Are driverless motorcycles on the BMW project board?
Maybe, but for now, the motorcycle manufacturer is using its autonomous motorcycle tests to develop technologies to improve the safety for conventional riders.
“We want to teach the motorcycle how to ride a bike,” said Stefan Hans, the engineer who leads the self-driving motorcycle project for BMW Motorrad.
Last week, Roborace ran their self-driving racecar during England’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. This marks the robo-car’s second public performance, having appeared previously in Paris, where it completed an unassisted lap.
The car boasts a look that is reminiscent of the Batmobile, and a Tron Lightcycle, (with a little bit Roomba, added in). It’s lack of driver cockpit gives the car an exceptionally low profile, that suggest an ability for sharp, high-speed turns. This, however, has yet to been seen; the Roborace’s top speed at Goodwind was only 125 kph (or ~78 mph).
Equally anticipated is date when the vehicles truly race. When asked how soon until two driverless vehicles share the same racetrack, Roborace’s chief strategy officer, Bryn Balcombe, replied, “I think.. we are not far away.”
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 Lens, is making its presence known, as a stand-alone app, and as an upgraded feature of Photos (for select Android phones*). With Lens’ OCR (object-character-recognition) capabilities, you can easily:
*16-Mar update: Google Lens now also avail on iOS on devices.
- Create a Contact from a printed business card
- Initiate a a web-search the Web using an image
- Translate the menu at a restaurant
To Activate Lens
- Take a picture and view it using Photos
- Tap the Lens icon .
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