Tagged: Self-Driving cars

CES 2017: Nvidia’s self-driving car seems to be a strong contender in the race

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The race for self-driving cars is getting hotter by the day, and big automotive giants are already deep into the development. Latest in the run for supremacy in self-driving cars is Audi. They have joined hands with Nvidia to develop a self-driving car they call BB8. The autonomous car will be based on a Drive-PX computer which makes all the critical decisions on busy roadways.
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nuTonomy finally debuts world’s first self-driving taxis in Singapore

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A few months ago Massachusetts-based startup nuTonomy made the headlines for getting the permission to test their self-driving cars in Singapore. Well, that moment has arrived as the company started their trial runs on specially modified Renault Zoe and Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car models. People in Singapore can use these autonomous taxis free of cost by downloading the accompanying app. For now the cars will have an engineer riding on the front seat to take control if situation goes haywire. If everything goes well, the trials will lead to the full deployment of self-driving taxis by 2018.
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Why self-driving cars may not actually happen

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The last few years have taken us from a time when cars that drive themselves were science fiction to a real possibility. Uber recently announced that it will debut a fleet of self-driving vehicles (with assigned drivers for safety) and Google has already created driverless prototype vehicles that are being tested in secure environments by riders. There have been investments from major companies to make real strides in the autonomous driving industry, and people feel that these vehicles will be superior in mastering various obstacles, such as safety issues and inclement weather.

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Rolls Royce Vision 100 Concept: Opulent self-driving electric car of the future

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While other automotive manufactures are concentrating on making a self-driving car for normal users, Rolls Royce has something extravagant to offer. The BMW owned brand well-known for its opulence and a high-end cluster of customers, has now decided to foray into the future forward self-driving automotive market. The Rolls Royce Vision 100 concept car clearly gives us a glimpse of what luxury self-driving cars will be like 10-20 years down the line. Even by RR’s standards, the electric engine driven concept car overshadows its current models. This two-seater haven in luxury mobility is more than 19 feet long, and given new meaning to the expression automotive haute couture.

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Georgia Tech develop self-driving car capable of drifting on dirt tracks

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Self-driving technology is being aggressively explored by automotive experts to one day eliminate manual driving completely. That dream is just in the infancy stages, although giants like Google and Tesla Motors are making impressive developments for the same. Autonomous cars are good, but don’t you think they are little boring? Always going by the book and not taking account for error by other motorists or unforeseen situations like bad weather conditions or a semi-truck losing control and hurling towards the self-driving car. In those situations an autonomous car would be more of a danger rather than safe commuter. To cover that situation, Georgia Tech have developed a technology which prepares autonomous vehicles for the rough rides as well.
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Goodyear Eagle-360 concept tire works in harmony with self-driving cars

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Self-driving cars are inching closer to worldwide acceptance and it is imperative that they have major components which are designed for autonomous driving conditions. At the Geneva International Motor Show 2016 Goodyear revealed their concept tire for the future that is tailor-made for self-driving vehicles. Eagle-360 is a spherical-shaped tire which ensures maneuverability, biomimicry and connectivity to the whole driving system for such cars. It has ItelliGrip technology with advanced sensors to adapt the tread design according the road conditions for optimal performance. Read More…

NHTSA rules Google’s self-driving system as a legal driver

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Google self-driving car project is one of the most daring ones in current era with Google looking to strike gold with a fully autonomous safe car hitting the roads by 2020. One major achievement in that quest is the acceptance by U.S. vehicle regulators of the artificial intelligence system as a driver under federal law. This is one big accomplishment for Google who have invested a lot of money and time in self-driving car project. In a letter to the company, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration accepted the proposal filed on November 12 on design for a self-driving car which needs no driver.
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Google ready for testing self-driving car in rainy conditions of Washington

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Google’s self-driving car project has been under development, testing and improvement for a long time now and the internet giant wants to make it 100% full-proof before even thinking of rolling it out for commercial use. One thing that Google haven’t demonstrated so far is their self-driving car’s ability to drive in adverse conditions like rain or snow. However, Ford have been proactive with their self-driving car which they tested in snowy conditions. Most probably this has prompted Google to test its self-driving cars with over 1.4 million miles to prove their metal in rainy conditions.
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Ford tests self-driving car in snowy conditions, announces plans at Detroit Auto Show 2016

Ford self-driving car in snow

As a proactive move towards the self-driving dominated future that has already been initiated by Google and Tesla Motors, more auto giants are joining the bandwagon. One thing automakers so far have not accounted for is bad weather conditions like rain/snow and Ford wants to fix that. They have developed a new fleet of self-driving Fusion Hybrid cars which use radar, LiDAR sensors with range of 200 meters and real-time 3D mapping technology.
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Hacker invents self-driving car software package that’ll cost just $1000

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Tesla Motors already has a strong foot-print in the electric cars section and their technology is hard to reach and implement for other manufacturers. However, 26-year old star hacker George Hotz has taken the first step towards making his own self-driving car. He has been building the self-driving technology on his 2016 Acura ILX car for about a month in his garage and so far he has been able to drive it through the San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood and the Interstate 280 autonomously. That’s impressive for the little time he has taken to tinker with the car. George believes that he is going to be the next multi-billionaire CEO and his self-driving car package will cost just $1000.
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