Google’s co-founder claimed, members of the public would be able to ride in cars that can drive themselves. Not everybody took Brin seriously at the time, and not only because he was going through a phase of wearing the peculiar Google Glass headset at every public appearance. Google had been testing driverless cars for just three years, and few knew how much progress the company was making. But it turns out that Brin’s prediction was only off by a year. Last week Waymo, a subsidiary of the search company’s Alphabet parent that was spun off from Google two years ago, launched a commercial driverless taxi service to the public. In... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week … [Read more...] about Waymo’s slow progress shows driverless cars are further away than once hoped
If you’re walking around the streets of Hounslow, West London in the coming weeks you may spy a driverless car on the road. The DRIVEN consortium - which encompasses autonomous vehicle software provider Oxbotica, insurance provider AXA XL and security company Nominent - has announced it will begin trials in the London borough this month, following the success of similar trials in Oxford. Oxbotica, one of the leading software providers in the driverless car space, has revamped Ford cars to fit them with its Selenium autonomous software, radar and lidar sensors, on-board computers and cameras. The modified cars will be on the road in Hounslow, using this technology to gather data to map streets, such as the contents of street signs and the meanings of lane markings, so that the vehicles understand the complexities of each road. These trials will be repeated several times over the coming weeks, at different periods of the day, so the vehicles get used to how the streets … [Read more...] about Oxbotica’s driverless cars are coming to a London street near you
Driverless cars are to be tested on the streets of London this week as part of a plan to deploy the UK's first completely autonomous fleet on British roads by Christmas. A Government-backed consortium will deploy cars to map the streets of Hounslow in West London to teach them to understand road signs and lane markings following successful tests in Oxford. The cars will be able to share data with each other, such as warnings about obstacles on the road, to improve how vehicles perform under different conditions on the road. The consortium, led by Oxford University spinoff Oxbotica, aims to run a fleet of autonomous vehicles between Oxford and London in 2019 following tests in both cities. The consortium, which also includes insurance provider AXA, UK registry domain Nominet and Telefonica, was awarded an £8.6 million grant from Innovate UK to run the trials. Dr Graeme Smith, chief … [Read more...] about Driverless cars to be tested in London ahead of launch this Christmas