NTSB finds Operator at fault in Self-driving car fatality

excerpted from: engadget

The Tempe Police Department released a 318-page report on the self-driving accident in which an Uber vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian.

The report shows that [the operator] was streaming The Voice the evening of the crash.  “The inward-facing video shows the vehicle operator glancing down toward the center of the vehicle several times before the crash.

Uber’s self-driving tests mandate that a driver must pay attention to the road at all times and drivers are prohibited from using mobile devices when the vehicles are on public roads.

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Uber Self-driving Car Causes Pedestrian Fatality

excerpted from: CNN-Money

Uber has removed its self-driving cars from the roads following what is believed to be the first fatality involving a fully autonomous car.

A self-driving Uber SUV struck and killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg as she walked her bicycle across a street in Tempe, Arizona, Sunday night, according to the Tempe police. The department is investigating the crash.

 

“The vehicle involved is one of Uber’s self-driving vehicles,” the Tempe police said in a statement. “It was in autonomous mode at the time of the collision, with a vehicle operator behind the wheel.”

Uber said it is “fully cooperating” with local officials. “Our hearts go out to the victim’s family,” Uber said in a statement.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it is launching an investigation.

 

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Google Drones to Deliver Burritos

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Manna from Heaven?

Google‘s parent company, Alphabet, is partnering with Guzman y Gomez to deliver Mexican food to the great Outback. A successful pilot program by these taco-copters will lead to burritos dropping out of the sky all over the down under.

via TC: Alphabet’s Project Wing now delivers burritos …

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NTSB finds Tesla Autopilot crash due to inattentive driver

excerpted from: TechCrunch article

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held a meeting this week to discuss the results of its investigation into a 2016 crash in which a Tesla Model S with Autopilot engaged collided with a transport truck, resulting in the death of the Tesla’s driver Joshua Brown.

The NTSB report follows a finding earlier this year from NHTSA that found no evidence that Tesla’s Autopilot software didn’t work as intended. The NTSB similarly found that the system operated as intended – but also cited the driver’s inattentiveness, a result of his excess reliance on the Autopilot tech, was a cause in the death.

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BMW iDriver Assisted Motorcycle

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Driverless Motorcycles? Of course not!

The growth autonomous vehicles suggests that car drivers have lost of zeal of driving cars. And who can blame us; sitting in traffic on the 101; refereeing a backseat spate between siblings, parallel parking. None of these activities amount to the ZoomZoom we associate (or would like to associate) with driving. Car driving is more chore than a recreation. We like to envision the joy of ‘the open road’ experience as similiar sailing the open seas. However, the pothole congested reality of it is you experience is less sailboat, and more schoolfish..mirthlessly following the other fish..in a dull and narrow stream

Motorcycles, conversely, have always been about the thrill of the ride. The experience begs and rewards independent control. Traffic? So what? Watch that biker cut between lanes like 660 horsepowered knife through butter. Freedom? Certainly more so than their quad-wheeled cousins. But is it safe? Well, there is a reason why helmets are required, and other protection strongly advised. Into this valley between safety and freedom, enters BMW’s vision of future of motorcycling.

Artificial Intelligence = Autonomy, Safety & Sexy*
*Although Safe-Autonomous-Sexy makes for a better acronym

BMW’s new concept motorcycle merges some driver assist safety features with a cool sleek sexy look, sure to turn heads.

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Welcome the zero-emission, electric powered smartbike of the future; The Motorrad Vision Next 100. This bike’s smart systems will anticipate the road ahead and offer the rider guidance on what to do to manage incident avoidance and can even step in and take over if necessary. The self-balancing system is designed to prevent tip-over both while in motion as well as when standing still.

Helmet? Shmelmet!

A ride this safe has little need for a helmet (what!?). Replacing that clunky piece of hardware is a lightweight visor.

This visor not only serves as a windshield, but also overlays important information on the HUD, like anticipated twists and turns, traffic, nearest Wendy’s.

This is a long way from drawing board to road, and no word yet on pricing.

Can Tron Litghtcycles really be that far behind?

Self Driving Cars, the Volvo Way

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Volvo is developing a self-driving car. The car company aims to have their auto on the roads in two years (ahead of competitor, Google).

Will they? Who knows. Wait and see. But for a peek at what Volvo promises, watch this slick concept video.

And for more on their driverless agenda click this link to the QZ.com article

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OK Google, “How do you ticket a driverless car?”

The short answer, as Mountainview police found out, is; you don’t.

One of Google’s driverless cars, which operate at the conservative speed of 25 mph, was stopped for driving below the speed limit of 35 mph. The car was stopped by police and the operators were contacted to learn how self-driving cars determine driving regulations a given road.

No citation was issued.

For more follow this link to QZ.com article.

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