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?
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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.
An Uber-owned truck made a Budweiser shipment in Colorado in 2016. (Uber) Uber is shutting down its self-driving tractor trailer unit to concentrate on autonomous passenger cars, it announced Monday. The transportation giant had been developing the technology since 2016, when it purchased self-driving truck startup Otto for a reported $680 million. That same year it teamed up with Budweiser to make a high-profile been delivery on public Colorado roads, shipping 45,000 commemorative cans 120 miles across the state. The project was caught up in a trade secrets lawsuit with Google-owned Waymo in early 2017 that Uber settled this February with a $245 million equity payment. In March, Uber suspended all of its autonomous vehicle operations after one of its Volvo SUV test vehicles struck and killed a woman on a street in Tempe, Ariz. It was just last week that its cars were back on the road to begin collecting data with human drivers in control, ahead of a planned return to … [Read more...] about Uber pulling the plug on its self-driving truck operation
Mike Snider USA TODAY Published 9:09 p.m. UTC Jun 28, 2018 Text alerts. Spotify playlists. Binge watching. None of these are dangerous pursuits – until drivers interact with them while motoring down the road. This potentially deadly technological mix has lawmakers across the U.S. rethinking their laws on smartphones in vehicles. The most recent state to act: Georgia, which has a new law July 1 that makes a point of prohibiting drivers from streaming video on their phones while they motor. Drivers can't hold a wireless device or support one with their body, watch or record video, or text while driving. Georgia isn't the only state to single out streaming as a new danger. A Washington state law, the Driving Under the Influence of Electronics Act, in January was the first to specifically mention video on phones. It even makes it illegal for Washington drivers to sneak a peek at their smartphone when stopped in traffic or at a stoplight, … [Read more...] about You can’t stream video while driving, more states decide as distracted driving deaths rise