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Old November 9th, 2013, 09:25 PM   #61
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Driverless cars to be introduced in Milton Keynes

Driverless cars will be tested for the first time in a UK town after £1.5m was made available from the government. The "pods", which will travel at 12mph (19km/h), will ferry people around Milton Keynes on designated pathways.



Twenty driver-operated vehicles will be running by 2015, but it is hoped 100 fully automated versions will be introduced by 2017, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said. Similar pods currently operate at Heathrow Airport.

It forms part of a £75m government scheme to enable businesses to make and test low carbon technologies, which it says will keep the UK at the forefront of engine design and help to safeguard up to 30,000 jobs in engine production.The electric-powered pods can be booked via a smartphone app and will be able to accommodate two passengers. While travelling, they will use sensors to avoid obstacles.

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In the automated versions, passengers travelling to their selected destination will be able to browse the internet, check emails, read the newspaper and play games inside the pod. The cost of each journey has not yet been decided. If successful, they could be used in other towns and cities across the UK, the government said.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "By 2050, very few - if any - new cars will be powered solely by the traditional internal combustion engines, so it is important that the UK car industry is at the cutting edge of low carbon technologies." Early collaborators on the project include the engineering firm Arup and the universities of Cambridge and Oxford.



Google has been licensed to experiment with driverless vehicles in the US, claiming that in testing it logged more than 300,000 miles (482,803km) in its cars without an accident.

SOURCE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...herts-24849948
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Old November 23rd, 2013, 01:28 AM   #62
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Old January 1st, 2014, 02:40 AM   #63
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As with all long-term forecasts, take with grain of salt, but anyway ...

Self-driving cars to be 9 percent of global auto sales in 2035: study
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Sales of vehicles able to drive themselves will account for about 9 percent of global auto sales in about two decades, according to a forecast published on Tuesday by auto industry consultant IHS Automotive.

The study focused on autonomous cars, which can drive with "no attention needed by the driver," IHS analyst Egil Juliussen said. Such cars are not currently available for sale, but IHS predicts they will be available around 2025.

IHS expects global sales of self-driving cars in 2025 to be 230,000 -- less than 1 percent of the 115 million cars expected to be sold that year.

But by 2035, sales of self-driving cars will reach 11.8 million, or 9 percent of the 129 million global auto sales expected that year, said Juliussen.
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Old January 1st, 2014, 07:25 AM   #64
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Self-driving cars to be 9 percent of global auto sales in 2035: study
That is global, but I'm sure it will be a lot higher nationally in first world countries like the USA and France for example.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 10:57 PM   #66
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Old March 3rd, 2014, 12:56 AM   #67
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More charging stations for electric cars are being built. And you can see 1WTC in the first video.




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Speaking of Tesla ...

Tesla 'gigafactory' to employ 6,500, cost $5 Bil
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That is global, but I'm sure it will be a lot higher nationally in first world countries like the USA and France for example.
Self driving cars will not be some different breed, will be the same cars that we have now, slowly progressing to a full autonomy mode. So basically, who has the biggest percentage of high end cars now will have the biggest percentage of autonomus ones tomorrow.

So yeah, in principle you are right, but it isn't as black or white as you put it.
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Just one word I can say on these awesome automotive inventions.. wow.
In the future, the whole world could be riding these kind of cars. I wonder how much the repair will cost if there's something wrong with the machine or engine.
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I wonder how much the repair will cost if there's something wrong with the machine or engine.
Hahaha. A lot. And I doubt you will be able to self repair these cars from how complicated they will be.

I've noticed the automotive industry purposely made complicated designs so that you wont be able to repair cars by yourself. For example, how many people have a specialized screw driver to unscrew this:



Or how about these?


All specially designed so that the average person wont be able to repair their cars and will end up spending a lot of money at a repair shop. It is a smart way to flush out more money from the buyer.
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Hahaha. A lot. And I doubt you will be able to self repair these cars from how complicated they will be.
And maybe more importantly, should you even be allowed to touch them? When in far future self driving cars become mainstream, would you wanna be second guessing if the car next to you is self repaired while he/she is drinking morning coffee in the car?

Mechanically we are moving towards simpler cars with full electric, but the know-how to fix them will be different.
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Good news for the PRC.

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Siemens to transform electric cars into rolling computers



Siemens is developing new technology aimed at transforming electric cars into "rolling computers" controlled by a centralized computing architecture. According to Siemens, not only will it be possible to retrofit functions such as electrical brakes using a plug-and-play process (like on home PCs) but developers will also be able to push new software functions and updates out to vehicles – just like how it's currently done with smartphones.

Partnering with electric vehicle manufacturer StreetScooter, Siemens researchers plan to equip an electric car, based on the design of the Roding roadster electric car, with this innovative framework. Part of the RACE (Robust and Reliable Automotive Computing Environment for Future eCars) initiative, the project aims to significantly simplify a car's complex electronics architecture and do away with the need to network multiple control systems.

SOURCE: http://www.gizmag.com/siemens-electr...mputers/33113/
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Hahaha. A lot. And I doubt you will be able to self repair these cars from how complicated they will be.

I've noticed the automotive industry purposely made complicated designs so that you wont be able to repair cars by yourself. For example, how many people have a specialized screw driver to unscrew this:



Or how about these?


All specially designed so that the average person wont be able to repair their cars and will end up spending a lot of money at a repair shop. It is a smart way to flush out more money from the buyer.
You can also do a really simple car that you can get most spare parts from any sparepart shop. Also the use of normal lead accus or Lithium Ion accus for more performance if you wish and your wallet can stand it.
I counted the car I am developing at the moment that to get a 800-1000 km range you need 52 000 euros worth Li-Ion acccus ( at market price ).

Insane almost ...for a 4-seater car.
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Self-Driving Cars Will Be in 30 U.S. Cities by the End of Next Year

There will be driverless buses and pods as well.

By Sage Lazzaro | 03/05/15 10:47am

http://observer.com/2015/03/self-dri...-of-next-year/


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