Traffic Terror?

Traffic Terror?

Dozens of car manufacturers and tech companies are racing to bring their proprietary self-driving systems to market. Good for them. However, to truly reap the massive benefits that come with the autonomous vehicle revolution – e.g. saving 30,000 to 40,000 American lives lost per year in car crashes1 and $160...

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Autonomous smart vision EQ fortwo

Autonomous smart vision EQ fortwo

“The smart vision EQ fortwo is our vision of future urban mobility,” says smart CEO Annette Winkler. “It is the most radical car sharing concept car of all: fully autonomous, with maximum communication capabilities, friendly, comprehensively personalisable and, of course, electric.” The smart vision EQ fortwo concept vehicle demonstrates how...

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Mercedes-Benz Introduces Concept EQ

Mercedes-Benz Introduces Concept EQ

Mercedes-Benz’s new e-mobility brand takes off with an all-new architecture for battery-electric vehicles. Daimler AG chairman Dieter Zetsche explains, “In 2007, the e-smart was a pioneer of electric motoring. We’re now flipping the switch. We’re ready for the launch of an electric product offensive that will cover all vehicle segments,...

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BMW Concept X7 iPerformance

BMW Concept X7 iPerformance

BMW’s Concept X7 iPerformance, unveiled at the IAA Cars 2017 show in Frankfurt, adds an intriguing mobile dimension to the concept of the “Third Space.” Related concepts as locality, landscape, and environment take on new meaning in the context of motion. While the exterior features are both elegant and forward-looking,...

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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

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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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