Autonomous boats could be your next ride

Five years in the making, MIT’s autonomous floating vessels get a size upgrade and learn a new way to communicate aboard the waters.

Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL • mit
Oct. 26, 2020 ~11 min

Autonomous cars: five reasons they still aren't on our roads

Despite what Elon Musk says, there are numerous challenges to overcome in creating completely self-driving cars that work in the real world.

John McDermid, Director, Assuring Autonomy International Programme, University of York • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

Self-driving taxis could be a setback for those with different needs – unless companies embrace accessible design now

In order to create an efficient future transportation system, autonomous vehicles need to accommodate people with different mobility needs.

John Lunsford, PhD Candidate in Media, Technology and Society, Cornell University • conversation
June 22, 2020 ~8 min

Autonomous cars could revolutionise transport for disabled people – if we change the way we design

Driverless cars could revolutionise transport for disabled people – so why aren't more companies including them in the design process?

Paul Herriotts, Professor of Transport Design, Coventry University • conversation
May 20, 2020 ~6 min

Linking self-driving cars to traffic signals might help pedestrians give them the green light

Pedestrians are wary of autonomous cars, but they trust traffic lights. Researchers suggest driverless cars could communicate directly with the signals to make their own actions more predictable.

Lionel Peter Robert Jr., Associate Professor of Information, University of Michigan • conversation
April 21, 2020 ~6 min

Autonomous vehicles can be fooled to 'see' nonexistent obstacles

Driverless vehicles rely heavily on sensors to navigate the world. They're vulnerable to attack if bad actors trick them into 'seeing' things that aren't there, potentially leading to deadly crashes.

Z. Morley Mao, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan • conversation
March 6, 2020 ~6 min

To self-drive in the snow, look under the road

Weather’s a problem for autonomous cars. MIT’s new system shows promise by using “ground-penetrating radar” instead of cameras or lasers.

Adam Conner-Simons | MIT CSAIL • mit
Feb. 26, 2020 ~5 min

MIT Energy Initiative report charts pathways for sustainable personal transportation

Technological innovations, policies, and behavioral changes will all be needed to reach Paris climate agreement targets.

Kathryn Luu | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
Nov. 19, 2019 ~10 min

Predicting people's driving personalities

System from MIT CSAIL sizes up drivers as selfish or selfless. Could this help self-driving cars navigate in traffic?

Adam Conner-Simons | Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL • mit
Nov. 18, 2019 ~7 min

Autonomous system improves environmental sampling at sea

Robotic boats could more rapidly locate the most valuable sampling spots in uncharted waters.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 4, 2019 ~8 min

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