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Measuring the Complexity of Self-Organizing Traffic Lights

We apply measures of complexity, emergence, and self-organization to an urban traffic model for comparing a traditional traffic-light coordination method with a self-organizing method in two scenarios: cyclic boundaries and non-orientable boundaries. We show that the measures are useful to identify and characterize different dynamical phases. It becomes clear that different operation regimes are required for different traffic demands. Thus, not only is traffic a non-stationary problem, requiring controllers to adapt constantly; controllers must also change drastically the complexity of their behavior depending on the demand. Based on our measures and extending Ashby’s law of requisite variety, we can say that the self-organizing method achieves an adaptability level comparable to that of a living system.


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USDOT works to educate traffic engineers on adaptive traffic signals.  http://www.nc-ite.org/images/files/Adaptive%20Signal%20Control%20Technology%20Overview%20Presentation.pdf

 

This paper provides insight into difficulty. Adaptive traffic signal timing is not commonly implemented in U.S. urban areas.


If vehicles were to communicate with traffic signals, another layer of complexity would be added.

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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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Mercedes-Benz Self-Driving 'Future Bus' Logs 12 Miles - InformationWeek

Mercedes-Benz Self-Driving 'Future Bus' Logs 12 Miles - InformationWeek | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Mercedes-Benz's successful test of self-driving 'Future Bus' served as a world premiere for the vehicle, which features state-of-the-art design cues. The city bus made a 12-mile journey in the Netherlands.
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Public transit is a great market for vehicle automation.
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China temporarily bans highway testing of self-driving cars

China temporarily bans highway testing of self-driving cars | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Self-driving cars are no longer welcome on Chinese highways. At least for now. According to a new report from Bloomberg, the country's auto industry i
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Government of China puts a heavier hand on what seemed like accelerated development.
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Nissan’s highway self-driving system hits Japanese roads in August

Nissan’s highway self-driving system hits Japanese roads in August | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Nissan has a new autonomous driving system called ProPILOT, and it's coming to its first production vehicle in August. ProPILOT, a self-driving feature..
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Provides a realistic approach to short-term opportunities for safety and operator comfort on congested, high-volume highways.
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Driver Automation to Be Scrutinized in NTSB Probe of Tesla Crash

Driver Automation to Be Scrutinized in NTSB Probe of Tesla Crash | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it

"While the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is conducting its own review of the May 7 incident, the NTSB [National Transportation Safety Board] wants to take a more comprehensive look at whether the crash reveals any systemic issues with driverless car technology..."

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A second U.S. Government agency has decided to investigate the Tesla Autopilot crash in Florida.  NTSB examines very few auto crashes each year, focusing on those with potentially significant general implications that may apply to many other vehicles.
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How NHTSA should respond to the Tesla Autopilot crash in Florida

How NHTSA should respond to the Tesla Autopilot crash in Florida | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it

Picture from http://kicdam.com/news/030030-tesla-told-regulators-about-autopilot-crash-nine-days-after-accident/


From the Scoop: "Despite the chattering on the web about the May 7 fatal crash of a Tesla that was operating on a Florida highway under the control of its Autopilot software, there is nothing definitive to be learned about the event until the NHTSA investigation is finished with its conclusions and recommendations. That is, unless Tesla releases more of what it knows already from its remote monitoring processes understood to be active all the time on all Tesla vehicles of the type that crashed."

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This essay by me and Bern Grush reacts to what has been written in mass media and blogs in the first week of news about the fatal Tesla Autopilot crash in Florida on May 7, 2016
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First self driving car death involving Tesla driver using autopilot

First self driving car death involving Tesla driver using autopilot | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials say the driver of a Tesla S sports car using the vehicle's "autopilot" automated driving system has been killed in a collision with a truck...

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Full text of the response from Tesla is included with this report about a very sad event.
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Autonomous buses hit the road in Switzerland

Autonomous buses hit the road in Switzerland | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Switzerland has joined a growing number of places around the world exploring the potential of electric autonomous buses, with a pair of driverless shuttles now ferrying passengers around the city of Sion as part of a two-year trial.
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A small, early, important step on the way to robo-cabs.
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IBM’s Watson Lets You Talk to Your Self-Driving Car

IBM’s Watson Lets You Talk to Your Self-Driving Car | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
The 3-D printed autonomous van can chat with passengers, a novel way to establish human trust in the robots that will soon take over our roads.
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The IBM Watson application supports human interaction with the vehicle, not control of the vehicle.  The latter is handled with other software and sensors.
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The Road to Self-Driving Cars

The Road to Self-Driving Cars | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Steven Shladover explains how automated cars can solve transportation issues—but only if they are deployed safely
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Author Steve Shladover is chairman of the research program at the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences.  He is very skeptical of claims that cars will soon drive as well as people, as we all should be.
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Bosch's new tech will let you use your smartphone to park your car

