Tag Archives: Selfdriving

Self-Driving Cars Face an Unexpected Problem: Fuel Economy

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. For years, companies like Google and Tesla have made big promises about the future of self-driving cars. We’re told these vehicles will deliver significant advantages in safety and economy, with some even predicting the death of the personally owned vehicle as fleets of taxis will show up outside your door, whisk you to work, and come back. One bit of data that hasn’t really been talked about much is how much electricity is required to ...

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Hands Off With Cadillac Super Cruise, the Masterful One-Trick Pony of Self-Driving

Cadillac Super Cruise self-driving is real, it’s available now, and it works well. I just drove it for two days and 500-plus miles in the Cadillac CT6. The vast majority of the miles were hands-off the steering wheel with the car fully in control. Super Cruise is a big step up for autonomous driving, and builds in enough safety measures that there is zero chance that you’ll T-bone a tractor trailer because you weren’t paying attention. Just understand: This is the beginning of real autonomous driving, not the end point. ...

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Tesla Working With AMD on Self-Driving Car Processor

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Self-driving cars are a major market driver right now, with multiple companies jockeying for a leadership position. Tesla is now working with AMD to build a specialized microprocessor to handle self-driving car technology. It’s also hired Jim Keller, the ex-AMD employee responsible for Ryzen’s design, as well as the K12 ARMv8 CPU that AMD never brought to market. A self-driving vehicle win with a company as prominent as Tesla wouldn’t do much for AMD’s bottom ...

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Intel, Waymo Are Working on Self-Driving Cars

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Self-driving cars occupy a bit of an odd position in technology at the moment. While the topic has been fairly popular, and spawned additional interest in concepts like machine learning and AI, the actual nuts and bolts of how various companies are implementing self-driving technology are hush-hush. Marketing presentations and high-level diagrams are common; in-depth explanations that spell out exactly how the various platforms work are not. That’s partly because even the firms working on ...

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Smart Envisions EQ Fortwo Concept as Ride-Sharing, Self-Driving EV

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Here’s the first advance look at cars to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show in two weeks. This is the Smart Vision EQ fortwo. It’s autonomous and can be shared solo, or by a couple or two individuals going the same way. EQ is a new Daimler product and technology brand. Parent Daimler Corp. says, “The show car is the first vehicle from the Daimler Group to take the logical step [emphasis added – ...

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Smart Envisions EQ Fortwo Concept as Ride-Sharing, Self-Driving EV

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Here’s the first advance look at cars to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show in two weeks. This is the Smart Vision EQ fortwo. It’s autonomous and can be shared solo, or by a couple or two individuals going the same way. EQ is a new Daimler product and technology brand. Parent Daimler Corp. says, “The show car is the first vehicle from the Daimler Group to take the logical step [emphasis added – ...

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Where's the lane? Self-driving cars confused by shabby U.S. roadways

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Volvo’s North American CEO, Lex Kerssemakers, lost his cool as the automaker’s semi-autonomous prototype sporadically refused to drive itself during a press event at the Los Angeles Auto Show. “It can’t find the lane markings!” Kerssemakers griped to Mayor Eric Garcetti, who was at the wheel. “You need to paint the bloody roads here!” Shoddy infrastructure has become a roadblock to the development of self-driving cars, vexing engineers and adding time and cost. Poor markings and uneven signage on the 3 million miles of paved roads ...

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Colorado to protect road crews with a self-driving truck

Colorado invests in self-driving crash trucks As most states try to figure out how to lure self-driving car development inside their borders, Colorado is several steps ahead. This fall the state will deploy a fully autonomous truck to help its road crews. The Colorado Department of Transportation will use the “crash truck” to shadow road crews, and act as a shield to protect workers from being struck by speeding vehicles. It’s one of the earliest meaningful deployments of self-driving technology in the United States. Crash trucks are a staple on ...

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Union May Win Battle Against Self-Driving Trucks, But Not the War

Truckers are waking up to the threat autonomous vehicles pose to their jobs a decade from now. They’ve convinced Congress to restrict driverless-vehicle legislation to cars (all) and trucks (few) that are under 10,000 pounds. As autonomous vehicles get closer to reality, and if the public decides autonomy make highways safer, truckers may not have the final say. Right now there’s an undersupply of truckers, especially long-haul drivers, and their average age places them about 15 years from retirement. Autonomous trucking may be what fills the gap in 2030. The ...

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Self-Driving Cars Pose Thorny Ethical Questions in AI

One of the most interesting aspects of self driving cars, and one too often passed over by car companies extolling the virtues of this new technology, is the ethical dilemmas inherent to autonomous vehicles. Yes, I’m talking about the undergraduate philosophical thought experiment called the trolley dilemma. In this old chestnut, a runaway trolley is barreling towards five people and as a bystander you have a choice to pull a lever, changing the direction of the trolley and putting it on a course that will result in a single person’s ...

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