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Autonomous Garbage Truck | Autoblog Minute

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Volvo Trucks and Swedish waste management company Renova have partnered to test autonomous garbage truck. Their aim is for safer, more efficient refuse handling and a better working environment for drivers.

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Autonomous Garbage Truck | Autoblog Minute originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 17 May 2017 19:54:33 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Hikvision Autonomous Mobile Robots | Autoblog Minute

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Autonomous mobile robots from Chinese technology company Hikvision. These robots are ultra-efficient at tasks like sorting packages, moving pallets, and parking cars. The video from Hikvision shows the impressive bots in action.

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Hikvision Autonomous Mobile Robots | Autoblog Minute originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:45:37 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Renault-Nissan alliance to start autonomous EV testing

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Renault-Nissan Alliance will start working with transportation-technology consultant Transdev on autonomous electric-vehicle testing near Paris.

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Renault-Nissan alliance to start autonomous EV testing originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Watch an autonomous Chevy Bolt EV drive around San Francisco

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In addition to San Francisco, GM and Cruise are testing autonomous Bolts in Arizona and Michigan.

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The Volkswagen I.D. Buzz autonomous EV is yet another microbus concept

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This VW van concept points to the future.

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The Volkswagen I.D. Buzz autonomous EV is yet another microbus concept originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 08 Jan 2017 18:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Less stressful than a taxi: We ride in Hyundai’s Autonomous Ioniq Electric

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Our autonomous test run proved rather uneventful. And that’s a very good thing.

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Less stressful than a taxi: We ride in Hyundai’s Autonomous Ioniq Electric

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Our autonomous test run proved rather uneventful. And that’s a very good thing.

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Recharge Wrap-up: Halliburton pays to clean up LA air, Wheego switches role to autonomous tech supplier

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EPA settles with Halliburton of Clean Air Act violations. Wheego Electric Cars becomes Wheego Technologies. HART partners with Tesla.

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Recharge Wrap-up: Riversimple Rasa wins award, Singapore tests autonomous buses

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Welsh writers love this Welsh FCEV. Singapore’s self-driving surge continues. FCHEA touts fuel cell tech in the Northeast.

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All new Teslas to ship with Level 5 autonomous driving hardware

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Fully driverless cars just got a lot closer to reality, but they’re going to require sacrifices at first.

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All new Teslas to ship with Level 5 autonomous driving hardware originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Should Autonomous Cars Let Other Drivers Know That There’s No Human at the Wheel?

In an effort to advance their design reputation, Renault has engaged in a bold design exercise in their Trezor concept car unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. The all-electric, autonomous-driving-capable two-seater is as wildly impractical as any concept car, though some of the styling cues are expected to pop up in their future production lineup.

There is one interesting aspect to the design that no one seems to be discussing, and we’d like to get your feedback on it. Take a look at the video and see what jumps out at you:

No, we’re not talking about the crazy canopy. What interests us is the bit about how the exterior lighting changes when the car is being used in autonomous mode, to signal to other drivers that there is no human at the wheel.

The feature is of interest because currently, the only design element of current cars that are intended to communicate with other drivers are the turn signals. So our first question is, why is Renault proposing the Autonomous lighting scheme? To signal to surrounding drivers that extra care ought be taken as the human driver is otherwise engaged?

The second question is how this design language will be worked out. What pattern of lighting would signify “Autonomous,” and how would other drivers understand that that’s what it stood for? Would there be an industry-wide standard and some type of awareness campaign to educate the masses?

Bottom line: How useful would you find such a feature?

If autonomous cars become statistically safer than human drivers, which all parties working on such technology believe, then it seems the lighting alert would be unnecessary. However, it has jarred an idea: What I’d like to see on current, non-autonomous cars is an easily-discernible exterior light that illuminates when the driver is texting or otherwise engaged with his phone. Then I would know to steer well clear.


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Toyota says its autonomous cars need 8.8 billion miles of testing before they’re a thing

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It’s the safety first approach.

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Michigan is one step closer to unrestricted autonomous vehicle use

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Michigan senate unanimously approves unrestricted use of autonomous vehicles.

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Michigan is one step closer to unrestricted autonomous vehicle use originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 07 Sep 2016 18:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BMW planning to bring an autonomous vehicle to market by 2021

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BMW, Intel, and Mobileye are jointly developing the technology and believe it will be fully ready in five years.

