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Apple and Volkswagen have announced that they have partnered to build autonomous vans for transporting Apple workers. The announcement of the agreement came Wednesday night and the plan is to take the VW T6 Transporter vans and turn them into autonomous shuttles. The vans will be fitted with Apple's own autonomous technology, something Apple was showing off last December. Apple opted to make a deal with VW after attempts to work something out with Mercedes-Benz and BMW failed to materialize. Apple currently boasts the second largest autonomous vehicle fleet in California with 55 vehicles. The only autonomous fleet larger than Apple's is from automaker GM with 104 vehicles in its own fleet.... Read more...
Back in December, we learned that famed hacker (and one-time Apple intern) George Hotz was looking to go toe-to-toe with heavyweights like Google and Tesla Motors in the burgeoning self-driving car market. Whereas those two companies have billions of dollars at their disposal and teams of engineers to develop software and hardware to make self-driving cars possible, Hotz created his own solution in his garage. The 26-year-old gutted out the dashboard of his brand new 2016 Acura ILX and went to work using off the shelf hardware components including LIDAR, cameras, and a 21-inch dashboard-mounted display screen. Hotz also stashed a fully functional PC into the dash to handle computational duties... Read more...
If you already suffer from motion sickness from reading while being driven, you can expect things to get worse when you read in autonomous car. Researchers from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute are cautioning that people who are prone to motion sickness will want to avoid reading or watching TV while traveling in self-driving cars. “Motion sickness is expected to be more of an issue in self-driving vehicles than in conventional vehicles,” said U-M Transportation Research Institute researcher Michael Sivak. “The reason is that the three main factors contributing to motion sickness – conflict between vestibular (balance) and visual inputs, inability to anticipate the... Read more...
Google has received a patent that essentially takes the incentive for a consumer to visit a business up a notch--or several notches. Traditionally, the tactics brick-and-mortar businesses have had to use to get people through the door have involved advertising sales, coupons, and offers for validated parking, not to mention paying for a prime location. Google’s idea is to allow businesses to offer free or deeply discounted transportation to literally deliver customers to a business’ front door. To a certain extent, there’s nothing new about that at all, especially in areas like Las Vegas, but there’s a couple of twists in this case. One is that Google is bringing the paradigm... Read more...
Although the dream of roads full of driverless cars is a ways off, several companies such as Tesla and Google are making steps toward that goal by developing self-driving car technology. Ford is now also demonstrating self-parking technology called Fully Assisted Parking Aid that will actually help a driver locate a spot and then make the car automatically park itself--without the driver inside. Indeed, you’ll be able to hop out of the car and use a smartphone app to tell your car to park itself. This is ideal for both parking in tight spaces (i.e., you don’t have to squeeze your way out of your vehicle while trying not to bang the next car’s door) and for those who are just... Read more...
There’s a bit of a race to roll out fleets of cars that can either drive themselves with minimal input from a human driver or are completely autonomous, and Tesla is a company that believes it can make that a reality in 3 years. Although allowing that a fully autonomous car was not likely anytime soon, Tesla CEO and futurist Elon Musk is looking for engineers to help him develop driverless technology that would get him close. All of the technology will be developed in-house at Tesla; in other words, the company won’t be using or licensing anyone else’s technology. Musk also indicated that the system would include tiny flush-mounted cameras, radar, and “lots of software... Read more...