http://www.ted.com Sebastian Thrun helped build Google's amazing driverless car, powered by a very personal quest to save lives and reduce traffic accidents. Jawdropping video shows the DARPA Challenge-winning car motoring through busy city traffic with no one behind the wheel, and dramatic test drive footage from TED2011 demonstrates how fast the thing can really go.
Volvo's self-driving cars take to public roads for first time
For the first time ever a road train comprising a Volvo XC60, a Volvo V60
and a Volvo S60 plus one truck automatically driving in convoy behind a
lead vehicle has operated on a public motorway among other road users. The
historic test in Spain was highly successful.
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Rinspeed's first underwater Car
Rinspeed will present its new sQuba, the worlds first diving car, at the
Geneva Motor Show (March 6-16). The car is not only able to drive on roads
autonomously with a push of a button (thus without a driver, passenger or
further assistance), but can also transform into an amphibious vehicle
which can be submerged in water up to 10 meters (33 feet). An electric
motor with powerful torque drives the rear wheels, while the propulsion on
the water is ensured by two propellers in the stern and two powerful jet
drives in the bow propelling the vehicle under water while diving. When
underwater, the driver and passenger are enclosed in the vehicle thanks to
light weight body components made of futuristic Carbon Nano Tubes and are
supplied with fresh breathing air by the self-contained on-board system.
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2020 Volkswagen Aqua Hovercraft Concept
A new concept from Volkswagen.
The Volkswagen Aqua is a futuristic hovercraft concept created by Yuhan
Zhang, a 21 year old designer from China. Yuhan just graduated with honors
from Xihua University with a degree in Industrial Design. Currently she's
in the process of selecting a Transportation Design course to further her
The Volkswagen Aqua is designed to cope with the wide variety of terrain
which covers China. From the lakes, rivers and coastal waters, to the
roads, wetlands and snow and ice. The concept was shortlisted in the CDN
Car Design Awards China, based on the brief entitled simply; "Chinese
off-road vehicle" by Volkswagen.
Like most hovercraft, the Volkswagen Aqua uses more than one engine. The
primary motor, which is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, is used to drive
the main fan which inflates the skirt around the vehicle and raises the
Aqua just above the ground. The fans at the rear of the vehicle are powered
by individual electric motors to provide forward thrust and directional
The styling of the Volkswagen Aqua is extremely clean and simple. There's
very little clutter to the lines, except perhaps at the rear due to the
quartet of fans. The interior has room for two people, and features a
similar minimalist vibe as the exterior.
Perhaps our only area of concern is with how you actually enter the
vehicle. See that small round hatch at the rear of the vehicle, the one
located where the rear window would normally be? That's your one and only
Mercedes-Benz: Automated driving [English]
Mercedes-Benz have applied automated driving to conduct safety tests. Their
main objective was test their cars safety as if a human is driving it.
Parameters like speed, angle and timing cannot be simulated and it is not
really safe to risk a human driver during tests. Mercedes-Benz is the
leading manufacturer with regards to technological developments of cars. It
is known to assist in fast tracking the progress and execution of airbags,
three point safety belts, ABS, ESP and other automotive developments. Thus,
automated driving systems have been improved for test driving purposes.
Even though the said system has been used for some time now, they have
presently developed a program that would tackle additional driving factors
such as blind spot recognition systems, lane change warnings and night view
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► BMW Vision ConnectedDrive
Via the Passenger Information Display, the passenger in a BMW Vision
ConnectedDrive vehicle can also take advantage of additional
functionalities provided by intelligent networking. As a co-pilot he can
evaluate information or address details for the navigation system received
online and forward them to the driver's instrument panel if necessary. Thus
the interaction between the driver and the passenger and networking with
the environment reach new levels. The Emotional Browser makes an even more
varied and individually-tailored choice of information possible. During the
journey, this system captures and filters additional information about the
environment through which the vehicle is currently travelling, in terms of
people, mood or location. This personal configuration can be set at the
start of the journey, but can also be adjusted on the road to be more or
less detailed, to suit individual requirements.
ABC News gets taken for a spin in Google's self-driving Toyota Prius
Google's autonomous fleet has been clandestinely racking up the
computer-driven miles, and so far, their autonomous autos have been
fault-free. One minor incident happened when a car was rear-ended, but the
Skynet Google cars have yet to incur any points on their virtual licenses.
Earlier this week, ABC News got the chance to go for a spin in one of the
tech company's automated cars, riding shotgun in a computer-controlled
The engineers from Google explain that the Prius utilizes a series of
cameras and a roof-mounted, spinning laser to see what is going on around
it. The result is a vehicle which might just be safer than one with a human
behind the wheel. However, according to the report, the goal of the system
is not to completely remove the driver from the equation, the system is
pitched as more of a "super cruise-control" than a full auto-drive system.
The theory is that it would be useful for traffic-filled commutes to and
from work, and it might be a nice solution to eliminate or reduce
distracted-driving. Get a phone call? Hit the Google button and let the car
have the wheel while you take your call.
Becky Worley, the news correspondent in the video clip, even gets up the
guts to give the Google car a real-life brake test. She steps in front of
it as it's motoring down the road. What happens? The car "sees" her and
slams on the binders. Check it all out in the video after the jump.
[Source: ABC News]
Mercedes's autonomous driving on highway
The truly self-driving car will be reality by 2020. So automakers and
suppliers are saying in the wake of the huge Frankfurt Auto Show. The most
prominent was the Mercedes-Benz S500 Intelligent Drive research vehicle,
which a month earlier retraced the first road trip, 103 km (64 miles),
taken by the first passenger car in 1888 (a Benz, of course). The breadth
of players involved in autonomous driving shows how big, and serious,
self-driving has become: Nokia, IBM, Continental, and virtually all the
world's top automakers are involved, and of course Google.
