Thanks to Google and Tesla, the first driverless cars will be electric

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Electric cars and robotic cars are moving to the market hand-in-hand.

Google’s new experimental fleet of robotic cars are electric. That’s important because as one of the leaders of developing the software and artificial intelligence that will move autonomous cars through the streets, Google is now also helping set the path for the hardware of the future industry, and it’s skewing that path toward electric vehicles.

 

 

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The DARPA Grand Challenge 10 years later

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2004 DARPA Grand Challenge

Fifteen vehicles left a starting gate in the desert outside of Barstow, Calif., to make history in the DARPA Grand Challenge on March 13, 2004, a first-of-its-kind race to foster the development of self-driving ground vehicles. The goal of the race was to autonomously navigate a 142-mile course that ran across the desert to Primm, Nev. The longer-term goal was to accelerate development of the technological foundations for autonomous vehicles that could ultimately substitute for men and women in hazardous military operations, such as supply convoys.

 

 

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Controversy brews over use of autonomous killer robots in war

A scene from the 2003 film Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

U.N. will begin to lay the groundwork for the role robots will play in war.

People are promised their quality of life will improve with the advances of technology, and what could be a better example of that than sending robots instead of humans into dangerous situations? Robots can help conduct research in deep oceans and harsh climates, or deliver food and medical supplies to disaster areas. (Video)

 

 

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Rinspeed’s driverless car concept brings business class to the road

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Bringing business class travel to driverless cars.

Countries from the U.S. to Singapore will likely have self-driving cars on roadways by 2020. These road-aware vehicles will theoretically do away with nearly all traffic collisions and reduce traffic congestion. Auto designer Rinspeed, however, has fixed its considerable talent on another aspect of the autonomous car: just what to do with the passengers. (Photos)

 

 

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54 million self-driving cars expected to be in use globally by 2035

Self-driving cars and driver controlled cars are expected to hit highways around the world before 2025 and self-driving “only” cars (only the car drives) are anticipated around 2030, according to an emerging technologies study on Autonomous Cars from IHS Automotive.

 

 

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Volvo will introduce fleet of self-driving cars in Sweden by 2017

100 lucky customers will be given the opportunity to ride around in a car that does their driving for them.

Sweden has just announced that they will play host to self-driving cars in the next couple of years. England, Japan, Singapore and the U.S. have already announced that they will host fleets of self-driving automobiles, but Sweden’s 100-car strong automotive army will be the first manufactured by Volvo. (Video)

 

 

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Consumers trust tech companies over carmakers for self-driving cars

Google might want to partner its technology with auto manufacturers rather than making and selling the cars itself.

Almost all the world’s automotive manufacturers are scrambling to develop self-driving cars. But, it appears, the world would rather buy a self-driving car made by a tech company. Consumers are more likely to splurge on a self-driving car made by Mercedes-Benz than Nissan; they’re even likelier to buy one made by the likes of Google and Apple, according to a study released by audit and advisory firm KPMG on Oct. 10.

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Tesla hiring a driverless-vehicle engineer

Tesla could be joining a number of companies who say they will create their own fully autonomous cars.

Tesla is searching for an autonomous driving engineer, someone who will likely bring some of those great hands-free features to its electric carsin the future. They put out a call for applicants on its careers page for an “Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Control Engineer,” or ADAS. The applicant will perform a research role, looking at how to add autonomous features and working with the “firmware team” to actually put this research into action.

 

 

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Uber to purchase 2,500 driverless cars from Google

Uber has committed to invest up to $375 million for a fleet of Google’s GX3200 vehicles.

News from the Future – July 25, 2023:  The local transportation and delivery giant, Uber, has announced as part of its second quarter earnings, saying it would buy 2,500 driverless cars from Google. The two companies have agreed to a deal in which Uber will share data from its local transportation services with Google, which will use it to further improve its own autonomous car-routing algorithms.

 

 

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The Navia – a driverless vehicle that will debut on Singapore roadways

The Navia is a fully autonomous eight-seat shuttle.

Automakers are working tirelessly in the U.S. to get autonomous cars on roadways. We could even see the infamous driverless Audi TT hit showrooms as soon as 2015. But by 2015 driverless vehicles just might be old-hat — at least in Singapore. (Video)

 

 

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