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?
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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
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’
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?