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Autonomous Vehicle Thread

Postby Tnexster » 02 Feb 2017 15:21

Arlington self-driving car demo ‘underwhelming’ in a good way

http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/ ... j=77269651

Arlington officials got a taste of self-driving cars Thursday. The verdict: a little boring… but in a good way.

“I think it’s great,” said Alicia Winkelblech, the city’s assistant director of strategic planning. “Honestly, it’s a little underwhelming because you think it’s going to feel a little different. But it feels very safe and very well-managed.”

The vehicle on display wasn’t exactly a Ferrari. It was Easy Mile’s EZ-10, something like a boxy van on golf cart wheels. French-made, the shuttle is built for “last-mile” transportation at event venues or around entertainment districts.

On trips all morning and into Thursday afternoon, it rolled along from an upper parking lot, down a hill and through some cones toward the Arlington Convention Center doors, near which it parked momentarily before making the trek back.

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Postby Tnexster » 02 Feb 2017 15:23

Went to see this today, didn't ride in it but watched it. It actually was fairly boring excpet that the machine was quiet and flawless in its execution. Maybe Arlington intends to jump on this.

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Postby Tnexster » 04 Feb 2017 19:14

The future of self-driving cars may get tested in Arlington

http://www.dallasnews.com/business/tech ... -arlington

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Postby Tnexster » 07 Feb 2017 10:14

I assume these could and maybe should be autonomous when they launch.

Uber poaches senior NASA engineer for flying car project

http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/ ... -aero.html

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http://www.dallasnews.com/business/auto ... get-ground

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Postby Tnexster » 08 Mar 2017 12:19

It’s From Airbus, It Flies, But It’s Not a Plane

http://aviationweek.com/technology/it-s ... f312ecd7f7

Airbus’s interest in autonomous aircraft for urban transportation has taken another step with the unveiling of a modular ground/air vehicle concept developed jointly with famed automotive design house Italdesign.

Unveiled on March 7 at the Geneva International Motor Show, the Pop.Up concept vehicle comprises a two-seat self-driving passenger capsule that can couple with separate electric-powered ground and air modules. The capsule could also connect to other modes of transport, such as trains or hyperloops, proposed high-speed transit systems using vehicles running at near vacuum to minimize drag.

Pop.Up adds to Airbus’s already announced plans to fly a prototype single-seat autonomous air vehicle by the end of 2017 under Silicon Valley outpost A3’s Project Vahana, and the multipassenger CityAirbus concept under development at Airbus Helicopters. Delivery drones are also being worked on by the manufacturer.

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Postby Tnexster » 31 Mar 2017 12:23

Driverless in DFW: Why 1 million people in the region may ditch their cars

http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/ ... n-the.html

The transition to driverless cars and ride-sharing could shift 1 million drivers in the Dallas Fort Worth area away from their own cars, moving 31 percent of traffic from traditional to autonomous vehicles.

That’s one of the conclusions of a three-city study by transportation, economics and urban planning experts that ranked New York City and Los Angeles ahead of DFW in the movement to ride-sharing and ride-sourcing services that don’t have a driver.

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Postby Tnexster » 24 Apr 2017 10:01

A Real Life, All-Electric Flying Car Just Took Off

https://futurism.com/a-real-life-all-el ... -took-off/

Your flying car might finally be on the way as the all-electric, two-seater Lilium Jet took its first test flight this week. Lilium Aviation's prototype consumes around 90 percent less energy than drone-style aircraft and could be the transportation mode of the future.


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https://youtu.be/ohig71bwRUE

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Postby DPatel304 » 25 Apr 2017 11:43

Uber’s Flying Taxis Will First Take To The Skies In Dallas-Fort Worth And Dubai
The ride-hailing giant exclusively shared details of its ambitious program to start testing sky cabs by 2020 and putting them into service as soon as 2023.

https://www.fastcompany.com/40411555/ub ... -and-dubai

This is still years from becoming a reality, so chances are, other cities will also be a part of this, and DFW might not. Regardless, it's certainly good publicity to see DFW listed as the only other city, currently, other than Dubai.

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Postby Tnexster » 25 Apr 2017 12:55

DFW is a perfect location for it. A sprawling city that keeps getting bigger, multiple centers of business that are all growing, massive population surge that never seems to end, HSR connection to Houston....the list goes on. This will be here sooner than anybody thinks. These things are already in the air with multiple companies vying to be the first one with a viable product. Soon enough we will see these things zooming up and down the tollway connecting Legacy to downtown, DFW, Love and other places.

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Postby Tnexster » 25 Apr 2017 15:13

Uber partners with Fort Worth-based Bell Helicopter for air taxis idea

http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/ ... -bell.html

Fort Worth-based Bell Helicopter will partner with technology giant Uber to create air taxis, the two sides announced Tuesday at the Uber Elevate Summit in Dallas.

The goal is to have the air taxis ready for testing in Dallas and Dubai by 2020. The machines, which Bell referred to as vertical take - off and landing vehicles or VTOLs, will be used for transportation and also delivery logistics services.

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Postby Tnexster » 16 May 2017 21:46

Driverless shuttles, talking traffic signals hit North Texas cities

http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/ ... s-hit.html

In Arlington, driverless shuttles named Milo next month will begin whisking visitors to their venue of choice from the parking lot of the Arlington Entertainment District, where the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys play.

