At some point in time, engineers and lawyers will need to determine if an autonomous car needs to have a conscience. The classic thought exercise in ethics known as the trolley problem , or possibly the “fat man variant” will need to be dealt with. Wikipedia states it as well as I can hope to: The general… Continue reading Vehicular Morality: Is My Car Evil?
In a previous post, I discussed that Platooning would be used for several reasons. In addition to the traffic control reasons, a significant reason is the fuel savings that results from drafting. Drafting is the close following of one car by another car. Or, as wiki states, it is “a technique where two vehicles or other moving objects… Continue reading Drafting
Platooning is the “ganging” of cars together for a leg, legs, or entirety of a journey. There are several reasons why a platoon of cars my be formed. Drafting: I first because interested in autonomous cars when I realized that cars would save fuel if they could safely draft with one another. I’ll cover this… Continue reading Platooning
One of the things I’ve alluded to and not addressed in a very straightforward manner is the fact that automation exists, full autonomy does not (today) and that there are a few steps between today and full autonomy. Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has created a policy. It breaks… Continue reading Five Levels of Automation: NHTSA
A recent poster said she didn’t expect that recognizing the number of people in a car will be difficult. While I broadly agree, I do think car manufacturers are going to have to at least attempt to defeat “mischief.” Maybe it’s my all-boys teams growing up, but I think on most teams at least one guy… Continue reading Custom “Manufacturing,” Custom Apps
Most of the time, when it comes to autonomous cars, I am very positive that issues are solvable with open discussion and engineering resources. (It’s just a matter of time and money!) One of the areas about which I’m most sanguine is Navigation. Currently, navigation is one of the more advanced areas of automation for… Continue reading Navigation Prohibitions
One of the options for the Blog settings is to have “Holiday falling snow” (available until January 4.) I don’t tend to be into that sort of thing, but it did get me thinking about sensors. In my reading (and linking) over the last couple weeks, one of the common concerns was that heavy rain,… Continue reading On Snow, Sleet, Rain.
In perusing the internet today, I came across this article in the WaPost. According to Matt McFarland, Google has recently received a patent on car-pedestrian communications. Many have discussed a car’s need to recognize pedestrian intent, and reactions to that (perceived) intent. This is one of the few times that I’ve heard of development of new technology to… Continue reading Pedestrian Communciations: Google Patents