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Planning for hurricanes and other disasters with robocars

Robohub

An immediately positive thing is the potential ability for private robocars to, once they have taken their owners to safety, drive back into the evacuation zone as temporary fleet cars, and fetch other people, starting with those selected by the car's owner, but also members of the public needing assistance. Cars might ferry people from homes to stations where robotic buses (including those from other cities, and human driven buses) could carry lots of people. The good thing is, if you can imagine it, so can the teams building test systems for robocars. If the data networks are up, they could get information in real time on road problems and disaster situations.


Self-driving Lyft cars will pick up passengers in the Bay Area with new partnership

Mashable

SEE ALSO: Ford and Domino's team up for self-driving pizza deliveries Lyft hopes to collect data to improve the passenger experience in self-driving cars, while Drive.ai The deal is similar to Lyft's partnership with nuTonomy to bring self-driving cabs to Boston, which was announced earlier this year. This will be the first public partnership for Drive.ai, The startup is known for its emphasis on familiarizing the public with self-driving tech, which will continue to be a focus during the Lyft trial, Drive.ai She said the company has been testing its tech on public roads in California since last year, but this will be the first time the public will have a chance to ride in its cars. Notably, Lyft's pilot program with nuTonomy in Boston hasn't launched, even though it was announced back in June. These two programs and the regions in which they'll operate are very different, however, so there might be a chance that the Bay Area's driverless Lyfts could hit the roads before Boston's.


Nissan's next Leaf is cheaper and can almost drive itself

Engadget

It's one of the best selling EVs ever and today the company introduced a redesigned $29,990 Leaf with ProPilot, a hands-on semi-autonomous feature for heavy traffic. Nissan unveiled the 2018 Leaf at events in Las Vegas and Tokyo with an aggressive new design for the four-door hatchback. "Competition makes everyone stronger and we welcome the competition," said Brian Maragno, Nissan EV marketing and sales strategy North America at the Las Vegas launch event. Nissan says with the feature enabled, the car will stop and stay put even on a hill.


Self-driving electric Smart car announced

Daily Mail

Daimler has announced its self-driving electric Smart car (pictured), geared toward urban car sharing, will debut at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany The vehicle's side doors open upwards over the rear axle and will display news and weather updates. Devil Wears Prada deleted scene changes fans' views on Miranda Inside the car, a digital screen sits in place of the dashboard, which Daimler says can display various things depending on the riders' preferences A lounge-like bench seats up to two people, and if single riders want to share a ride with a stranger, the vehicle will even suggest an extra passenger. The vehicle's side doors open upwards over the rear axle and display news, weather updates and whether the car is in-use or free to hail If the ride-sharing setting is activated, once both passengers are seated the car's internal screen will display shared interests (pictured), such as sports they enjoy or concerts they both attended Two compact 4-in displays angled outward allow the car to communicate with passengers when necessary, starting with a simple welcome message. The car's external display screen can show welcome messages to riders, destinations (left), and even messages or warnings pedestrians crossing the road (right) In Daimler's futuristic vision, each car would drive itself to a wireless, solar-powered charging station when not actively providing a ride to passengers Suggestions for ride-share passengers will be based on the new passenger's location relative to the original trip's route as well as information on each rider's personal profiles The EQ Fortwo's functions and settings can be altered through voice-control or through an app, which can also be used to hail vehicles for trips and select extra passengers The car's can internal display can show a variety of things, from the news and weather to the location and interests of nearby people in need of a ride The EQ ForTwo's (pictured) electric motor will be powered by a 30-kWh lithium-ion battery, and the vehicle is designed specifically for urban car-sharing The EQ ForTwo fleet that Daimler envisions would use'swarm intelligence' to concentrate in areas of high demand, helping to shorten pick-up times and improve overall system convenience The futuristic vehicles retractable console armrest can serve as a passenger divide and storage area, while extra storage space can be found under the bench.


Cruising California canyons in Jaguar's F-Type SVR

Los Angeles Times

Jaguar Land Rover, taking a page from the European luxury car playbook, is offering increasingly attractive performance versions of its entry-level sports cars. Quicker, faster and better-handling than the base F-Type, the SVR model is a high-octane sports car disguised as a luxury car. The SVR versions of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles represent a still smaller slice of the pie. The F-Type SVR's size, limited storage and seating configuration will disqualify it for a lot of buyers.


Ford and Domino's announce self-driving delivery tests

Daily Mail

In the coming weeks, Domino's customers in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will be given the option to have a Ford Fusion Hybrid autonomous research vehicle deliver their pizza. In the coming weeks, Domino's customers in Ann Arbor, Michigan will be given the option to have a Ford Fusion Hybrid autonomous research vehicle deliver their pizza. Customers will be able to track the delivery process via the Domino's app and will receive text messages on how to retrieve their pizzas once the delivery has arrived. In the coming weeks, Domino's customers in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will be given the option to have a Ford Fusion Hybrid autonomous research vehicle deliver their pizza In a blog post last week, Sherif Marakby, head of Ford's autonomous and electric vehicles, hinted at the firm's broader ambitions.


Ford's 'Self-Driving' Pizza Delivery, BMW's Electric Mini, Uber Meltdowns, and More Car News From This Week

WIRED

Alex took us to the wilds of Seaside, California, where some cheeky car owners and tinkerers exhibited decidedly cruddy vehicles, their riposte to the ultra-fancy Concours d'Elegance held the same weekend in neighboring Pebble Beach. Witness, par exemple, an unremarkable 1976 Ford Pinto transformed by its owner's insistence on dressing up as a priest, chugging mimosas, and spewing terrible altar boy jokes. Alex took us to the wilds of Seaside, California, where some cheeky car owners and tinkerers exhibited decidedly cruddy vehicles, their riposte to the ultra-fancy Concours d'Elegance held the same weekend in neighboring Pebble Beach. Witness, par exemple, an unremarkable 1976 Ford Pinto transformed by its owner's insistence on dressing up as a priest, chugging mimosas, and spewing terrible altar boy jokes.


Ford and Domino's team up for self-driving pizza deliveries

Mashable

The companies announced today they're partnering to deploy driverless cars that will deliver pizzas to randomly selected customers. The vehicles used in the project are Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Cars and will be equipped with a heated compartment accessible by the passenger side rear window. The cars will still have human drivers behind the wheel and will primarily be tasked with collecting a whole new stream of on-road data about the delivery process, according to Ford VP of Autonomous Vehicles and Electrification Sherif Marakby. The randomly selected customers will have to agree to be part of the trial before the delivery.


Domino's robot car delivers

FOX News

With the looming advent of the age of autonomous cars comes many questions. Foremost among them: Can they deliver pizza? That's what Domino's and Ford will try to find out in the coming weeks when they deploy a jointly-developed self-driving car into the streets of Ann Arbor, Mich., that's equipped with a heated compartment hidden behind the passenger side rear window that rolls down and dishes out orders when a customer enters an access code into a tablet installed on the side of the vehicle. Whether its people or pizza, the question remains: What do you give a robot for a tip?


When Driver and Car Share the Same Brain - Issue 51: Limits

Nautilus

Instead of eliminating the human dimension, the driver is more fully integrated into the vehicle. In collaboration with Hyundai and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Art Technology Lab, I'm exploring a future in which sensor technologies enhance the driver's awareness. Instead of eliminating the human dimension, the driver is more fully integrated into the vehicle. His conceptually driven interdisciplinary art projects, which explore aspects of society through science and technology, have been presented at institutions ranging from Arizona State University to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to ZKM Karlsruhe.