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Vehicular Morality: Is My Car Evil?

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?

Communications · Design for Fuel Efficiency · Efficiency · Glossary · Law · Platooning/Drafting · Programming · Societal Changes · Vehicle Design

Drafting

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

Communications · driver-less · Fear of Computers · Law · Navigation · Programming · Vehicle Design

Five Levels of Automation: NHTSA

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

Communications · driver-less · Problems · Programming · Vehicle Design

Custom “Manufacturing,” Custom Apps

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

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Navigation Prohibitions

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

driver-less · Mobile Workplace · Vehicle Design

“Working in a Car” or “the Mobile Workplace?”

In my last post, I alluded to something not yet covered here: the mobile workplace. It is common for many Americans to work in the car.  While driving this may mean having a quick phone conversation, or shooting off a text or E-mail stopped at a red light or in a drive through.  (I don’t… Continue reading “Working in a Car” or “the Mobile Workplace?”