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

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

driver-less · Fear of Computers · Law · Media · Programming · Societal Changes

Did Philly Miss the Future?

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?

driver-less · Societal Changes

Post Millenials, or Will My Daughter Ever Drive?

I was recently reading a dead-tree copy of the local Delaware paper, and there was an article about MTV coming up with a name for Post-Millennials.  Unfortunately I’m unable to find it online; another paper has a similar article here. What is the Millennial Generation?  According to the source of all knowledge, it is the… Continue reading Post Millenials, or Will My Daughter Ever Drive?

driver-less · Insurance · Media

Delaware Online: Safe Driverless Cars?

One of the local papers, the Delaware Local News (aka Delaware Online) had an article in the Opinion section about autonomous vehicles.  I was impressed both with the editorial focus, as well as the quality of the article Similar to some of my earlier articles, the author identified drivers, especially distracted drivers as being one… Continue reading Delaware Online: Safe Driverless Cars?

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