Waymo Self-Driving Tech Not to Blame

Following a recent fatal crash involving a Tesla Model X, John Krafcik, the CEO of Waymo says their technology is not to blame. (Image above: Emergency personnel work at the scene where a Tesla electric SUV crashed into a barrier on U.S. Highway 101 in Mountain View, California [KTVU via Associated Press]) According to Bloomberg, who cited Krafcik as saying, that self-driving technology isn't to blame for the fatal crash of a Tesla (TSLA) Model X as Tesla's autopilot system requires a human driver to remain alert and regularly handle the wheel, while fully autonomous technology requires no human input. [...]

By |2018-04-11T14:27:43+00:00April 10th, 2018|Car Technology, EV's, News, Self Driving|

Self-driving cars by 2021 – Hyundai, VW Group team up with Aurora

Hyundai has announced that it’s aiming to release its first self-driving vehicles by 2021. Hyundai, along with the Volkswagen Group, has partnered with Aurora Innovation, a US-based self-driving technology startup, to create autonomous vehicles. A company founded by former Google self-driving car guru, former Tesla Autopilot director and former self-driving engineer at Uber, Chris Urmson. In a joint venture, the three companies have announced this week that Hyundai and VW are the first to partner with Aurora. Aurora started out in 2016 and is focused on “selling full stack solutions for fully autonomous cars”. These two automakers are working to [...]

By |2018-01-28T22:30:20+00:00January 2nd, 2018|Self Driving|

Swarm intelligence in autonomous cars

If you follow electric cars as avidly as I do, then you would have come across this. But for my readers and followers who don’t, I wanted to break down the swarm intelligence. As mentioned on our podcast show, AutoCentral, on Monday morning, autonomous cars are the way of the future. So what is swarm intelligence? Swarm Intelligence is somewhat like artificial intelligence that aims to simulate the behavior of swarms or social insects. The expression was first presented in 1989 by Gerardo Beni and Jing Wang in regard to cellular robotic systems. It’s commonly used in the IT sector. [...]

By |2017-11-14T16:39:18+00:00October 22nd, 2017|Self Driving|

Driverless Uber Vehicles – The Future for City Commuters

You take out your phone, and open the Uber app. Ten minutes later you get into a car that matches the description and registration number of the car on your phone. You exchange pleasantries with the driver. You are completely at ease, because soon you will arrive safely at your destination. Or will you? There have been a number of attacks on Uber passengers in the news lately, and not only in crime-ridden South Africa. Apart from passengers falling prey to muggings and assault, Uber drivers are also at the receiving end of physical and verbal abuse by crazy passengers. [...]

By |2017-09-12T22:09:45+00:00April 23rd, 2017|Self Driving|

Lockheed Martin’s Autonomous Firefighting Chopper

Autonomous firefighting helicopters could save some firefighters lives... Every year during the dry summer months, large parts of the country (especially the Western Cape) fall prey to vicious bushfires. Whether started by evil-doers or a result of a badly-timed braai on a windy day, the fires pose a huge threat to everyone involved. It’s often a losing battle, but firefighters put their lives at risk and do their best every time. Hendrik Willem Marais attempted a forced landing in 2015 which ultimately resulted in his death. He was a ‘Working on Fire’ helicopter pilot. The helicopter was part of a team of two helicopters [...]

By |2017-09-12T22:08:44+00:00April 11th, 2017|Self Driving|