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.
Sanjay Dastoor: A skateboard, with a boost
Imagine an electric vehicle that can get you to work -- or anywhere in a
six-mile radius -- quickly, without traffic frustrations or gasoline. Now
imagine you can pick it up and carry it with you. Yes, this souped-up
skateboard could change the face of morning commutes.
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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.
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'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...
2014 Mercedes S-Class AUTONOMOUS DRIVING DEMO 'Intelligent Drive'
Mercedes-Benz has successfully completed the first autonomous long-distance
drive ever, involving both town and cross-country traffic, using
near-production-standard sensor systems. The Mercedes-Benz S 500
INTELLIGENT DRIVE research vehicle covered 100 kilometers from Mannheim to
Pforzheim, Germany, under real traffic conditions and complex situations
including traffic lights, roundabouts, pedestrians, cyclists and trams.
Mercedes-Benz will reveal the full details of the first autonomous long
distance drive at the Mercedes-Benz & smart Media Night.
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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 car seen in steven hawkings brave new world. Self driving and is
currently drove able to drive on the road safer than a human
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.