Posts Tagged autonomous vehicle

LOOK OUT FOR TRUCK WITHOUT A DRIVER

Posted by on Tuesday, 20 August, 2013
NOBODY HOME

NTU’S SHUTTLE THAT RUNS BY  ITSELF

THE FIRST DRIVERLESS VEHICLES

Remember me talking about driverless cars? You said  “Not in my bleeping lifetime?”

Well, Smarty Pants, what do you say to this?

It’s happening.

An article in CIO  (Evan Dashevsky) says trucks are ready. That’s because they already drive in  “convoys”, several trucks tucked one behind the other, to reduce the overall air resistance and  fuel costs. Dashevsky says you shouldn’t let the Google “hype” about autonomous vehicles confuse you. As he sees it, driverless cars are still on the distant horizon whereas, since nobody seems to want the long hours of a long haul truck driver (there’s a big shortage of qualified drivers)  trucks are the perfect place to try out the technology.    With a human in the lead truck, letting driverless vehicles follow suddenly seems less crazy, doesn’t it?  And the trucking companies have a whole lot to gain  if it works.

 

GHOST FLEET

MOTHER GOOSE-LIKE TRUCKS

Meanwhile, in Singapore, a driverless shuttle bus will run back and forth over a two kilometer route from the campus to JTC’s Clean Tech One Building at Nanyank Technological University, another “walk before you can run” opportunity for autonomous vehicles.

MISTER ScienceAintSoBad believes we ARE close to true self-driving cars – the kind that’ll take you wherever, whenever and that you can actually afford. Could be five years maybe.  Not a distant horizon at all.

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The drawings are my own.

DRIVERLESS CARS COMING AT YOU!

Posted by on Sunday, 1 April, 2012

OH MY GOD! A STEERING WHEEL.


HOPE YOU LIKE BEING A PASSENGER

Might as well make it official.

We got driverless cars swerving all over the road around here already, right? Texting. Arguing about last night. Looking up whatzisname’s address. Why would we care if the driver hands the wheel over to a computer? How could it be LESS safe?

Here’s the thing.

Google – the very same Google that took you here? – Google has been testing “autonomous” or driverless vehicles for years. Safe as yoghurt. The only collision? A rear ender when the Google car was stopped at a light. Even Apple couldn’t hold THAT against the Don’t Be Evil guys.

Am I pulling your chain?

I am not.

How close?

The autonomous vehicle is around the corner. (Corner. Get it?). And we could see the first models in a couple of years.

Nevada (Nic Halverson, Discovery News) just changed its laws to let these things drive around the state. Appropriately, this makes Nevada the first state to take the high stakes bet.

The biggest hurdle isn’t the technology. It’s the other stuff. It’s whether I’m ready to let my car take the wheel. It’s whether I’m willing to let YOUR car take the wheel. It’s the law’s adjusting to accidents where nobody’s-to-blame-but-the-machine. It’s how fast a “driverless” decides to go in a 65 MPH zone? Does it break the law a little bit? Make reasonable judgements? Cling to 65 MPH and piss off all the other drivers?

The scramble is on to figure out what we want from this new technology. It’s coming at us faster than you think. Can the laws get out of the way fast enough? What about you? Are you good with this? Or are you still an old fashioned kinda human who doesn’t trust a machine at highway speeds.

Mister ScienceAintSoBad thinks your next car may have a little gadget in it that you didn’t expect.  A driving machine.

Buckle up for safety.

 

 

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Image credits to the film Vacancy with  Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale which has nothing whatsover to do with driverless cars.