New Yorkers and Californians really want driverless cars, Volvo says

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According to a recent ongoing survey conducted by Volvo, “nine out of ten New Yorkers and 86% of residents in California feel that autonomous cars could make life easier.”Comparatively, 62% of Pennsylvanians feel more autonomous cars on the road will eliminate traffic accidents. And only a small majority of Texans — 60% — believe autonomous cars could keep their family safer.Illinois residents are even more skeptical. Only 52% of Illinoisan would trust a self-driving car to make safe driving decisions. Volvo is in the midst of hosting the Future of Driving Survey, which it calls the largest “conversation about autonomous driving to date.” In fact, nearly 50,000 people have responded to Volvo’s questions about self-driving cars so far.While its data shows Americans differ in their eagerness for and trust of autonomous cars, 90% of them agree that government agencies and local authorities are slow to respond to or plan for self-driving cars.

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Local Motors Debuts “Olli” – a Self-Driving 3D-Printed Car

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Olli offers a smart, safe and sustainable transportation solution that is long overdue,” Local Motors CEO and co-founder John B. Rogers, Jr. said. “Olli with Watson acts as our entry into the world of self-driving vehicles, something we’ve been quietly working on with our co-creative community for the past year. We are now ready to accelerate the adoption of this technology and apply it to nearly every vehicle in our current portfolio and those in the very near future. I’m thrilled to see what our open community will do with the latest in advanced vehicle technology.”According to Local Motors, the CFRP used for the vehicle is 80 percent acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and 20 percent carbon fiber. The company adds that between a quarter and a third of the vehicle was 3-D printed, including the shape that was used to create the mold for Olli.In order to 3-D print Olli, Local Motors used the same process as it did for its LM3D Swim, the world’s first 3-D printed car series that has made its rounds on Capitol Hill and is also stationed in the company’s new National Harbor facility.As of June 16, Olli has been used on public roads locally in DC, and late in 2016 it will be used in Dade County, Miami and Las Vegas. According to The Washington Post, there will eventually be a charge to ride on Olli, but not initially during pilot runs because the service won’t be offered on a set schedule.

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Why police might pull over self-driving cars.

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Strickland has a point. Truly autonomous cars don’t speed, don’t require you to pay attention, and are designed to maintain safe distances from other cars—making most traffic laws and regulations obsolete. There is lots of speculation about the future of jobs as autonomous technology and artificial intelligence become ubiquitous. Will traffic cop be one of the first jobs lost to our robot overlords? Advertisement Probably not entirely, although there will likely be less need for the meter maid armies and Super Troopers that towns and states currently employ. But the highway and traffic police that remain will continue to pull over autonomous cars for the following:

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Rolls Royce Just Took Over The Future With Driverless Cars And Robot Drone Ships

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Home > Lifestyle > TechRolls Royce Just Took Over The Future With Driverless Cars And Robot Drone ShipsKunal AnandJune 27, 2016facebook twitter reddit gplusIf you thought that only grandeur and class defined Rolls-Royce, you’re wrong. The iconic UK based brands is charting new waters with its driverless car concept and the slightly more understated ‘Roboships’, that look straight out of an edgy dystopian movie.Image Credit: rolls-royceLast week, the company that makes the chariot of the seriously uber-rich rolled out the Rolls Royce 103EX. The concept car is powered by a AI powered chauffeur called Eleanor, with automatic doors, and two heavy square box doors that somehow are designed to run smoothly like wheels.

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Study evaluates people’s perception about autonomous vehicles in case of crash | NHVoice

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According to a report in News by Nick Whigham, “Autonomous cars are expected to dramatically reduce road accidents but they won’t be able to eliminate them entirely. There will still be calamities due to weather conditions, mechanical failures or other random uncontrollable forces.”In a situation where an accident will cause imminent peril to either a crowd of people or the driver, which one will the car choose to protect? It’s been described as the “AI minefield” of autonomous cars and scientists tried to grapple with the ethical question in two new articles in the journal Science this week.It’s an age-old ethical question famously posed in the story of the trolley dilemma which grapples with the nuance of utilitarianism — the notion that actions are morally right if they promote the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people. For those unfamiliar with the trolley dilemma a first year ethics course at Harvard University which appears on YouTube is a fascinating insight into the difficulties of deciding whether the car should save the crowd or save the driver in different scenarios.”The researchers say this moral dilemma suggests that attempts to minimize loss of life by legislating for utilitarian algorithms could actually increase casualties by slowing the adoption of lifesaving technology,” according to a news report published by CBS NEWS.”The moral dilemma for AV is something that is brand-new. We’re talking about owning an object, which you interact with every day, knowing that this object might decide to kill you in certain situations,” study co-author Jean-François Bonnefon, a research director at the Toulouse School of Economics in France told reporters in a news briefing yesterday (June 22). “I’m sure you would not buy a coffee maker that’s programmed to explode in your face in some circumstances.”

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Nissan Announces New Autonomous Tech, Range Extender – Motor Trend

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As Nissan continues to push to become a technology leader in the automotive industry, the company has announced that it will deliver two new technologies to the market this fiscal year, including a range extender and autonomous drive technology.Nissan CEO Carlo Ghosn hopes to tackle the two biggest issues with electric vehicles to date with the new range extender. Cost and limited range deter many potential would-be buyers, but Ghosn believes the new extender, which debuted on the Gripz concept last fall in Frankfurt, is the answer.The new hybrid system, named the e-Power, will use a small engine to recharge an onboard batter y that then powers the electric motor responsible for turning the wheels. A production version of this technology will make its official debut on a “new compact car,” according to Ghosn. During the company’s shareholders’ meeting last week, Ghosn stated that “This new electric vehicle will meet consumer demand for greater autonomy and fuel efficiency.”The other new technology that Nissan will debut is the ProPilot, an autonomous driving system with a single-lane, self-steering feature. This new system will allow for automated driving and steering around turns on the highway and in stop-and-go traffic in a single lane. The system won’t be out until 2018, as the automaker plans to build on it to allow for driving autonomously across multiple lanes.Currently, both technologies are set to debut in the Japanese market during the current fiscal year, and while the autonomous drive technology is scheduled to be rolled out to other markets like the U.S., Europe, and China, plans to introduce the range extender to other markets have yet to be made.

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