• The Trump Administration Is Barely Regulating Self-Driving Cars. What Could Go Wrong?

    5 days ago - By Slate

    We tend to think of self-driving cars in utopian terms, as benevolent conveyances that, once optimized, will make their passengers safer by removing their human shortcomings from the transportation equation. But until that future happens, they're also large robots asking that we trust they won't harm us. That includes not only passengers but also other drivers, kids that dart out onto the street, bicyclists, storefronts, and basically anyone or anything that might be hit by a hulking pile of steel capable of movement at more than 60 miles per hour.
    That trust isn't going to be easy to win...
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  • I sat in the seat suit of Ford's fake self-driving car

    I sat in the seat suit of Ford's fake self-driving car

    5 days ago - By Ars Technica

    Enlarge / The author sitting in Ford's fake self-driving car.
    Last month we covered a "driverless" car roaming Virginia streets that turned out to really just be a normal car with the driver hidden inside a seat suit . Today, I got a chance to try the seat suit out for myself. You can't see my face, but this is a picture of me giving the thumbs-up sign from inside the suit.
    The research was led by Andy Schaudt, a researcher at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, in partnership with Ford. Unfortunately, they wouldn't let me take a test drive. Schaudt told me that they put their...
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