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Video and transcript: "Hands off the Wheel" broadcast nationwide in USA and Canada on CBS News TV show 60 Minutes October 4, 2015

Video and transcript: "Hands off the Wheel" broadcast nationwide in USA and Canada on CBS News TV show 60 Minutes October 4, 2015 | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Self-driving cars are already on the road in test drives with watchful researchers in them. How soon will the computerized cars become part of our lives?
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Huge USA-wide broadcast media exposure of self-driving car technology on the CBS news show "60 Minutes" on Sunday evening, October 4  Complete 13 minute video and script for that segment is online in above hot link. Mercedes, Google, and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are featured. Good questions, interesting answers, very educational videos showing computer screens of robo-cars in action.

This online package contains four short segments not seen on the broadcast, including Google's Chris Urmson stating that Google intends to partner with established car companies when Google's technology being tested now is ready for wide deployment to customers.

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Volvo Cars plans to launch China’s most advanced autonomous driving experiment

Volvo Cars plans to launch China’s most advanced autonomous driving experiment | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, plans to launch China’s most advanced autonomous driving experiment in which local drivers will test autonomous driving cars on public roads in everyday driving conditions.
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Appears to build upon the autonomous vehicle trial being set up by Volvo in Gothenburg, Sweden.
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Driverless car technology set to boost Britain's economy

Driverless car technology set to boost Britain's economy | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Britain is becoming a hub for manufacturers developing driverless car technology. The industry is likely to create more than 320,000 jobs, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders claims.

Via Catherine Kargas
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Scoop.it acquaintance Catherine Kargas remembers talking with a Québec government minister who told her: "You know what the problem is with this technology? It doesn't create enough jobs."

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I remember talking with a Québec government minister who told me: "You know what the problem is with this technology? It doesn't create enough jobs." Glad to know we have such knowledgeable ministers

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Tap the brakes: Self-driving vehicle technology is 'absolutely not ready,' says robotics researcher

Tap the brakes: Self-driving vehicle technology is 'absolutely not ready,' says robotics researcher | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
"Missy Cummings, an engineering professor and human-factors expert at Duke University ...argued self-driving cars are 'absolutely not ready for widespread deployment.'"
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Robotics specialist with an aviation background notes that automating the control of a car is more difficult than automating the work of airplane pilots. 
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Google Self-Driving Car Will Be Ready Soon for Some, in Decades for Others

Google Self-Driving Car Will Be Ready Soon for Some, in Decades for Others | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
At SXSW, Google laid out what one expert calls its most conservative roadmap yet
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A very important presentation at SXSW on March 11, 2016 by Chris Urmson, boss of Google's self-driving car project, is covered and interpreted. Lots of new information here has not been shown before. In addition to the written news report, this page from IEEE also embeds the complete YouTube video of Urmson's talk, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uj-rK8V-rik .  Also, the video presents Google's analysis of the widely-reported collision of its self-driving test car with a bus.
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U.S. Automakers Agree to Adopt Crash-Avoidance Braking by 2022

Twenty major automakers will announce a voluntarily agreement to equip cars and trucks with automatic emergency-braking systems designed to detect and prevent crashes without driver action, according to two people familiar with the matter.
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NHTSA's discussions of how the testing of "crash imminent braking" should be done in its New Car Assessment Program are posted   at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NHTSA-2015-0006-0024
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The Ultimate Driving Machine Prepares for a Driverless World

The Ultimate Driving Machine Prepares for a Driverless World | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
How 100-year-old BMW is racing toward the driverless world—automated driving, electric cars, and ride sharing.
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Sweeping journalistic review of the status of vehicle automation, focusing on what BMW is working on.
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Early Ideas for Smart City Challenge Include Self-Driving Shuttles, Adaptive Traffic Lights

Early Ideas for Smart City Challenge Include Self-Driving Shuttles, Adaptive Traffic Lights | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Though the U.S. Department of Transportation isn't releasing details of any of the 77 applications it's received for its Smart City Challenge until March 12, city officials have divulged pieces of their plans to local media outlets across the country.
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Examples of the various U.S. prize applicants referencing automated vehicles are provided in this report.

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Google just won a patent on a self-driving truck that delivers packages

Google just won a patent on a self-driving truck that delivers packages | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it

An obvious but exciting development in the world of autonomous vehicles arrived today. As noted by Quartz, Google has been awarded a patent on self-driving delivery trucks that would bring packages...

