People have to pass road tests – so should self-driving cars.
There's a common, popular and well-studied method to ensure new technologies are safe and effective for public use – even if researchers don't fully understand how they work.
It would be better if people weren’t afraid of self-driving cars.
If government and industry overhype autonomous vehicles, the public may expect too much, be disappointed and reject the new technology.
When self-driving cars get in crashes, who’s to blame?
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If autonomous vehicles are going to be safer than human drivers, they'll need to improve their ability to perceive and understand their surroundings – and become the ultimate defensive drivers.
How will we react when cars start driving themselves?
How might we, and our nation's roads and highways, need to change as autonomous vehicles become more ubiquitous? We know a lot of the answers, but not all of them.
An NVIDIA-powered Audi needs no driver.
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Together, three recent events mark a crucial turning point in the development of autonomous cars: They are both safer and more advanced than ever before.
Whom should I save?
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As self-driving cars proliferate, we need a system to handle difficult situations.
Public health double whammy?
Improved autonomous vehicle technology could reduce the tens of thousands of annual U.S. deaths due to human error behind the wheel. Are driverless cars the next big public health intervention?
Most road-safety initiatives prioritise a rapid clearing of the road so cars can pass.
In contrast to increases in vehicle safety over the decades, we have seen little new technology to ensure the safety of pedestrians – and current innovations are still based on a car-centric approach.
The first driverless car tests are set to commence in South Australia this year.
Trials of autonomous vehicles are set to kick off in Australia this year. So how far down the road to driverless cars are we today?
Not what anyone wants to see while driving.
Car manufacturers need to get a handle on their software problem, before cars start crashing.
When your car becomes a computer, your problems just got much bigger.
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Drive-by car hack suggests auto manufacturers seem unprepared for the security risks unleashed from internet-connected cars.
Who’s really driving your car?
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When all your appliances are internet-enabled, whose hands are holding the remote control?
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An ever-increasing number of our consumer electronics is internet-connected. We’re living at the dawn of the age of the Internet of Things. Appliances ranging from light switches and door locks, to cars…
Metal foam in car bumpers could act as a shock absorber in collisions, potentially saving lives and reducing damage in car…
Freedom for all is impossible.
A few months ago I attended a debate at the Barbican in London on the pros and cons of international aid and the debate veered into one of individual autonomy and the problems caused by state intervention…
A few minutes of shut-eye considerably enhances short-term memory and mood.
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We’re told to have power naps to keep us safe on the road and improve our alertness if we’ve had insufficient sleep. They even help our surgeons stay awake during long shifts. But siestas and nana naps…
A series of high-profile safety recalls by car manufacturer Toyota made little to no impact on how consumers perceived the…