Cars Without Drivers

Every since the first DARPA Grand Challenge in 2004 that asked autonomous robotic ground vehicles to navigate a 200 mile course over varying terrain, teams of researchers have been working on creating ever improving versions of the car without a driver.

Google Cars Drive Themselves, in Traffic – [nytimes.com]

Anyone driving the twists of Highway 1 between San Francisco and Los Angeles recently may have glimpsed a Toyota Prius with a curious funnel-like cylinder on the roof. Harder to notice was that the person at the wheel was not actually driving.

The car is a project of Google, which has been working in secret but in plain view on vehicles that can drive themselves, using artificial-intelligence software that can sense anything near the car and mimic the decisions made by a human driver.

Cars Without Drivers – [nsf.gov]

Meet Boss–a new robotic car being programmed to get 100 percent on its driving test

Imagine a car that can drive itself, that knows the rules of the road, where to go and how to get there safely! Sound farfetched? Not for the robot wizards at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). They call their car with a brain, ‘Boss.’ And yes, it does drive itself.

Would you trust Boss on a busy highway? We asked some people that question, and many felt it would be too frightening to let their car be in control.

But Boss is probably a better driver than you or I. Students built it for a Pentagon competition called the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Urban Challenge. Boss plied its way through a simulated urban environment without so much as a dinged fender. It was the undisputed champion in 2007.

Science Nation – Cars Without Drivers – [youtube.com]

Two Driverless Cars Have Begun 8,000-Mile Journey from Italy to China – [popsci.com]

A team of Italian engineers is gearing up for a high-tech road rally that should impress even the outside-the-box dreamers over at DARPA: an 8,000-mile journey from Italy to China, with nobody behind the wheel. The three-month convoy will be the longest test of driverless vehicles ever conducted, taking the cars through twisting mountain passes, Moscow traffic, and harsh Siberian weather before ending up in the sprawling roadways of Shanghai in October.

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