YOUR future motor could be controlled by insurance companies - and it's for your own good. Experts reckon that driverless cars would be made safer by letting insurers set speeds and routes. Risk assessment algorithms that help set policy prices could be used to steer cars away from upcoming accidents, professors claim. Handing over control to insurers could mean autonomous vehicles are ready for sale sooner, too, according to a report by the MIT Technology Review. For example, tech firms would programme cars to see a large group of children on the pavement near a school in the middle of the afternoon as a large obstacle. But insurers could tell the car it's the end of school and therefore keep the car travelling at slow speed or change the route to a school-free area. Paul Newman, a professor at Oxford University and co-founder of driverless project Oxbotica, told MIT Technology Review: "Insurers can adjust the envelope [in which a car can operate] to control the risk on the policy. … [Read more...] about Why your driverless car of the future could be controlled by an insurance company
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DRIVERS could be made to take another driving test to own driverless cars, a report claims. Brits might require a new driving licence to prove they can handle autonomous tech, which is due to hit UK roads by 2021. The warning has been sparked over safety fears when cars hand back control to drivers. Drivers were found to take between two and three seconds to regain control of a car when it switched from autonomous to manual mode, at speeds ranging from 20mph to 50mph. At the faster speed that was enough to travel 45 metres with nobody in control. And the study said insurers may even set premiums based on how well drivers can regain control - with older drivers who may have slower reactions charged more. New laws may even prevent owners from napping, reading or watching films in self-driving cars, according to the study. RED Driving School CEO Ian McIntosh said it was likely the driving test and Highway Code would need to be overhauled for new tech. He added: "There are still a number … [Read more...] about Brits could have to get a NEW licence and take another driving test to own driverless cars
As autonomous cars are touted to populate the roads of the future, UK-based Thatcham Research brings out an important take on the insurance scenario of a driverless vehicle. Cars of the future will need to collect a basis set of data so insurers can determine who was in control of the vehicle at the time – the driver or the car? Thatcham Research believes one of the key challenges for the future of automated driving will be determining where liability rests in the event of an accident with an automated car. A crucial part of making sure claims are settled fairly will be to understand who was in control of the vehicle at the time – the driver or the car? According to Peter Shaw, chief executive at Thatcham Research: “Future legislation needs to protect the consumer so that in the event of an accident, who is held responsible and pays can be quickly determined. Was it driver error or a failure of the automated driving system? This can only happen if their … [Read more...] about Who pays when a driverless car crashes?
► Google and Ford in talks► Partnership on autonomous cars?► What it all meansSearch giant Google and Ford are in advanced talks to collaborate on autonomous cars, it has emerged.Reuters and other news outlets are reporting that discussions have been underway for months and could result in the Blue Oval building driverless cars for Google.It's not as easy as it looks manufacturing vehicles - especially not for a company whose expertise lies in the digital space and which has little experience in building physical objects. Ford, by contast, has been doing it for more than a century and boasts plenty of factory capacity and a strong supplier network. Google has planned from the off to partner with existing car makers to realise its driverless ambitions.Ford CEO Mark Fields met Google founder Sergey Brin in California earlier in December 2015, it has emerged. Although both companies declined to comment on the talks, the reality is that the search giant is likely … [Read more...] about Ford and Google ‘to partner on driverless cars’: an explainer
self-driving car crashes. Worried those legal uncertainties could delay the launch of autonomous vehicles, one automaker is taking the initiative to provide an answer. Volvo said Wednesday it will accept "full liability" whenever one of its cars is operating in autonomous mode, making it the first major automaker to claim such a position.The company made the announcement early Wednesday. President and chief executive officer Håkan Samuelsson is expected to elaborate on the decision Thursday while speaking in Washington D.C. Questions over legal liability of accidents and the changing role of car insurance for motorists in a driverless-car era have been asked since engineers first plucked the idea of autonomous vehicles from the pages of science fiction and started turning them into reality. But despite the question being posed throughout the auto industry, few have had an answer.In remarks prepared for lawmakers, Samuelsson, pictured above, cautions that autonomous technology will … [Read more...] about Volvo will accept liability for self-driving car crashes
