Britain’s efforts to roll out self-driving technology continue. London’s Gatwick Airport recently announced plans to deploy autonomous vehicles on the airfield. The goal? To help local workers move around more seamlessly. Similar trials are already underway in Greenwich and East Croydon. These efforts come in the wake of two accidents linked to self-driving technology. Walter Huang was killed in California last month after his Tesla Model X crashed into a motorway barrier and burst into flames. The car was, at the time of the accident, operating on autopilot. Days prior, Elaine Herzberg was killed in Arizona after being struck by a SUV Volvo also using autonomous features. She became the first pedestrian known to have been killed by an autonomous vehicle Who deserves the blame has been a source of speculation. Some say the driver. Huang for example, didn’t have his hands on the steering wheel seconds before the crash – despite the fact he was … [Read more...] about Driverless cars are not ready for the road – as two recent deaths have shown
Are driverless cars safe
Self-driving cars are supposed to be our salvation, drastically reducing the 1.3 million road fatalities worldwide each year by replacing humans with robots who can do precision piloting and never get distracted, drowsy or drunk. So why did a self-driving Uber SUV being tested in Tempe, Arizona, strike and kill a woman March 18 without so much as hitting the brakes? The accident will only drive more anxiety about autonomy given that 63 percent of Americans already say they’d be afraid to ride in a fully self-driving car, according to a AAA survey. As experts and investigators pore over the Arizona fatality to determine the cause, here’s a look at some factors that may determine how safe robot rides may, or may not, be.1. How do self-driving cars work?Driverless cars “see” the world around them by using data from cameras as well as radar and lidar -- sensors that bounce laser light off objects to determine their shape and location. High-speed processors crunch … [Read more...] about Just How Safe Is Driverless Car Technology, Really?
Register for our free newsletter A review of driving laws has been commissioned by the government as it works to make Britain “one of the best places in the world to develop, test and drive self-driving vehicles”. The three-year review will be conducted by the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission in an attempt to find any legal obstacles to the widespread introduction of driverless cars. The Department for Transport says the move is “crucial” if laws written with traditional vehicles in mind are to be adapted for next-generation motoring. Roads minister Jesse Norman said: “The UK is a world leader for self-driving vehicle research and development, and this work marks an important milestone in our continued commitment to the technology. “With driving technology advancing at an unprecedented rate, it is important that our laws and regulations keep pace so that the UK can remain one of the world leaders in this … [Read more...] about Road laws to be reviewed for driverless cars
0 Have your say FUTURISTIC plans are in the works which will pave the way for hi-tech driverless cars to navigate the streets of Portsmouth, The News can reveal. Ambitious multi-million pound proposals are being mapped out by Portsmouth City Council for a major overhaul of the island’s road network.Transport bosses hope to create a new ‘smart city’ transport network across Portsmouth – one of the first of its kind in the UK.It would see a state-of-the-art web of sensors which would be able to beam information about traffic snarl-ups straight into the navigation systems of future cars, allowing them to re-route autonomously.The tech is being touted as a key forerunner opening the doors for future fleets of self-driving vehicles to navigate safely through the city.And as part of this proposal, the council is also bidding to become one of the first cities in the UK to secure a new ultra-fast internet link and 5G network.If successful, the bid would see … [Read more...] about Portsmouth’s bid for superfast broadband could make city a UK trailblazer for driverless cars
The age-old sexist stereotype that men are better drivers than women could soon be forgotten - because no one will be driving a car at all. As companies continue to improve self-driving technology, the need for car pilots will eventually become obsolete. According to new figures from Reuters research firm Ipsos, men are going to be a lot more comfortable with the transition than women. A study of 2,600 people in the US found that 38% of men would be comfortable giving up control of their vehicles to automation. Just 16% of women were happy to do the same. Overall, about a quarter of respondents (27%) said they would feel safe in a driverless car. Some 67% said they would not travel unless there was a driver. An age group breakdown did not surprise, with millennials (those born between 1982 and 2004) the most willing to accept self-driving cars at 38%. Gen-X (born between 1965 and 1981) were slightly less accepting at 27%. The Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) were staunchly … [Read more...] about Driverless cars: Men and women have very different opinions on letting go of the wheel