Car of the Future Weekly Roundup for June 13, 2018

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.

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One Response to “Car of the Future Weekly Roundup for June 13, 2018”

  1. TechNewsGadget says:

    Hey, thanks so much for mentioning our article in your post. Hope it was a helpful read. With new technologies coming out way, who knows what that may mean for the future of cars and driving. We will just have to wait and see what happens!