Tesla Model S Drove On Autopilot and Saved The Drunk Driver’s Life
We have been hearing stories about how the autonomous system has failed in cars and even killed people in some cases. How about we talk about a life-saving incident for a change? A 45-year old man in his Tesla Model S was spotted by the cops cruising on an expressway fast asleep. They chased the car for minutes before successfully stopping it. Imagine the dire consequences had it not been for the Autopilot system.
Uber Planning To Revive Its Self-Driving Car Program With The Help Of A Former NHTSA Official
Uber has decided to revive its self-driving car program nine months after the fatal crash in Tempe, Arizona that took the life of an innocent pedestrian. Uber has hired a former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) official, Nat Beuse, to work in the company’s self-driving car program. According to Reuters, Nat Beuse previously oversaw vehicle safety research at the NHTSA.
Volvo and Google Come Together to Create an Android-Based Infotainment OS for Cars
The big news from Volvo’s booth at this year’s L.A. Auto Show isn’t about any new models, because there aren’t any. In fact, the automaker didn’t bring a single car. Instead, Volvo’s emphasis was placed on a new Android-based operating system that is currently being co-developed with Google, and it could eventually be seen spreading throughout the Geely-owned family of marques.
Technology is paramount for Swedish automaker Volvo, this much we’ve known for years. But Volvo took it one step further by using the L.A. Auto Show as a place to talk about its future technologies, not about a futuristic concept car or a world premiere of sorts. We don’t really know too much about the new infotainment system that’s in the works but judging by the alliance involved; it should be impressive once ready.
Audi’s Flying Taxi Takes Off Successfully
While some companies are investing their time and money in autonomous car taxis, Audi has gone one step ahead with flying taxis. Audi, Airbus, and Italdesign have teamed up to present a flying and driving prototype of ’Pop.Up Next’ at the Drone Week in Amsterdam. Pop.Up Next is a basically a flying taxi that combines a self-driving electric car with a passenger drone. Sounds funky, right?
Think You’ll Get Bored In a Self-Driving Car With Nothing To Do? Study Says You’ll Probably End Up Having Lots of Sex
An interesting study has concluded that self-driving cars will lead to passengers having more sex in the car, and could eventually turn out to be the go-to option for ‘sex for hire’ as well. Although it sounds a little hysterical for now, this could affect urban tourism a lot more than you might think.
2019 Roborace DevBot 2.0
The first time I heard about Roborace and its plan to create a driverless car and let it autonomously race around the track, I was a bit overwhelmed. What’s the point? Then, I started thinking. For decades now, we have been more entertained by manufacturers’ rivalry than actual rivalry between drivers. In this case, however, the real race would not be handled on the tracks, but behind the keyboards and monitors. In essence, whoever writes the best software code for autonomous racing car - Roborace DevBot - would win.
That is the main goal with Roborace. Well, it was. After a sort of a fail that Lucas di Grassi’s company (yup, he is CEO of Roborace, and if you are into cars you have to know who he is) experienced last year with autonomous racing, Roborace scaled back its expectations. This led to the development of the Roborace 2.0. Revealed only days ago and focused on entering a one-make racing series in late 2019. The new car has some striking differences compared with the Roborace DevBot. First of all, it has a full cockpit for the driver, it features an RWD setup instead of the AWD setup, and it will provide a possibility for the driver to basically race against freaking AI.
I am NOT joking.
Waymo All Set To Launch Self-Driving Taxi Service Next Month
Waymo is on the verge of becoming the world’s first commercial self-driving taxi service. According to Bloomberg, Google’s autonomous driving division Waymo will launch the world’s first autonomous taxi service early this December. Waymo will launch this service under a new brand name that is yet to be disclosed.
Bosch and Daimler Will Conduct Public Testing for New Autonomous Ride-Hailing Service in San Jose CA
Everywhere you look these days automakers scramble to put together their own autonomous vehicle program and ’lead the change.’ Just recently I was reporting on Uber’s desire to begin testing their autonomous Volvos again - and that’s not even a car company. Now, Daimler wants to introduce its own ride-hailing service, and it will use Mercedes-Benz S-Class models as its test beds.
The two German giants plan to deploy the pilot program as early as the first half of next year. The Mercedes S-Class models, which will be equipped with Level 4 or Level 5 automation, will be deployed on the streets of San Jose, California. Daimler Mobility Services is currently working on an app for your mobile phone which will allow you to summon a self-driving S-Class so you too can experience the joys of being driven around without having to put up with a driver asking you annoyingly personal questions.
