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Infrared Thermal Cameras and Night Vision for Self-Driving Cars

AdaSky is developing a far infrared thermal camera called Viper that it says can expand the conditions that automated cars will be able to operate in, and improve safety.

https://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/transportation/self-driving/do-selfdriving-cars-need-night-vision

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Here’s a closer look at Apple’s secret self-driving car [VIDEO]

A new video of what would appear to be one of Apple’s “Project Titan” self-driving cars was posted to Twitter last night, and it looks much different than it did the last time we saw it. The car appears to be outfitted with standard third-party sensors and hardware, including (count ‘em) six Velodyne-made LIDAR sensors, several radar units, and a number of cameras — all encased in Apple-esque white plastic.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/18/16496182/apple-self-driving-car-project-titan-sensor-lidar
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GM Cruise’s self-driving Chevrolet Bolts are coming to New York next year

GM’s Cruise Automation will expand its test pool, while keeping a focus on city driving, something it has said gives it an edge in the autonomous driving space. What better city to use for testing, then, than New York, one of the densest and most hectic traffic nightmares in North America.

Cruise will test its self-driving fleet in New York in a five-mile square section of Manhattan, the company announced led via the WSJ, in a move that will also make it the first automaker to test autonomous vehicles in the city. Each will have a safety driver on board, as they do in the current San Francisco test, but now they’ll be tackling inclement four-season weather, as well as other drivers and pedestrians who are less laid back than their west coast counterparts.

https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/17/cruises-self-driving-chevrolet-bolts-are-coming-to-new-york-next-year/

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A Decade after DARPA: Our View on the State of the Art in Self-Driving Cars by Bryan Salesky, CEO, Argo AI

Many of us at Argo have been in the field of robotics and self-driving cars for well over a decade, and as we now work to bring this technology to the masses, we are leveraging our extensive expertise including our learnings from the DARPA Urban Challenge. Just a few months shy of Argo AI’s first birthday, we’ve managed to assemble an experienced team of almost 200 employees, and we now have test vehicles on the road in Pittsburgh and Southeast Michigan.

https://medium.com/self-driven/a-decade-after-darpa-our-view-on-the-state-of-the-art-in-self-driving-cars-3e8698e6afe8

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Self-Driving Shipping Container Homes

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Self-Driving Cars and Shipping Containers

The most wonderful and most terrible things about new technologies are their emergent properties. The latest example is, of course, Fake News On Facebook; who would have thought that connecting everyone via social media would lead to wildly divergent narratives of (so-called) reality? And yet here we are. But if you think social media is messy and weird … just wait until we get self-driving cars.

This isn’t a non sequitur, I promise: you can now buy an entire house from Amazon for $36,000 http://amzn.to/2zrbfIG plus shipping. ($3,750 to California, apparently. Not eligible for Amazon Prime.) It’s a one-bedroom abode which started life as a (brand-new) shipping container, but it has a shower, sink, toilet, appliances, and kitchenette, all hooked up to to external sewer, electric, and water connections. Luxury it’s not, but it’s yours for less than I pay in rent every year in San Francisco.

I’ve long wondered why SF and NYC don’t have Tokyo-style capsule hotels. It turns out those were banned in San Francisco in — wait for it — 1909, on the grounds of fire safety. Then came zoning and mandatory off-street parking rules, which still persist. And the battle over California’s ongoing housing crises rages, as the well-off in low-density, high-value regions across the state (and, really, the nation) battle the evil YIMBY forces who wish to turn American cities into unlivable dystopias like … er … those well-known metropolitan hellscapes Tokyo, Barcelona, and Paris.

But as desirable as such a fate might be, I can’t help but wonder if at least a cohort of Californians, and others in nations with good roads, might over the next decade or so leapfrog housing reform, which after all moves at the speed of molasses, into a far more interesting emergent form of accommodations: self-driving houses. How hard is it to put wheels and a Tesla motor on shipping-container houses, add a few storage tanks, and just drift from place to place, hooking up for water / sewage / electricity as and when needed?

Read more in Techcrunch: https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/15/self-driving-cars-and-shipping-containers/
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Alphabet is training law enforcement on how to handle self-driving car crashes

What happens when self-driving cars gets into an accident?

Alphabet’s self driving car division Waymo has been testing its fleet of robot cars in four states across the country — Washington, California, Arizona, and Texas — and it has started to work with local law enforcement agencies and first responders to figure out what to do after a collision and create new protocols.

That includes what a fully driverless car should do when it hears a siren coming toward it — yes, Waymo driverless cars can hear — as well as how police officers, or first responders can access the cars in emergency situations.

https://www.recode.net/2017/10/15/16472896/alphabet-waymo-self-driving-law-enforcement-crashes-accidents

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How Waymo is designing the self-driving car passenger experience to feel convenient and safe

As Waymo and its many rivals prepare to roll out driverless cars to consumers, one of their challenges has been to design an experience for riders that feels both convenient and safe.

https://www.recode.net/2017/10/13/16467060/alphabet-waymo-self-driving-cars-riders-passengers-experience

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Could self-driving cars reduce housing costs?

San Diego real estate analyst Gary London says the cost of construction would be reduced by 20 to 25 percent if parking is eliminated. This assumes San Diegans would not need to own a car if they could just use a mobile phone to hail a car for wherever they are going.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/real-estate/sd-fi-self-driving-home-prices-20171009-story.html

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