OCALA, Fla. (AP) — In 2012, Steve Mahan, who is blind, climbed into the driver’s seat of a self-driving car and rolled up to the drive-thru of a Taco Bell in a video that’s been viewed more than 8 million times online. The piece, produced by Google, captured the potential of autonomous-car technology to change the lives of the visually impaired. “It was my first time behind the steering wheel in seven years and was absolutely amazing,” Mahan said. Self-driving-car advocates say that in addition to helping the disabled, the vehicles will allow people to do other tasks while driving and make roadways safer by removing human error. But six years after Google’s viral video, national advocates for the estimated 1.3 million legally blind people in the U.S. are worried the industry is not factoring their needs into the design of the new technology, a mistake they say will make the cars more expensive and harder for them to access. “Although we have … [Read more...] about Driverless cars give hope to blind — are automakers onboard?
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THE motors most likely to let you down have been revealed - and it's not good news for BMW. Three of the bottom five breakdown candidates were from the German manufacturer, according to a new owner study. Thousands of drivers with cars less than 12 months old were quizzed by the Driver Power survey across 31 different categories. The BMW 5 Series ranked worst with a staggering 51 per cent of owners having an issue in the last 12 months. It wasn't much better news for the 4 Series (36 per cent) or 2 Series (35 per cent) while the big-selling 3 Series (31 per cent) ranked sixth. And worryingly complaints were spread across paint and trim, electrics, engine, suspension and brakes. Cars most likely to develop a fault BMW 5 Series/M5: 51 per cent reported a fault (most likely issue: exterior paint and trim) Alfa Romeo Giulia: 40 per cent (electrics) BMW 4 Series/M4: 36 per cent (electrics, suspensions, brakes) BMW 2 Series/M2: 35 per cent (suspension) Land Rover Discovery Sport: 31 per cent … [Read more...] about The most unreliable cars in the UK REVEALED – and the car that makes owners happiest
OCALA, Fla. (AP) — In 2012, Steve Mahan, who is blind, climbed into the driver's seat of a self-driving car and rolled up to the drive-thru of a Taco Bell in a video that's been viewed more than 8 million times online.The piece, produced by Google, captured the potential of autonomous-car technology to change the lives of the visually impaired."It was my first time behind the steering wheel in seven years and was absolutely amazing," Mahan said. Self-driving-car advocates say that in addition to helping the disabled, the vehicles will allow people to do other tasks while driving and make roadways safer by removing human error.But six years after Google's viral video, national advocates for the estimated 1.3 million legally blind people in the U.S. are worried the industry is not factoring their needs into the design of the new technology, a mistake they say will make the cars more expensive and harder for them to access."Although we have been held up as obvious beneficiaries of … [Read more...] about Driverless cars give hope to blind
Jaguar Land Rover has struck a deal to supply tens of thousands of electric vehicles to Google in a huge step into the market for self-driving vehicles. The Coventry-based car company has agreed a partnership to provide its first ever electric car, the I-Pace, to Waymo, Google’s self-driving car arm. The deal is a coup for JLR, with Waymo seen as the frontrunner in the race to develop autonomous vehicles. In November it began testing cars on public roads in Phoenix, Arizona, with no human “safety driver” to take over. Waymo staff in the back of these mini-vans cannot steer or control the car, but can hit an "emergency stop" button. The concept of self-driving cars was dealt a blow earlier this month after what is thought to be the first fatality involving a self-driving car. Pedestrian Elaine Herzberg was hit by an Uber autonomous car on a street at night time in the city of Tempe, Arizona. Questions have been raised about how safe … [Read more...] about Jaguar Land Rover lands £1.2bn deal to supply self-driving cars to Google’s Waymo
Sections Skip to content Skip to site index The company says it will buy up to 20,000 electric cars from Jaguar Land Rover as it strives to put a ride service into operation within two years. John Krafcik, left, Waymo’s chief executive, with Ralf Speth, the chief executive of Jaguar Land Rover, at the New York auto show on Tuesday. Waymo will purchase up to 20,000 electric cars from Jaguar for its driverless ride service. Credit Joshua Bright for The New York Times Supported by ByNeal E. Boudette March 27, 2018 Waymo, the driverless-car company that was spun out of Google, has pushed farther ahead in self-driving cars than any of the automakers or other technology companies trying to pioneer the field. It has been working on its software, sensors and other gear for nine years. It has 600 or more test vehicles operating in at least four cities around the country. Its vehicles have racked up more than five million miles of testing on public roads. … [Read more...] about Waymo, a Google Spinoff, Ramps Up Its Driverless-Car Effort
