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JC Reindl’s article dated January 11, 2018 published in the Detroit Free Press, “ First true autonomous cars won't be for sale” states:

“This first generation of autonomous vehicles will, in most cases, not be offered for sale or lease to the general public, but instead would be reserved for commercial use by ride-hailing fleets and delivery services. “

There are several good reasons why the public will not be able to purchase these vehicles. JC Reindl explains:

“A major reason why is that these vehicles, despite their arrays of advanced sensors and computers, would only be capable of operating in sustained, fully autonomous mode in a select few urban areas that have been wired and digitally mapped for self-driving. Cars that venture outside of these future autonomous-ready zones might need to switch over to manual driving mode, depending on the surroundings and driving conditions”.

Looks like I still have some time to enjoy my 2014 Jeep Wrangler. I think I will sleep better tonight knowing that.

You can find the full article here: https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2018/01/11/first-true-autonomous-cars-wont-sale/1021656001/

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JC Reindl’s article dated January 11, 2018 published in the Detroit Free Press, “ First true autonomous cars won't be for sale” states:

“This first generation of autonomous vehicles will, in most cases, not be offered for sale or lease to the general public, but instead would be reserved for commercial use by ride-hailing fleets and delivery services. “

There are several good reasons why the public will not be able to purchase these vehicles. JC Reindl explains:

“A major reason why is that these vehicles, despite their arrays of advanced sensors and computers, would only be capable of operating in sustained, fully autonomous mode in a select few urban areas that have been wired and digitally mapped for self-driving. Cars that venture outside of these future autonomous-ready zones might need to switch over to manual driving mode, depending on the surroundings and driving conditions”.

Looks like I still have some time to enjoy my 2014 Jeep Wrangler. I think I will sleep better tonight knowing that.

You can find the full article here: https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2018/01/11/first-true-autonomous-cars-wont-sale/1021656001/

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Andrew J. Hawkins’ article dated July 30, 2018 “The self-driving cars hitting the road in Texas today are unlike any we’ve seen before” states:

“There’s a very different-looking kind of self-driving car on the streets of Texas today. Instead of the spotless white look of the autonomous cars owned by Waymo or Cruise Automation, these vehicles are highlighter orange, bright to the point of searing, with a wavy blue stripe and the words “self-driving vehicle” in bold font. Even more bizarre are the four LED screens — one on the hood, two above each of the front tires, and one on the rear — that display messages to pedestrians and anyone else in close proximity to the car.”

Some might argue that the design of these cars is somewhat unconventional.  Drive.ai purposely designed these cars to be visually distinct.  Andrew J. Hawkins explains:

“They’ve certainly succeeded there. The vehicles, modified Nissan NV200s, are certainly the loudest, brightest, and unabashedly dorkiest self-driving cars on the road today.”

 I am curious what role the four LED screens play. As it turns out, the screens flash messages.

Mr. Hawkins further states:

“It’s intended to replace the gestures or verbal communication often used by human drivers to communicate their intentions. “

 Don’t be surprised if you see some rather funny or odd looking cars hitting the roads in Texas.

 

You can find the full article here: https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/30/17622540/drive-ai-self-driving-car-ride-share-texas

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I know what you are thinking! With all the accidents on roads and highways today, now we have to add self-driving cars into the mix. Fasten your seat belt!

Chris Woodyard’s article dated October 31, 2015 published in USA TODAY,  “Study: Self-driving cars have higher accident rate” states:

“Even though they haven't been at fault, self-driving test cars are involved in crashes at five times the rate of conventional cars, a new study finds. “

 The question is how much should drivers of conventional vehicles be concerned as more self-driving cars are introduced to our roads and highways?  Chris Woodyard explains:

“In almost every case, the accidents involving self-driving cars have involved other cars crashing into them. They are often traveling at slow speeds. No accidents have been reported from self-driving cars going haywire and a human is always on board in case something goes wrong”.

Chris Woodyard further states:

“The bottom line: Even though self-driving vehicles were not at fault in any crashes they were involved in and that injuries have of lower severity than for conventional cars, it appears they are getting in more accidents given their numbers”.

 For now, I might as well just get used to more self-driving cars on the roads and always remember to buckle –up.

You can find the full article here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2015/10/31/study-self-driving-cars-accidents/74946614/

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JC Reindl’s article dated January 11, 2018 published in the Detroit Free Press, “ First true autonomous cars won't be for sale” states:

"This first generation of autonomous vehicles will, in most cases, not be offered for sale or lease to the general public, but instead would be reserved for commercial use by ride-hailing fleets and delivery services."

