Mobility-as-a-service has been defined as : use services for transportation, rather than using personal vehicles such as cars. After looking for about 20 minutes for a more rigorous definition, I failed. So let me strike out at defining it. Mobility-as-a-Service, or MaaS, is service marketplace that may replace traditional means of transportation. It may include… Continue reading MaaS: Mobility as a Service
So it looks like Google, Tesla, et al have another competitor. Baidu just passed a driverless test. Baidu is a Chinese competitor to Google in other areas as well. In June, the company announced plans to have a self driving car by year end. I usually think about the automated car in terms that I… Continue reading Another Player
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
A month ago, Jason Laughlin posted an article about autonomous cars in Philly.com. The basic gist of the article was that autonomous cars may need to be programmed with morality. He thought that autonomous cars were a long way off, because, in his words: …the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission assembled last fall the Futures Group,… Continue reading Did Philly Miss the Future?
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
I saw the above bumper sticker on a car recently. It’s a well known fact that many “middle America” moms (and increasingly, dads) spend an enormous amount of time taxiing kids around to various practices, games, meets, and tournaments. It may be possible in the future to have adults load a child on one end… Continue reading From Passenger to Cargo