Uber partnered with NASA last year to develop new traffic concepts that will enable safe and efficient operations of robotic flight systems, and is working with aircraft, infrastructure and real estate partners to operate fixed routes between city hubs. The company’s vision for the network, dubbed “uberAir,” would let customers push a button and get high-speed flight in and around cities. Read here to get an insight into the innovation Uber is pushing.
More than a year after Uber’s self-driving trucks made their first commercial delivery — 2,000 cases of Budweiser beer on a 120-mile hop in Colorado — the company says it has taken its robot big rigs to the highways of Arizona. Get the latest on this latest Uber venture!
So, you're in a self-driving car. Suddenly, a car crosses the road unexpectedly. If your car swerves into on-coming traffic to avoid them, you will likely be killed. What is your car programmed to do? Save you or the other driver? It's a good question.
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Uber announced today, November 8, 2017, the next generating in it's ride-for-hire model: flying cars, called Elevate.
In a speech at the Web Summit in Lisbon today, Uber’s head of product Jeff Holden announced that the company is adding a third city, Los Angeles, to its list of places where it hopes to pilot its aerial taxi service by 2020. LA joins Dallas-Fort Worth and Dubai as cities announced to be working with Uber on the program.
Uber has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA to create a brand-new air traffic control system to manage these low-flying, possibly autonomous aircraft.
Holden argued that even without a demonstrable product, Uber Elevate is indeed closer than many people think. Holden said that Uber wouldn’t have to wait for 2020 before it starts testing things out IRL. The company aims to begin operating a fleet of low-flying helicopters around Dallas-Fort Worth Airport — while working with air traffic controllers to not encroach on their flight paths — as a way to test NASA’s UTM system.
Once approved for commercial use, trips could cost as little as $20.
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Design limitations of the Tesla Model S's Autopilot played a major role in the first known fatal crash of a highway vehicle operating under automated control systems. The direct cause of the crash was an inattentive Tesla driver's over reliance on technology. Read this article for the details.
Today, a federal judge ordered Uber to stop using technology that a key executive downloaded before he left Waymo, the autonomous car company that was spun off from Google. The order filed Monday in a trade secrets theft lawsuit also forces Uber to return all downloaded materials by noon on May 31. The court order is a major setback to Uber's self-driving car program, which its CEO has said is the key to the company's future. Read here for the scoop!
In a twist to Uber's fate, Lyft is joining forces with Waymo, Google's self-driving car unit, to develop self-driving cars, company officials said. Read here for the details!
Intel has been long interested in the self-driving car market. This past Monday, Intel announced end more than $15 billion to acquire Israel's Mobileye NV, a software maker that processes the information cars see from cameras and sensors. It's the latest example of a major tech company making a splash in the race to develop autonomous vehicles. Here is a breakdown of big companies entering the autonomous car market, who they're partnering with and how much they're spending!
Driverless cars, once thought to be at least 10-20 years into the future before being accepted by the public, may be closer than you ever thought! Road-testing of such vehicles in California could begin by the end of 2017, and a limited number could become available to customers as early as 2018 -- provided the federal government gives permission. "While a few other states have welcomed testing, the proposal released Friday is a major step forward, given California's size as the most populous state, its clout as the nation's biggest car market and its longtime role as a cultural trendsetter." For more in this up and coming technological trend, read here.
It's fairly well known that both Google and Uber are competing in the self-driving car market. However, Google has filed a "blistering lawsuit" against Uber for what it claims to be stolen intellectual property by Uber. If Google wins, it will be, to say the least, a major setback for Uber in the self-driving car market. For more details and the inside scoop, read this article.
Ever wonder how Tesla's self-driving cars see the road? Technology has come a long way and this is one of its marvels. Check out this video to see their amazing self-driving car in action!
I love technology and how it enhances our lives! Just think, without the Apollo moon missions, we might not have calculators! Imagine!!