For the Japanese automaker, the "agreement and investment marks an important milestone in our transformation to a mobility company as we help provide a path for safe and secure expansion of mobility services like ride-sharing that includes Toyota vehicles and technologies," its executive vice president Shigeki Tomoyama said in a statement. … [Read more...] about Toyota To Invest $500 Million In Uber For Self-Driving Cars
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The automobile’s self-driving system was not at fault, according to an investigation conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency found that Autopilot was designed to prevent Tesla cars from rear-ending other vehicles but was not intended to handle situations when vehicles crossed the road from intersecting roadways. Thus, there were no “defects in the design or performance” of the system, the NHTSA concluded. … [Read more...] about Who’s to blame when self-driving cars crash?
“The use of forced arbitration clauses by manufacturers would deprive consumers of their fundamental legal rights if injury occurs, and would reduce the incentives of some manufacturers to keep vehicles safe,” the letter said. It also noted that legislation under consideration in Congress – which is sponsored by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and would allow self-driving car manufacturers to sell as many as 80,000 autonomous cars a year – doesn’t expressly prohibit the use of forced arbitration clauses. … [Read more...] about Could self-driving car companies stop you from suing?
Let’s look at some of the factors involved in car accidents with human drivers behind the wheel. According to a recent survey, the following is a list of top driving behaviors reported for drivers and motorcycle operators in fatal crashes in the U.S. in 2014: … [Read more...] about After Tesla Autopilot Death: Could Self-Driving Cars Actually Make the Roads Safer?
A stop sign clearly exists for human drivers. It gives them a chance to look around carefully without being distracted by other aspects of driving, like steering. But an autonomous vehicle can scan its entire surroundings in a fraction of a second. It need not necessarily stop – or even slow down – to navigate the intersection safely. But an autonomous car that rolls through a stop sign without even pausing will be seen as alarming, and even dangerous, to nearby humans, because they’re assuming human rules still apply. … [Read more...] about Self-driving cars and humans face inevitable collisions