Autonomous Tech

Apple just dropped a massive hint about its plans for a driverless ‘iCar’

Apple has published a document which appears to confirm that it is developing a driverless ‘iCar’.<p>The tech giant’s top computer scientists have …


A Budget 2017 Guide For People Who Don't Like Politics

Ain't no LOL like a Tory LOL.<p>Autumn Budget day - perhaps no other day in the year is as important yet simultaneously, so insipidly …

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Budget 2017: How to make a downbeat forecast sound better. Say 'tech' a lot?

“The world is on the brink of a technological revolution,” chancellor Philip Hammond declared in the Autumn budget. “We choose the future; we choose …

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Walmart looks to keep store floors squeaky-clean using self-driving robots

Cleaning the floors at Walmart isn’t exactly an enviable job, and now it’s becoming one that humans no longer have to do. As originally reported by …


£500m to fuel the UK’s road to a driverless future

<i>By Amala Pillai @Amala_Pillai</i><p>The Tories will spend £400m on charging ports for electric cars, with £100m also pledged for a Plug-In-Car Grant to help …


Are the Swiss prepared for driverless cars?

The idea that one day autonomous cars could be whizzing along Swiss streets makes many Swiss uneasy, a study has found. That said, the elderly and …


Can autonomous cars pass their driving test?

My most terrifying assignment in a decade of journalism was riding in a self-driving car — one that was totally out of control. The setting was a …


Autumn budget 2017: Philip Hammond to unveil 'make or break' speech - live updates

Rolling coverage as chancellor Philip Hammond delivers the 2017 autumn budget at 12.30pm<p>Budget seen as ‘make or break’ for Philip Hammond Five key charts you need to see before the November 2017 budget Political preview: Can Hammond avoid catastrophe? Economics preview: Productivity downgrade looms


When is the UK Budget announced? Find out how Chancellor's plans could affect Scotland

Railcards, driverless cars and a takeaway tax could all feature in today's November Budget as Philip Hammond sets out his plans.<p>Philip Hammond will …

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Singapore to deploy driverless buses from 2022

Driverless buses will appear on some roads in Singapore from 2022 as part of plans to improve mobility in the land-scarce city-state, its transport …


Budget 2017: Brexit is the least of Philip Hammond's worries

Along with the worries about [link url=""]Brexit, the natural cycles of the global economy loomed above …


Uber designs system to stop passengers throwing up in driverless cars

Uber has revealed plans to combat car sickness in driverless cars, unveiling a system of moving seats and blasts of air conditioning that it hopes will stop passengers throwing up in the back of its robot vehicles.<p>A pitfall of autonomous car technology is that it can cause severe motion sickness, …


Driverless Cars Won’t Save Us

In fact, they’ll do the opposite of what techno-optimists hope, and worsen—not ease—inequality.<p>For a growing chorus of techno-optimists and even urbanists, driverless cars are the solution to everything from traffic congestion to high housing prices. By providing an easy, flexible, hands-free …

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Are we ready for driverless cars?

One thing the government is promising in the Budget is a change to the law to allow more driverless cars to be tested on Britain's roads.<p>But how can we ensure they are safe? The BBC's Richard Westcott investigates how experts are teaching cars to drive.

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The fourth industrial revolution is upon us

MARRAKESH, Morocco<p>Driverless cars and trucks rule the road, while robots “man” the factories. Super-smartphones hail Uber helicopters or even planes to fly their owners across mushrooming urban areas. Machines use algorithms to teach themselves cognitive tasks that once required human intelligence, …


The driverless revolution may exact a political price

In its race to embrace driverless vehicles, Washington has cleared away regulatory hurdles for auto companies and brushed aside consumer warnings about the risk of crashes and hacking.<p>But at a recent hearing, lawmakers absorbed an economic argument that illustrated how the driverless revolution …


Walmart is 'secretly' testing self-driving floor scrubbers, signaling that more robots are coming

Walmart (WMT) has been quietly testing out autonomous floor scrubbers during the overnight shifts in five store locations near the company’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.<p>A spokesperson for Walmart told FOX Business that the move, which was first reported by LinkedIn, is a “very small proof …


Driverless cars can transform lives — if we change the rules and let them

California, Michigan and Florida are leading the way. We need policies to unlock a self-driving future for all, including seniors and the disabled.<p>Many Americans think of driverless cars as a futuristic technology that will revolutionize travel in cities and along state highways. But recent …


Uber is going to make car sickness a thing of the past—especially in driverless cars

Uber is working to reduce the effect of car sickness, especially felt in self-driving cars, according to a new patent published earlier this year.<p>The …


Uber wants the driverless car experience to be sick bag-free

When we no longer have to drive our own cars, we’ll all become passengers with very different expectations of what we want from our vehicles.<p>The …


Why your next Uber will probably be a driverless Volvo

Volvo and Uber are extending their collaboration and have revealed a plan to have 'tens of thousands' of driverless cars on the road between 2019 and …


Visiting China? Your next taxi could be driverless

The first fleet of 50 self-driving taxis developed by a Chinese startup company is expected to hit the road in East China’s Anhui province by March, …


Level 5 driverless cars by 2021 can be done, say Brit industry folk

Over the weekend, chancellor Philip Hammond boasted that “fully driverless cars” would be on Britain’s roads in four years’ time. Some in the …



After yesterday’s post I got thinking more about our “driverless” future (ironically, while on a long drive in my 16-year-old Nissan).<p>Truth is, there …

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Driverless cars could be the perfect symbol for a leaderless country

Sign up to our <b>Daily</b> newsletter<p>A post-Brexit technological revolution will sweep Britain, so all is well, and those of us who believe that Brexit was …

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Can the 2017 Budget dispel the tech sector’s gloom over Brexit?

On Wednesday 22 November, chancellor Philip Hammond will give his second Budget statement. If he thought his last Budget, back in July, was tricky, …

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Blog: How long until a robot takes your job?

Are robots really taking over? What are the benefits and what are the risks?

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‘Killer robots’ will start slaughtering people if they’re not banned soon, AI expert warns

An artificial intelligence expert has called for countries to ban so-called “killer robots” before activists’ warnings against them become a …


Uber Buying 24,000 Volvo's in Driverless Car Push

November 20th, 2017, 4:09 PM UTC<p>Bloomberg’s Nate Lanxon discusses Uber ordering 24,000 vehicles from Volvo to form a driverless car fleet. He speaks …


Octinion’s strawberry-picking bot is quick, nimble, and ready to replace humans

With everything from self-driving tractors to robots being able to monitor crops, it’s no secret that agriculture is currently in the middle of a …