Alex Roy Digest 5.11.16: No Steering Wheels, Uber For Gas, People Are Dangerous

11 May

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Transportation Communist/Gizmodo contributor Alissa Walker is back with another pro-Autonomous Driving article, Why Self-Driving Cars Should Never Have Steering Wheels. Citing Google’s Chris Urmson, she adds some predictable commentary to his argument that Self-Driving Cars basically should launch at Level 5. Don’t know your Autonomous Driving (AD) Levels? Here’s a nice chart from SAE. I’ll say this one more time…technology can solve a lot of problems, but it can’t solve for human nature. I don’t think it matters whether AD is Level 5 capable. People want to feel agency, however untrained they are in the art of driving. Article coming… Continue reading

Alex Roy’s Daily Reading 4.27.16: SAE, Fisker, BMW, Daimler, Sharing, Volvo Autonomy

27 Apr

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I spoke at the SAE World Congress and all I got was this low-rez image. From a friend. Who needs a better smartphone. Still waiting on video.

Crash tests for autonomous cars are going to be way weirder than we think.

BMW really wants Mini owners to rent out their cars? Unlike Daimler, which both owns and fills its own pipeline, otherwise known as Car2Go.

Volvo autonomous car engineer calls Tesla’s Autopilot a ‘wannabe’. I can’t wait to find out. Soon. Continue reading