Driverless cars are the future if companies like Google are to be believed. Nearly all major car companies, including tech giants like Apple, are involved in researching autonomous cars. In the meantime, here in India, a man has successfully managed to make his Tata Nano autonomous. Dr. Roshy John has posted a video of his driverless Nano, and we must say it looks impressive.
Driverless vehicles can intensify car use, reducing or even eliminating promised energy savings and environmental benefits in the near future, a study led by a University of Leeds researcher has warned. Development of autonomous driving systems has accelerated rapidly since the unveiling of Google's driverless car in 2012. However, new research suggests its actual impact may be complicated by how the technology changes our relationship with our cars.
Internet giant Google will be testing its driverless car in London in the near future. In fact, it would be the first time the vehicles would be tested extensively outside the US by Google, the Independent reported. Deputy Mayor for Transport, Isabel Dedring, has been meeting with Google representatives regarding the proposed scheme. "It's going to have to work in big cities so why don't we start trialling it now? Google have said they are focused on the States, but they're starting to think about going elsewhere so we're in active discussions. We met them a few weeks ago to see whether they would do trials here," Dedring said.
Swedish automobile giant Volvo on Tuesday said it is developing intelligent high bandwidth streaming capabilities in collaboration with Ericsson which can create the possibility of a highway full of autonomous cars.
About 60 percent consumers have shown willingness to travel in a self-driving vehicle (SDV) with the level of acceptance highest in emerging markets like China and India, according to a new survey. The age of self-driving vehicles is fast approaching and people need to take steps to prepare as the technology becomes a reality.
South Korea's top automaker Hyundai Motor Co. is set to unveil its first self-driven vehicle in December, a media report said on Monday.
While addressing the IOT India 2020 event, MapmyIndia s Director Rohan Verma focused on how smart maps and smart location is going to help improve our lives. He also talked about the advanced location-based solutions developed by his company. According to Rohan Verma, the smart mapping and related service will further help smart cities. He also highlighted the potential of smart and self-driving cars.
In a six-day trial in Singapore, scientists have successfully tested self-driving golf carts that ferried 500 tourists around winding paths used by pedestrians and cyclists.
Google has come to the rescue of their self-driving cars after they were involved in 11 accidents saying that it was never their company's fault.
Google's self-drive car project chief has disclosed that his motivation for ensuring that the technology is standard on roads within five years is that his eldest son is 11 years old and due to take his driving test in "four and a half years."
Self-driving cars have become a major focus of research and development in the industry of late. After Google unveiled the prototype of its first self-driving car, other companies too want a piece of it, and LG and Mercedes-Benz today announced a partnership to make an intelligent camera system for automated driving.
A white Lexus cruised along a road near the Google campus, braking for pedestrians and scooting over in its lane to give bicyclists ample space. The car eased into a turn lane, waited for a green light and a break in traffic, then continued on its way in the Silicon Valley city of Mountain View. It even avoided stopping on train tracks. But there was nobody holding the wheel. What looked like the work of a conscientious driver was a Google car making all the moves - with an AFP reporter in the back seat.
The Swedish manufacturer Volvo's ambitious trial of 100 "highly autonomous cars" navigating the real driving conditions of public roads is now underway. The first stage of the Drive Me project, announced in December, is currently taking place in and around the Swedish city of Gothenburg.
Google says its self-driving cars are motoring along, they can navigate freeways comfortably, albeit with a driver ready to take control. But city driving with its obstacle course of stray walkers, bicyclists and blind corners, has been a far greater challenge for the car's computers. In a blog entry posted today, the project's leader said test cars now can handle thousands of urban situations that would have stumped them a year or two ago.
A couple of weeks back, we reported about how Nokia s HERE division had developed a Connected Driving Solution for carmakers to integrate its maps and navigation services into a car s systems. Now, HERE has teamed up with Mercedes-Benz to work on the German carmaker s self-driving cars project.