Category Archives: Robot Cars

Robot algorithms for the “Trolley Problem”

Would you push a fat-man under a trolley to save 5 people the run-away trolley is about to crash into? (The philosophical “Trolley problem”.) Well, here’s today’s version of that test. Would a robot-car? “Algorithms for resolving these conflict situations … Continue reading

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Robot taxis in Netherlands

Sorry taxi drivers, but the self-driving shuttles are coming. On the plus side? This will probably lower the cost of cabs, creating a culture that devalues owning and driving one’s own car, and values instead the freedom of the robot … Continue reading

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Challenges to my view of robot cars

I used to think robot cars would fill the gaps in any public transport system of our future ecocities. I used to think that they would give families the confidence to move from 2 cars to only owning 1 car, … Continue reading

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Google robot cars could help New Urbanism

The reason a New Urbanist like myself likes self-driving cars is that they’re stepping stone to a society with fewer cars. Imagine you’re almost at the point where you could live without a car, but there are just a *few* … Continue reading

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Robot cars will kill 10% of USA jobs but save $2 Trillion?

Hi all, Next Big Future has 2 really complimentary articles. The first says that Google Plans on making 10% of Americans unemployed by Robot Cars, but then the second article says that the same Robot Cars could be worth over … Continue reading

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Free “Better Place” Seminar in Sydney, TOMORROW!

Sorry for the late notice: I’m having trouble keeping up with emails etc.   Mass Adoption of Electrical Vehicles – Battery Swap Date:                Thursday, 26 November  2009 Time:                5:30 pm for 6:00 pm start Venue:              Engineers Australia Auditorium, Ground Floor, … Continue reading

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If we DO save the car…

…then this Slashdot proposal might not be so bad. *** …a new series of futurist essays on the amazing future of robot cars, coming to us thanks to the DARPA Grand Challenges. The computer driver is just the beginning — … Continue reading

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