18 Jul 2022

Safety Performance Will Drive the Future of Self-Driving Cars

Safety performance will be the determinant factor in not only the long-term viability of automated driving system (ADS) vehicles but the short-term perception and branding of the “Future of Mobility” to the general public.  The actual promise of the future of mobility is as diverse as e-bikes, e-scooters, robotaxis, Mobility as a Service (MaaS), supersonic jets, and air taxis. For now, however, the broad category of public and personal mobility and autonomy and autonomous technology systems are tethered to the overhyped promise of self-driving cars. The techno-utopian marketing and branding have been so fierce about this subsector, that the general public (consciously or subconsciously) maps their tracking of the issues solely to the future of the automobile. 

Quantitative data and performance metrics will matter- and the vital metric to track in the ADS vehicle subsector is safety performance and, at a more granular level, collision and fatality measures and rates.

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21 May 2020

Intel/MobilEye Promises Self-Driving Robotaxi Service In 2022, While Others Back Off

Earlier this week, MobilEye announced that they intend to offer a robotaxi service without safety drivers by early 2022. The statement was made at the EcoMotion self-driving conference that was held virtually from Israel. The company, which is now a unit of Intel INTC, plans to begin self-driving car operations

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26 Mar 2020

Breakthroughs In Roadway Edge Computing Are The Missing Link For Self-Driving Car Collaboration

Sensory overload inadvertently causes thousands of car accidents per year, and experts worry that the same issue may occur in true self-driving cars. Essential information such as road signs and traffic signals can cause an enormous information overload when combined with the actions of nearby cars and the signals they

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27 Feb 2020

Waymo And Cruise Vie For Supremacy In Murky California Self-Driving Data

Waymo, Google’s self-driving car initiative, boasts the best annual statistics for how infrequently humans need to interact with self-driving vehicles throughout tests but is competing with Cruise, General Motor’s equivalent program. Cruise reported numbers just behind Waymo in 2019 and seemed to have increased its capabilities greatly throughout the second

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18 Feb 2020

Uber Pays Google $9.7 Million To Settle Legal Beef In Tangled Self-Driving Car Fight

This week, Uber agreed to pay Google nearly $10 million to settle accusations that Uber executives had improperly recruited Google engineers, which resulted in a complex legal fight sparked by Uber’s attempt to keep up with Google’s self-driving car program. The commercial successor to the tech giant’s self-driving car project,

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22 Jan 2020

Data-driven vehicles: The next security challenge

As manufacturers increase their efforts to get autonomous vehicles on the road, experts are concerned that the radical shift in security needed to ensure safety will not be reached. As more smart technologies are implemented into cars, more security threats are posed. The addition of a tablet-based control console creates

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15 Nov 2019

Here’s How Quantum Supremacy Will Impact Self-Driving Cars

Self-driving cars, or cars in which artificial intelligence operates a car without human assistance, may be affected by the development of quantum computers. For cars that require no human assistance, quantum computers may revolutionize the industry. Currently, no car has been developed that requires no human assistance or interaction in

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12 Jun 2019

Will self-driving cars represent a new mode for surveillance?

A new academic study suggests that in the future, self-driving cars will provide so much valuable information on passengers that they could be used for surveillance purposes. In fact, professor Luis F. Alvarez León of Dartmouth believes that “self-driving cars will represent a new mode for surveillance.” Companies will be

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19 Oct 2018

Most Big Cities Are Planning for Autonomous Vehicles

“More than half of the largest U.S. cities are preparing for autonomous vehicles in their long-range transportation plans—up from less than 10 percent three years ago, according to a new National League of Cities report. Between 2011 and 2017, 22 states passed 46 bills, and five governors signed executive orders

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25 Sep 2018

Introducing Resident-Centered Autonomous Vehicle Pilots

While most autonomous vehicles (AV) research is currently conducted by the automotive industry, a philanthropic foundation is now supporting AV pilot projects across five U.S. cities with the focus on answering community-level questions that will help shape AV policy at the city, state, and national level. There are currently over

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