autonomous cars

  • Elon Musk has an idea for autonomous transit vehicles but he’s being coy about it

    Elon Musk has an idea for autonomous transit vehicles but he’s being coy about it

    Elon Musk has a plan to solve the traffic crisis in our cities. A vague, secret plan. He may not actually have a plan. But he did say something out loud in public about it, and he doesn’t usually do that unless he has at least kind of a plan. Read More

  • ABI Research predicts no more night vision for vehicles

    ABI Research predicts no more night vision for vehicles

    Technology market analysts at ABI Research predict that advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are going to be big business in the next decade — to the tune of $132 billion. But they also predict the decline and fall of night vision in our cars. Night vision systems have been available for vehicles since the early 2000s. They use either infrared or thermographic cameras to scan the… Read More

  • The funny things happening on the way to singularity Crunch Network

    The funny things happening on the way to singularity

    People often ask me about the impact of 3D printing on jobs. Will the technology be a job creator or destroyer? The short answer is, it will take more jobs than it makes — and 3D printing is not alone. Technology will eventually make work obsolete. Our big problems are going to be figuring out how to survive the transition, then figuring out what to do with all that free time. Read More

  • Test drive: Self-parking in the 2016 Jaguar XF S

    Test drive: Self-parking in the 2016 Jaguar XF S

    I recently had the opportunity to test drive the 2016 Jaguar XF S, which is a stately four-door luxury sedan with comfortable leather seats and supercharged V6 engine that could get a person in a lot of trouble. But not too much trouble — the new XF has the latest in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), which includes adaptive cruise control, traffic-sign recognition and… Read More

  • The speech the technology industry won’t hear from any candidate… but should Crunch Network

    The speech the technology industry won’t hear from any candidate… but should

    Not one of the 2016 presidential candidates stands out when it comes to ensuring that common sense technology and entrepreneurship policy will prevail. In the absence of these issues receiving the attention they deserve, what follows is the speech we can only hope one of the candidates will give: Read More

  • The future of business is good jobs as a service Crunch Network

    The future of business is good jobs as a service

    Most people in business and finance (and most people, frankly) think that the new economy (of artificial intelligence and autonomous machines) is like the old economy: satisfying customers’ needs for products and services. But, the real heart of the new economy will be about helping people need each other more. Read More

  • What will a driverless future actually look like? Crunch Network

    What will a driverless future actually look like?

    There is a growing consensus that autonomous vehicles (AVs) will soon be a reality. The debate today centers not on whether, but how soon, AVs will be commonplace on our roads. But for all the buzz surrounding AVs, many details about what a driverless future will look like remain unclear. Which business models will work best for the commercialization of AVs? Which AV usage models will be… Read More

  • Driving the new American century Crunch Network

    Driving the new American century

    The World Economic Forum, the Detroit Auto Show and CES all occurred recently, and each has driven a great deal of discussion around self-driving cars. The expectation is that within a decade we will begin to see autonomous vehicles on the streets and a correlated reduction in accidents, traffic congestion and demand for parking. Read More

  • Self-Driving Cars And The Kobayashi Maru Crunch Network

    Self-Driving Cars And The Kobayashi Maru

    In 1966, Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek would boldly go where no man had gone before, telling the tale of Captain Kirk and his crew as they explored the galaxy while taking on myriad sci-fi adventures. In the opening scene of the franchise’s 1982 motion picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the U.S.S. Enterprise responds to a distress call from another ship, the Kobayashi Maru. Read More

  • Marketing In The Fast Lane With Self-Driving Cars Crunch Network

    Marketing In The Fast Lane With Self-Driving Cars

    From George Orwell predicting the overwhelming reach of television in 1984 to the video phone calls in Back to the Future, it seems that technology often imitates pop culture. Nowhere could that be truer than with the new developments in self-driving vehicles. These self-driving vehicles won’t just change the way we look at transportation. They will shift people’s behavior in a… Read More

  • The Federal Government Must Act To Ensure That The Autonomous Vehicle Revolution Takes Place In The U.S. Crunch Network

    The Federal Government Must Act To Ensure That The Autonomous Vehicle Revolution Takes Place In The U.S.