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Day Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Wheels ByJohn R. Quain March 15, 2018 A car wends its way through a line of taxis in the Las Vegas rain, carefully steering around a tangle of sedans vying for passengers. As the black Lincoln MKZ gets closer, the steering wheel saws back and forth, but there’s no one in the front seat. In fact, there’s no one in the car at all. It’s disquieting to be picked up by an empty car, and it’s something of a milestone: Inside most autonomous research vehicles cruising public streets, there’s a minder to keep a watchful eye and take control should things go awry. But with the MKZ, there was no human custodian. At least not one within view. Hundreds of miles away, Ben Shukman, a software engineer for Phantom Auto, was sitting in front of a phalanx of video screens in Mountain View, Calif. Using a … [Read more...] about When Self-Driving Cars Can’t Help Themselves, Who Takes the Wheel?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Day Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByNeal E. Boudette March 20, 2018 The fatal accident involving an autonomous vehicle operated by the ride-hailing service Uber has prompted one automaker to temporarily halt its testing of self-driving cars on public roads. The accident on Sunday night in Tempe, Ariz., prompted Uber to halt its tests on the streets of four cities: Tempe, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto. On Tuesday, Toyota Motor said that it, too, was suspending its tests of autonomous vehicles on public roads near its research center in Ann Arbor, Mich., and in the San Francisco area. Toyota has a fleet of test vehicles that can drive themselves, although engineers and safety drivers ride along to take control if necessary — the same arrangement that was used in the Uber vehicle that fatally struck a pedestrian in Tempe. “We’ve … [Read more...] about Toyota Takes Self-Driving Cars Off Road After Uber Accident
CLOSE John Maddox, ACM (American Center Mobility), president and CEO, talks about the new center. Ypsilanti —The American Center for Mobility just opened, and officials are already building more here at the historic Willow Run site. Gov. Rick Snyder joined the center’s President and CEO John Maddox and other state and local politicians Wednesday to officially open the first phase of the facility. By summer, the 500-acre driverless-car proving ground will have an urban intersection added to the 2.5-mile highway loop, 700-foot curved tunnel, roundabouts and double overpasses on which to test autonomous technology. By December, there will be a series of building facades set up to replicate a city. All of that is an effort to keep Michigan a leader in the automotive world. Autonomous vehicles will be a part of the industry’s future, experts have said. That means Michigan has to have a place to fully develop them. “We’re at a point now where there is … [Read more...] about Willow Run robotic-car test site begins next phase
An autonomous vehicle, piloted by artificial intelligence (AI), will drive across the country emulating the style of a human driver at the end of next year as part of a driverless car development programme by a consortium of technology faculties. The project, named HumanDrive, will send the car across the UK with AI taking control of the steering, braking, speed, road position and decision-making, as well as perception of conditions and features required to fully pilot the car. Before this, however, private testing will take place on test tracks and on public roads (albeit in small sections). A safety driver, who will intervene in case of emergency, will be in the driver’s seat when the journey is under way. The drive will take place after 30 months of research and development, although the timeframe, location and length of the full test will be determined after this period. The technology, meanwhile, should make it into production vehicles … [Read more...] about Artificial intelligence to pilot autonomous car across the UK
Toyota may have gotten a late jump on investing in autonomous-driving technology and electric vehicles. But since it started a race to catch up with competitors in those areas, the Japanese automaker has spent a lot of time thinking about the convergence of the two.Akio Toyoda, the company’s president, unveiled the latest results of those efforts at CES in Las Vegas on Monday. By 2020, he said, Toyota will launch e-Palette, a configurable platform that allows any conceivable business or retailer to transform itself into a rolling storefront.Order a pizza? A small cart can make an autonomous delivery. Need a haircut? The barber will trundle to your neighborhood via a mobile platform. Feeling lucky? The blackjack table will pick you up in 20 minutes.These configurable storefronts may sound fanciful, but Toyota posits that they’re the next step in a retail revolution that already has seen consumers express a strong preference for ordering online rather than going to … [Read more...] about Toyota Intends to Deploy Autonomous Rolling Stores by 2020