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New algorithm to improve pedestrian recognition accuracy of driverless cars

New algorithm to improve pedestrian recognition accuracy of driverless cars | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it

UCSD researchers have developed a pedestrian detection system they claim performs in near real-time at higher accuracy than existing systems.

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This is a report on research leading to a very important capability for both automated driver assistance and completely driverless cars.

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"Google is testing its self-driving car in Kirkland [suburb of Seattle]"

"Google is testing its self-driving car in Kirkland [suburb of Seattle]" | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Google brings testing of the autonomous car to Kirkland, joining earlier testing in Silicon Valley and Austin, Texas. If you see it, the company wants you to tell it how its car is driving.
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One vehicle has been deployed, with the immediate mission of building an electronic map of this municipal jurisdiction.  City of Kirkland has approximately 600 lane miles of streets. 

 

The vehicle deployed is not the little pod car prototype for future robo-cab service, but rather a modified SUV.

 

Quoting this report, "Washington state has no laws about autonomous vehicles, and both Gov. Jay Inslee and Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen welcomed Google’s trials to the state."


Google is reported to be unhappy with the current regulatory environment for self-driving cars in its corporate HQ state of California.

 
 
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GM and Lyft Are Building a Network of Self-Driving Cars

GM and Lyft Are Building a Network of Self-Driving Cars | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it

GM will invest $500 million in Lyft, a clear sign the auto giant is serious about moving beyond the era of the personal, human-driven automobile.

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"General Motors and Lyft are teaming up to create a national network of self-driving cars, the companies jointly announced this morning.

"GM will invest $500 million in Lyft and take a seat on the ride-sharing startup’s board of directors. It will also become a preferred provider of cars for short-term use to Lyft drivers.

"It’s a natural partnership, the two say: Lyft knows all about getting people into cars they don’t own, and GM’s been working on autonomous technology for about a decade."

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Google Preparing to Expand Self-Driving Car Program

Google Preparing to Expand Self-Driving Car Program | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it

Google plans to test its self-driving cars in four new cities.

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Names of the four additional cities have not been released, but Michigan and Nevada are likely.

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Samsung Steps Up to Develop Self-Driving Technologies | Korea IT Times

Samsung Steps Up to Develop Self-Driving Technologies | Korea IT Times | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
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This new short report from Korea says Samsung seeks to integrate electronics and software as a supplier to auto makers, "so that the technologies can even drive unmanned car without any network beacon or GPS sensor."  
In December 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported Samsung's entry into the self-driving car market:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/samsung-electronics-team-to-focus-on-parts-for-self-driving-cars-1449648196
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China’s Companies Poised to Take Leap in Developing a Driverless Car

China’s Companies Poised to Take Leap in Developing a Driverless Car | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Conditions for the technology may actually be more favorable in China than in the United States because of aggressive support from the government.
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Useful insights here.  Government in China will focus on Transit Leap as well as feature creep.  Note the reference to autonomous buses.
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Hands Off: The Future of Self-Driving Cars

U.S Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, convened a hearing titled “Hands Off: The Future of Self-Driving Cars” on Tuesday, March 15.

The hearing explored advancements in autonomous vehicle technology and its anticipated benefits for Americans. Witnesses were asked to testify on their continued efforts to develop automated vehicles, their views on the appropriate role of government in promoting innovation including removing unnecessary hurdles, and their strategy to grow consumer adoption of this new technology.
 
Witnesses:
 
•    Dr. Chris Urmson, Director of Self-Driving Cars, Google X
•    Mr. Mike Ableson, Vice President, Strategy and Global Portfolio Planning, General Motors Company
•    Mr. Glen DeVos, Vice President, Global Engineering and Services, Electronics and Safety, Delphi Automotive
•    Mr. Joseph Okpaku, Vice President of Government Relations, Lyft
•    Dr. Mary (Missy) Louise Cummings, Director, Humans and Autonomy Lab and Duke Robotics, Duke University

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Video of the hearing, and pdf text of prepared remarks are posted here.  Up to date, first hand expert testimony.
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Renault-Nissan CEO Calls for Consistent Regulations on Autonomous Cars

Renault-Nissan CEO Calls for Consistent Regulations on Autonomous Cars | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Auto makers need to push regulators around the world for consistent rules to allow driverless cars to proliferate, Renault SA and Nissan Motor Co. Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said Wednesday.
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Well worth reading for this car industry leader's opinion on the importance of retaining drivers in vehicles, and the viability of ride sharing.
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Of Steering Wheels and Buggy Whips

