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New Company Takes Pragmatic Approach to Self-Driving Cars

The Washington Post reports that three former executives from Google, Tesla and Uber formed a new company called Aurora Innovation, which is developing self-driving technology for carmakers. The executives have introduced a few simple rules, including “no flashy launches, mind-blowing timelines or hyper-choreographed performances on closed tracks.” The company’s approach “reflects a new phase for the hyped promise of computer-piloted supercars: a more subdued, more pragmatic way of addressing the tough realities of the most complicated robotic system ever built.”

Article outlines how autonomous vehicles will change the world. The Wall Street Journal reports on how autonomous vehicles are expected to change the world. The World Economic Forum estimates that the technology will deliver $3.1 trillion annually in social benefits by reducing crashes, carbon emissions, and the cost of car ownership. Another study from Intel estimated that the autonomous vehicle market will generate $7 trillion annually by 2050. According to the article, autonomous technology will also lead to the development of “floating warehouses,” where warehouses in the sky will be able to use drones to make deliveries, reducing the costs of shipping online orders and the number of delivery trucks.

Public awareness key to reducing crashes involving self-driving cars. Wired reports that crashes involving self-driving cars raise several questions including: “What’s the best way to handle what could become a nationwide experiment in robotics and AI, where the public participants haven’t willingly signed on, and the worst case scenario is death?” The answers to the questions lies in more public awareness. This can be accomplished by “companies communicating openly and honestly about how development is going, and how capable their cars are, rather than releasing their usual fare: glossy, edited videos, or PR documents showing their tech at its best.”

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

Bob Kraft

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