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Suppose a nation-state took over self-driving cars within its sovereignty

Posted on Nov 10, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

The 50th anniversary of the Internet was recently celebrated by those that trace the origins of the vaunted worldwide web to the first...

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Four visions for the future of public transport

Posted on Nov 8, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

The way people get around is starting to change, and as a professor of transport strategy I do rather wonder if the modes of transport we...

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Just how far ahead is Tesla in self-driving?

Posted on Nov 8, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

Autonomous driving cars have emerged as a hot buzz word in the automotive industry over the last few years, with companies ranging from...

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Beyond the robo-taxi: Great customer experiences will define self-driving

Posted on Nov 5, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

When most people talk about why autonomous vehicles will be successful, they tend to focus on the self-driving software alone. Don’t get...

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Agility and flexibility essential on the path to the autonomous truck

Posted on Nov 4, 2019 in Perspective, Trucks

Today’s transportation industry faces numerous technology-enabled challenges. Truck makers are faced with the need to develop autonomous,...

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How reality has exceeded our expectations about self-driving vehicles

Posted on Nov 4, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

The evolution of autonomous vehicles illustrates to what extent many people, including any number of experts, do not understand...

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The surprisingly boring road to self-driving cars

Posted on Nov 3, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

At last, it is here! The truly self-driving car, no human behind the wheel! For the public! …A few hundred of them, in a closed beta, in a...

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On Frankenstein results when self-driving cars go rogue

Posted on Oct 31, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

It’s Halloween and time to get into those scary outfits, including famous outcasts such as Dracula and Frankenstein. Speaking of...

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Five components of autonomous car security

Posted on Oct 31, 2019 in Cars, Perspective, Technology

Among all AI solutions, I believe the cybersecurity of autonomous cars is the most crucial aspect. One incident alone affecting human...

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Tesla full self driving: Feature complete ≠ experienced driver

Posted on Oct 29, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

There is much confusion about “feature complete” Full Self Driving, a Tesla-only product. Many think that is when Full Self Driving is...

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Bad news: Self-driving cars may be roaming empty much of the time

Posted on Oct 23, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

Running a ridesharing or ride-hailing business these days is not for the faint of heart. Both Uber and Lyft are infamous for losing...

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China’s drive to dominate autonomous cars

Posted on Oct 22, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

While Silicon Valley took an early lead in the race to develop autonomous vehicles, many observers believe it will soon be surpassed by...

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Will autonomous cars eradicate driving jobs? Don’t hold your breath

Posted on Oct 22, 2019 in Cars, News, Perspective

Automation, job security, and truck driving were center stage at last week’s Democratic debate. Andrew Yang and Elizabeth Warren in...

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Updated: 42 primers on driverless car innovation and disruption

Posted on Oct 22, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

“Baloney” and “nonsense” captured the zeitgeist of many reactions to my early articles on the potential of Google’s self-driving car...

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Tesla’s Musk is overpromising again on self-driving cars

Posted on Oct 22, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

Tesla’s Elon Musk is well known for over-promising when the company’s cars and features will be available and how many will be produced....

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Zoox cofounder Jesse Levinson says there’s ‘no chance’ Tesla will launch fully self-driving cars next year, despite Elon Musk’s claims

Posted on Oct 22, 2019 in Cars, News, Perspective

When asked if there’s “any chance” that Tesla will have fully self-driving cars ready next year as Tesla CEO Elon Musk...

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Why Elon Musk is wrong about LiDAR technology

Posted on Oct 21, 2019 in Cars, Perspective, Technology

Earlier this year, at one of Tesla’s events, the company’s famous founder, Elon Musk proclaimed that, “LiDAR is a fool’s errand,” and...

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The problem with all self-driving cars looking alike

Posted on Oct 20, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

Have you ever seen a sea of yellow cabs, all of which seem indistinguishable from each other? It used to be that if you booked a yellow...

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Autonomous car trials: are they smart or reckless?

Posted on Oct 19, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

Later this year, a Nissan Leaf will travel from Cranfield University to Sunderland, a distance of 230 miles. It will navigate roundabouts,...

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Tesla Smart Summon is deemed safe enough & came just in time

Posted on Oct 17, 2019 in Cars, Perspective

Some argue that Tesla Smart Summon should not be released because it is “beta” software. That is not a strong argument. According to...

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