In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup
–Waymo reaches 7 million AV test miles—
–Japan will have driverless service for the Olympics—
–Ridesharing costs less than driving in a number of US cities—
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NMA Car of the Future Stories of the Week
Waymo autonomous vehicles will reach 7 million test miles this week
Waymo just keeps burning up the pavement. On Tuesday, June 5, the company’s chief business development officer, Shaun Stewart, announced that the company’s fleet of autonomous vehicles will reach 7 million miles by the end of this week. That means that Waymo’s testing pace has accelerated significantly in the last month or so — after all, it was only a few weeks ago that Waymo’s CTO Dmitri Dolgov announced that Waymo had hit 6 million test miles driven at the Google I/O conference. And before that, the Alphabet subsidiary celebrated 5 million miles driven in February.
Self-driving cars will kill people and we need to accept that
To many consumers, these incidents are a confirmation of something they suspected all along; trusting an AI system to handle driving is a mistake and one that’s destined to kill people. Self-driving cars, they therefore conclude, need to be heavily regulated and scrutinized, and potentially delayed indefinitely, until we can be sure that they’ll bring no harm to their drivers and passengers. This is an inherently flawed view. It’s not a good thing that self-driving cars have killed people, but testing them in real-world situations is a necessary thing if we want to keep moving forward toward a safer, brighter future. And unless we want to jeopardize that future, we need to get over our fears.
An Honest Glossary of Terms Relating to Self-Driving, Mobility, Tesla, and More
We still haven’t figured out how to talk about cutting-edge automotive technology, and that’s creating problems. Here’s a handy guide to get everyone on the same page.
Latest Editorial and Opinion Pieces
- Are Automatic Car Technologies Really Safe for the Road?
- The market for driverless cars will head towards monopoly
- The only way the US can safely move forward with self-driving cars
This week’s Biggest Stories
- Daimler Aims for Level 4 Automated Trucks
- Ford brings ‘self-driving’ delivery to Miami, Florida with Postmates
- Ford Refuses to Rush Into Robo-Taxis Even After GM, Waymo Deals
- GM Expanding Super Cruise to All Cadillac Models
- Mercedes-Benz launches its subscription service in Nashville and Philly
- Volvo Cars Sets New Goal for Robo-Taxis in Biggest Industry Bet
- Waymo will expand self-driving services to Europe, CEO says
International, National, Local, and State
- Japan Planning Self-Driving Service for Olympics
- How Blockchain Could Revolutionize the Automotive Industry
- The Menace and the Promise of Autonomous Vehicles
- Transportation leaders want federal guidance on driverless vehicle standards
- US City Leaders Envision Future With Driverless Cars
Local and State
- Connecticut towns and cities wary of testing self-driving cars
- Honolulu approves measure to limit rideshare price gauging during peak demand
- Mcity Driverless Shuttle Now Operating on University of Michigan Roads
- Testing of autonomous vehicles coming soon on Ohio roads
- Self-driving cars could be coming to Cincinnati, Ohio
- Nashville, TN Councilman believes autonomous vehicles could be transit solution
- The mad money rush to market self-driving cars
- Defining Driver Responsibility When Trucks Begin to Drive Themselves
- Artificial Intelligence Poses a Tough Road Ahead for Autonomous Car Makers
- Most people expect driverless cars to become common, and they worry about it
- Self-Driving Transport Creeps Ahead
- Will Uber and Lyft Become Different Things?
- Will Ride-Sharing Replace Traditional School Buses?
- Illinois Lawmakers team up with Rental Car Companies seeking to squeeze out Competitors
- Lyft expands driverless car service in Las Vegas
- Uber can tell if you are drunk by the way you hold your phone
- Uber costs less than driving in some major cities
Electric, Hybrids and Other Alternatively Fueled Vehicles
- Texas electric vehicle rebates are back
- Flexible Solar Cells to Charge Your Cell Phone and Your Car Could Be Closer to Reality Than You Think
Flying Cars and Drones
- The Next Frontier of Police Surveillance Is Drones
- This Is the Week that the Drone Surveillance State Became Real
- GE wants to be a traffic cop for drones
- How Modern Vehicle Technologies are Working to Prevent Accidents
- Technology Advances in Green Tires
- Nauto will notify drivers when they’re distracted in real-time
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