Motoring by Press Association 08/02/2019, 4:32 pm Updated: 08/02/2019, 4:36 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Driverless cars are a hot topic in the motoring world at the moment. Everyone’s talking about them; manufacturers, politicians and transport chiefs are all nattering on about the future of cars without the need for drivers. But what are they, and what do they mean for the future of motoring? We’re going to try and clear things up. The Government is predicting that driverless cars could be in full use on the UK’s roads by 2021, following an announcement that advanced trials of automated vehicles could move forwards. Are they safe? The safety of autonomous vehicles was questioned recently after a 49-year-old woman was killed while crossing the road in front of a self-driving vehicle in Arizona. The issue is the co-habitation of road users and the driverless vehicles – until people are sure on how to interact with … [Read more...] about Explained: What are driverless cars?
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Last week, the results of a successful trial of a new diet pill – lorcaserin – were published in the New England Journal of Medicine and immediately hailed by some as a “holy grail” in the fight against obesity. The study of 12,000 people in the US who were obese or overweight found that those who were given the pills lost an average of 4kg over 40 months. Was it too good to be true? The conventional coverage of a scientific breakthrough quickly began to be questioned on social media and elsewhere. Who funded the study? Who stood to gain? Given the problematic history of diet pills as a treatment for obesity, would lorcaserin ever be licensed for use in the NHS? Is it worth the £200 per month per patient that it would cost? And were the results so impressive compared to lower-tech public health options, such as slimming clubs, weight management clinics or better food labelling? As with many science stories, complex politics lurk just beneath the shiny … [Read more...] about From diet pills to driverless cars: why we need to debate the politics of science and technology
Cyber expert believes driverless cars are not too far away BelfastTelegraph.co.uk A global Cybersecurity conference in Belfast has heard that driverless cars on our roads are not as far away as people think. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/cyber-expert-believes-driverless-cars-are-not-too-far-away-37260723.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article37260721.ece/e1cb2/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_1597d5e8-e108-46ac-9183-2e8653ef0614_1 Email A global Cybersecurity conference in Belfast has heard that driverless cars on our roads are not as far away as people think. The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s University Belfast held the 16th Annual Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust at Titanic Belfast. Cybersecurity experts and leaders from the business community participated in the Industry Summit, including the discussion; “Security and Trust at 70mph – Securing Connected Vehicles”. … [Read more...] about Cyber expert believes driverless cars are not too far away
A UK-based artificial intelligence company has a fleet of data-collecting cars that will gather information from roads in Croydon and Bromley as it looks for an alternative to driving to work. FiveAI hopes its technology can be used to run a driverless car service to replace the commuter car and help reduce congestion, emissions and the cost and time of journeys. Ben Peters, co-founder of Five AI, told Spotlight: “We talked to municipalities, and their number one problem was individual vehicle use... personal car use is still really high." He added: “We’re trying to figure out a shared mobility service, initially for six to eight people, that is so attractive to consumers that they give up using their cars to commute.” A study by INRIX found that London commuters spent an average of 74 hours stuck in congestion during peak commuting hours in 2017. The study estimated that the total costs of congestion to all UK motorists at £37.7bn. Peters said: … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight Driverless car start-up offers autonomous alternative to congested commutes
Jaguar Land Rover is now trialling high-tech features for the cars of the future on Coventry streets, it has been revealed. The trials form an important part of a project which aims to prepare the road networks countrywide for self-driving cars. Coventry and Warwickshire are at the heart of driverless car testing in the UK and West Midlands Mayor Andy Street recently confirmed autonomous vehicles were already being tested on local roads. Creating an advanced testing environment The UK CITE consortium project will create one of the world’s most advanced environments for connected and autonomous driving testing right here in Coventry and Warwickshire. The second phase of the project sees Jaguar Land Rover trialling a range of intelligent connected features to help vehicles communicate with other vehicles and infrastructure. They include emergency electronic brake light warning (EEBL), emergency vehicle warning (EVW), in-vehicle signage (IVS) for road works warning (RWW) and traffic … [Read more...] about The driverless car features being tested on Coventry streets right NOW