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Ford & Google - self-driving cars


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#1 OFFLINE   cv27

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Posted 24 December 2015 - 01:11 PM

A new report claims Google and Ford are planning a CES announcement on a new joint venture to make self-driving cars.

 

See article here.

 

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#2 OFFLINE   WWWPerfA_ZN0W

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Posted 24 December 2015 - 01:46 PM

I see lots of self-driving cars on the road already, their owners generally engaged in makeup, food consumption, newspaper/multimedia interaction, and pleasant/animated cellphone conversations.

 

Seriously though, good article.  I hope they can put the legal & security aspects on firm footing along with the technology.


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#3 OFFLINE   knickerbocker

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Posted 24 December 2015 - 02:04 PM

There won't be self-driving production vehicles for several more years. There are too many liability issues. Just look what happened when Tesla enabled Autopilot on their sedans... idiots were abusing the system and Tesla had to put on additional limitations.

 

The key crossover technology is mapping, where an autonomous vehicle can maintain a lane on a snow-covered highway by only using nearby landmarks and beacon technology instead of purely camera-driven systems.

 

We are witnessing the technology mature very quickly, but the transportation market refreshes vehicles every 10 years, so expect another 5 years before mass produced vehicles are 100% driverless and another 5 years after before all vehicles have an autonomous mode.

 

One thing is certain, my 5-year old son will never need to have a driver's license unless he enjoys the 'thrill' of manually operating a motor vehicle.



#4 OFFLINE   cv27

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Posted 24 December 2015 - 02:22 PM

You bring up a good point with covered streets & highways.  It takes a lot of human computations to figure where the actual road is in extreme conditions: first one to drive on a snow covered road, invisible lane markers, faint curb delineation, flurry blowing, etc.  I don't believe Tesla or Google are up to that.  



#5 OFFLINE   cv27

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 02:50 PM

..  It takes a lot of human computations to figure where the actual road is in extreme conditions: first one to drive on a snow covered road, invisible lane markers, faint curb delineation, flurry blowing, etc.  ...  

 

See this article on Ford's night vision


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