After market solutions could shape the future of autonomous cars

Vehicle-2-X KommunikationSmart, connected or autonomous vehicles are the hype. All over the world consultants, technicians, academics, specialists and investors get together at events to exchange ideas how to realize the smart city. It is a utopian place filled with autonomous cars that supply abundant transportation with zero accidents. What does it take to realize a world with zero traffic fatalities? And is there an opportunity for any after-market solutions for existing cars?
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Google’s self-driving car 2.0: No steering wheel, no gas, no brakes.

Google self-driving car concept

Google started the development of self-driving cars in 2010 and released a string of videos about it in 2012 on its own YouTube channel. That created a unprecedented stir in the automotive world. Never before was a company outside the business able to create a collective awareness in the industry that we are on verge of a new technological era. Building cars became digital tech. Almost all big car manufacturers immediately stepped on the bandwagon initiated by Google and announced some sort of autonomous car technology for the coming years. Continue reading

Consumer not ready for self-driving car

self-driving carAs we wrote earlier, within a few years advanced technology for autonomous driving will be available for everyday cars. However, the first Dutch research about the self-driving car shows some interesting consumer insights. What will determine the adaptation of autonomous driving: technology or consumers? Continue reading

US takes the lead in Vehicle-2-Vehicle communications standard

V2V-from engadgetWhat do Toyota, Lexus, Volvo, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Peugeot and Citroën, VW and  Skoda have in common? They are all car manufacturers that have announced that they will launch self-driving cars in some form in the coming 2-6 years. It is generally assumed that self-driving cars are safer and make collisions something of the past. To realize advanced self-driving features on cars it seems a prerequisite that cars can share information about their position, speed and heading.
In June last year we reported on the Car-2-X communication project, in which vehicles and infrastructure are electronically linked to each other. Continue reading

What kind of car do millenials want ?

Popular Science projects editor Dave Mosher offers some consumer insights into what his generation wants from a car….

The video seems a pretty clear statement to car manufacturers. Don’t forget to check out the comment section. That is the part were it gets really interesting with comments of millenials that disagree with Dave. Including some strong language, such as :
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Autonomous Driving will Reshape Cities

Autonomous Driving in Future CityAlthough we probably still have to wait a few years before the first self-driving car will be delivered, the people working and thinking about these technologies are starting to ask what these autos could mean for the city of the future. The answer? “A lot.”

So, what could these cars do for urban infrastructure? What will change in cities all over the world if autonomous driving becomes mainstream? …Continue reading

Autonomous vehicles will steal your job, but that is ok

Bosch autonomous carThe title above is freely rendered from the title of the book “Robots will steal your job, but that is ok” by Frederico Pistono. Frederico was the opening keynote speaker at the 2013 IT innovation congress hosted by IDG / Webwereld. The essence of his plea is that there are many jobs that are about to become obsolete. People might think that they are special, unique, and that whatever they do, is impossible to replace. He says, that as we speak, millions of algorithms created by computer scientists are frantically running on servers all over the world, with one purpose only: do whatever humans can do, but better. …Continue reading

Announcement: Autonomous driving

herbie autonomous drivingA journalist writing for The New York Times experienced an autonomous drive in an Audi A7 in Jerusalem. Software that was built in this car, was connected to a video camera on the windshield which made it possible to drive autonomously up to 65 miles an hour. This project of the Israeli company Mobileye Vision Technology shows the rapid progress of self-driving cars. The innovative Google car, which got a lot of media attention, is festooned with expensive technologies that could become commercial when mass production starts, but the question is, how quickly will that be? …Continue reading

Robotic cars: are legislators ready for this disruptive technology ?

Volvo self driving or robotic car 2014

Autonomous or robotic cars is the newest buzz in the automotive industry. It all started some three years ago when Google sponsored the self-driving car research program by Stanford University. The project created a lot of publicity. The video of Steve Mahan, a citizen with a 95% reduced eye sight, behind the wheel of an autonomous driving Toyota Prius, generated some 4,4 million views on Youtube. …Continue reading