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OPLIN 4Cast #722: Look in the rear view: autonomous vehicles are getting closer

Posted in 4cast, AI, and Self-driving vehicles

Last updated on November 24, 2020

My sane friends are not eager to let a computer drive their cars for them. I keep thinking how great it would be to knit during my commute, or maybe have a couple glasses of wine with dinner out. Self-driving cars aren’t quite here for most of us (as we’ve said before), but more and more of them are moving out onto the streets.

  • Cruise will soon hit San Francisco with no hands on the wheel [Ars Technica] “So as not to freak out the neighbors, Cruise says its driverless-car rollout will be gradual and will begin in just one neighborhood; it declined to specify which one. DMV’s permit limits the five vehicles to speeds under 30 miles per hour and prohibits operating them in heavy fog or heavy rain.”
  • Alphabet’s Waymo Will Test Self-Driving Cars in Wintry Detroit [Bloomberg] “Michigan will be the sixth state where Waymo has run its vehicles on public roads. But the region is the first with a winter dominated by snow and ice, the kind of inclement conditions that pose hurdles for vehicle sensors.”
  • Tesla is putting ‘self-driving’ in the hands of drivers amid criticism the tech is not ready [Washington Post] “A point of contention among Tesla’s critics is that the company is moving ahead without a key piece of hardware. Nearly all self-driving carmakers have embraced lidar sensors, which are placed on the outside of vehicles and can detect the precise size, shape and depth of objects in real time, even in bad weather. Instead, Tesla is trying to achieve full self-driving with a suite of cameras and a type of radar that are constantly connected to an advanced neural network.”
  • We’ve been promised driverless cars for years. So why aren’t they on the roads yet? [ZDNet] “Zenzic, which is a joint effort between government and industry, has taken an in-depth look into the challenges that need to be tackled in the UK to make sure that the next ten years see drivers safely removing their hands from the steering wheel, for good. The process, according to the organization’s analysis, will require no less than 492 milestones to be achieved in the coming decade.”

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