Keep reading to learn more about Daimler and Bosch’s concerted efforts to bring Mercedes-branded automation to the streets of California
Uber Moves to Resume Autonomous Testing on Public Roads
Uber wants to resume testing of its autonomous vehicle systems eight months after a Volvo SUV, part of the Uber test program struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona. Now, Uber wants to kick off testing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and hopes to regain public trust.
Back in March, a Volvo XC90 SUV equipped with Uber’s self-driving systems hit a pedestrian who was crossing a street at night in Tempe, Arizona. Although the person was hit away from a crosswalk, Arizona officials quickly suspended Uber’s permits that allowed it to test the new technology on public roads in the aftermath of the incident.
Now, Uber has released a detailed safety report to showcase the lengths it will go to to ensure that future testing of the autonomous technology will be carried out safely. The company stated that it carefully analyzed what went wrong and that it has improved the onboard systems and now wants to resume testing in Pennsylvania.
Ford To Invest In Microweather Technology For Autonomous Cars
Ever wondered what will happen to the autonomous cars when the weather conditions are bad? What if it’s raining and your self-driving car gets cold feet err., cold tires? Ford has given it a thought and invested in a company called ClimaCell. ClimaCell specializes in "microweather" technology capable of tracking location-specific, short-term weather patterns; and it has caught Ford’s attention. The Blue Oval recently participated in a Series B funding round that raised $45 million for ClimaCell.
In the Future Cars and Traffic Signals Will Talk To Each Other but Will it Happen Before Level 5 Autonomy?
The world’s top automakers are working towards creating a technology that would allow cars and traffic signals to communicate with each other. This way, there won’t be any major congestion, carbon footprint would be reduced, and there would be fewer accidents. Given the traffic conditions, this is the need of the hour, but is it feasible while humans are still behind the wheel and in control?
Jaguar is Working On a Technology To Counter Motion Sickness
Motion sickness is way more common than you can imagine. As per industry research, more than 70-percent of people suffer from motion sickness, and Jaguar Land-Rover believes it can counter this problem and reduce it by 60-percent. To do so, the automaker has come up with a technology that will come as standard on all of its future cars.
Tesla Summon - Your Solution to Two Hour Parking Laws
You could argue that the original automobile was invented to get around the hassle of dealing with horses and all the difficulties associated with using a giant mammal to get from A to B. Sure, that’s a gross simplification, and there were certainly other factors at play, but convenience undoubtedly played a major role all the same. Now, with the advent of autonomous drive systems, our lives are about to get a whole lot easier, as evidenced by this Tesla owner’s novel use of the Summon feature.
Will Smith Is About to Get Jiggy With Audi’s First Animated Concept, the RSQ e-tron
After the PB18 E-Tron, no one really expected Audi to reveal a new supersport car. Yet, it did - the Audi RSQ e-tron. It’s animated, though. Like, cartoon type of thing “animated.” Designed in conjunction with Fox, the new Audi RSQ e-tron is bound to appear in the next animated movie Spies in Disguise, starring none other than Will Smith. As many of you may recall, this is not the first time for Audi and Will Smith to appear together on the big screen. The actor had that astonishing futuristic autonomous Audi for the movie I, Robot. Obviously, right now, the driving part isn’t really possible.
Apple Wants to Link the Batteries of Self-Driving Electric Cars in the Name of Range and Efficiency
We’ve heard it a million times - fully autonomous all-electric cars are the way of the future. However, while there’s certainly no shortage of speculation in this space, the way we get to that future remains to be seen. Now, it looks like Apple might have a novel new method to enhance battery efficiency, a critical component to widespread EV adoption.
Ford Expects Us to Trust its V-to-V Communication With Life and Death Decisions
Ford is working on a technology known as Intersection Priority Management, and its whole purpose is to analyze how intelligent speed reductions can improve transit by limiting when cars have to stop at traffic signals or intersections. This system will use Ford’s vehicle-to-vehicle technologies to relay the information between nearby cars and city infrastructure.
2018 Renault EZ-Ultimo
The Renault EZ-Ultimo is a futuristic concept car that the French firm unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. A fully autonomous car, the EZ-Ultimo rounds out Renault’s trilogy of concept robo-vehicles designed for shared mobility. It joins the EZ-Go and the EZ-Pro, also unveiled in 2018.
Described as a "robo-vehicle for a premium mobility experience," the EZ-Ultimo was developed for increasingly congested city traffic and to meet new urban trends in which more and more people drop personal cars in favor of shared car services. Powered by an all-electric drivetrain, the concept car is intended to be offered as a service for "a single trip, a circuit or a day booking" provided by premium travel companies and resorts. One of Renault’s most luxurious vehicles ever, the EZ-Ultimo previews a production car that might become available over the next decade.
Continue reading to learn more about the Renault EZ-Ultimo concept.