Today’s Self-Driving Car Revolution: What’s Hype and what’s Reality?

Today’s Self-Driving Car Revolution: What’s Hype and what’s Reality?

There has been much progress in self-driving technology in recent months, yet these advances may be leading the public to believe that the self-driving revolution is much closer to reality than it actually is. In fact, Mitch Bainwol, president and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, recently penned testimony...

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BMW’s i Inside

BMW’s i Inside

Is the ultimate driving machine set to become the ultimate lounging machine? With visions of an autonomous driving experience—complete with built-in bookcase, 4K video monitor, and on-demand services courtesy of BMW’s Connected Cloud architecture—BMW’s i Inside Future exhibit at CES 2017 suggests this isn’t your father’s BMW. The exhibit was also...

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Intelligent Cars

Intelligent Cars

A car commercial of the future shows a driverless minivan tearing around the curves of an unfamiliar, mist-shrouded mountain road, its front seats notably empty.  Children sleep trustingly inside as the minivan confidently steers itself around a sharp bend. Suddenly, a dark object drops out of the air and plummets...

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Toyota’s Concept-i

Toyota’s Concept-i

Cars aren’t what they used to be—and they certainly aren’t what they’re going to be. Which means we find ourselves at a hinge in automotive history. Just how far and fast that hinge swings is a matter of debate, but what’s not subject to debate is the unprecedented coming together...

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Autonomous Driving: How Safe is Safe Enough?

Autonomous Driving: How Safe is Safe Enough?

My thoughts here reflect on findings from a few key research projects that we and our partners have been conducting this past year at Toyota Research Center (TRI). To provide a bit of context, TRI’s mission is focused on Artificial Intelligence and includes four goals: First, to greatly enhance vehicle safety and...

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Big Data and Your Driverless Future

Big Data and Your Driverless Future

Early in 2016, GM invested $500M in ridesharing company Lyft and reportedly paid close to $1 billion to acquire Cruise Automation, a 40-employee, Silicon Valley-based, venture-funded startup that was developing driverless vehicle technology. A few months earlier Toyota had announced that it would invest $1 billion on artificial intelligence research,...

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Communications in a Driverless World

Communications in a Driverless World

Late nights, as I drive home after teaching Cognitive IoT at Stanford Continuing Studies, my loyal companion on the road is a fleet of Google’s self-driving cars, now known as Waymo. They drive defensively at 25 mph, and with a human at the ready to take control if the car...

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