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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Google Robocar Racetrack Ride
I got to race around in one of the Google robocars, and it was thrilling.
It felt like a racetrack demo lap, where the instructors show off what they
can do, with wheels squealing at the edge of performance... a newfound
performance, in this case, eked out of an intelligence-enhanced Prius with
no human driver.
Imagine being driven entirely by the car for your work commute... in
traffic, through tollbooths, and across bridges to the front door. Some
Google engineers are already doing this every day.
No need to look for a parking space; just let the car find one for you as
you enter the building.
Two computers tucked into the trunk are doing all the steering, braking and
acceleration by issuing commands to the drive-by-wire bus already designed
into modern hybrid and electric cars.
The spinning LIDAR on the room maps the environment in 3D, including
pedestrians and, in this case, traffic cones. A camera to the side of the
rear view mirror tracks the road. Three radar in the front bumper and one
in back also detect proximal objects. GPS, inertial sensors and
wheel-speed monitors give feedback to the computer on the car's
There are times when I want to drive, and times when being a driving
machine feels more like the drudgery that is better left to the machines.
Or when you are tired, or want a designated driver for an evening out.
Commute time is a staggering collective time waster, and Ford estimates it
will escalate to global gridlock in the near future. Google's Thrun
estimates that autonomous vehicles could pack more closely together and
achieve 2-3x throughput improvements from existing roadways, with fuel and
pollution savings from the efficiency gains. And in urban environments,
the largest amount of drive time is spent looking for a parking space.
Google's Ass-kicking Self-Driving Car
At the TED Conference I had the chance to ride in one of Google's self
driving cars. It requires no hands on the wheel at all. I expected a very
chill 5-10 miles per hour. What happened was much different...
inside it! Mercedes Driverless Cars | drive it!
A car navigating Mercedes'test track may sound like nothing unusual, but
who's driving it? No one, because this is Mercedes'fully automated driving
system in action.Daimler is treading new ground by using it to test driver
aids and other safety features. It means that dangerous scenarios can be
simulated with centimeter accuracy and without a human test driver having
to risk life and limb.
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]
Google car seen in steven hawkings brave new world. Self driving and is
currently drove able to drive on the road safer than a human
Google's Self-Driving Cars: Coming Soon to a Road Near You
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Google software engineer Sebastian Thrun demonstrates the company's latest
groundbreaking innovation: cars that drive themselves. Yes, really.
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Sebastian Thrun is a Distinguished Software Engineer at Google and
professor of computer science at Stanford University.
Self-driving cars are here: Watch the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class drive itself
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E Class can drive
itself...not all of the time and not at every speed but in stop and go
traffic under 18 MPH this car can and will drive itself.That means that the
2014 Mercedes-Benz E Class will drive itself in stop and go traffic which
is perhaps the best time for a car to be autonomous. In another fun and
informative TFLcar Technical demonstration Roman goes for a ride in the new
2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and demonstrates how the car can drive itself.
This is real real and usable new self-driving technology that you can buy
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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.