    The advent of autonomous vehicles is around the corner, and the economic and social benefits will be vast. The U.S. government must do more to ensure that the United States remains the global center for this transformative technology. Much is at stake: If the federal government does not act, there is a very real risk that development of autonomous vehicles — one of the defining… Read More

  • The Myth Of Autonomous Vehicles’ New Craze: Ethical Algorithms Crunch Network

    The Myth Of Autonomous Vehicles’ New Craze: Ethical Algorithms

    The shear magnitude of the inevitable transition from human-driven vehicles to autonomous vehicles (AV) requires the careful consideration of a vast array of potential issues. Chief among them are cybersecurity, job loss and an appropriate regulatory schema to handle the fast-moving technology. However, not crucial to this comprehensive review of an AV world is a recent craze known as… Read More

  • The Self-Driving Car Revolution Will Be Slow And Help Us All, But It Won’t Kill Driving Anytime Soon Crunch Network

    The Self-Driving Car Revolution Will Be Slow And Help Us All, But It Won’t Kill Driving Anytime Soon

    A very intelligent piece by BuzzFeed’s Mat Honan said that Google’s self-driving car would bring about the “ugly end of driving.” He’s correct in almost every way; cars are “giant, inefficient, planet-and-people-killing death machines,” killing, as he cited, 1.2 million people a year. This is a good enough argument that removing a whole bunch of… Read More

  • The Cloud-Connected Car Drives IoT Monetization Crunch Network

    The Cloud-Connected Car Drives IoT Monetization

    The car is well on its way to becoming the most sophisticated mobile device in the Internet of Things (IoT), or, to use a phrase that’s more to the point, the Monetization of Things™ (MoT). Linked to the cloud by way of wireless technologies, smart chips, onboard computers and mobile apps, connected vehicles are driving new business models and disrupting old ones. Here’s a look… Read More

  • The Next 10 Years Of Automation And What It Might Mean For The Job Market Crunch Network

    The Next 10 Years Of Automation And What It Might Mean For The Job Market

    After decades of subtle developments that largely went unnoticed by much of the working world, artificial intelligence has taken center stage in the last 2-3 years as a “hot” technology. From Google’s surge of acquisitions (DeepMind, Boston Dynamics, etc.), to increased venture capital attention, to the safety concerns of Elon Musk and Bill Gates about potentially… Read More

  • Autonomous Cars Break Uber Crunch Network

    Autonomous Cars Break Uber

    As Bill Gurley (General Partner at Benchmark Capital and board member of Uber) notes, Uber will be the dominant player in the ride-hailing business. Why? Because Uber’s business model is predicated on localized marketplaces of supply and demand for drivers. These localized marketplaces create strong network effects and “winner-take-most” markets. Read More

  • Mobile Devices Will Either Have 3D Sensors Or Suffer Flat Sales Crunch Network

    Mobile Devices Will Either Have 3D Sensors Or Suffer Flat Sales

    When Apple’s “Shot on iPhone 6” ad campaign covered billboards and posters in 24 cities around the world, it proved two things: The quality of mobile camera technology is astronomical, and mobile device manufacturers badly want you to know about it. Read More

  • The Race To Frictionless Parking Crunch Network

    The Race To Frictionless Parking

    Parking. It’s an issue that impacts everyone who owns a car. People might not think about it or talk about it, but it certainly can be one of those daily frustrations that ignites stress. Traditionally, drivers will circle the block for a coveted on-street parking space or a parking garage that has an affordable hourly rate. However, there is more to parking than white lines, garages… Read More

  • Toyota Pledges $50M To Research AI For Autonomous Vehicles, Hires DARPA’s Dr. Gill Pratt

    Toyota Pledges $50M To Research AI For Autonomous Vehicles, Hires DARPA’s Dr. Gill Pratt

    Today, Toyota announced that it has hired Gill Pratt to drive its autonomous car research. Pratt is best known in this field for his work at DARPA and MIT, including starting the Robotics Challenge. The company is also investing $50 million in the research over the next five years as well as partnering with MIT and Stanford. Read More

  • When The Bus Will Be Its Own Boss Crunch Network

    When The Bus Will Be Its Own Boss

    Thousands of cabs make their way through the streets of London. Hundreds of buses pick up and drop off passengers. Trucks carry their cargo. They are, of course, autonomous; like Google’s self-driving car, they all move without a driver. This vision is almost a cliche. Everyone is already talking about a future where professional drivers are unemployed and all vehicles will drive… Read More