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.
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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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.
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.
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...
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
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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
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.