autonomous vehicles

How safe are self-driving cars?

Whether we like it or not, self-driving cars are in our future. A report by BI Intelligence estimates that there will be 10 million self-driving vehicles on roads by 2020. A recent article in Scientific American highlights an important issue: Even though self-driving cars are programmed to be safe and safety tests confirm that,...

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Driverless cars raise legal questions

In 2010, Google announced that it had been conducting research on driverless cars. Using data the company initially collected for Google Maps, the Google Car also integrates cameras, wheel sensors, laser range finders and radar to avoid traffic and other obstacles. Sergey Brin, one of the internet company’s founders, expects the technology to be...

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