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All drivers have been there before where someone whips in front of you from a merge lane into a gap barely large enough for their car, and you want to scream. Intel and its subsidiary Mobileye think that one way to solve some of the problems that self-driving cars have today is by making them much more aggressive and essentially turning them into a-holes that will shoot into that a small gap in traffic, with a level of precision. One of the challenges for autonomous cars right now is that the AI inside makes them act like your (stereotypical) Grandmother. Intel wants to cure that nervous behavior using something it calls the Responsibility-Sensitive Safety (RSS) program. RSS is meant to help... Read more...
There was a slight stir caused back in early May when it was revealed that self-driving cars had been involved in four accidents on public roads during an eight-month. However, both Delphi and Google — the two companies who the four accidents were attributed to — denied that their vehicles were at fault in any of the accidents. Google later provided further clarification, indicating that its self-driving vehicles had been involved in 11 fender benders over the course of 1.7 million miles of testing. And in each one of those 11 accidents, the self-driving vehicles were cleared of any fault. “We’ve been hit from behind seven times, mainly at traffic lights but also on the freeway,” said Chris Urmson,... Read more...
If you grew up watching The Jetsons like I did, you might have thought we'd all be commuting in flying cars by now. We're still a long ways from that kind of technology, though in its place are self-driving cars like the ones Google has been experimenting with. According to a new study, it won't be all that long before autonomous vehicles become a part of everyday life. Not only that, but we'll have lots of reasons to kick back and sing "Everything is Awesome" as our self-driving cars whiz through traffic and deliver us all to our destinations safely and more efficiently than we're currently able to do in our manually driving vehicles. The study, which was released today by McKinsey & Company,... Read more...