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
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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?
0 Have your say The idea of electrically powered, driverless cars patrolling the highways and byways of Scotland was once confined to the realms of science fiction. Today, however, the Scottish Parliament will hear calls for that futuristic vision to be embraced when a SNP MSP argues that self-driving cars can “revolutionise” Scotland.With the Scottish Government already committed to phasing out new petrol and diesel cars by 2032, Ivan McKee will argue that the shift to autopilot vehicles will go “hand in hand” with the transformation.Mr McKee, the MSP for Glasgow Provan, has used the Members’ Business slot to table a motion suggesting that driverless cars will be on the roads in 2021 and commonplace in Scotland by 2030.He will argue that their development will be more than a “transport revolution”, arguing that there are huge implications for energy policy, planning and the environment.Google, Apple and Tesla are competing with … [Read more...] about Driverless cars ‘will be on Scotland’s roads in 2021’
Ready or not, here they come. Fully driverless cars have been given the green light to start operating in California.New regulations from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) revealed this week have approved self-driving cars to run on public roads in just a month. By 1 April, Californian commuters could find themselves cruising next to cars with only passengers inside.According to Electrek, California has led the way for years in the autonomous vehicle sector but has recently been caught by states such as Arizona and Nevada. By rolling out driverless cars to the roads, California hopes it will again push itself to the forefront.But before you expect to see empty cars driving around, the DMV still requires a "remote operator to continuously supervise the vehicle's performance of the dynamic driving task".The DMV has defined a remote operator as "a natural person: who possesses the proper class of license for the type of test vehicle being operated; is not seated in the driver's seat … [Read more...] about Fully driverless cars will be on California’s streets in a month
California has approved new rules allowing driverless cars on the road without a human operator. The state's department of motor vehicles (DMV) gave manufacturers a green light on Monday, approving plans to deploy autonomous vehicles without a "natural person" inside the car. The news represents a huge coup for Silicon Valley tech experts, who had taken to testing driverless vehicles outside of California due to strict local legislation. Many, including Uber and Google's parent company, Alphabet, have been testing driverless cars in Arizona, where the rules are less stringent. Now 50 companies have been given a licence to test self-driving vehicles, signalling a step towards the wider deployment of autonomous vehicles. A spokesman for the California DMV said: "This is a major step forward for autonomous technology in California. "Safety is our top concern and we are ready to begin working with manufacturers that are prepared to test fully driverless … [Read more...] about California allows testing of driverless cars with no human backup