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Autonomous Vehicles


— Drones

HorseFly delivery drone would use a van as its base-on-the-go

By - June 6, 2014 3 Pictures
When Amazon announced its plan to use drones for home deliveries, a lot of people were quick to point out the huge logistical challenges involved. Among those is the fact that a multicopter's limited battery range would make it rather difficult for just one or two Amazon warehouses to serve an entire city. A team from the University of Cincinnati and AMP Electric Vehicles, however, may have a solution. They've created an octocopter that could make short flights from a traveling delivery van, using that van as a mobile charging station and package depot. Read More
— Military

Autonomous helicopter and ground vehicle to work together on demo project

By - June 4, 2014 2 Pictures
This April, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp and the US Army used a one-of-a-kind autonomous Black Hawk helicopter to perform an unmanned cargo flight demonstration. Known as the Optionally Piloted Black Hawk (OPBH) Demonstrator, that same chopper has now been enlisted to take the autonomy concept even further. In the new Extended Operational Reach with Autonomous Air and Ground Vehicles project, it will deliver an all-terrain vehicle to a remote site, and that vehicle will then autonomously explore the site from ground level. Read More
— Automotive

Google takes its first 100 percent self-drive car to the streets

Google has revealed its first self-driving car prototype, which as you guessed requires no driver. The prototype accommodates for two passengers and is missing quite a few of the features you'd expect to see in a standard car. With no need for a steering wheel, mirrors or braking and accelerating pedals, the car comes fully equipped with special software and sensors that feed information into an onboard computer, which then drives the car. Read More
— Automotive

Google self driving car now recognizes cyclists' hand signals

By - April 28, 2014 16 Pictures
There are an extraordinary number of companies converging on the idea of self-driving cars from all sorts of different angles, but the undisputed leader of the pack is Google, whose self-driving vehicles have logged a total of nearly 700,000 development miles. In a video released today, Google shows some fantastic visualizations to demonstrate what the car is seeing in complex traffic situations. You can watch how the car handles roadworks, level crossings, complex intersections and a range of interactions with cyclists – including recognizing their hand signals. Read More
— Automotive

Subaru shows off its new hybrid crossover concept, the Viziv 2

By - March 5, 2014 14 Pictures
After providing a sneak peek of the vehicle last month, Subaru has now fully revealed its Viziv 2 Concept, at the Geneva Motor Show. The four-door crossover hatchback hybrid builds upon ideas previously presented in the Viziv Concept, which debuted at last year's event. Taking its name from an amalgamation of the words "Vision for Innovation," it's intended to combine eco-friendliness with spirited performance. Read More
— Automotive

Virginia Tech receives funding to develop vehicle-to-vehicle communication framework

By - February 18, 2014 1 Picture
An important element to the notion of self-driving cars is that they are able to communicate between each other and surrounding infrastructure. While automotive manufacturers have begun to explore this technology and even banded together to hasten its emergence, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has been quietly working toward a similar goal. With the an award of US$1 million in funding courtesy of the US Department of Transportation, its researchers hope to develop a framework to facilitate a safe future for autonomous vehicles. Read More
— Automotive

Volkswagen leads "AdaptIVe" research project into autonomous cars

By - February 5, 2014 1 Picture
There’s more to putting self-driving cars on the road than technology and algorithms. There’s also some very basic thinking that needs to be done as to what autonomous vehicles are and what their implications are. Towards this end, Volkswagen has announced the start of Automated Driving Applications & Technologies for Intelligent Vehicles (AdaptIVe); a 42-month project by a consortium of 29 partners, including ten major automotive manufacturers, aimed at developing more efficient and safer autonomous systems. Read More
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