Tag Archives: Autonomous Cars

The Future of Safe Self-Driving Cars Is Thermal Imaging

By the end of this year, Google’s Waymo self-driving program plans on expanding its public self-driving ride-sharing program in Arizona, and in the next decade there are about 46 companies working to do the same. Many of these systems don’t yet use thermal imaging, but after a demonstration of how effective it is at…

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How a Deal to Bring Autonomous Vehicles to Walt Disney World Blew Up

Walt Disney once mused that it’s “kind of fun to do the impossible,” so it’s likely the animation mogul would’ve been impressed by last year’s reports that fully-autonomous vehicles could soon be shuttling passengers around the amusement park in Florida that bears his name. Driverless cars are, after all, one of the…

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Massive Study Shows People Think Autonomous Cars Should Kill Criminals Before Dogs Among Other Revelations

A game-like survey called the Moral Machine has been polling over two million people from 233 countries over the past two years to get their input on how autonomous vehicles should behave, morally, in life-or-death situations. The results from the massive poll have now been published in the journal Nature, and the…

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Tesla Should’ve Never Sold A ‘Full-Self Driving’ Option To Begin With

Tesla surprisingly announced on Thursday that a new mid-range option of Model 3 is now available, starting at $45,000. At the same time, the company quietly removed the capability to add the Full Self-Driving Capability package for $3,000 from Tesla’s online configurator. It’s a feature that should’ve never been…

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All the Talk About Autonomous Cars Is Confusing the Hell Out of Everybody

We don’t actually have any truly self-driving cars on the roads just yet, but, according to a new poll, 71% of drivers across the world think they can buy one today. Of course, they can’t. Perhaps even more alarming, 11% of drivers are okay with the idea of having a little nap while using current driving assist…

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EU Rules That Any Data Your Autonomous Car Generates Can Be Copyrighted By The Carmaker

Let’s be absolutely clear here: what I’m about to tell you about is a very bad precedent for anyone who works on their own cars, or may want to work on their own cars in the future, or even anyone who wants to keep any control over their own transportation, and not become a data farm for huge companies. In a European…

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EU Rules That Any Data Your Autonomous Car Generates Is Copyrighted By The Carmaker

Let’s be absolutely clear here: what I’m about to tell you about is a very bad precedent for anyone who works on their own cars, or may want to work on their own cars in the future, or even anyone who wants to keep any control over their own transportation, and not become a data farm for huge companies. In a European…

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Here’s One Way Autonomous Vehicles Could Make Owning Old Cars Better

There’s many, many ideas and concepts and startup companies around right now that envision shared autonomous vehicles as a way to eliminate private car ownership. For many people, that’s great, but for people like us, filthy-fingernailed car lovers, there’s not all that much appeal to these ideas. But autonomy doesn’t…

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Consumer Reports Ranks Cadillac’s Super Cruise Above Tesla’s Autopilot, Also Says That Volvo’s Pilot Assist Is Bad

Semi-autonomous features are increasingly prevalent in cars these days but also, as many have argued (including myself) possibly very dangerous. Today, Consumer Reports published their rankings of four of the most widely known semiautonomous systems, finding that Cadillac’s Super Cruise was the best and Volvo’s, well,…

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Honda’s Pledging $2 Billion Towards a Joint Autonomous Project With GM

More and more automakers are investing in autonomous tech and today GM announced they’ll be joining up with Honda to build an autonomous vehicle, with a lot of money promised to change hands.

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