The most outspoken, or quotable, executive on autonomous driving was Carlos
Ghosn, the CEO of Nissan, who pushed Nissan into electric cars such as the
Nissan Leaf and now wants to do the same thing with self-drivers. "In 2020
all the problems that we have in allowing autonomous driving will be
solved," Ghosn told reporters. He went on to say they would allow older
drivers to keep driving and young drivers to start driving at earlier ages.
Nervousness on the part of the government and insurance agencies may be a
larger hurdle to 2020 self-driving cars than technology. If bureaucracies
want to study this to death, they also should study whether self-driving
cars might make for safer highways, less congestion, less pollution, and faster travel. It's possible that the
overall impact will be fewer accidents,
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An autonomous car, also known as a driverless car, self-driving
car or robot car, is an autonomous vehicle capable of fulfilling the
human transportation capabilities of a traditional car. As an autonomous
vehicle, it is capable of sensing its environment and navigating without
human input. Robotic cars exist mainly as prototypes and demonstration
systems. Currently, the only self-driving vehicles that are commercially
available are open-air shuttles for pedestrian zones that operate at 12.5
miles per hour (20.1 km/h).
Autonomous vehicles sense their surroundings with such techniques as radar,
lidar, GPS, and computer vision. Advanced control systems interpret sensory
information to identify appropriate navigation paths, as well as obstacles
and relevant signage. Some autonomous vehicles update their maps based
on sensory input, allowing the vehicles to keep track of their position
even when conditions change or when they enter uncharted environments.
Some quasi-autonomous demonstration systems date back to the 1920s and the
1930s. Since the 1980s, when Mercedes-Benz and Bundeswehr University
Munich built a driverless car through the EUREKA Prometheus Project,
significant advances have been made in both technology and legislation
relevant to autonomous cars. Numerous major companies and research
organizations have developed working prototype autonomous vehicles,
including Mercedes-Benz, General Motors, Continental Automotive Systems,
Autoliv Inc., Bosch, Nissan, Toyota, Audi, Vislab from University of Parma,
Oxford University and Google. In 2010, four electric autonomous vans
successfully drove 8000 miles from Italy to China. The vehicles were
developed in a research project backed by European Union funding, by Vislab
of the University of Parma, Italy. As of 2013, four U.S. states have passed
laws permitting autonomous cars.
Many major automotive manufacturers, including General Motors, Ford,
Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, Audi, Nissan, Toyota, BMW, and Volvo, are
testing driverless car systems as of 2013. BMW has been testing driverless
systems since around 2005, while in 2010, Audi sent a driverless
Audi TTS to the top of Pike's Peak at close to race speeds. In 2011, GM
created the EN-V (short for Electric Networked Vehicle), an autonomous
electric urban vehicle. In 2012, Volkswagen began testing a "Temporary
Auto Pilot" (TAP) system that will allow a car to drive itself at speeds of
up to 80 miles per hour (130 km/h) on the highway. Ford has conducted
extensive research into driverless systems and vehicular communication
systems. In January 2013, Toyota demonstrated a partially self-driving
car with numerous sensors and communication systems. The Google driverless
car project maintains a test fleet of autonomous vehicles that has driven
300,000 miles (480,000 km) with no machine-caused accidents as of August
In film and television
KITT, the autonomous Pontiac Trans Am in the 1982 TV series Knight
Rider, was sentient and autonomous.
The 1983 film Christine features a sentient, autonomous car as the
In the 1989 film Batman, starring Michael Keaton, the Batmobile is
shown to be able to drive itself to Batman's current location.
The 1990 film Total Recall, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, features
taxis called Johnny Cabs controlled by artificial intelligence in the car
or the android drivers.
The 1993 film Demolition Man, starring Sylvester Stallone, set in 2032,
features vehicles that can be self-driven or commanded to "Auto Mode" where
a voice controlled computer operates the vehicle.
The 1994 film Timecop, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, set in 2004 and
1994, has cars that can either be self-driven or commanded to drive to
specific locations such as "home".
Another Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, The 6th Day from 2000, features an
autonomous car commanded by Michael Rapaport.
The 2002 film Minority Report, set in Washington, D.C. in 2054,
features an extended chase sequence involving autonomous cars. The vehicle
of protagonist John Anderton is transporting him when its systems are
overridden by police in an attempt to bring him into custody.
The 2004 film I, Robot features autonomous vehicles driving on
highways, allowing the car to travel safer at higher speeds than if
manually controlled. The option to manually operate the vehicles is
GM's driverless car
Vehicles that operate without a driver and allow passengers to safely use
their mobile devices are being tested by the U.S. Department of Defense.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has created Boss, a
Chevrolet Tahoe designed to drive itself.
Boss is a robotic vehicle equipped with 25 lasers, cameras and radars to
enable it to sense objects and know which direction to go in.
The self-driving vehicle is scheduled to be tested in November during The
Urban Challenge, a 100km course in which various robots race across a city
or suburban environment.
In addition to helping the military, General Motors officials expect this
new technology to also play a future role in dangerous tasks such as
Driverless Car Hits the Street - Not People
For sportscar enthusiasts, it's a crying shame. The Lotus Elise moves down
the road, navigating the asphalt, taking hairpin turns and obeying all
traffic laws-without a driver.
But to Lotus engineering and the College of Engineering at NC State, it's
anything but a sad sight. This high-tech, high-performance vehicle is an
autonomous vehicle or driving robot.
And for those that may find themselves in harms way or staring down an
explosive device, the driverless roadster is an engineering marvel. Working
in partnership with Lotus engineering, NC State's entry was one of only 30
participants (from an original field of 89) invited to participate in the
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Urban Challenge National
Qualification Event in October.