Aston Martin’s Flying Taxi Looks Like Some Sci Fi Air Racer
Between the impressive DBS Superleggera and the downright outrageous Cygnet V8, Aston has been making some pretty big blips on our radar as of late. Now, we’ve got something else to ogle - it’s called the Volante Vision Concept, and it’s meant to “explore luxury personal air mobility” to fly you and yours to any urban or inter-city destination with ease.
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Roborace DevBot Completes Goodwood Hillclimb without a Driver (Video)
This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed saw many sports cars hit the Hillclimb circuit, but the iconic race track was also lapped by a couple of autonomous cars. WhileSiemens’ first-gen Ford Mustang had issues driving in a straight line, the Roborace DevBot had a more consistent run up the hill.
Siemens’ Self-Driving Mustang Struggles Up the Goodwood Hill (Video)
More and more automakers are entering the autonomous car business in an effort to make traffic safer for both drivers and pedestrians. But, while car makers are developing state-of-the-art vehicles, Siemens added self-driving technology to a first-generation Ford Mustang. And the pony car was just showcased at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
GM’s First Self-Driving Vehicle Could Carry the Name AV1
In a surprising move, Ford and the Volkswagen Group announced today that they are seeking a strategic alliance to increase competitiveness in the segment of commercial vehicles. Representatives of both companies addressed the public explaining that the potential alliance will enable them “to better serve the evolving needs of customers globally.”
Jaguar Land Rover goes Off-Road with its Autonomous Technology
Although Jaguar Land Rover seems to be silently developing its autonomous technology, it is actually leading itself into the no-tarmac region. Forget about getting ferried driverless on the highways; with an investment of $4.9 million, JLR plans to take you off-road without one! Why use your technology on the roads when you can go off the beaten path?
Project Cortex: Land Rover’s Bet on Fully Autonomous Off-Roading
We’ve seen fully autonomous driving technology used in a variety of different applications, from simple A-to-B cruising and people moving, to high-speed racing and performance. Now, Jaguar Land Rover is taking the robo chauffeurs off the beaten path as part of a new all-terrain self-driving research project.
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Rolls-Royce Isn’t Rushing To Develop Autonomous Driving Tech Because It’s Been Using it For Years
Rolls-Royce may have succumbed to the growing demand of SUVs all over the world, but don’t expect the British luxury brand to do the same with semi-autonomous driving technology. Rolls has no interest in joining that race because, in its mind, most people who own Rolls-Royce models don’t even drive them. They have chauffeurs that drive the cars for them.
Despite Technological Advances, Jaguar Aims to Always Produce True Driver-Oriented Sports Cars
Just because autonomous cars are expected to become daily drivers for a lot of people one day, that doesn’t mean traditional, performance-driven cars are going to become obsolete in the future. That’s the sentiment expressed by Jaguar Land Rover’s head of product strategy, Hanno Kirner. According to Kirner, enthusiast-centric cars could still thrive amidst the changing landscape of the industry, largely because interest in them will never go away.
The Audi Aicon Self-Driving Car Will Start Cruising the Streets in 2021
Self-driving cars are getting more and more sophisticated by the day. Despite recent news about autonomous cars failing, many automakers are in the race to develop a successful, safe autonomous car. Audi has thrown its hat in the mix as well with its fully self-driving car based on the Aicon Concept Car, and it will hit the roads in 2021. Read on to know more.
Uber’s Fatal Crash Caused Because Its Software Chose to Ignore the Cyclist in the Road
At this point, you already know about Uber’s fatal crash, and you know that neither the vehicle (artificial intelligence) or the person behind the wheel applied the brakes. Well, a report coming out of The Information cites sources close to the matter, saying that the software identified the cyclist but chose to ignore it. Let me repeat that. The car’s sensors realized there was a pedestrian in the road, but made a decision not to react right away.
This sounds like a clear-cut case AI taking the chance kill (let’s not forget about that robot that said it wanted to kill the human race) but the truth is that Uber’s software was “tuned” to ignore false positives. So, what is a false positive? Think about a plastic bag in the road or somebody’s old beer can rolling around in the street. It happens, and we all ignore it too. Uber claims that it’s simply a case of tuning gone wrong, or in other words, Uber’s software was set to react less to certain objects in the road. So much for erring on the side of caution.
Like Cell Phones and High-Resolution Cameras, the Government Will Get Self-Driving Cars First
Word has it that our streets will be significantly safer once the human element is taken out of driving. AI in self-driving cars will be able to reduce accidents to nil overnight when human drivers are a thing of the past. But, the government has another use for self-driving cars, and it’s about saving lives too. It’s about keeping soldiers out of danger by sending supply convoys out on their own. This will (probably) require AI that’s capable of detecting and dispatching threats automatically as well, but you get the point – no soldiers in route, no casualties are possible.
Deep down, we all knew this would happen, but we never really spoke about it. Now, the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Michael Griffen, has told Bloomberg that the U.S. Military will have self-driving technology first. In fact, he was pretty certain of the notion and even said that simple algorithms would be all that is needed as most supply runs don’t have to worry about human pedestrians, street signs, or other obstacles. With Griffin admitting that 52-percent of casualties in combat zones can be traced back to supply runs and logistical activities, this could turn out to take a significant role in saving the lives of our men and women in uniform.
With that said, there’s no word as to what private companies the Pentagon could team up with, but when you consider the strides made recently, especially by brands like Tesla, it seems like the Government could have self-driving vehicles as soon as next year. Furthermore, the government could also use the technology for things tanks, bomb detection, bomb disarming, wounded soldier retrieval, explosive disposal, and reconnaissance, among other things.
