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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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...
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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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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.
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.
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
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Mercedes S Class W222. As the inventor of the automobile, Mercedes-Benz
natural assumes a pioneering role where autonomous driving is concerned.
The declared aim is to develop the automobile further, from a self-moving
("automobile") vehicle to an independent ("autonomous") vehicle. In its
research and development activities, Mercedes-Benz goes well beyond purely
technical realisation of automated driving and anticipates various
Semi-autonomous driving is already a fact on public roads today – for
example with the Mercedes-Benz models in the S-, E-, C- and CLS-Class. One
such feature is Stop-and-Go Assist, which automatically follows tailback
traffic and provides steering assistance. When parking with the aid of
Active Park Assist, the technology chooses a suitable parking space and
takes over the steering. The driver only needs to accelerate and brake.
Mercedes-Benz is continuing its "Intelligent Drive" strategy with numerous
assistance systems and substantially expanded functions with the aim of
systematically enhancing comfort and safety. CARJAM TV. 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.
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
Batmobile is shown to be able to drive itself to Batman's current location.
The Mercedes-Benz W222 is the current version of the Mercedes-Benz
S-Class, and the successor of the Mercedes-Benz W221. The W222, designed
during 2009 by Robert Lešnik, has a similar design theme to the CLA-Class
and facelifted E-Class (W212).
In Europe, sales of the Mercedes S 400 Hybrid, Mercedes S 350 BlueTEC,
Mercedes S 350 BlueTEC Hybrid, and Mercedes S 500 began in September 2013.
US sales of the Mercedes S 550 also began in September; the Mercedes 4Matic
all-wheel drive model went on sale in November, 2013. Additional models,
including Mercedes V12 models and those from Mercedes AMG are expected in
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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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