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Blind trust, culture clashes and robot empathy: Mercedes-Benz on autonomous cars

Posted on May 15, 2019 in Cars, Perspective, Technology

At CES 2019, Mercedes-Benz revealed the Urbanetic autonomous shuttle, a futuristic proof-of-concept to illustrate the kind of work that is...

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How Nissan’s ‘invisible-to-visible’ tech could pave the way for autonomous cars

Posted on May 14, 2019 in Cars, Perspective, Technology

Nissan’s engineers are working on more than just cars. At CES 2019, the Japanese automaker unveiled “invisible-to-visible” (I2V) tech that...

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Accessibility must be at the heart of new transport tech

Posted on May 14, 2019 in Buses, Cars, Perspective, Technology

New modes of transport and pioneering technologies should transform travel for older people and those with disabilities, the government...

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Elon Musk’s hefty anti-LIDAR gamble undermines Tesla chances of survival

Posted on May 12, 2019 in Cars, Perspective, Technology

Readers have asked me to augment my remarks about Tesla’s Investor Autonomy Day, in which I had indicated Elon Musk decidedly and...

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Hitting the Books: Autonomous cars will do more than drive you around

Posted on May 11, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

The idea that the ideal future involves fleets of shared-use autonomous cars does not acknowledge the true nature of how humans interact...

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A bet on Uber is a bet on self-driving

Posted on May 10, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

On Friday morning, Uber executives rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange as their 10-year-old, $82 billion company went...

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What do you think you know about self-driving cars? What the experts say may surprise you

Posted on May 10, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

Cars that completely drive themselves in showrooms a year from now? It’s a common misconception, consumer safety advocates and auto...

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Elon Musk is wrong on robotaxi timing, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says

Posted on May 10, 2019 in Cars, News, Perspective

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told CNBC he agrees with Tesla CEO Elon Musk that the future of mobility is electric, but he disagrees with...

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Believing machines can out-do people may fuel acceptance of self-driving cars

Posted on May 9, 2019 in Cars, Perspective, Technology

In order for self-driving cars to hit the streets, more people may need to concede that machines can outperform humans, at least in some...

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An MIT-trained Intel autonomous-driving exec explains why Tesla, Uber and Lyft are in a robo-taxi race for their lives

Posted on May 9, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

If you have to choose a ridesharing executive to listen to on the future of human drivers as robo-taxis rise, take controversial former...

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Talk of Lyft and Alphabet’s ‘self-driving robotaxis’ is linguistic fraud

Posted on May 8, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

One of the most infuriating things in life is when a phrase or word is used, but it suddenly means the exact opposite of its traditional...

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Waymo CTO: In a natural disaster, self-driving cars must recognize their limits

Posted on May 8, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

Even in an ideal situation, getting a car to safely shuttle a passenger around without a human driver is an insanely difficult task. The...

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Consumer scepticism in autonomous vehicles remains unresolved

Posted on May 8, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

The development and spread of advanced ‘semi-automated’ features among personal vehicles has been bold. The fact that non-premium...

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An inconvenient truth: Human drivers and autonomous cars mix like oil and water

Posted on May 7, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

For those automakers and tech firms aiming to produce a truly autonomous car, considered a Level 5, they are using our public roadways as...

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Confidence that your self-driving car won’t drive off a cliff while you’re sleeping

Posted on May 7, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

The high-tech and automotive industries are coming to terms with the likelihood that a truly driverless car – one in which it’s safe...

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What’s the piece-of-the-pie for driverless cars in $2 trillion infrastructure plan?

Posted on May 7, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

There are emerging discussions that perhaps Congress and the White House might agree to a rather significant spend on America’s...

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COMMENT: Autonomous vehicle maps must combine precision with flexibility

Posted on May 6, 2019 in Buses, Cars, Perspective, Technology, Trucks

Navigation has been a core component of the automotive industry for decades. While the market today has progressed far from its paper...

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Tesla crash lawsuit nails the achilles heel of driverless cars

Posted on May 5, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

When you were a young child, you might have placed your hand near a stovetop that was hot or tried to grab the handle of a pot or pan that...

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Who wins when robot race cars cross the finish line? Consumers who want self-driving tech

Posted on May 5, 2019 in Cars, Perspective, Technology

“Racing improves the breed” is a bon mot that’s been likely bantered about since one person told two other people on...

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Are 175 million Americans right about driverless cars? Remarkably, yes

Posted on May 3, 2019 in Cars, News, Perspective

There are numerous online surveys and phone-based polls being taken about whether or not the lay public is ready for the advent of...

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