Study Shows That Autonomous Cars May Require Additional Licensing, Laws to Ban Drivers from ANY AND ALL Distractions While on the Road
In case you’re already dreaming of one day owning an electric car that will allow you to browse your social media accounts on your mobile phone or doze off as the car brings you to work, you might want to hold off on those dreams. A new study conducted by autonomous vehicle consortium Venturer suggested that laws should be put in place to ban drivers from doing those things when they’re inside a moving autonomous car.
Waymo and Honda May Develop an Autonomous Delivery Vehicle After All
Honda and Waymo are on the verge of developing an autonomous delivery vehicle, a culmination of a partnership that first surfaced in late 2016. The plans for the vehicle involve the two companies designing and developing it from scratch as part of a future delivery service that will include vehicles Alphabet CEO John Krafcik described as being capable of carrying both people and goods, among other capabilities.
Arizona Cries Foul; Suspends Uber’s Authorization to Test Self-Driving Cars
Last week, we reported on an accident in Tempe, Arizona, wherein a pedestrian was struck and killed by a Volvo XC90 SUV conducting self-driving technology testing on behalf of the popular ride-hailing app Uber. In a recent development, Arizona officials have suspended all of Uber’s self-driving testing in the state.
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Onboard Video of Uber’s Fatal Crash Proves Humans, Nor Machines Can be Trusted
Before we get to a video that will probably give you chills and your kid’s nightmares, let me just point out that, while some outlets claim this is the first fatal accident involving a self-driving car in the States, it isn’t. Remember when the Tesla Model S didn’t recognize a semi truck in front of it and killed its driver? Yeah, that happened. Be that as it may, Tesla isn’t in the spotlight today; Uber is, and so is the entire human race. We have this technology that, when properly developed and tested, could be absolutely amazing and save lives. Yet, we’re putting it in the hands of the general public for testing and, if Tesla drivers haven’t proven they don’t have the discipline to test a potentially dangerous technology, this Uber driver definitely has.
Subaru Will Probably Kill Off Its Manual Transmission Because Eyesight Isn’t Compatible
In a bid to make its cars safer, Subaru will look to double down on its high-tech Eyesight suite of features. Unfortunately, that could mean the death of its manual transmission offering, which so far is not compatible with Eyesight.
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Italian Design House Icona, the maker of show cars like the Fuselage, Vulcano, Neo, and the one-off Icona Vulcano Titanium, will make their first Geneva appearance with the Icona Nucleus – another self-driving car without a steering wheel and the desire to make trips from A to B relaxing. Unlike some of the recent concepts we’ve seen, this thing has level 5 autonomy (yeah, right!) and features a first-class-like cabin. As futuristic as they get, it also doesn’t have side glass, but instead a semi-transparent body panel that will allow you to see outside the vehicle while maintaining complete privacy.
The interior is lush and comfortable and can accommodate six people. Icona says the seats can be moved on demand and can even become a large couch. There are also electrical connections and even a table that will allow passengers to work in route, should they not be able to get away from work for a few minutes. There is no dash or steering wheel, which really isn’t that surprising.
All told, the only realistic thing about this concept is its overall size. It measures 5.25 meters (17.22 feet) in length, 2.12 meters (6.95 feet) wide, and 1.75 meters (5.74 feet) high. Oddly, it rides on 26-inch wheels while the crazy windscreen, wheel arch blades and underbody diffuser contribute to a CoD of just 0.25. While some of this sounds great and all, this thing is about 20 years or so ahead of its time. We would, however, like to take a seat inside the cabin. It looks quite comfy don’t you think?
Come April, Self-Driving Cars Will Take California Roadways Without a Driver in the Seat
Driverless cars can now operate in California beginning in April as part of new regulations passed by the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. The new regulations make it possible for automakers developing autonomous driving technology to test or operate self-driving cars in the state without the presence of a safety driver behind the wheel. But, that doesn’t mean a driver isn’t involved. Keep reading to find out how.
Someone Spotted Renault’s Geneva-Bound Mobility Concept and Boy is it Fugly!
Watch the Airbus Vahana Take a Big Step Toward Air Bound Mobility
The Airbus Vahana project is one of the many projects that shed light on what the future of autonomous mobility could be like, and you can now watch it take a very quick flight – a feat that proves Airbus, at least, is on the right track to the flying-car future we’ve all fantasized about for so long. It’s nothing like science fiction promised, and for all intents and purposes, it’s basically a self-flying helicopter with a handful of small propellers. That doesn’t mean it isn’t one of, if not the most, feasible prototype operating today.
In the video below, you won’t get to see much. In fact, at this point, a “successful flight” results in a simple climb of 16 feet and a total flight time of around 53 seconds. Of course, that’s still closer to flying cars than we were a couple of years ago and this working prototype could lead to a commercialized version being on the market as early as 2020 should these successful flights continue with more longevity. That, seemingly inevitable, future is still a while away, so until then, check out the video below.
First Flight of Airbus Passenger Drone a Complete Success
Just when you thought that there were limits to human vision and determination, Airbus comes out and proves you wrong. The aviation company announced in 2016 its plans to develop an autonomous flying taxi drone. Two years later, those plans have become reality. The unmanned aircraft, called Vahana, recently completed its first test flight, and it was a rip-roaring success. We may still be years away from seeing passenger drones take to the skies, but now we know that it’s possible. What a time to be alive, right?