Bosch's new tech will let you use your smartphone to park your car | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Bosch's new automated driverless car system called "Home zone park assist" will let you use your smartphone to park your car.
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The car can guide itself 100 meters through a pre-mapped parking area.  Ultrasonic and radar detectors provide guidance that prevents hitting things like garbage cans that are not on the map.
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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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Singapore: The First-Mover Nation for Driverless Cars

Singapore: The First-Mover Nation for Driverless Cars | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
NuTonomy believes driverless taxis will be the catalyst for fast learning and widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles. It hopes to introduce autonomous cabs into Singapore as early as 2018.
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This report describes a national public-private plan to introduce an intorductory fleet of 100 driverless taxis into the urbanized island nation of Singapore.
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Self-Driving Cars May Flash Funky Lights At Pedestrians

Self-Driving Cars May Flash Funky Lights At Pedestrians | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Representatives from Ford and Nissan explained the challenges of making self-driving cars at an auto conference in San Francisco.
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Report from the annual TRB-AUVSI automated vehicle conference taking place July 2016.
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What NASA Could Teach Tesla about Autopilot's Limits

What NASA Could Teach Tesla about Autopilot's Limits | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Decades of research have warned about the human attention span in automated cockpits 
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Terrific insights bearing on what happened in the Tesla fatal crash on May 7.
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Self-Driving Delivery Robots : self driving robots

Self-Driving Delivery Robots : self driving robots | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
self driving robots - Starship Technologies will be testing self-driving robots to deliver packages and mail in the UK, Germany and Switzerland. Several major brand
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Very small robotic vehicles, apparently running on sidewalks designed for pedestrians.
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Why Ford, Google, and Volvo Think Tesla’s Autopilot Is a Bad Idea

Why Ford, Google, and Volvo Think Tesla’s Autopilot Is a Bad Idea | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it

"Ford isn’t alone in its aversion to the type of automation that Tesla is now building into its vehicles. Google has eschewed it, too. And a Volvo executive recently derided autopilot as an unsafe 'wannabe' posing as a more advanced system."

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Useful reporting about the plans of three car companies for vehicle automation in the near future.
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Faraday Future cleared to test self-driving cars in California

Faraday Future cleared to test self-driving cars in California | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
"Faraday Future isn't waiting for Michigan to get its act together before it starts testing self-driving cars in the US. Reuters has confirmed that the fledgling company has received approval to try autonomous vehicles on California roads later this year."
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According to: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3653418/Watch-Tesla-s-new-self-driving-car-town-Faraday-Future-gets-ahead-testing-California-roads.html, "Faraday is one of several Chinese-funded startups hoping to challenge Tesla in premium electric vehicles."
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Elon Musk Says Tesla Vehicles Will Drive Themselves in Two Years

Elon Musk Says Tesla Vehicles Will Drive Themselves in Two Years | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk opens up about autonomous vehicles, proposed self-driving car rules, and the competition.
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For the record, Elon Musk of Tesla talking up the future of "autonomous vehicles" in an interview by Fortune magazine in December 2015.
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Inside China’s Plan to Beat America to the Self-Driving Car

Inside China’s Plan to Beat America to the Self-Driving Car | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Despite monstrous traffic and crazy roads, China has the right factors to host the first commercially available driverless cars.
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Interesting report on what Baidu is doing to implement its claim of putting autonomous vehicles into commercial service by 2020.
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Automakers Enter 'Gray Zone' as They Roll Out Semi-Autonomous Tech

Automakers Enter 'Gray Zone' as They Roll Out Semi-Autonomous Tech | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
Traditionally, the industry has taken a go-slow approach to technology, typically waiting for new government rules and regulations.
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Report from journalist at NBC News provides an overview on where AVs stand with the U.S. Government and world automakers.  Photo of an alleged automation failure in a Tesla is an interesting juxtaposition chosen by NBC.  Tesla says their data from remote monitoring does not support the allegation.
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A self-driving vehicle with soccer-mom sense

By using the Pacifica, Google is signaling that its technology will be good for the whole family. Google is also laser-focused on older people and people with physical disabilities who cannot drive themselves.
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Google has announced that it will add 100 custom-built Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans to its fleet of experimental self-driving vehicles.
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GM Canada to hire 700 engineers in push for self-driving cars

GM Canada to hire 700 engineers in push for self-driving cars | Automated Vehicle Insights Selected for You by CATES | Scoop.it
General Motors plans to hire about 700 engineers in Canada as it expands randd into self-driving cars and other technology.
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Report states, "the engineering positions will focus on autonomous-vehicle software and controls development, safety technology, infotainment and connected vehicle technology."
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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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Catherine Kargas's curator insight, March 27, 9:20 PM

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