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Ford admits role in CAR SEAT costume 'driverless' stunt

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Last month, a bizarre video showing a man disguised as a car seat while driving a silver van went viral, before it was revealed that the stunt was part of an autonomous car test. Now, Ford has admitted that it was in on the research. In a blog post, the firm said it was involved in the stunt that shocked the internet and Virginia residents, who saw the car on the roads and thought it didn't have a single human inside. The test was designed to learn how hand waves and other informal language between pedestrians and drivers - and the lack thereof when cars go driverless - affects driving. It's been known the viral video showing a man disguised in a car seat costume controlling a silver van was part of a self-driving car test and not just a spoof, but it's now been revealed Ford was in on it In August, Virginia residents were shocked to see a car with no driver on the streets.


Self-driving cars let loose in California: Officials sign bill that lets vehicles travel without a human driver inside

Daily Mail - Science & tech

California is one step closer to making driverless cars a reality. A bill signed on Thursday gives self-driving vehicles the freedom to travel on public roads without steering wheels, brake pedals or accelerators and most importantly, without human drivers. However, the new legislation only applies to a pilot project by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, who has chosen two sites in California for testing. A bill signed on Thursday gives self-driving the freedom to travel on public roads without steering wheels, brake pedals or accelerators and more importantly, without human drivers - such as the two shown testing Google' self-driving car A bill signed on Thursday gives self-driving vehicles the green light to travel on public roads without steering wheels, brake pedals or accelerators and most importantly, without human drivers. However, it only applies to a pilot project by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, which has designated two sites for testing.


South Korea reveals plans for giant self-driving car town

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The strict rules set by officials may have hindered the progress of self-driving cars in the US, but a country across the Pacific believes to have found a way around regulations. South Korea has announced it will open an 88 acre facility geared towards testing autonomous technologies, which will incorporate a range of scenarios and road environments found in the real-world. Called'K-City', the complex will allow self-driving cars to run the course without the need of a temporary operating permit that is required to test on public roads. South Korea announced it will open an 88 acre facility geared towards testing autonomous technologies. Called'K-City', the complex will allow self-driving cars to run the course without the need of a temporary operating permit that is required to test on public roads K-City will be the largest self-driving car facility when it opens in October.


Landmark ruling as Michigan votes to become first state to allow self driving car trials WITHOUT a driver

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Michigan already has a hand in self-driving technology, but a motion from the senate may take the Great Lake State one-step further. The state senate unanimously voted to let firms and researches test self-driving cars on Michigan roads without a person at the wheel. The new bill explains humans would'promptly' take control of the vehicle's movements remotely or the vehicle must be designed to stop or slow on its own. Michigan already has a hand in self-driving technology, but a motion from the senate may take the Great Lake State one-step further. The state senate unanimously voted to let researchers test self-driving cars on Michigan roads without a person at the wheel.


Ford self-driving cars might have a removable parts

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Ford's idea of future self-driving cars appears to include a vehicle that can operate autonomously without typical controls, or quickly be reverted to a classic car. The automaker has patented a system for a removable steering wheel and pedals for autonomous vehicles that would allow drivers to remove the equipment entirely. The patent - granted on August 10 - states both driver preferences and future technological development as reasons for the system. On August 10, Ford was granted a patent for a system that would make an autonomous car include removable driving equipment. The patent describes how the steering wheel and pedals could be removable, used sometimes and taken out entirely at others.