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How will Autonomous Vehicles change Public Transportation?

How will Autonomous Vehicles change Public Transportation?

Imagine hopping into a car, setting the coordinates of your destination, and then sitting back to take a nap or read a book while the car safely transports you across town. Sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, no? Well, prepare yourself, because autonomous, or self-driving, cars are coming, and they will be here much sooner than you might think.

Mercedes Autonomous Bus Takes Passengers Towards a Future of ‘Spectacular’ Smart Cities

Mercedes Autonomous Bus Takes Passengers Towards a Future of ‘Spectacular’ Smart Cities

Mercedes has launched an autonomous bus with a view to the future of integrated intelligent transport systems for smart cities.The company unveiled its Mercedes-Benz Future Bus with CityPilot, which it says is “a milestone on the way to the autonomous city bus, and a revolutionary mobility system for the future”.

Some of the key features of the new Mercedes technology are:
  • CityPilot: a software platform for autonomous driving in urban public transport
  • Mercedes-Benz Future Bus: autonomous vehicle with a “trailblazing” design
Braking System Redundancy and Autonomous Driving

Braking System Redundancy and Autonomous Driving

We have recently seen the evolution of many advanced assisted driving technologies as the automotive industry moves ever closer to fully autonomous driving. Automated emergency braking is one of many examples of how electronic controls have made driving safer, but such systems are clearly designed to work in tandem with a human in control of the vehicle.
Autonomous Vehicles - A Solution to Traffic Congestion

Autonomous Vehicles - A Solution to Traffic Congestion

The pursuit of self-driving cars is well and truly underway, with the who’s who of automakers mostly targeting around 2020 or 2021 to roll out vehicles that are at least Level 3 automation (according to SAE International’s classification). Some, like Tesla, are even more ambitious with sights set on 2018 onwards.
Is Deep Learning Really the Solution for Everything in Self-Driving Cars?

Is Deep Learning Really the Solution for Everything in Self-Driving Cars?

The higher the level of automation for a car, the more “intelligent” the vehicle needs to become. Evolved from the study of pattern recognition and computational learning theory in artificial intelligence, machine learning explores the study and construction of algorithms that can learn from and make predictions on data – such algorithms overcome following strictly static program instructions by making data-driven predictions or decisions, through building a model from sample inputs.
Which OEM’s are winning the Autonomous Race?

Which OEM’s are winning the Autonomous Race?

The race towards autonomous vehicles has been heating up for some time, but we’re nearing the climax as OEM’s are rushing to announce details of their plans for the next five years. A bold new sector has seen rapid innovation in a short space of time, and the landscape has changed significantly during these last few years.
Autonomous Truck Technology -  A Global Outlook

Autonomous Truck Technology - A Global Outlook

Autonomous vehicle technology continues to develop at pace, and it has the potential to bring sweeping changes to our transportation systems. Much of the focus is on the impact this technology will have on passenger vehicles, but the trucking industry will also experience significant change over the coming decades.

The Future of Autonomous Trucks

The Future of Autonomous Trucks

In Singapore, meanwhile, convoys of driverless trucks carry freight between terminals at the city’s bustling shipping port, while, in Germany, truck-maker MAN and operator DB Schenker plan to test twotruck platooning with HGV drivers behind the wheel – rather than testers – on the A9 motorway between the company’s Munich and Nuremberg depots by spring 2018. Likewise, Daimler’s driverless 'Future Truck 2025' has already travelled it’s first kilometers on a public highway.