The man who lived three days in a Mercedes

- And survived 366 crashes It all happened at the IV2011 conference, but it was not a happening as such. The man was Frank-Werner Mohn. And the vehicle is a Mercedes, that Daimler use to demonstrate their driver assistance technologies. The car Is production model, where the motor has been …

Volvo show platooning

Volvo i part of the european Sartre project. their goal is to make platoon driving possible. Platooning may be viewed as an early form of autonomous driving, since the cars do drive autonomously, but only under very specific circumstances. Sartre is trying to make it work on motorways and the …

No accidents with autonomous cars II

Let us consider this usually awful scenario: We are driving at the sensible speed of fifty km/h – 30 mph – along an ordinary town road with sidewalks and cars parked both sides of the road. Suddenly a ball shoots out between two cars and after it comes a child. …

No more casualties

They will measure the vehicle’s weight, its speed, temperature and tire condition, with an accuracy that a human can not.

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The man who lived three days in a Mercedes

June 15, 2011 News No Comments

- And survived 366 crashes

It all happened at the IV2011 conference, but it was not a happening as such.
The man was Frank-Werner Mohn. And the vehicle is a Mercedes, that Daimler use to demonstrate their driver assistance technologies.
The car Is production model, where the motor has been removed. In its place there is an advanced hydraulic system, that can use the cars hydraulic dampening system to make small movements to mimic the cars movements, when it is driving, braking and avoiding.

As you can see in the picture the front view from the car is totally covered by monitors, that shows a simulated driving situation – notice that the side mirrors are part of the simulation with their own monitors. … Continue Reading

They use too many data

June 15, 2011 Interview No Comments

I had the good fortune to interview Ernst Dickmans at the IV 2011 conference. For those who do not know Ernst Dickmanns, he is one of the grand old men in autonomous driving – as early as 1995 he demonstrated autonomous cars, and his research is one of the most important milestones to make this kind of research viable. See more at Wikipedia.
In the interview Dickmanns talks about how it was possible to reach his results at a time when computer power was around a millionth of the present. And also why he thinks the present research use to much brute data, where they would get better results with better models.

Hear it here: Ernst Dickmanns IV2011
See Ernst Dickmanns new website about his methods here

No accidents with autonomous cars II

April 20, 2011 Vision Comments Off

Let us consider this usually awful scenario:
We are driving at the sensible speed of fifty km/h – 30 mph – along an ordinary town road with sidewalks and cars parked both sides of the road.
Suddenly a ball shoots out between two cars and after it comes a child. Our distance to the child is sixty feet. The weather is fine and the road is dry. But it is also narrow with oncoming traffic.
For a human the sight of the child will immediately trigger an attempt to avoid an accident. Unfortunately , immediately  in this context means a little under a second. During this second the car drives 45 feet. Only then will we start braking. But it takes at least another 45 feet to stop a car from 30 mph so the result will be that we hit the child with nearly 24 miles per hour. … Continue Reading

No accidents with automous cars

April 15, 2011 Vision No Comments

You are cruising on a highway at 240 km/h  – 150 mph –  a normal speed in an autonomous car. There is a piece of metallic debris lost from a truck, that wrecks one of front wheels of your car.
For a human driver this situation will nearly always result in a serious accident. Before he or she has understood what is happening, the car will be entering an uncontrolled movement where only luck or divine intervention will avert a disaster.
For the robotic car this is a situation it can handle. Even before the tremors from the collision are completely gone, it will have established that there is no longer sensor input from the front wheel and no vibration from the suspension.

In milliseconds the car will decide, that the most likely hypothesis is that the tire is gone. At this point the car calls up emergency routines for this situation. … Continue Reading

Billions to auto-auto

March 26, 2011 Economy, News No Comments

One of the great hopes for autonomous vehicles is that they will eliminate traffic congestion. Because they are able to coordinate their movements with the hundreds of other cars in their vicinity, they can do without traffic lights and instead pass each other like the teeth of two gears that fit together perfectly.
And roads filled with autonomous cars can handle much more traffic, because the cars drive closer and faster. Depending on the type of road it is possible to increase traffic up to four times the current level. … Continue Reading

Overview of autonomous vehicle R&D

March 18, 2011 News No Comments

CarInsurance .org has made this interesting info graphic about autonomous vehicles. It shows both research centers, history, reasons for autonomous vehicles and the main technical elements of a selfdriving car.

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Googles aggressive drive

March 15, 2011 News No Comments

This is a film from inside Googles automous car  at a demonstration they gave at the TED conference. Normally auto-autos will drive as if they are part of a funeral procession, but this time Google let the car go fast on a short parking area course with sharp corners.
The car squeals and brakes in a way most of us would not comfortable with. So it demonstrates clearly that an autonomous car does not need to be sedate, but the demonstration is actually not as impressive as it looks.
The course is marked with orange cones, and if the car was looking at the cones and calculating the the fast drive, while it cornered, that would be impressive. But the course is hard coded into the car. It is still interesting, but it is not like this car would be able to do road racing on its own – or maybe it can, but the movie does not demonstrate that.

See Sebastian Thruns comments on Googles project.

Volvo show platooning

March 15, 2011 Article No Comments

Volvo i part of the european Sartre project. their goal is to make platoon driving possible. Platooning may be viewed as an early form of autonomous driving, since the cars do drive autonomously, but only under very specific circumstances.
Sartre is trying to make it work on motorways and the first car in tha platoon must be a special car driven by a human driver.

We are not afraid of auto-auto

Will we ever drive in autonomous vehicles? Dare we entrust our lives to a robot? A new survey from Accenture shows that most of us do not fear autonomous vehicles, but at large minority will be hard to persuade.

Accenture’s study was mostly interested in how we feel about our electronic devices. They asked two thousand people in the UK and U.S.
One of the questions asked was if we would ride in a driverless car – an auto-auto. 49 percent replied that they would. This is pretty impressive and shows a high degree of confidence in the technology, given how little most people probably know about technology and security behind the auto-auto. … Continue Reading

No more casualties

March 14, 2011 Vision No Comments

Future robotic vehicles will make accidents almost impossible. ABS systems was the first little step, and they made us masters of braking, but the robots will use technology’s inhuman accuracy and speed to make accidents completely disappear.
Robot cars have five advantages that make this happen: … Continue Reading

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2011/10/20
Slow driving is good
At least if it is coordinated. New data from a mountain highway in Colorado shows this. Heavy patrolling on highway I-70 makes everybody drive the same speed - 55 mph - and this makes the roads capacity larger.
It is a good argument for the platoon driving in the Sartre Project - and ultimately for fully autonomous traffic..
2011/05/27
Driver Assistance market reach $130 billion in 2016
here.
Market analysis from ABI Research project tremendous growth.
2011/05/26
Volvo best in assisted emergency braking
German ADAC test leading manufacturers assisted braking systems

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They use too many data

I had the good fortune to interview Ernst Dickmans at the IV 2011 conference. For those who do not know Ernst Dickmanns, he is one of the grand old men …

We are not afraid of auto-auto

Hands-free_Driving

Survey from Accenture shows that about half of respondents were not afraid to try a autonomous vehicle. but a small minority of the skepticsx (16%) were not likely to be persuaded by any argument.

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Volvo show platooning

platooning volvo

Volvo i part of the european Sartre project. their goal is to make platoon driving possible. Platooning may be viewed as an early form of autonomous driving, since the cars …

We are not afraid of auto-auto

Hands-free_Driving

Survey from Accenture shows that about half of respondents were not afraid to try a autonomous vehicle. but a small minority of the skepticsx (16%) were not likely to be persuaded by any argument.

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