Paramedics have been told to watch out for driverless cars driving off after accidents. Guidance for emergency workers says they should keep a door open when working on a driverless vehicle because this will stop it self-driving away. The document, released by Waymo, the self-driving car project spun out of Google, advises them to open a door of the vehicle “to prevent the vehicle from self driving” when responding to an accident. The car will also not drive away if an airbag is deployed, it is in “park” mode, or the handbrake is on. Emergency workers are then advised to call a special hotline set up by the company to disable the self-drive and convert the car into manual mode. Workers may also have to cut a power supply cable in order to disable the car’s battery, which involves working at the front of the vehicle. “Keep at least one door open while in front of vehicle to prevent vehicle from self driving. Also use standard precautions … [Read more...] about Paramedics told to watch out for driverless cars driving off after accidents
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There’s a lot of excitement about driverless cars and how they will ultimately change our life for the better. Make no mistake about it, we are already some considerable way down the road to connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) becoming an everyday reality. Full adoption may still be some way off but there are already driverless and connected vehicles being tested on the streets of Coventry and Warwickshire. In addition, the chances are that if you have a fairly new car you will already be using some of the technology behind these so-called cars of the future. But just how far will the autonomous vehicle revolution go? Sat in the back Futuristic visions portray business people sat in the back of driverless cars , working on a computer, or watching TV while their autonomous vehicles ferry them to their destination. And, one question which will no doubt have crossed quite a few minds will be ‘can I go to the pub in one, have a few drinks and let it drive me home’? … [Read more...] about Can I be over the drink-drive limit and take a driverless car home?
The NHS must follow the lead of driverless cars and embrace technology - even if it doesn't work perfectly, the Health Secretary has said. Matt Hancock urged GPs to do more to adopt innovations such as virtual consultations via video, and the use of artificial intelligence. The minister, who became Health Secretary in July, personally uses an app called “GP at Hand” which uses artificial intelligence to assess symptoms and offers smartphone consultations. Last month he criticised NHS attempts to block use of such schemes, saying every patient should be able to benefit from such services. This fuelled a backlash from some GPs who said the service run by private healthcare firm Babylon has not been properly evaluated, with fears its systems could miss serious symptoms. Now Mr Hancock has told a Conservative fringe meeting that the NHS cannot afford to wait before rolling out new technology, suggested that delays could carry greater risks. “People say … … [Read more...] about NHS must follow the lead of driverless cars and embrace technology – even if it doesn’t work perfectly, Health Secretary says
COMPLETELY driverless cars may never become a reality because they would have to "choose whether to cause death", according to a top BMW representative. The motoring executive said the potential for driverless vehicles to be forced to make moral decisions would be too much to allow on public roads. According to reports from Auto Car, BMW's Ian Robertson spoke to the recent Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Summit about the issues surrounding level five fully autonomous cars. Robertson said a problem would arise in the instance of an unavoidable accident, where the car would be forced to choose who or what to collide with. Referring to vehicles which are able to drive without any human intervention, the BMW exec claimed those motors would never be allowed on UK roads. The BMW representative to the UK said: “Imagine a scenario where the car has to decide between hitting one person or the other — to choose whether to cause this death or that death. … [Read more...] about Completely driverless cars might NEVER become a reality because they ‘might be forced to choose whether to cause death’
Christian Wolmar 7 July 2018 9:00 AM 7 July 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp I was worried that going to the autonomous vehicle exhibition in Stuttgart would be tantamount to an atheist walking into St Peter’s while the Pope was conducting a mass. There is something religious about the fervour with which adherents to the driverless credo practise their faith and promise us a new kingdom. Their proselytising has indeed convinced many. Politicians are making outlandish statements, such as Jesse Norman’s two weeks ago, that ‘Our entire use of roads is to be revolutionised by autonomous vehicles’, and pouring large sums — a promised £180 million so far — into bizarre research projects such as the development of strange robot cars slower than a Reliant Robin and allowed only on pavements in Milton Keynes. The public, too, has been won over. Ask the average Joe in your local or even Basil in his … [Read more...] about The dream of driverless cars is dying