Nissan’s Nuro Car Boasts Reading Brain Waves to Guide It

We were driving in Mountain View, CA (in Silicon Valley) and noticed a car named Nuro and a couple of printed warnings about its behavior. When we reached home, we found it at this link. We, and most of the populace, have doubts about self-driving vehicles. Several self-driving cars and trucks are being developed, but …

Incorporating Ethics in Autonomous Design Systems (ADS)

Stanford Professors Tom Byers led a lively discussion of how to design ethical principles for autonomous vehicles with Stanford’s Chris Gerdes and Ford Motor’s Tony D’amato. Gerdes and D’amato believe that developing these rules relies on being able to translate legal and ethical principles into engineering requirements, with no need for endless philosophical discussions about …

Building Ethics into Autonomous Vehicles

The virtual event on Building Ethics into Autonomous Vehicles will take at place at the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) on Monday, October 10, from 6-7 pm PT. Professor Tom Byers will lead a conversation with two experts in autonomous vehicles, Stanford professor Chris Gerdes and Tony D’amato. Of the Ford Motor Co. …

Cornell’s Self-Driving Cars Have Memory

Cornell researchers built an artificial neural network for self-driving cars to make the cars remember routes and signs; each vehicle that uses this network can identify what constitutes traffic participants and what is safe to ignore. After several tests runs on the road, these vehicles can reliably detect and identify objects, even if they are traveling …

Will Ford Have a Self-Driving Car?

Ford does not have an autonomous vehicle yet but is working on it. Ford is offering driver-assist systems (ADAS) in 2021 and 2022. The Ford driver assist is not an auto-pilot. Ford’s long-term plan is to produce driverless vehicles that focus on safety. Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 program differs from Tesla’s Autopilot in that it uses a driver-facing camera to …

Self-Driving Cars Need More Development

There have been enough crashes, including ones that killed people (sometimes the drivers and passengers), that there needs to be improvements in the technology. For example, a woman driving a Tesla on May 11, 2018, was using its “Autopilot” feature crashed into the back of a fire truck in Utah. Unfortunately, autonomous vehicles won’t make …

First Steps for Driverless Vehicles

For at least the last two decades people (almost always male) have been tinkering with a wide variety of designs of self-driving cars that they have been dreaming of starting at least two decades earlier. Tinkering continues to be a very challenging pursuit. Finally, in early 2020 there was a modest step forward, in the form of an autonomous …

Las Vegas visitors had 100,000+ robotaxi rides from Aptiv / Lyft

A 2020 Lyft blog post lists the advantages of the partnership between Lyft, Dublin-based Aptiv, a self-driving vehicle firm. Through 2020, Lyft and Aptiv provided 100,000 commercial ‘robotaxi’ rides in Las Vegas. This partnership runs through Aptiv’s Command Center, and has been very successful with the Vegas customers. Lyft reports that is Vegas riders became Aptive advocates …

Today’s Technology of Autonomous Vehicles is Ahead of Peoples’ Habits and Legal Aspects

Car manufacturers use Artificial Intelligence and other technologies, especially Lidar, in Self-Driving Cars. Conservative manufacturer Volvo, especially, supports Lidar. General Motors mentioned in the 2018 Self-Driving Safety Report that they envision a future with “Zero crashes, Zero emissions and Zero congestion”. (Source: General Motors)