The rise of driverless cars and autonomous vehicles has led many to believe that the end of public transportation is nigh. From improving driving conditions to safer roads, the innovative technology promises to revolutionize how people move in modern cities. But even though driverless cars may offe...
Airbus announced this week it successfully tested its flying taxi Vahana on Jan. 31 in Oregon. The test is a bit behind schedule. Airbus promised last January to test a prototype for an autonomous flying car by the end of 2017. The test comes less than two years after Airbus announced its autonomous flying car plans in September 2016 by introducing Project Vahana. The goal of the company's A³ division is to allow people to book rides using an app, like Uber or Lyft, but for flying cars instead.
You likely try to keep your car in tip-top shape. You change your oil, make sure your tires are roadworthy, give your engine regular tune-ups, etc. But what most drivers don't realize is that with today's advanced motor vehicles, that's only half the job. The most crucial elements of today's cars can't be kicked, tightened or oiled. While a quick peek under the hood may have once sufficed to ensure that everything is humming along nicely, virtually all the critical functions in today's cars that were once exclusively mechanical are now controlled by hundreds of onboard computers running tens of millions of lines of code.
Apple is moving forward with it autonomous technology ambitions. The company has just enlarged its self-driving test fleet in California to 27 cars, according to Bloomberg. Apple had previously received a permit from the state of California to test three self-driving cars last April. The state's DMV documents indicated Apple was certifying six drivers to test three modified 2015 Lexus RX450h vehicles. Since the initial three cars, Apple has registered 24 more Lexus RX450h sport-utility vehicles, California's DMV told Bloomberg.
If you, like many others, are wondering how artificial intelligence (AI) will change your daily life, envision this: Inside your home, items will become self-aware of their own lifespan and will autonomously order better, cheaper replacements that arrive exactly before their depletion. From lights that reorder themselves to appliances that are smarter and understand your needs and lifestyle, AI will integrate seamlessly into your home. At the office, your traditional pre-commuting headaches will vanish. Predictive models will observe your calendar and morning rituals to prepare you for your day. Your AI "companion" will order your favorite vehicle experience, which will wait for you without intervention and will quickly route you to your intended destination.
A Culver City firefighting truck was hit by a Tesla on Monday morning, reports stated. The crash occurred while the crew was responding to an accident on the 405 freeway in Washington Boulevard, CBS Local reported. According to the authorities, the Tesla Model S was on autopilot mode when it crashed into the back of a parked fire truck which was attending the scene of the accident. No injuries were reported in the crash. The Culver City firefighting department confirmed the crash on Twitter.
Self-driving cars are a rapidly approaching reality. By the year 2020, 10 million self-driving vehicles are expected on the roads. Some even predict that by 2030, one in four cars will be autonomous. This shift will impact almost every aspect of our daily lives, from the amount of traffic we're forced to sit in and how our cities are planned, to the way our insurance is billed and how our food and goods are transported. And of course, self-driving cars will heavily influence the way we consume advertising.
New details regarding Apple's efforts in autonomous car technology were revealed in a patent published this week, spotted by Autoblog. The patent, called "Autonomous Navigation System," was filed by Apple in 2015, about a year after the company reportedly started working on self-driving technology. The paperwork filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office details a navigation system with sensors installed in the vehicle that provides "updates to a virtual characterization" of a route drivers have traveled on. The patent also mentions a " database of characterizations," where information on traveled roads can be stored in. "Some embodiments provide an autonomous navigation system which enables autonomous navigation of a vehicle along one or more portions of a driving route based on monitoring, at the vehicle, various features of the route as the vehicle is manually navigated along the route to develop a characterization of the route."
The event, in which no one was injured and no property was seriously damaged, attracted media and public attention in part because one of the vehicles was driving itself – and because that shuttle had been operating for only less than an hour before the crash. It's not the first collision involving a self-driving vehicle. Other crashes have involved Ubers in Arizona, a Tesla in "autopilot" mode in Florida and several others in California. But in nearly every case, it was human error, not the self-driving car, that caused the problem. In Las Vegas, the self-driving shuttle noticed a truck up ahead was backing up, and stopped and waited for it to get out of the shuttle's way.
Conducting a survey of a population is not easy. It requires extensive manpower to produce the census data for the U.S. every year. A Census of the population helps a government gauge the changes in population, new trends and how the population of a country form societies and co-exist. It is estimated that the U.S. Census Bureau spends $1 billion surveying the population. The demographic makeup of any nation is revealed with the Census data alone, which is why it is done regularly.