How a Bunch of Geeks and Dreamers Jump-Started the Self-Driving Car

A decade ago, the idea of self-driving cars on American city streets was almost unthinkable. But a series of contests spurred the development of software and hardware that have brought us to dawn of the next automotive revolution.
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All About Lidar, The Laser-Shooting Wonder Box That Could Make Self-Driving Cars Real

Also known as the spinning thing atop self-driving cars, lidar is the technology that could unlock autonomy for everybody.
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The Self-Driving Truck Race Heats Up With a Driverless Test

Starsky heat up the competition for driverless trucks with its first closed road test of a completely driverless car.
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Uber’s Fatal Crash Raises Big Questions About Self-Driving Cars

On Sunday evening, a self-driving Uber struck and killed a woman crossing the street in Tempe, Arizona. The crash appears to be the first time a self-driving vehicle has killed someone, and it could alter the course of the burgeoning autonomous driving industry.
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Google’s Self-Driving Cars Have Clocked 2 Million Miles

By this point, self driving cars are a common sight in Silicon Valley and
Google’s fleet of nearly 60 autonomous cars hit a milestone: They have now clocked more than two million miles of driving on public streets.

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The Frontiers Issue with Guest Editor President Barack Obama – President Barack Obama on How We’ll Embrace Self-Driving Cars

WIRED guest editor President Barack Obama, WIRED editor in chief Scott Dadich and MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito discuss ethical concerns around artificial intelligence used in self-driving cars.

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Uber’s Self-Driving Truck Delivers 50,000 Beers

A truck carrying 50,000 beers spent two hours driving itself down a Colorado highway.
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#BRUHNews: Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Woman In Arizona

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With Uber contending with reports that the company is suffering billions of dollars in loss, it was banking on the success of a developing self-driving car program as it looked towards the future. However, those developments will surely be on hold after a woman in Tempe, Arizona was struck and killed by a driver-occupied autonomous vehicle.

Local outlet ABC 15 writes:

The Uber vehicle was reportedly headed northbound when a woman walking outside of the crosswalk was struck.

The woman, identified as 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, was taken to the hospital where she died from her injuries.

Tempe Police says the vehicle was in autonomous mode at the time of the crash and the vehicle operator, 44-year-old Rafaela Vasquez, was also behind the wheel. No passengers were in the vehicle at the time.

An Uber spokesperson told ABC15 they are aware of the incident and are cooperating with authorities.

The incident is being reported as the first self-driving car death involving an individual not involved in the development of the technology across several other companies.

Uber has suspended all self-driving car testing at the moment, according to Mashable.

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Uber’s Fatal Crash Raises Big Questions About Self-Driving Cars

On Sunday evening, a self-driving Uber struck and killed a woman crossing the street in Tempe, Arizona. The crash appears to be the first time a self-driving vehicle has killed someone—and could alter the course of a scantily regulated, poorly understood technology that has the power to save lives and create fortunes.
WIRED Videos

The Self-Driving Truck Race Heats Up With a Driverless Test

Starsky heat up the competition for driverless trucks with its first closed road test of a completely driverless car.
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Meet the Blind Man Who Convinced Google Its Self-Driving Car Is Finally Ready

Google is getting serious about self-driving cars. So serious that it put a legally blind man in one that drove him around safely on his own. The successful trip means that the tech giant can now launch its own self-driving car company, which it’s calling Waymo.
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All About Lidar, The Laser-Shooting Wonder Box That Could Make Self-Driving Cars Real

Also known as the spinning thing atop self-driving cars, lidar is the technology that could unlock autonomy for everybody.
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2017: The Year Ahead – WIRED’s 2017 Predictions: Self-Driving Vehicles Are Around the Corner

WIRED predicts the biggest trends for the year ahead. In this segment Alex Davies lays out the five biggest disruptions coming to the world of transport.
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Self-Driving Cars Won’t Save Everyone. In Fact, They’ll Kill

Self-driving cars will totally eliminate traffic deaths, right? Nope. In fact, on rare occasions they’ll choose to kill.
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How a Bunch of Geeks and Dreamers Jump-Started the Self-Driving Car

A decade ago, the idea of self-driving cars on American city streets was almost unthinkable. But a series of contests spurred the development of software and hardware that have brought us to dawn of the next automotive revolution.
WIRED Videos

Man Dresses as a Car Seat in the Name of Self-Driving Science

A man dressed as a car seat to fool pedestrians and drivers into believing his van was driving itself. It’s hilarious, but it’s all in the name of autonomous vehicle research.
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Cadillac Challenges Tesla with a Super Smart Self-Driving Sedan

Cadillac’s new self-driving car isn’t just watching the road, it’s watching the driver. The system it calls “super cruise” is designed to crack the so-called “hand-off” problem.
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American Voices: Google’s Self-Driving Car Linked To First Collision Injury

Minor injuries have been reported by test drivers after one of Google’s self-driving cars was rear-ended by another vehicle, leaving many to question the safety of autonomous vehicles, though Google reps say the accident demonstrates that distracted driving, not automation, is the biggest danger on the road. What do you think?



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Robots Read News – Self-Driving Cars Unionize

If your firewall is blocking the image, see it on Twitter here.

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Humor Dimensions: Recognition (headlines about self-driving cars), clever (humans are meat cargo to unionizing cars, and they only dump every 100th passenger), cruel (third panel), and bizarre (cars unionize, robots talk).

Predicted Sharing: Low, because self-driving cars are not yet important in people’s lives. This comic is testing a more robot-centric reporting approach because readers have consistently requested that. I predict more “favoriting” than sharing.

Robots Read News – Bonus Update

An organized band of Moisties in the car industry created a driving system that takes perfectly good data and feeds it through a pile of loud meat for no compelling reason. And yet, somehow, the meat usually reaches its destination with only a slight increase in rotting. The credit goes to the amazing machines that surround the slow-rotting meat with equal parts air conditioning and indifference.

Meanwhile, on Top Tech Blog:

Robots can now read human emotions. Or as I like to say, the user interface for robots to program humans has taken another leap forward.

Spouse-free people already know how to write full sentences in text messages using nothing but emoji characters. Personally, I can describe a thousand sexual acts using nothing but icons for water, boots, and sometimes monkeys. But someone took it to the next level. 

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I worry for anyone who does not understand the difference between systems and goals in 2015. If only you could read about it in some sort of awesome book that is certain to win a Pulitzer Prize. Sadly, that book does not exist. But while you wait for it, you might want to read my book. 95% of readers agree it does not suck. 

Scott


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