I have never seen an autonomous train/driverless train/self-driving train in my whole life and I happened to see it in Singapore. I couldn't believe my eyes, I had to double check and triple to see that I wasn't seeing things. So when I got onto the train, I made my way to the front carriage and lo and behold. It was an autonomous train/driverless train/self-driving train. There were no driver or any room for a driver anywhere.
Alphabet's self-driving car company Waymo is testing autonomous truck technology, according to BuzzFeed. Waymo confirmed to BuzzFeed its move after the outlet learned of the move through a photograph. The company said it was manually driving the vehicle on a public road to collect data. "Self-driving technology can transport people and things much more safely than we do today and reduce the thousands of trucking-related deaths each year," a Waymo spokesperson told BuzzFeed. "We're taking our eight years of experience in building self-driving hardware and software and conducting a technical exploration into how our technology can integrate into a truck."
A fully autonomous self-driving car doesn't really need a steering wheel, or a rearview mirror, or even windows to get where it's going. But the first models are still likely to have them. In the coming years and decades, as the public decides how to feel about autonomous cars, the way that self-driving vehicles appear will be arguably as important as how they function. And people, Americans in particular, have clearly defined expectations about what cars ought to look like. "When we're looking at new devices, you could make them anything, right?
It's been almost a year since the UK's Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) opened sign-ups for a driverless pod trial in Greenwich. The original plan was to start before Christmas, but given today's date that obviously didn't happen. Over the next three weeks, roughly 100 people will clamber aboard "Harry," a self-driving shuttle named after clockmaker John Harrison. It will take them around a two-mile course in North Greenwich, near The O2, to demonstrate how the technology could be used for "last mile" trips in urban areas. The shuttle is a repurposed Ultra Pod, which is already in operation at London's Heathrow Airport.
As self-driving cars are being tested everywhere from the US to South Korea, Germany to Australia, reports today make it clear that it won't be happening in India. The country's transport and highways minister, Nitin Gadkari told reporters today, "We won't allow driverless cars in India. I am very clear on this." Rather, the minister's rejection of self-driving vehicles is about the jobs they would take away from drivers in the country. "We won't allow any technology that takes away jobs.