Of Steering Wheels and Buggy Whips | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
At the heart of automated driving is control of the steering wheel, gas and brake pedals in the car.  Based on NHTSA's recently negotiated agreement with car makers, those selling cars in the U.S.
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A deep dive into private vehicle control options. I have the sense that the "driving" being discussed here is highway driving, not driving on crowded city streets with traffic signals, buses, trucks, bikes, pedestrians, and random surprises...
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Google Official: White House Should Have Authority To Approve Self-Driving Cars

Google Official: White House Should Have Authority To Approve Self-Driving Cars | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Reports on a U.S. Senate hearing where Google's Chris Urmson expressed concern that governments have created an "emerging patchwork of state laws."
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Semi-Autonomous Cars Compared! Tesla Model S vs. BMW 750i, Infiniti Q50S, and Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG - Feature

Semi-Autonomous Cars Compared! Tesla Model S vs. BMW 750i, Infiniti Q50S, and Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG - Feature | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it

"To gauge progress on the path to brainlessness, we’ve gathered the four luxury cars that have done the most to purge human frailties from the acts of cruising, braking, and steering.

"As usual, our test regimen is a balanced mix of on-road evaluations and proving- grounds tests."

 

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The comparison chart shows all four did well doing what they were advertised to be capable of, including lane keeping, automated following, and automated braking.

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Google reports 13 accidents and 272 failures in its self-driving cars

Google reports 13 accidents and 272 failures in its self-driving cars | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it

The figures are in: Google’s self-driving cars have been involved in 13 accidents and 272 failures in the 14 months ending December 2015, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (CDMV) – but the search giant is again...

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California regulators have mandated that Google report on all cases of collision and operator intervention in the ongoing testing of self-driving cars.

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WA [Western Australia] to Trial Driverless Buses

WA [Western Australia] to Trial Driverless Buses | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it

Initially, the trials will be conducted at the RAC's driving centre but eventually the shuttle will take to Perth roads, Transport Minister Dean Nalder said.

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An example of Transit Leap, meaning the implementation of full automation for low speed multi-passenger vehicles in constrained geography.

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Google gets a win on self-driving cars

Google gets a win on self-driving cars | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sided with the tech giant.

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This report describes an early step on the road to government regulators letting a computer drive the car without human input along the way.

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Driverless shuttle bus to take to Dutch public roads in world first - The Express Tribune

Driverless shuttle bus to take to Dutch public roads in world first - The Express Tribune | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it

The WePod will ride back and forth in the centra­l Dutch agricu­ltural town of Wageni­ngen

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Slow moving, not mixed with significant traffic from other vehicles.  A controlled environment and what I call a Transit Leap of the first kind, described in my poster displayed at the MIT Disrupting Mobility Summit on November 12, 2015, and now posted at http://endofdriving.org/2015/11/12/transit-leap-autonomous-vehicles-and-transit/

 

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These are the first driverless cars in London

These are the first driverless cars in London | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it

Driverless cars will hit the streets of Greenwich, London, this summer, adapted from the pods currently in operation on tracks at Heathrow.

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Last I checked, the future guideways for the pictured vehicles will be in the Greenwich district of London -- near one terminal of the Emirates cable car over the River Thames and the O2 Arena -- and the chosen "streets" are more like wide sidewalks or bicycle paths, perfectly compatible with slow-moving vehicles. 

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California regulators who are wrestling with how to permit the future rollout of self-driving cars to the public were reminded Thursday just how complex their task is

California regulators who are wrestling with how to permit the future rollout of self-driving cars to the public were reminded Thursday just how complex their task is | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it

"Google has concluded that human error is the biggest danger in driving, and the company wants to remove the steering wheel and pedals from cars of the future, giving people minimal ability to intervene."

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Google is testing its cars in Austin, Texas now, which is looking like a less regulated place to begin deployment of a driverless car service for consumers.

 

Quoting from this report, "Urmson [manager of self-driving car development at Google] said that if the [State of California] draft regulations are not changed, Google's car would not be available in California. While Google has been testing on roads here for several years — with trained safety drivers behind the wheel, just in case — it might deploy cars without steering wheels in Texas, where regulators hailed the technology when Google began testing prototypes there last summer."

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