Transportation


Drink too much beer at a Dallas Cowboys game? Now a free robot-driven van will scoop you up afterward.

Washington Post

Things are not only bigger in Texas, they're also hotter, more sprawling and increasingly traffic-clogged thanks to a population boom that has lasted nearly a decade. In many of the state's fast-growing, car-dependent cities, these realities make for lousy walking conditions and long commutes. For the self-driving car company Drive.ai, Nearly four months after the Mountain View, Calif.-based start-up launched a six-month pilot program in nearby Frisco, Tex., the company deployed its second self-driving service on public roads in Arlington, Tex., on Friday. The service -- which is free to use -- will operate multiple routes in geo-fenced areas in downtown Arlington, according to Drive.ai


Drink too much beer at a Dallas Cowboys game? Now a free robot-driven van will scoop you up afterward.

Washington Post

Things are not only bigger in Texas, they're also hotter, more sprawling and increasingly traffic-clogged thanks to a population boom that has lasted nearly a decade. In many of the state's fast-growing, car-dependent cities, these realities make for lousy walking conditions and long commutes. For the self-driving car company Drive.ai, Nearly four months after the Mountain View, Calif.-based start-up launched a six-month pilot program in nearby Frisco, Tex., the company deployed its second self-driving service on public roads in Arlington, Tex., on Friday. The service -- which is free to use -- will operate multiple routes in geo-fenced areas in downtown Arlington, according to Drive.ai


Navya Autonomous and Electric Vehicles - Impakter

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What is the future of mobility? According to NAVYA, an innovative French company, it is both autonomous and electric. The benefits of such technology in terms of mobility are incredible. Whilst using electric propulsion reduces CO2 emissions, autonomous driving should reduce traffic congestion and could also be an innovative way to have more efficient public transportation. It is quite a busy moment for NAVYA, who became listed on the stock market last summer.


The Faster, Cheaper, Better Way to Charge Electric Vehicles

WIRED

Chinese carmaker NIO, the world's newest electric vehicle unicorn, has a big idea: battery swapping. In theory, the process is quicker and more convenient than a fast charge. A driver rolls into a battery swap station, and a robot replaces the drained battery with a fully charged spare. But even though NIO's battery swapping stations are already deployed in major cities across China, retail investors don't seem to be taking NIO's swap network seriously. Levi Tillemann is the author of The Great Race: The Global Quest for the Car of the Future.


Humans Just Can't Stop Rear-Ending Self-Driving Cars--Let's Figure Out Why

WIRED

The self-driving car crashes that usually make the news are, unsurprisingly, either big and smashy or new and curious. The Apple that got bumped while merging into traffic. The Waymo van that got t-boned. And of course, the Uber that hit and killed a woman crossing the street in Tempe, Arizona in March. Look at every robo-car crash report filed in California, though, and you get a more mundane picture--but one that reveals a striking pattern.


Movement rises to keep humans, not robots, in the driver's seat

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Hagerty, the largest insurer of classic cars, wants to save driving as more automakers push to bring self-driving cars to the roads in the future. McKeel Hagerty stands with his 1967 Porsche 911S which he bought for $500 when he was 13 and restored it in the garage with his Dad. It was his first car and he still owns it 37 years later. Car enthusiast McKeel Hagerty's future changed in March 2017. He was at a car event in Vancouver, British Columbia, when a stranger involved in developing self-driving cars took Hagerty by the elbow, looked him in the eye, and laid forth the future.


How autonomous vehicles will influence the future of travel

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What if public agencies don't change transportation policies or regulations as autonomous vehicles (AVs) enter the market and expand their presence on American roadways? This is one of many questions we investigate in assessing the potential risks that AVs present to the desired future outcomes that cities, regions and states have established through their land use and transportation plans. We use the term "risks" purposefully. This is because our research and modeling reveal the potential for substantial increases in vehicle travel and decreases in transit ridership if AVs operate under current policy and regulatory frameworks. So, what can policymakers and local agencies do?


How should we measure safety in driverless vehicles?

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A typical driving test considers basic skills: Can you parallel park? Do you merge safely? Do you know to yield to pedestrians? No such government exam is required for cars driven by a computer. The idea has been dismissed by federal officials who oppose regulation and industry leaders who say they need freedom from rules to innovate. But a new study by the Rand Corp., funded by Uber's autonomous vehicle division and released Thursday, tries to map out what independent tests of driverless safety might look like and how they might be implemented.


Analysts Are Still Bullish on NVIDIA's AI Prospects: Should You Be? -- The Motley Fool

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Over the past three years, NVIDIA Corporation's (NASDAQ:NVDA) share price has skyrocketed more than 870%, in part, because of the company's numerous growth opportunities for selling its graphics processors into the artificial intelligence (AI) market. AI, in particular, offers a lot of potential upside for the company not only because the artificial intelligence market is still in the early stages of growth, but also because NVIDIA is already leading in this space by selling graphics processors for AI servers and creating its CUDA computing platform. The CUDA platform allows developers to use NVIDIA's high-powered graphics cards for fast application processing on AI servers. CUDA recently caught the attention of Evercore ISI analyst, C.J. Muse, who said that NVIDIA has created "[T]he AI standard through CUDA and the significant developer lock-in that comes along with that," and that NVIDIA is "on the cusp of a tipping point in the company becoming the AI standard platform." So with the company's early moves in AI, and the recent comments by Muse on NVIDIA's artificial intelligence opportunity, should investors continue to bet on the company's AI potential?


Arizona is creating an autonomous vehicle research institute

Engadget

Arizona, a state that has been quite open to self-driving technology, has now created the Institute for Automated Mobility (IAM), a consortium focused on autonomous vehicle research, safety and policy. Overseen by the Arizona Commerce Authority, IAM brings together the state's transportation and public safety departments, private industry and three state universities, which will work to develop industry standards and best practices in regards to self-driving technology. "The Institute for Automated Mobility will bring together global industry leaders, a public sector team and the brightest minds in academia, focused on advancing all aspects of automated vehicle science, safety and policy," Governor Doug Ducey said in a statement. "Arizona is committed to providing the leadership and knowledge necessary to integrate these technologies into the world's transportation systems." Once completed, IAM will include research facilities, simulation labs and a safety test track that can accomodate different road and traffic configurations.