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One of two underwater gliders is deployed from a research ship into Antarctic waters. NOAA

Waiting for an undersea robot in Antarctica to call home

Sending autonomous vehicles to the Southern Ocean can be fraught with anxiety, especially if one of them doesn't make radio contact when it's supposed to.
Cities have a choice of autonomous vehicle futures: cars or mass transit vehicles. Which one we adopt is likely to determine how people-friendly our cities are. SueBeDoo888/Shutterstock

Autonomous transport will shape our cities’ future – best get on the right path early

Autonomous mass transit vehicles like 'trackless trams' are a better bet than autonomous cars to give us people-friendly cities that capture the value created by infrastructure for the common good.
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.
Can we trust a robot that makes decisions with real-world consequences? from www.shutterstock.com

How to make robots that we can trust

We are witnessing dramatic advances in the deployment of autonomous systems, but are we designing robots that can be trusted?

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