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Driverless Cars? Not Anytime Soon, Auto Industry Officials Tell a Curious Congress 30 Nov 2013 09:42 #1

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WASHINGTON – Auto industry officials and researchers told Congress this month technology that could lead to self-driving cars is gradually improving, but these vehicles will not be on the market in the immediate future.

Driverless cars, also referred to as autonomous cars, have sparked the public’s imagination and countless news stories. Interest in them spiked last year, when Google announced it would make the technology available to the public within five years. Since 2010, the tech giant has logged hundreds of thousands of accident-free miles in driverless vehicles.


A certain degree of automation is already available to consumers in many new car models – such as automatic parallel parking and adaptive cruise control – and the integration of those technologies with throttle and steering control could reduce the need of driver control of the vehicle. Autonomous cars will be capable of navigating roads with limited or no action from the driver by utilizing a variety of optical sensors, radar, and computer algorithms.

Lawmakers convened a panel to examine the technology and the technical advances that have led many to believe that autonomous cars could be on the road by the end of the decade.

Mike Robinson, General Motors’ vice president of sustainability and global regulatory affairs, told the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee that for the foreseeable future drivers will “still need to be engaged and in control.”

“These types of driverless systems are a significant distance into the future,” Robinson said. “This is because driving is very complicated business and it will take some time for the computer-driven systems to be capable of managing and reacting to all of the situations and road conditions that drivers do encounter.”

Raj Rajkumar, who heads the Carnegie Mellon University driverless car research project, said further research is required to address the challenges presented by such ordinary events as bad weather, poor road conditions, and different lighting conditions.

His team won a competition for autonomous vehicles in 2007, funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Rajkumar said his team is looking at ways to improve “connected vehicle technologies” that would allow cars to communicate with each other, and with pedestrians and other vehicles on the road, via wireless radio.

Andy Christensen, senior manager of technology planning at Nissan, noted the company’s CEO has vowed to have an autonomous vehicle ready to sell by 2020.

“This timeframe is challenging, but we believe achievable,” he said.

National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) chief David L. Strickland said autonomous vehicles could help save thousands of dollars in economic costs to society from car crashes and, more importantly, reduce the number of lives lost in fatal accidents.

Earlier this year, NHTSA issued plans for research on autonomous vehicles, including proposals to look into connected vehicle technology.

Strickland told lawmakers that his agency was following closely the development of self-driving cars. “Automated driving is an exciting frontier for the industry, and we have identified three key areas for preliminary research: human factors and human-machine interface, initial system performance requirements, and electronic control system safety,” Strickland said.

Four states have passed laws permitting autonomous cars: Nevada, California, Michigan, and California. Last week, Michigan voted to allow testing of these vehicles on the state’s roads. Similar bills are before lawmakers in New Jersey, Oklahoma, Hawaii, and the District of Columbia.

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Driverless Cars? Not Anytime Soon, Auto Industry Officials Tell a Curious Congress 30 Nov 2013 12:34 #2

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I think, as the article says " A long time in the future". This made me think of the flying car......

Could flying cars soon be a reality?

A patent by Chinese engineers reveals their plans to build a flying car; plus a new system that promises to reduce the amount of unpacking you need to do at airport security

A patent by Chinese engineers reveals their plans to build a flying car; plus a new system that promises to reduce the amount of unpacking you need to do at airport security



Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads
Flying cars have been on our wish list as a future form of transport for decades. From the hovering Delorean in Back to the Future 2 to the rattling wrecks in Blade Runner and the Fifth Element – flying cars are just cool.
And let us be honest, who hasn’t sat stationary in a traffic jam on the motorway and wished they could come over all Jetsons and just glide away above it all?
Now, it seems, the Chinese might be about to give the world what it has been hoping for.
A patent lodged by engineers at the Southern China Aviation Industry Group reveals designs for exactly that technology.

www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/10480166/Could-flying-cars-soon-be-a-reality.html
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Driverless Cars? Not Anytime Soon, Auto Industry Officials Tell a Curious Congress 30 Nov 2013 12:35 #3

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I would not be happy being in a car on a motorway travelling at 70mph with a computer system totally in control.

What if it goes wrong?

I'd rather put my trust in good old human infallibility when it comes to that kind of thing.
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Driverless Cars? Not Anytime Soon, Auto Industry Officials Tell a Curious Congress 30 Nov 2013 12:44 #4

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Never get stuck in a traffic jam again! Flying car switches between land and sky - and can reach a top speed of 124mph


Up, Up and away: The AeroMobil 2.5 has a top speed of 124mph when it is airborne and can accommodate two passengers
Vid in link

www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2487058/Flying-car-AeroMobil-2-5-speed-124mph.html

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Driverless Cars? Not Anytime Soon, Auto Industry Officials Tell a Curious Congress 30 Nov 2013 12:45 #5

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I would love to come back for a quick look in say, 100yrs to see what really happens.
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Driverless Cars? Not Anytime Soon, Auto Industry Officials Tell a Curious Congress 30 Nov 2013 13:02 #6

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pheony wrote:
I would love to come back for a quick look in say, 100yrs to see what really happens.

You know what? You might find it very scary.

Technology....especially computer technology ....is moving very fast now.

'Artificial Intelligence' is coming for real very soon, and I don't like or trust the idea of it.

Terminator 2 fears innit....

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Driverless Cars? Not Anytime Soon, Auto Industry Officials Tell a Curious Congress 30 Nov 2013 13:08 #7

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That's why I would only want a "quick look". ;) :D
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Driverless Cars? Not Anytime Soon, Auto Industry Officials Tell a Curious Congress 02 Dec 2013 16:35 #8

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Large-scale trial of driverless cars to begin on public roads
The world’s first large-scale test of driverless cars will involve 100 Volvos taking to the streets of Gothenburg in 2017

Volvo is to introduce 100 driverless cars on to public roads as part of the world’s first large-scale autonomous driving pilot.
The cars will drive in normal, everyday road conditions, surrounded by pedestrians and other traffic, and will even be able to self-park, as the Swedish car-maker (which is now under Chinese ownership) attempts to demonstrate the benefits, including improved safety and efficiency, of self-driving cars.
Volvo is working alongside the Swedish Transport Administration, The Swedish Transport Agency, Lindholmen Science Park and the City of Gotehenburg, with the goal of placing both it and Sweden as leaders in the development of future mobility.
www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/10484839/Large-scale-trial-of-driverless-cars-to-begin-on-public-roads.html
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