 There are several good reasons why the public will not be able to purchase these vehicles. JC Reindl explains:

“A major reason why is that these vehicles, despite their arrays of advanced sensors and computers, would only be capable of operating in sustained, fully autonomous mode in a select few urban areas that have been wired and digitally mapped for self-driving. Cars that venture outside of these future autonomous-ready zones might need to switch over to manual driving mode, depending on the surroundings and driving conditions”.

Looks like I still have some time to enjoy my 2014 Jeep Wrangler. I think I will sleep better tonight knowing that.

You can find the full article here: https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2018/01/11/first-true-autonomous-cars-wont-sale/1021656001/

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That’s the $64,000 question. General Motors recently paid a billion plus for Cruise Automation and it’s self-driving technology. That’s a ton of money and someone has to pay for it. That’s right… you and me.

Claire Zillman’s article dated March 14, 2016, “You Can Buy This Self-Driving Car For $20,000” states:  “Honda, meanwhile, is making waves for the relatively puny price tag it’s attached to its new Civic LX Sedan that can be purchased with autonomous driving capability. The vehicle costs $20,440, according to The Wall Street Journal.”

 You can buy the Civic LX Sedan with advanced-driver assistance systems (ADAS).  Clair Zillman writes:

“Nevertheless, in a new Civic, a 25-mile drive can be made with the driver’s hands off the wheel and his foot off the gas so long as lane markings are visible and another vehicle is in front of the car, according to the WSJ”.

When you think about it $20,000 isn’t such a bad price. Some cars today cost that much without ADAS.

 

You can find the full article here: https://fortune.com/2016/03/14/self-driving-car-honda/

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You can bet that Domino’s delivers. Domino’s Pizza has joined forces with the Ford Motor Company to deliver pizzas in self-driving vehicles.  If this collaboration is successful, it would be a big deal for Domino’s. Domino’s now has 14,000 stores worldwide.

Jessica Haynes’ article, “Self-driving car to start delivering pizza in Domino’s deal with Ford”, states:

“Customers who order delivery in the Ann Arbor area in the coming days could see a Ford Fusion Hybrid pull up in their driveway or in their parking lot. The vehicle is an autonomous research vehicle built specifically by the company to deliver data back to Ford.”

The Ford Motor Company would use these deliveries to collect data and to judge customer reactions to self-driving delivery vehicles.  Jessica Haynes writes:

“The research would include gauging customer reactions to self-driving delivery vehicles, and understanding how those reactions could change as delivery companies switch over their services to automation.”

You can find the full article here: https://www.mlive.com/business/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2017/08/dominos_and_ford_partner_up_to.html

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It very well could be. Researchers have discovered that traffic signs can be altered causing the self –driving vehicle to misread the signs.

Matthew Field’s article, “Graffiti on stop signs could trick driverless cars into driving dangerously”, states:

“Placing stickers or posters over part or the whole of a road sign could be used to trick the smart car into ignoring stop signs, even if visually they appear the same to the human drivers.”

How could this happen? Simple vandalism will do it. Matthew Field underlines his concern by stating:

“The dangers of such attacks could see cars driving straight through junctions or coming to a halt in the middle of the road.”

One would certainly have to admit that this could be a bad sign in the quest for safer self-driving vehicles. Remember that Halloween is just around the corner and the vandals will be out.

 You can find the full article here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/08/07/graffiti-road-signs-could-trick-driverless-cars-driving-dangerously/

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General Motors joins Google and Intel in the self-driving car market with the purchase of a new tech start-up company.

Chris Isidore's article, "GM doubles down on self-driving care, hiring 1,000" states:

"General Motors is significantly increasing the number of people working on its self-driving car projects. Its new research and development facility in California is hiring 1,000 people."

"The new employees will be working at the Cruise Automation unit, a tech-up GM paid "581 million for in March 2016. The self-driving car unit had already grown to about 150 engineers, according to GM, up from the 40 at the time of purchase."

Cruise Automation is currently testing the Chevy Bolt with self-driving technology in San Francisco; Scottsdale, Arizona; and in Detroit.

It is said that competition is a good thing. Well the battle in the self-driving car market continues to heat up.

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It is hoped that with the introduction of self-driving cars, there would be a significant reduction in traffic related deaths.

In Tim Bajarin's article "Driverless Cars Could Decimate the Organ Donation Program" he states:

"Self-driving cars have the potential to be much safer than the vehicles on the road today."

Saving lives is a good thing, right? Of course it is. OK so what's the bad thing?

Tim Bajarin sums it us this way "... if autonomous vehicles do reduce automobile deaths by 90 percent, this could have a drastic and serious impact on the organ donation program."

There you have it. Bu saving lives, self-driving cars could be costing lives. Please update your organ donation cards today.

You can find the full article here: https://www.pcmag.com/commentary/351297/the-potential-downside-of-driverless-cars

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