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

Tags: driverless-cars autonomous-vehicles self-driving-vehicles

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

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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

Tags: robotics driverless-cars trust research-brief autonomous-vehicles traffic-lights pedestrians self-driving-vehicles

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