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BMW planning to bring an autonomous vehicle to market by 2021 originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The Google autonomous car has learned how to honk

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The Google car team has recently been teaching the car’s AI when and how to honk the horn and give the human drivers on the road a helpful heads up.

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The Google autonomous car has learned how to honk originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 03 Jun 2016 18:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Autoblog Minute: Drone makes autonomous landing on moving car

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The German Aerospace Center autonomously lands a drone on top of a moving car. Autoblog‘s Mylencia Gillenwaters reports on this edition of Autoblog Minute.

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Autoblog Minute: Drone makes autonomous landing on moving car originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 21 Jan 2016 20:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google, Ford to form autonomous vehicle partnership

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Ford and Google are expected to announce a major partnership to develop self-driving vehicles during the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.

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Google, Ford to form autonomous vehicle partnership originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 21 Dec 2015 22:19:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Autoblog Minute: Ludacris talks Acura, Tesla, autonomous cars, and more

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GRAMMY award winning artist and actor Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges sits down with Autoblog to talk about flying cars, Tesla and his 1993 Acura Legend. Autoblog‘s Eddie Sabatini reports on this edition of Autoblog Minute featuring an original interview with Ludacris.

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At Mcity, The University of Michigan is Teaching Autonomous Cars to Drive

“There are many challenges ahead as automated vehicles are increasingly deployed on real roadways,” explains Peter Sweatman, director of the U-M Mobility Transformation Center. “Mcity is a safe, controlled and realistic environment where we are going to figure out how the incredible potential of connected and automated vehicles can be realized quickly, efficiently and safely.” [Photo courtesy of University of Michigan]

Mcity in Ann Arbor, Michigan has all the makings of a small city—streets up to 5 lanes wide, cross-sections and stoplights, underpasses, buildings, vandalized signs, faded lane markings—all poised on a 32-acre site on the University of Michigan’s campus. The elaborate mise en scène at Mcity is part of the newly formed Mobility Transformation Center, where researchers study and test the behavior of automated and connected cars.

The testing facilities at Mcity are the first of their kind, specifically designed to simulate the everyday bedlam of the streets—with all the built-in surprises that comprise life in the city. The mock-town is equipped with rearrangeable architecture, various types of road surfaces and everything from suburban streets to freeways, where the newest vehicle technologies are seen in action (and, most importantly, in reaction). Here, researchers push the limits of these systems by emulating the real experiences that drivers grapple with everyday, like blind corners and distracted pedestrians (Mcity’s are robotic), as well as communications with other vehicles and GPS and traffic databases. 

The streets of Mcity are lined with silk-screened facades. [Photo courtesy of University of Michigan]
The miniature city includes a five-mile network of roads, complete with intersections, roundabouts, roadway markings, and traffic signs and signals. The $ 6.5 million site also boasts sidewalks, bus facilities, benches, simulated buildings, streetlights, parked cars, robotic pedestrians and obstacles like construction barriers. [Photo courtesy of University of Michigan]

U-M partnered with the Michigan Department of Transportation and several car companies to open the space this July in preparation for the impending arrival of driverless streets, which, they say, could be 10 to 15 years from now. That date may seem far away as many cars can already perform on autopilot with impressive results and Google cars are already commonly seen in Silicon Valley. But we’re still far from a fully-automated road—and rushing to hand off the wheel entirely has already proven catastrophic. With a keen focus on automation, car companies today increasingly employ technologies to keep an eye on the driver—and make sure that the driver, in turn, is keeping an eye on the road. This makes Mcity all the more attractive to U-M commercial partners—companies like Ford, GM, Honda, Nissan, Toyota, State Farm, Verizon, and Xerox. 

A driver’s instinct for reacting to surprises can only come from experience; translating that know-how into a vehicle’s software is the crux of fully ‘teaching’ cars how to drive themselves. But if we succeed, that ability to drive could be lost to humans, as some experts warn, and we’ll be left at the mercy of cars to handle emergencies. Scenarios like these beg consideration that the obstacles to a driverless future may not be only technical. In any case, Mcity and centers who follow in its footsteps will be key to understanding automation in the real world and making future cars compatible with unpredictable city streets.


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