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.
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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.
Chris Gerdes: The future race car -- 150mph, and no driver
http://www.ted.com Autonomous cars are coming -- and they're going to drive
better than you. Chris Gerdes reveals how he and his team are developing
robotic race cars that can drive at 150 mph while avoiding every possible
accident. And yet, in studying the brainwaves of professional racing
drivers, Gerdes says he has gained a new appreciation for the instincts of
professional drivers. (Filmed at TEDxStanford.)
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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...
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
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,
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]
► Autonomous driving by Volvo
Despite massive improvements in traffic safety, 1.2 million people are
still killed in traffic every year. In 2007, this spurred Volvo Cars, as
the only automotive manufacturer in the world, to launch a safety vision
stating that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo
car by 2020. The company's vision is that cars should not crash.
The first autonomous features will be introduced in the all-new Volvo XC90
by the end of 2014: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with steer assist
automatically follows the vehicle ahead in queues. Other features include
road edge and barrier detection with steer assist, which detects if the car
is about to drive off the road and autonomously applies steering torque to
bring the vehicle back on track.
The next step is technology that follows the car in front at higher speeds,
allowing the driver to take his or her hands off the steering wheel while
still surveying the drive. This in turn paves the way for the introduction
of Highly Autonomous Cars that hand over responsibility to the vehicle,
which handles all driving functions at the driver's discretion.
This sophisticated self-driving technology will be tested and evaluated in
the 'Drive Me' project in Volvo Car Group's Swedish hometown of Gothenburg.
In 2017, 100 customers will join the project using 100 self-driving Volvo
cars driving on selected public roads in and around the city.
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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