11 janvier 2018

AFTER PEAK HYPE, SELF-DRIVING CARS ENTER THE TROUGH OF DISILLUSIONMENT

OH, THE UNTAINTED optimism of 2014. In the spring of that year, the good Swedes at Volvo introduced Drive Me, a program to get regular Josefs, Frejas, Joeys, and Fayes into autonomous vehicles. By 2017, Volvo executives promised, the company would distribute 100 self-driving SUVs to families in Gothenburg, Sweden. The cars would be able to ferry their passengers through at least 30 miles of local roads, in everyday driving conditions—all on their own. “The technology, which will be called Autopilot, enables the driver to hand over the... [Lire la suite]
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17 décembre 2015

Hanging out in Volvo’s “Concept 26,” a reinvented seat for a self-driving car

Watch this video on The Scene.     When people imagine the future of self-driving cars, they might think of steering wheel-less pods with swivel chairs and a lounge-like cabin atmosphere. Just program your destination into the vehicle and take a seat, as blissfully unaware of the ensuing traffic as you would be on a train. But Volvo doesn’t agree with that vision, at least at this point.  Company executives maintained that people really do want to drive—they just don’t want to drive when driving is boring.... [Lire la suite]