Articles on Autonomous vehicles

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Tech companies want to reduce conflict between texting and driving. Tero Vesalainen/Shutterstock.com

Why Silicon Valley wants you to text and drive

Why do tech companies care so much about self-driving cars? If drivers no longer need to pay attention to the road, they can use their mobile devices even more.
When self-driving cars get in crashes, who’s to blame? Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority via AP

Redefining ‘safety’ for self-driving cars

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.
Is chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond, betting on tech utopia with plans to see autonomous vehicles on UK roads by 2021? EU2016SK

Budget 2017: UK’s driverless cars stuck on testing roundabout

It's going to be difficult for UK government-backed autonomous vehicle projects to compete with Silicon Valley – unless they have something neat under the bonnet.
Truck platooning involves a lead truck with a driver guiding other trucks through vehicle to vehicle communication. cheskyw / 123rf.com

Coming soon to a highway near you: truck platooning

Elon Musk's new Semi has platooning capability - where multiple trucks commute in a line with a single driver in the lead vehicle. But could it work in Australia?
Lots of parking: the extraordinary amount of valuable land used to park cars in most cities could soon be freed up for other uses. Antonio Gravante/Shutterstock

Freeing up the huge areas set aside for parking can transform our cities

Cities around the world are starting to rethink the vast areas of land set aside for parking. The convergence of several trends likely will mean this space becomes available for other uses.
The first autonomous vehicles are already upon us, but once their use becomes widespread they will change cities as surely as the original cars did. AAP/nuTonomy

Driverless vehicles could bring out the best – or worst – in our cities by transforming land use

It's clear autonomous vehicles will disrupt our cities, their land use and planning. Whether they make urban life better or worse depends on how well we anticipate and adapt to their impacts.
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Unmanned ‘ghost’ ships are coming

It's not all plain sailing when it comes to autonomous ships – they could make accidents at sea more severe and even end up being more expensive to run.
Disruptive technology is starting to transform our cities, societies and lives. Shutterstock

Smart cities present risks, opportunities

As disruptive technology increasingly enters our lives, it demands that we rethink and reorganize all aspects of work, life, and society.
How will we react when cars start driving themselves? Patramansky Oleg/Shutterstock.com

Self-driving cars are coming – but are we ready?

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.

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