self-driving cars Archive

Los Angeles is a transportation tech powerhouse

Los Angeles is famous for two things: entertainment and traffic. Back in the 1950s, any association with “stars” and “cars” would be the envy of any modern city. But today, that’s sometimes overshadowed by images of aggressive paparazzi and gridlocked freeways. Thankfully, over the last five years, the emergence of big content-centric startups like Maker Studios, Hulu and even Snapchat has shown that LA can embrace …

Test your ethics around killer AI cars with this Moral Machine game

Should a self-driving car full of old folks crash to avoid puppies in the cross-walk? Is it ok to run over two criminals if you save one doctor? Whose lives are worth more, seven-year-olds or senior citizens? This new game called the “Moral Machine” from MIT’s researchers lets you make the calls in the famous “trolly problem” and see analytics about your ethics. Thinking about …

US endorses self-driving cars, with a catch: Feds want to control tech approval, not states

Lexus SUV Google prototype autonomous vehicle in Mountain View, 2015. REUTERS Federal auto safety regulators today said that self-driving cars “will save time, money and lives,” but also sent a clear signal that they want the power to inspect and approve technology before it hits the highways, rather than each U.S. state setting its own safety standards. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said on …

Get ready to share the road with cars that have no one behind the wheel

The day when you pull up next to a car in traffic and find no one sitting at the steering wheel is probably closer than you think. As TechCrunch’s Lora Kolodny noted yesterday, California has amendments to a bill before its legislative assembly that would allow for the testing of cars without any driver in the seat at all on actual roads. And earlier this week, …

MIT spinout NuTonomy just beat Uber to launch the world’s first self-driving taxi

Uber has taken the plaudits for its audacious plan to deploy driverless cars as soon as this month, but the U.S. giant has been beaten to the punch for actually introducing autonomous vehicles by a far lower-profile company that is working on the other side of the world in Singapore. NuTonomy, a three-year-old company that span out of MIT, announced that its first autonomous vehicles available for public hire have hit the …

The new, scary face of auto insurance

Kevin Wang Crunch Network Contributor Kevin Wang is an associate on Plug and Play’s Ventures team sourcing for the insurance vertical. Kevin studied finance at Case Western Reserve University. He’s a serial entrepreneur with a background in edtech, manufacturing and distribution, as well as strategy consulting. How to join the network Technology in the mobility space has made travel safer, faster and more convenient. The …

How self-driving cars could make everything worse, and what to do about it

The promise of self-driving cars is to take our vehicle fleets from 5% utilization to near-100% utilization, reducing congestion, parking problems, emissions and road accidents. But what if the cheapest way to “park” your autonomous vehicle is to have it endlessly circle the block while you’re at work? What do we do about the lost jobs of bus-, truck- and cab-drivers? How will we …

Website asks you to think like a self-driving car and decide who should die

Website asks you to think like a self-driving car and decide who should die / Boing Boing The Moral Machine is a website from MIT that present 13 traffic scenarios in which a self-driving car has no choice but to kill one set of people or another. Your job is to tell the car what to do. Think carefully before making your choices, because one …