0 Have your say Fully autonomous cars will make Britain's roads safer, according to a pioneer of driverless vehicles. Professor Paul Newman, who was behind the UK's first and only self-driving car on public roads, said that the ability to share data between robots was a powerful tool that should be embraced.Over the last five years autonomous technology has developed rapidly, with the likes of Google and traditional motor manufacturers designing driverless cars.Last year Ocado trialled in London the delivery of food to customers with a self-driving truck, which was developed by Oxford-based Oxbotica, a company co-founded by Prof Newman.Other semi-autonomous technology is being pioneered in cars with features such as Tesla's Autopilot and BMW's traffic jam assistant."When we have accidents as humans it is a lonely experience. Having an accident as a human doesn't really reduce the chances of any other human having an accident," said Prof Newman, of the University of … [Read more...] about Driverless cars can make roads safer, says expert
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YOUR future motor could be controlled by insurance companies - and it's for your own good. Experts reckon that driverless cars would be made safer by letting insurers set speeds and routes. Risk assessment algorithms that help set policy prices could be used to steer cars away from upcoming accidents, professors claim. Handing over control to insurers could mean autonomous vehicles are ready for sale sooner, too, according to a report by the MIT Technology Review. For example, tech firms would programme cars to see a large group of children on the pavement near a school in the middle of the afternoon as a large obstacle. But insurers could tell the car it's the end of school and therefore keep the car travelling at slow speed or change the route to a school-free area. Paul Newman, a professor at Oxford University and co-founder of driverless project Oxbotica, told MIT Technology Review: "Insurers can adjust the envelope [in which a car can operate] to control the risk on the policy. … [Read more...] about Why your driverless car of the future could be controlled by an insurance company
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?