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Fully automated vehicles excluded from tests on Japan’s public roads

Google-Self-Driving-Car (Picture - Digital Trends)

Google-Self-Driving-Car (Picture – Digital Trends)

 

“The first guidelines on public road tests of self-driving vehicles, released by the National Police Agency (NPA), exclude fully automated cars without a steering wheel or driver.

The NPA’s recommendations say tests should be conducted with cars that have a driver behind the wheel to ensure safety and compliance with the road traffic law.

The government sees promoting the technology used in self-driving cars as a key to economic growth.

The police agency’s guidelines call for using “black boxes” on test cars to record all data and, in case of an accident, ascertaining the cause and taking corrective measures before test drives are resumed.

The NPA is expected to set up a panel of experts this summer to examine issues surrounding possible legislative reforms for this new technology, such as who would be legally responsible in case of an accident, the need to adapt the driver’s license system for self-driving cars and how to take measures against hacking cars.

The government has developed a classification system under which full self-driving automation is designated as level 4, in which the car is designed to perform all safety-critical driving functions.”  (The Japan Times)

 

Should driverless cars be one day on the road? Will such cars be reliable enough for that? Should we rely so much on Machines and Technology? What do you think?

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Driverless MiniBuses (EV) in La Rochelle (France) !!

Driverless bus (Actu Environnement)

Driverless bus (Actu Environnement)

The city of La Rochelle in France has just hosted, in the context of the EU experiment “Citymobil 2″, a fleat of fully automated and electric vehicles with the aim of transporting city passengers and of checking the ” social acceptability” of the project. 14.661 journeys were counted on board of six minibuses operated without drivers during a period of over 4 months in La Rochelle (France). 100% Electric (EVs), these vehicules are  5 m long and 1.5 m wide and can carry up to 10 people. Their speed in public areas may not exceed 15 km/h and has even been reduced to 8 km/h in order to avoid incidents in this seaside touristic town. There were however no collisions/accidents during the test period!

These automated buses, built by the French manufacturer Robosoft, are connected to monitoring systems and are equipped with an advanced GPS system as well as a laser mapping system for localisation and movement control. To detect obstacles at front and on the side (bicycles, walkers, starting cars …), laser and ultrasound devices are used.

Read more (Article and Video in French from “Actu Environnement”) at:

http://www.actu-environnement.com/ae/news/La-rochelle-experimentation-vehicule-sans-chauffeur-citymobil-24521.php4#video&xtor=EREC-107

With thanks to Pr Jean Englebert for submitting/introducing this article/project.

 


The future of Automotive is Driverless Cars?

” Google is aiming to get its driverless cars on the streets by 2020. Whether it’s able to do so is unclear. It’s been working on plans for an autonomous vehicle for years, but questions remain about whether government regulators will allow the vehicles or if consumers will pay for them. ” (Linked In Pulse)

The question is: As with any machine, it might be a plus but there should always be a switch button to “Manual Human Mode”.

Read more from: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/googles-car-chief-my-son-better-driving-45-years-chip-cutter

 


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