What Uber Learned from a Year of Self Driving

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Ride hailing company Uber took to the streets of Pittsburgh in late 2016 with self-driving cars. Here’s what riders and the company learned from letting robots take the wheel. Source: Wired Magazine Date: January 3rd, 2018 Link: https://www.wired.com/video/what-uber-learned-from-a-year-of-self-driving Discussion 1) Why is a ride-hailing company so focused on self-driving vehicles? 2) Is Uber a tech company, a car… Read more »

San Francisco to restrict goods delivery robots

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San Francisco officials have voted to restrict where delivery robots can go in the city, in a blow for the burgeoning industry.  Start-ups will have to get permits to use such bots, which will be restricted to less crowded urban areas.  Opponents are concerned about the safety of pedestrians, particularly elderly people and children.  Walk San Francisco, a… Read more »

Meet the Woman Making Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Smarter, Cheaper

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Raquel Urtasun joined Uber to set up a new autonomous-vehicle research lab . She still works one day a week in her old job as an associate professor at the University of Toronto. And she has long argued that that self-driving vehicles can’t reach the masses unless the industry weans itself off lidar. Source: Wired Magazine Date: November 9th,… Read more »

Self-Driving Cars Will Kill People. Who Decides Who Dies?

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To understand the trolley problem, first consider this scenario: You are standing on a bridge. Underneath you, a railroad track divides into a main route and an alternative. On the main route, 50 people are tied to the rails. A trolley rushes under the bridge on the main route, hurtling towards the captives. Fortunately, there’s… Read more »

Self-driving garbage trucks would cut wasted time

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Source: CNN Date: May 30th, 2017 Link to video: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/future/2017/05/18/self-driving-garbage-trucks-would-cut-wasted-time.cnnmoney/ Discussion 1) Garbage/trash trucks seem like a very logical move for self-driving automation:  they follow a set route at a slow speed and have a human outside the truck.  This is almost like the beginning of when cars first came out and each car had to have a… Read more »

From cowboys to robots: truckers eye uncertain future

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Kings of the road are by turns dismissive and wary of the technology revolution that might one day remove them from their cabs. Source: Toronto Star / Washington Post Date: May 30th, 2017 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2017/05/26/from-cowboys-to-robots-truckers-eye-uncertain-future.html Discussion 1) “Anything that’s run by a computer is going to get messed up,” Spell said. “They don’t have no bulletproof software.”   Do… Read more »

To Make Us All Safer, Robocars Will Sometimes Have to Kill

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Let’s say you’re driving down Main Street and your brakes give out. As the terror hits, a gaggle of children spills out into the road. Do you A) swerve into Keith’s Frozen Yogurt Emporium, killing yourself, covering your car in toppings, and sparing the kids or B) assume they’re the Children of the Corn and… Read more »