Transportation


Tesla's Triple Gift From NHTSA: No Blame In Crash, No Recall, Great Safety Results

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The "Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) analyzed mileage and airbag deployment data supplied by Tesla for all [model years] 2014 through 2016 Model S and 2016 Model X vehicles equipped with the Autopilot Technology Package, either installed in the vehicle when sold or through an update, to calculate crash rates by miles travelled prior to and after Autopilot installation," NHTSA stated in its report, explaining its methodology.


Custom Fleet Management Software Development vs Generic Fleet Management Software Development

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Because the scope of the management of a fleet of vehicles is so broad, it makes sense to develop custom fleet management software to address the needs of each individual company. In my opinion, it is illogical to expect companies on both extremes to force their business rules and management processes into a generic system. Some companies only require a small system because they only own a few light motor vehicles. On the other hand, a company that owns a fleet of trucks that transport goods from one side of a continent to the other, requires a large system with many different components from time management right through to invoicing.


Elon Musk: Tesla Autopilot Update Could Have Prevented Fatal Crash

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Musk said the update, which will be available within a week or two through an "over-the-air" software update, would rely foremost on radar to give Tesla's electric luxury cars a better sense of what is around them and when to brake. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been investigating Tesla's Autopilot system since June because of the fatal accident. One of the main challenges of using cameras and radars for a braking system is how to prevent so-called false positives, in which a car might think an overhead highway sign, for example, was an obstacle to be avoided. If the driver ignores three audible warnings in an hour, the system will temporarily shut off until it is parked, Musk said.


Uber To Begin Testing Fleet Of Self-Driving Cars In Pittsburgh This Month

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The purchase of Otto, a start-up company less than a year old with fewer than 100 employees, will be for 1 percent of Uber's valuation, if certain technical targets are met, said the source. Current Otto employees would get a fifth of profits Uber earns from a self-driving trucking business, if those targets are met, the source said. Current Otto employees would get a fifth of profits Uber earns from a self-driving trucking business. That includes personal transportation such as ride-hailing services, as well as delivery services and trucking, Kalanick said.


Tesla Isn't Sure Autopilot Was Enabled During Second Crash

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Police in Pennsylvania said the driver of a Tesla Model X told them he'd activated autopilot before the accident, but the car maker has been unable to asses the allegations first reported by The Detroit Free Press. This was the first fatality to occur while one of Tesla's vehicles was on autopilot, the company said when announcing Brown's death on June 30. "Extremely rare circumstances" caused Brown's death, Tesla said. "To date, 130 million miles have been driven on autopilot, with one confirmed fatality," a Tesla spokeswoman said.


Another Tesla Allegedly Crashes While In Autopilot Mode

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A Tesla Model X crashed into a guardrail and flipped on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and the motorist told police he had activated the car's autopilot feature, according to The Detroit Free Press. The two people in the car survived the July 1 accident, the Free Press reported, as did the driver and passengers in a vehicle that hit the upside-down Tesla. Suburban Detroit art gallery owner Albert Scaglione, touted as "the world's largest art dealer" and his son-in-law Tim Yanke were in the Tesla when it crashed 100 miles east of Pittsburgh. Tesla and Scaglione did not immediately respond to The Huffington Post's requests for comment about the incident. By default, autopilot is turned off and must be activated by a driver.


Toyota Is Developing Cars That Can Anticipate Accidents And Avoid Them

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp is targeting developing in the next five years driver assistance systems that integrate artificial intelligence (AI) to improve vehicle safety, the head of its advanced research division said. Gill Pratt, CEO of recently set up Toyota Research Institute (TRI), the Japanese automaker's research and development company that focuses on AI, said it aims to improve car safety by enabling vehicles to anticipate and avoid potential accident situations. While currently driver assistance systems largely use image sensors to avoid obstacles including vehicles and pedestrians within the car's lane, Pratt said TRI was looking at AI solutions to enable "the car to be evasive beyond the one lane". As Japanese automakers race against technology companies to develop automated vehicles, they are also grappling with a rapidly graying society, which puts future demand for private vehicle ownership at risk.


The Car Of The Future Will Be Run By A Supercomputer

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One day, your bus to work will know when you have time for coffee and when you don't -- or so IBM and Local Motors would have you believe. The two companies debuted a new self-driving electric vehicle called the "Olli" in National Harbor, Maryland Thursday. Because it uses IBM's "Watson" system, pulling vast amounts of data on its surroundings from a variety of sources, the vehicle is smart enough to answer questions from passengers and learn from its environment. "The revolution is here," Jay Rogers, CEO of Local Motors, a small experimental car maker, told The Huffington Post.


In the Move to Robot Vehicles, the Enemy Is Us

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Driving on today's roadways jammed with automobiles, it is easy to understand the challenges of integrating automated vehicles into the flow of traffic. How do you mix driverless vehicles with the difficult-to-predict movements of vehicles driven by people? How do you convince people to give up the sense of freedom that comes from driving themselves? Clean, electric, robot vehicles would be like R2D2's with seats. If we could use today's roads without human drivers, clean, electric, robot vehicles could already successfully navigate our cities, like R2D2s with seats.


Google's Self-Driving Cars Will Honk At You If You're Not Paying Attention

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Prototype vehicles are now able to recognize when honks are appropriate and even modulate how they use the horn, the company said in its most recent monthly report. "As our honking algorithms improved, we've begun broadcasting our car horn to the world," the report said. "If another vehicle is slowly reversing towards us, we might sound two short, quieter pips as a friendly heads up to let the driver know we're behind," it continued. "However, if there's a situation that requires more urgency, we'll use one loud sustained honk." Driverless cars may be the future, but we're not getting there all at once.