The U.S. Department of Transportation has rolled out guidelines that urge car makers and other developers to submit to a 15-point “safety assessment.” They outline how driverless cars are tested, safeguarded should systems fail and how vehicles are programmed to comply with existing traffic laws. They set clear expectations for manufacturers developing and deploying automated vehicle technologies.
Nvidia and Baidu, which is basically the Chinese version of Google, are teaming up to create a “cloud-to-car” autonomous car platform for auto manufacturers worldwide.
Self-driving cars. On the road. That’s right. Right now, in Austin, Texas, there are self-driving cars on their way, to test out the self-driving capabilities. There will be some safety drivers, but the cars will mostly be trying to drive themselves. This will create a new paradigm in transportation.
For instance, can someone without a license own a car that is self-driving? Another question, then, would be whether or not there would always be some feature that allowed someone to drive the car. Suppose it got into a situation where it did not know what to do. Would it simply be better to build in the technology to existing styles of cars, rather [...]
On a California Road in Palo Alto the driver-less cars met – one built by Google, the other by Delphi Automative. The laser-modified, radar equipped Delphi Audi Q5 self-driving car began changing lanes. Abruptly the Google Robot car (Lex RX400h) moved in front of the Audi forcing it to abandon the crossover.
Although the autonomous vehicles have been involved in minor accidents in the past almost all cases found fault with human drivers. However, before now there had never been an instance of a near robot-on-robot collision.
The Delphi car coped well with the incident and took appropriate action”. John Absmeier, Director of [...]