The vast majority of people would be willing to travel in a driverless car but remain hesitant over the prospect of autonomous car shares, research has revealed. Fears known only too well by Tube commuters, such as an unwelcome need to talk to others and not being able to sit far away enough from troublesome passengers, emerged as a sticking point among those surveyed by government-backed consortium Merge, which is is led by groups including Addison Lee, Ford and research lab TRL. The survey drew 324 responses and highlighted that while more than eight out of ten respondents were willing to use autonomously controlled vehicles, focus-group participants were more hesitant about autonomous vehicle car shares, with just 46 per cent saying they were comfortable with this option. Read more: TfL told to introduce a London licensing system for dockless cycle hire The report highlighted ways to soothe concerns, such as larger windows, an emergency call button and the installation of an … [Read more...] about Vast majority say they would travel in driverless cars but fear having to talk to each other in shared journeys
2 Apr From the section Ipswich Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/43622876 Read more about sharing. Manager Mick McCarthy says his situation at Ipswich Town is like being in a "driverless car" and he feels "lost" prior to his exit in the summer.The 59-year-old will end his six-year stay at Portman Road when his contract expires at the end of the season.Asked if he was still enjoying the job after Monday's 2-2 draw at home to Millwall, McCarthy replied: "No, I'm not, I've got to be brutally honest."There's a little bit of me that's died, I'm not going to tell a lie."In March, McCarthy said he would not leave before the summer despite criticism from some fans, but after meeting Marcus Evans on Wednesday it was decided a change was "in the best interest for all parties".McCarthy, whose side are 13th in … [Read more...] about Mick McCarthy: Ipswich Town situation like being in ‘driverless car’
James Titcomb 25 March 2018 • 5:49pm Technology brings us a lot of firsts. Indeed, the industry is defined by such moments, from the first public radio broadcast in 1910 to the sending of the first email in 1971. Last week there was another technological first, which although it was inevitable, was not one that anybody had hoped for. Elaine Herzberg, a 49-year-old woman in the Arizona city of Tempe, was walking her bicycle across the road on Sunday night when she became the first pedestrian killed in a driverless car crash. The car in question, a Volvo 4x4, was one of Uber’s self-driving car fleet, outfitted with the standard software and range of sensors that the company has been trialling for the last two years. A week later,... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium … [Read more...] about When driverless cars go wrong, we don’t know who to blame
Alphabet Inc.’s Google is getting into self-driving cars in a new way. Gradient Ventures, an early-stage venture fund within Google, is leading a $6 million investment in a new company that’s building software to let humans control cars remotely. Scotty Labs, a nine-person startup, works on “teleoperations,” an emerging slice of the autonomous vehicle business that may grow more critical as the field faces closer scrutiny.California recently moved to let companies test driverless cars on public roads with remote human operators, starting in April. Scotty’s technology is designed for new regulatory environments like this. When a self-driving car finds itself in a tricky situation – stuck in snow, or behind a truck for instance – it alerts a trained operator in a call center who takes over.Scotty Labs (as in “beam me up, Scotty”) has built remote-driving … [Read more...] about Google Backs Startup Working on Remote-Controlled Driverless Cars
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?