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Ford disguised a man as a car seat to research self-driving

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Ford disguised a man as a car seat to research self-driving

Yes, you read that correctly: Ford put a man in a car seat disguise so that a Ford Transit could masquerade as a true self-driving vehicle. Why? To evaluate how passers-by, other drivers on the road and cyclists reacted to sharing the road with an autonomous vehicle. The trial, conducted with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, also made use of a light bar mounted on the top of the windshield to provide communication about what the car was doing, including yielding, driving autonomously or accelerating from a full stop. So why engage in such elaborate dress-up, especially when it’s not...

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Self-driving truck does beer run on Otto-pilot

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Self-driving truck does beer run on Otto-pilot

Trucking is big business, employing 3.5 million drivers, travelling 433 billion miles and delivering 70 percent of all freight transported in the states. Much of that driving is on the Interstate Highway System, where the trips can be very long and boring. It is tedious work and doesn’t pay all that well (the average wage being $ 32,000 per annum) so there is a serious shortage of drivers. It can be dangerous; according to Alex Davies in Wired, 400,000 trucks are involved in crashes each year, killing about 4,000 people. That’s where Otto comes in. The Uber-owned company developed hardware...

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