After pulling its self-driving trucks off Arizona roads in 2017, Waymo said Wednesday it's resuming tests of its autonomous tractor-trailers in the Phoenix area. Waymo, Google's self-driving vehicle division, said the trucks will start driving on freeways this week and will expand to more routes over time. The company has previously tested its trucks in California and Georgia. "When we tested in Arizona before back in 2017, it was early days and we were just looking to gather some initial information about driving our trucks in the region," a company spokesperson said in an emailed statement. "Now we're back to continue that learning at a more advanced stage in our development." Waymo already conducts extensive testing for its self-driving minivans and also runs a taxi service in eastern Phoenix and its suburbs. The company said the big trucks use the same sensors as passenger vehicles, but they're configured differently. The testing will start with two drivers in each … [Read more...] about Waymo resumes self-driving truck tests on Arizona freeways
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Associated Press Published 9:54 AM EDT May 30, 2019 Phoenix – Google’s self-driving vehicle division says it’s bringing autonomous trucks to the Phoenix area. Waymo announced Wednesday that its fully self-driving tractor-trailers will start driving on freeways this week and will expand to more routes over time. Waymo’s self-driving passenger vehicles are ubiquitous in the eastern Phoenix and its suburbs, where the company conducts extensive testing and runs a taxi service. The company says the big trucks use the same sensors as passenger vehicles but they’re configured differently. The testing will start with two drivers in each rig. Companies including Uber and TuSimple have driven self-driving trucks on Arizona roads. Waymo says it tested trucks in Arizona in 2017. Waymo and Google are both subsidiaries of Alphabet Inc., based in Mountain View, California. … [Read more...] about Waymo bringing self-driving trucks to Phoenix area freeways
The small shuttle is off-putting at first, with no steering wheel or gas pedal in sight as it ambles along two-lane streets at 12 mph. But the driverless vehicle, which debuted to the public Tuesday as part of a free circulator route on the sparsely populated plains of far-northeast Denver, may hold the key to the future of public transportation in the metro area. It’s set to become the highest-profile demonstration of autonomous vehicle technology in a state that’s quietly laying the groundwork for the predicted proliferation of self-driving cars, trucks and buses in coming decades. Colorado hasn’t yet hosted public road testing of fully self-driving passenger cars of the kind under development by Uber, Tesla, Waymo (a sister company to Google) and other AV industry entrants. But the Regional Transportation District’s new shuttle marks the first time a U.S. transit agency has used an autonomous vehicle for a regular bus route. At the ribbon-cutting for … [Read more...] about Self-driving shuttle offers Denver a glimpse of its future — but will riders jump on board?
Results from a new survey reveal cultural differences in whom participants prefer to be spared in fatal accidents. Charles Q. Choi, Contributor, Inside Science Published 10:58 am PDT, Thursday, October 25, 2018 FILE-- The dashboard of the software-updated Tesla Model S P90D shows the icons enabling Tesla's autopilot, featuring limited hands-free steering. FILE-- The dashboard of the software-updated Tesla Model S P90D shows the icons enabling Tesla's autopilot, featuring limited hands-free steering. Photo: Chris Walker / Chicago Tribune The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has posted a nine-page letter seeking information from Tesla about Autopilot and why it failed to detect a tractor-trailer that crossed in front of a Model S sedan May 7 in Williston, Florida. A spokesman said the agency hasn’t determined if a safety defect exists with Autopilot. less The National Highway … [Read more...] about The Moral Dilemmas of Self-Driving Cars
When Mangesh Gururaj’s wife left home to pick up their child from math lessons one Sunday earlier this month, she turned on her Tesla Model S and hit “Summon,” a self-parking feature that the electric automaker has promoted as a central step towards driverless cars. But as the $65,000 sedan reversed itself out of the garage, Gururaj said, the car abruptly bashed into a wall, ripping its front end off with a loud crack. The maimed Tesla looked as if it would have kept driving, Gururaj said, if his wife hadn’t hit the brakes. No one was hurt, but Gururaj was rattled: The car had failed disastrously, during the simplest of maneuvers, using one of the most basic features from the self-driving technology he and his family had trusted countless times at higher speeds. “This is just a crash in the garage. You can fix this. But what if we were summoning and there was a child it didn’t see?” said Gururaj, an IT consultant in North Carolina, who bought … [Read more...] about Elon Musk said a Tesla could drive itself across the country by 2018. One just crashed backing out of a garage.