How Safe is Autonomous Driving?

The fantasy of a self-driving vehicle has been around almost as long as the automotive industry itself. But in the past 15 years, that dream has become a mission for many tech-driven automakers. In fact, in 2016 Lyft CEO John Zimmer famously predicted that self-driving vehicles would become so prevalent by 2025 that they would make automobile ownership nearly obsolete.

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Radical Rapture 2022 review – 478bhp/ton road racer tested

My focus grimly hangs on to the vanishing point, a flickering blur of green meeting gray through the visor, while the slipstream creates a cacophony of white noise around my crash helmet that threatens to overwhelm everything. Hunkered down, compressed by the harness, peering over the turreted center section of the Rapture’s small cockpit, sunlight … Read more

Arizona Road Conditions – Safe Driving Tips

There is a surprising number of car accidents caused by unknown road conditions. And in Arizona, the climates are ever-changing in different areas, meaning the road conditions can be quite unpredictable. To help you out, we’re going to give you some safe driving tips for the different Arizona road conditions. This way, no matter the … Read more

Safety efforts for self-driving trucks should emphasize preventing over reaction

By John Marinaro, Director of Operation Safety & Testing When people ask me about the self-driving trucks we are developing at Torc with Daimler Trucks North America, they generally ask one of three questions: 1) Are they safe? 2) How can you predict the unpredictable? and 3) How do you know they are safe? These … Read more

Sense, Nonsense & Swiss Cheese: Automated Vehicles & Safety

We all have the same goal: safe, reliable, efficient, state-of-the-art vehicles accessible to everyone Automated Vehicles (AVs) have always inspired us to dream of the future. In 1939, a New York World’s Fair Exhibit entitled Futurama: Highways & Horizons enthralled visitors by showing a world of self-driving cars traveling on automated highways through futuristic cities. … Read more

Mercedes wants your next Amazon delivery to arrive in an electric eSprinter van

Driving a battery-powered commercial panel van may not sound exciting to you—but to Mercedes-Benz and the likes of Amazon and UPS, it promises to be a bellwether moment. As the Mercedes engineer driving me for a short stint in the prototype eSprinter suggests, there’s very little difference between this box van and the gas- and … Read more

How self-driving cars got stuck in the slow lane | Self-driving cars

“I would be shocked if we do not achieve full self-driving safer than a human this year,” said Tesla chief executive, Elon Musk, in January. For anyone who follows Musk’s commentary, this might sound familiar. In 2020, he promised autonomous cars the same year, saying: “There are no fundamental challenges.” In 2019, he promised Teslas … Read more