The future of private automobiles may not involve private motorists. The long march toward automation could potentially save more than a million lives worldwide each year.
Of course, things built by humans can be as fallible as humans. This was demonstrated by Google’s driverless car program, which has been in more than a dozen minor accidents since its inception. It’s important to note that several of these accidents were a result of errors by human drivers in other cars, and may have happened regardless if the car were automated or not.
In the below video, Mercedes executives ride along in real highway traffic as the large commercial vehicle drives [...]
The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2015) always brings attention to the tech industry. Down the Las Vegas streets, everyone seems to be embracing technology in one form or another, from Bitcoin ATMs to self-driving cars. Inside the conference room, thousands of people are packed in visiting booths while talking devices and watching speakers present new features or gadgets. But talk is cheap; quantifying the data is where the real interest resides.