Robocars

The future of computer-driven cars and deliverbots

The utilitarian math overwhelming says we should be aggressive in robocar development. How do we do that?

A frequent theme of mine has been my identification of "proving you have done it" as the greatest challenge in producing a safe robocar.

This accident was caused by a human driver. Like 12M others each year in the USA

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Anthony Levandowski, Jiajun Zhu and Dave Furguson, all formerly of Google Car, make big announcements

By coincidence we see two significant announcements today from people who were former leaders on the Google car project, now in their own companies.

A Nuro drives on a public street

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Flying cars, robocars and more will rewrite the rural landscape, for good and ill

How and where we live is governed most by transportation, and all the new mobility technologies are poised to cause big changes. Today, I want to look at the following technologies and how they will affect life outside the city. In many case, they will come last to the country, but in other cases, they may come first.

Where's a fireproof rescue vehicle?

Everybody here is in shock over the destruction and death from the recent California fires, and I, like many, have even fled the coast for the mountains as the air in the San Francisco Bay area remains unsafe. Videos of people escaping down burning streets send chills into those who watch them.

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Sex in your robotaxi

I decided not to use a photo with this article

A Washington Post article suggests robotaxis may become popular for sex on wheels. In my talks I have often made the joke that while the auto industry quests for "Vision Zero" -- no automotive fatalities -- the robocar is the only technology that could result in people actually being created while driving.

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Replacing a car with ride-hail, and Lyft's $299/month subscription

Cities adapt to Uber and Lyft

Today, Lyft announced a $299/month subscription plan which isn't really very good, but it opens up the discussion of how people will switch to robotaxi service from car ownership, a subject I was already debating in my own household.

What happens to human driven cars in the robocar world?

The Prisoner loved a good sportscar

I love to talk about the coming robocar world. Over the next few decades, more and more trips will be made in robocars, and more and more people will reduce or give up car ownership to live the robotaxi life. This won't be instantaneous, and it will happen in some places decades before it happens in others, but I think it's coming.

But what of the driver of the regular car? What lies ahead for those who love driving and want to own a traditional car? I often see people declare that nobody will own cars in the future, and that human driving will even be banned. Is that realistic?

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Tons of new ideas in aviation. Will regulation stop them?

XTI hybrid-electric VTOL design

This week I attended the "Revolution.Aero" conference on advanced new ideas in aviation, including electric VTOL aircraft (often called "flying cars.") I learned that there's a lot of interesting new stuff going on in aviation, but the strong regulatory environment keeps much of it repressed.

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