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100 self-driving cars coming to Sweden – This is REAL Genius

100 self-driving cars coming to Sweden – This is REAL Genius

Self-driving cars have been mooted for years.
Google’s have totted up over 700,000 miles since Summer 2012 on the streets of Mountain
View, California and elsewhere, whilst Nissan have pledged to be selling self-driving cars
by 2020. And that’s a good thing. Because as long as
they do their job, self driving cars maximise fuel efficiency, and choose the best routes
to get where they need to be whilst avoiding traffic – so everyone gets where they need
to be quicker, whilst avoiding road rage. They park themselves in the smallest possible
spaces and without the risk of accidents too, all of which adds up to a system which actually
makes roads work as a cheap, efficient form of mass transport. And off the top of my head,
I can’t think of anywhere in the world where that happens right now. And now Gothenberg in Sweden has become the
first city to welcome the self-drivers with open arms. Volvo are to be releasing 100 totally
autonomous cars, driven by customers, onto a 30 mile network of the city’s busiest commuter
routes, including trunk roads and motorways. The first few vehicles in the Drive Me programme
are already pootling around the 500,000 resident city, navigating using cameras, radar and
GPS. It’s expected the full 100 will be on the road by 2017, and will be driven, or I
guess supervised, by Volvo customers, who’ll step in if needed or if the car needs to be
driven off pre-approved tracks. And that word, pre-approved, is important
point. Self-driving cars are all well and good, but this is the first time a project’s
been integrated with a city on a large scale. Volvo have worked with legislators, transport
authorities and the city council to help implement the project cost-effectively whilst setting
up the legal and logistical framework to make sure it can carry on. It may only be 100 cars,
but this isn’t a proof of concept, it’s a sea trial. It’s real world. And if the blueprint
works, it can be exported elsewhere as a relatively cheap way of solving mass transport problems
in developed cities worldwide.

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33 thoughts on “100 self-driving cars coming to Sweden – This is REAL Genius

  1. Just think how easy it will be for the police to stop your vehicle… Another good reason for not owning my own car, and I'm already 22-years-old 🙂

  2. I was thinking about these just yesterday,

    Fire engine coming along the main road and upto a set of lights with a right turn.
    The cars parted as best they could but the driver wanted to turn right, the cars were partially blocking the right turn losing the fire engine precious seconds.

    Had the cars and truck been autonomous, the cars would have known the truck was wanting to turn right and could have cleared the appropriate route and those unaffected could have carried on without delay.

    Once these cars reach critical mass it'll be awesome, car to car communication will save lives, massively reduce congestion, increase car pooling (should be able to advise when people are sharing the same route and suggest they share) and be generally awesome, especially if we get magnetic induction roads so they're all electric without range limits (just route limits for those without batteries).

  3. One issue that I can think of is that the cars probably can't recognise a roadblock or construction work – would they stop and ask their drivers for help or would they start driving on the pavement/off-road? It would be cool for cars to be able to recognise these things autonomously.

  4. I have actually applied to a university in Gothenburg so I could work in the development of self driving cars. this, of course, was before I heard these news. well, I can always improve something.

  5. So we can all have a self driving car yay, minus about 1 million jobs, getting really obese while our robots do all of our work. I guess "this is genius" WAKE UP.

  6. If a smart car crashes, Who will have to pay for damages, the"driver" or the car company? Also this makes we wonder about the ability for governments to track and trace your travel. I love all the new tech coming out, but the hair on the back of my neck always rises when I hear how these products are linked to the internet. Government/hacker control over data, and how they can use it against people doesn't ever seem to be brought into question when exploring the possibilities of such systems. With devices like Emotiv coming into existence,  I wonder how long it will be before we are living in a Harrison Bergeron/brave new world type of reality.

  7. The natural evolution of this idea, with autonomous cars integrated into city transport systems, is pre-planned city traffic management. Rather than cars being entirely autonomous, they can be more efficiency routed around areas of congestion much like IP packets are routed around the Internet.

    Centrally routed, faster travel during twice-daily congestion is the "killer app" for autonomous vehicles in major cities. In thirty years, they will be ubiquitous.

  8. A driver should be able to turn off the autonomous mode if he/she chooses because what we do with our cars is not always pre-programmable. I.E. Going off-roading, stopping by the side of the road to help someone whose car broke down etc. I am all for innovative advances in technology yet I doubt we have reached the stage where all of today's adverse driving conditions and encountered situations while driving can be fully programmed with only 1's and 0's.

  9. Yay… cars get to be bori9ng fucking hipster wagons that you can not even drive anymore.. only 5-10 more years… im so excited….

  10. here in South Australia we had laws allowing self driving cars and trucks since the 1990's. They used self driving unmanned trucks and some smaller vehicles (these trucks are some of the biggest trucks in the world) in open cut mines for about 20 years now here. some of these open cut mines are bigger than small or medium size cities. It' technology that is already being used. I watched a news report this year about our state government updating the laws to cover future public transport and private use, also how states in the US have been reviewing our laws here to help them draft laws there for the use of driverless cars

  11. I believe self-driving cars will be a quite a help when it comes to long road trips, also if they become advanced enough, people who cannot drive could possibly use them to travel.

  12. It's good as long as the EU won't force the autonomous mode only. I wouldn't be happy telling my future grandchildren stories how people were able to drive their own cars.
    P.S. I see lots of trolling on the roads when people learn to recognize self driving cars and get to know their safety protocols 😀

  13. This ought to be interesting.  Here in the USA the Google company has carefully tested its self-driving cars primarily in the suburb where their headquarters are located.  They've NEVER been tested extensively in rain, snow, black ice, and other hazardous weather conditions.

  14. Anyone whos watched Top Gear would know that self driver-less cars are a good idea, if they have manual override. During the study of self driven cars, according to Top Gear, they were more likely to crash under certain circumstances because they didn't have the human capacity to make judgement correctional errors that would involve breaking the "rules" of the road.
    I believe this issue is being addressed by the programmers of the cars, but cmon, really, can you program something to human behaviour without creating some sort of AI?

  15. lame. just because we can, doesnt mean we should. the possible scenarios for car accidents are endless. theres no way to prove these cars can take on all of them. I know people make mistakes and cause accidents but thats when we become accountable and you get sued. whos liable for these things? it wasnt the "drivers" fault, right? we should applaud this technology but use it in some other way. also, i enjoy driving and think i would find myself switching mode to "human driver" cuz i dont like how it isnt adapting to live traffic conditions. (going 60 mph in a 65 zone when theres no traffic on a back country road)
    lastly… since when did driving become such an inconvenience?!?!?!?!?!

  16. Another kaliph-financed nonsense to use less suicide drivers in their terror-programs. I do not remember ANYONE EVER indicating need, demand for "self driving bombs ("cars")

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