Driverless cars are already being tested on Coventry roads as part of a determined drive to put the region at the heart of autonomous and connected vehicle development. Several controlled trials have taken place and extensive testing is ongoing at HORIBA MIRA in Nuneaton but the technology being developed is also being tested on public roads on a regular basis. The fact this brave new world is already a reality was revealed by West Midlands Mayor Andy Street at an event at the University of Warwick on Tuesday. The event saw the launch of the Midlands Future Mobility consortium and the announcement that 50 miles of roads in Coventry, Birmingham, Solihull and Warwickshire will be used for the development and evaluation of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV). Consortium set up Midlands Future Mobility is a consortium of organisations from both the public and private sectors and its driverless and connected vehicles project will be the largest, most diverse testing environment in … [Read more...] about Driverless cars already on streets of Coventry
Are driverless cars safe
Belgium is one of the rare European countries to authorise tests for driverless cars on its public roads. Belgian consumers have a bright outlook on the safety of autonomous vehicles, though concerns remain. Significantly fewer people in the 2018 study feel that autonomous cars will not be safe, with half (50 %) of Belgian consumers holding this view — a dramatic decrease from 2017, when 69 % felt autonomous vehicles would not be safe. Pilot projects for testing totally driverless cars on Belgium’s roads are technically already authorised, but the Federal Minister of Mobility will have to give the go-ahead to the respective car manufacturers and technology companies. It will thus be possible to see a car circulating without a driver, monitored from a distance by an operator, on a public road. In 2016, the Cabinet of Ministers had adopted a good-practices code regulating experiments with self-driving vehicleson Belgian roads. However, such vehicles still needed to have … [Read more...] about Belgium to allow driverless cars for testing on its roads
DRIVERLESS cars could allow us to read, watch films, and relax as we are ferried to our destination. Here, we take a look at self-driving vehicles and examine how they work and when they will arrive in the UK. When will driverless cars come to the UK? The Modern Transport Bill outlines steps that are being taken to ensure the UK is at the forefront of driverless car technology. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling confirmed in January that the cars would soon be tested on Britain's roads. And in April it was announced that 100 plucky motorists will take a prototype driverless car on a test run around a two-mile circuit over three weeks near London’s O2 Arena. It has now emerged that driverless lorries could also soon be on Britain's motorways after ministers announced an £8.1 million fund for trials. The plans will allow computer-controlled vehicles to be driven in a “platoon” just yards apart from each other, which the Government hope will save … [Read more...] about When will driverless cars arrive in the UK, are they safe and when did a self-driving Uber vehicle kill a pedestrian?
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
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?