Tagged With driverless cars

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Infographic: We've come a long way in the last 80 years (yep, that's how long actual development of autonomous cars has been kicking around for), and sooner rather than later driverless vehicles will become a normal sight on our roads. Australian road rules are even changing in anticipation.

Here's a breakdown of the history, challenges, testing, science, brands, market and future holds for the autonomous car market.

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This week, the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress is underway in Melbourne. Companies in the field are showing off everything they've been working on in self-driving and autonomous cars and trucks and other forms of transport. Bosch has built an entirely autonomous car from Tesla's already-pretty-damn-autonomous Model S in Australia, and it's looping it around the part of Melbourne's Albert Park usually reserved for Formula 1 races.

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Seven in ten Australians want a self-driving car to take over when they feel tired or bored, and just under half already recognise autonomous vehicles will be safer than a human driver.

This is the result of the first comprehensive national study into what Australians think about driverless vehicles, released today.

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Driverless cars are an engineer’s dream. At last, a technology that promises to remove the human factor from the traffic system.

It is humans, after all, whose errors contribute to 75% of road crashes, who introduce undesirable randomness into the mathematical simplicity of traffic flows, and who have been characterised (somewhat tongue in cheek) as “monkey drivers” with slow reaction times and short attention spans.

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Driverless cars hold the promise of safer transport. But how should they react when loss of life appears inevitable? Should a car swerve to miss a pedestrian on the road, even if doing so would kill the passenger?

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You can't have Computex without NVIDIA, and the annual tech conference wouldn't be the same without a conference or two from the GPU giant. But while Pascal and the GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080 are drawing a lot of headlines right now, what's really intriguing is the world with which NVIDIA has inextricably tied its future to.