Researchers say that driverless vehicles, in order to be consumer-ready, need to be driven 11 billion miles in simulated or real-world settings. Let’s put that number into perspective: In the eight years that industry-leading Waymo (formerly the Google driverless-car program) has been testing automated vehicles, it says it has driven just 3 million miles on public roads. But the company also claims that it recorded a billion simulated miles in 2016 alone, so maybe the finish line isn’t so far away. But what race, exactly, is it running? Are conventional car companies chasing Waymo, or are they in a different contest? Audi says its Level 3 system, Traffic Jam Pilot, will arrive with the 2019 A8, but whether we’ll see that technology in the U.S. remains to be seen. Daimler has promised driverless cars by 2020, Ford by 2021, and others have made their own, similar forecasts. But what gets under-reported in coverage of these pledges is that both Daimler and Ford … [Read more...] about The One Simple Reason Nobody Is Talking Realistically about Driverless Cars
Somewhere way off in a future California, a line of 35 computer-driven cars is trundling up Interstate 5 in a tight, wind-cheating formation at 110 mph, each car a mere two inches off the bumper of the preceding car. Now let’s say a tire blows on car 17, or an electronic glitch befalls car 7 and it locks a wheel. Passengers will be rudely awakened from their intravenous-doughnut haze, their quadruple lattes doing the old abstract impressionist bit on the headliner. Let’s hope everyone’s safe. Or imagine a computer-controlled vehicle puttering around a city, with no one at the wheel, slowing down to pick up a passenger. Then, because of an insecure network, the car gets hacked by the Brotherhood for Authentic Mexican Cuisine, and it sails past the loading zone, whizzing at high speed into the nearby Chipotle. Or imagine a bird sails into the sensor array of a Level 5 vehicle, knocking out the car’s ability to see. Mayhem ensues. Who is to blame? Who … [Read more...] about When Autonomous Cars Crash, Who’s at Fault?
What Happens When We Give up Control of Our Cars? A history of unintended consequences. _by Malcolm Gladwell Read Story Autonomous Cars: How Safe Is Safe Enough? When it comes to computer-driven cars, reducing traffic fatalities will be far easier than earning drivers' trust. _by Tom Vanderbilt Read Story Man vs. Machine: Before Computers Master the Art of Driving, They Need to Become More Human Right now, autonomous cars see us merely as obstacles in the way. _by John Pearley Huffman Read Story Can a Connected Car Ever Be Safe from Hacking? The nation's rock-star hacker weighs in on the vulnerabilities of shared, internet-connected, computer-piloting cars—and is distressingly positive about the whole thing. _by Jared Gall Read Story This Is the Tech Fully … [Read more...] about Auto•No•Mo’•Us: Addressing the Totality of the Driverless Car
Volvo and Uber will undertake a massive expansion of their partnership involving automated vehicles over the next three years. After spending the past 15 months building prototypes that were subsequently deployed in select cities around the United States with human safety drivers behind the wheel, the two companies signed an agreement announced Monday that calls for Uber to purchase approximately 24,000 XC90 SUVs from the Swedish carmaker.Intended for fully driverless operations, the vehicles are slated to arrive in Uber’s hands between 2019 and 2021. Based on current plans of competitors racing toward autonomous deployments, a self-driving fleet of that size would constitute the largest in the world.Once Uber obtains the base vehicles, which are built on Volvo’s modular Scalable Product Architecture, the ride-hailing company will outfit them with its own self-driving software and sensors. Ostensibly, Uber’s plans would include deploying them in commercial operations … [Read more...] about Next Step: Uber and Volvo Teaming to Build Thousands of Driverless Cars
Three people were injured when a car rear-ended Google’s self-driving Lexus on July 1 in Mountain View, California, The Detroit Bureau is reporting. It’s the 15th crash for the self-driving car and the first with injuries.Three people had “minor whiplash” Google’s Director of Driverless Cars Chris Urmson wrote and the driver of the car that rear-ended the Lexus appeared to be at fault.“Our self-driving cars are being hit surprisingly often by other drivers who are distracted and not paying attention to the road,” he wrote.The robots will not look kindly on our inattention.According to Google’s monthly report, the fleet of autonomous cars has traveled more than 1 million miles without human piloting, and the cars are averaging around 10,000 miles traveled each week.Google says the autonomous cars have not been at fault in any of its 15 recorded accidents so far. Testers say the vehicles are being crashed into at a higher … [Read more...] about Google’s Robot Car Crashed, Humans At Fault