In AAA study, researchers have found that many drivers trust assisted driving technologies beyond their intended scopes. Of the 1,380 vehicle owners that responded to the survey, 30 percent of owners with Blind Spot Monitoring at least sometimes rely on technology to change lanes without visually checking their blind spot. What may be even more troubling is that 29 percent of respondents reported, "at least occasionally feeling comfortable engaging in other activities while driving with ACC." Additionally, only 33 percent recognized that dirt, ice and snow could obstruct the sensors used in automatic emergency braking.
As part of Santa Monica's e-scooter pilot program, Uber has recently launched its fleet of e-scooters, which look exactly like their bike program. Jump, the Uber owned Shared Bike and Scooter Company, has a fleet of 500 e-bikes and 250 e-scooters available for rent through the Uber app. The pricing for Jump's scooters is comparable to that of Bird and Lime at $1 to unlock the device and 15 cents per minute to ride. Eventually, Lime scooters will also be rentable through the Uber App although this may take some time before that deal finalizes. In wake of recent laws passed in Los Angeles to regulate e-scooters, it seems the next move for Jump will be to initiate operations in Los Angeles neighborhoods as soon as possible.
In Potsdam Germany, Siemens is putting there autonomous driving technology on German roadways, but with one major limitation. The self-driving technology will operate on railcars, thereby significantly limiting the number of options the algorithm must sort through. By reducing the complexity of the decision making, Siemens looks to improve its driverless technology through the trial period. Siemens would like their railcars to behave more human, i.e. slow down cautiously when a potential collision is ahead instead of slamming on the breaks. While the difference between these two actions may seem insignificant, the difference is noticeable in its effect on the transit system schedule. While many are excited by the prospects of bringing more effective autonomous driving to consumer vehicles, the Federal Railroad Administration wants to see some these technologies implemented in the United States.
This is the future: self-driving vehicles that learn instinctively through machine learning, artificial intelligence...and that future is not so far away from us. At Cambridge University, an algorithm developed by Ph.D students teaches a car to follow a lane in a matter of twenty minutes. Machine learning is coming up quickly in the motor vehicle industry.
The end of dockless scooters in Los Angeles may have come earlier than most expected. In what some have described as similar to a social experiment, rental scooter companies Bird and Lime released a fleet of dockless electric scooters for consumers to unlock using a smartphone app. Within a week, the city of Los Angeles may issue cease and desist letters to all electric scooter rental companies operating within its city limits. The moratorium on dockless scooters will allow city council to finalize regulations on electric scooters including speed limits and taillight requirements. Currently, Bird scooters can travel up to 15 miles per hour.
The Santa Monica Police Department has taken a strong stance on illegal use of electric scooters. This has come in the form of scooter confiscations in addition to a well-made video titled "Scooters: How not to get a ticket." The video can be found on the Santa Monica Police Department Facebook page and a spaghetti western inspired clip of the informational video be can be found on their Twitter. Since the deployment of shared scooters, Santa Monica Police personnel have confiscated over 100 scooters. Officers will continue to enforce the rules of the road to prevent electric scooter accidents.
Ever since Uber's fatal Arizona crash in March of this year, the company is rethinking its self-driving vehicles strategies. Uber has struggled to regain its reputation and trust from customers after the accident, and is now making drastic changes to improve the safety and quality of the company.
The California Public Utilities Commission has now authorized two programs in which driverless cars are allowed to carry passengers. With this invention, artificial intelligence will forever change the future of the motor vehicle industry.
Digital display license plates are finally hitting the California roads. These newly designed plates will save time by allowing car owners to register their plates online and customize messages on the plates. Vehicle owners can now start to reap the benefits of these digitized plates.
Apple, the well-renowned master of technology, now has a permit to launch 55 self-driving cars for testing on California state roads. CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, spoke about testing these self-driving vehicles only last summer. Apple is now entering the world of motor vehicles at a rapid pace.