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Postby muncien » 17 May 2017 08:40

Tnexster wrote:Driverless shuttles, talking traffic signals hit North Texas cities

http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/ ... s-hit.html

In Arlington, driverless shuttles named Milo next month will begin whisking visitors to their venue of choice from the parking lot of the Arlington Entertainment District, where the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys play.


Is there pick-up/drop-off from the train station? Oh, wait...

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Postby Tnexster » 23 Jun 2017 00:25

Driverless vehicles are the present; Rangers stadium details still part of the future

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/arlingt ... art-future

"In the next 30 days, autonomous people movers are going to be in use at Globe Life Park," Mayor Jeff Williams said in a free-wheeling discussion of the $1 billion, retractable-roof Rangers stadium and the $250 million Texas Live! entertainment complex going up next to it.

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Postby Tnexster » 27 Jun 2017 15:05

I believe this will fall under Autonomous vehicle but the concept of these bee hives like towers is of more interest to me.

Beehive Towers For Drones: This Is What Amazon’s Drone Fulfillment Center Could Look Like

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/national/news/in ... um=Browser

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Postby DPatel304 » 27 Jun 2017 16:07

Amazon seems to be heavily invested in the North Texas area. Hopefully we are among the first to get this technology as well.

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Postby DPatel304 » 17 Jul 2017 10:33

One thing that I think will greatly improve with the advent of self driving cars is road construction. If all cars on the road are autonomous, it would be much easier to temporarily divert traffic while a road is being worked on. Then they can simply shut down something like 635, work on it 24/7 and greatly expedite the construction.

That might be a bit extreme because, even with self driving cars, I'm not sure if they could shut down a whole highway, but it would be very easy to measure the impact of doing so with some sort of simulator.

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Postby Tnexster » 21 Jul 2017 14:47

Denton-based Peterbilt partners with self-driving truck company

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... rucks.html

http://embarktrucks.com/

Driverless vehicles are getting a lot of attention as car manufacturer Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) saw its market cap eclipse Detroit auto giants like Ford (NYSE: F) and General Motors (NYSE: GM) in 2017. Autonomous vehicles in the world of trucking would drastically change the industry.

Autonomous truck driving within city limits will probably be the last hurdle to clear. But millions of miles are driven in rural parts of the country each year. Take, for instance, a good that comes into a port on either coast. To disperse those goods to the middle of the country, trucks have to traverse almost desolated highways for long periods of time.

Embark's technology will take over driving on those open roads, and leave the city driving to a professional human hand.

"I think we're closer than most people think that we are," said Gary Moore, chief executive officer at Moore Transport, in regard to driverless trucks. His trucking company specializes in the delivery of cars from the manufacturer to the dealership.

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Postby Tnexster » 28 Jul 2017 18:53

Driverless cars will be put to the test on Texas roadways

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/dart/20 ... s-roadways

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Postby DPatel304 » 25 Oct 2017 14:35

There is a bit of discussion going on in the Amazon thread about autonomous cars, but rather than adding my post there (since it was off topic), I figured I'd just start the discussion here.

I think people are focusing too much on the way cars look and function today, and don't consider that our vehicles can and will come in very different shapes and sizes. Somebody could come up with a one seater car that takes up only 1/4th of the space on the road (or even less without needing room for a trunk or engine). If all cars are autonomous, we don't need cars to 'safely' drive two cars length behind each other, meaning we are going to use our road space more efficiently. Lanes could become narrower, because computers are far more precise than a human driver, so, with all of this in mind, you've now a lot more room on the roads. They will all be networked and be able to navigate the roads much more efficiently, being able to figure out, in real time, the best possible route for all cars, and completely eliminating human intervention.

I really do think the road will be filled with these tiny 1-2 seater cars that take up minimal space and are mostly used for short distances. On the highways and interstates, you'll have something similar to
this:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/7150/6747 ... 1a32_b.jpg

Except it will be much better designed. Whenever one of these tiny one seater cars needs to go somewhere far or somewhere fast, they hop on the highway, link up to one of these 'carrier' vehicles, and then have this carrier vehicle take them farther and faster on the highways. When they are close to their destination, they will de-link themselves, and drive the remaining distance. This carrier vehicle could possible have two or even three 'stacks' of cars, which would take up even less space on the road.

So basically, if there is more demand on the roads, I think it's completely fine. We will come up with plenty of creative ways to use the existing road space effectively.

What I really wonder is how DFW will fare in this autonomous future. When autonomous vehicles do catch on, I would think we would be at an advantage since we have so much road space. I think we will find ways to speed up travel time as well, so sprawl may not be as big of a deal. Our sprawl (in my opinion) has hurt us in a lot of ways, but I'd like to think our expansive roads might eventually become an advantage in the future.

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Postby muncien » 25 Oct 2017 16:13

^^^
All great points.

One thing I think we will see in the next ten years over a transitional period to autonomous vehicles will be lanes designated specifically for autonomous (DFW may excel here as the toll lanes are already automated and seperated from traffic), and also areas where ONLY autonomous vehicles are allowed. The later, I see happening in areas prone to vehicle vs pedestrian accidents (center of Manhattan, or other progressive city cores would likely be early adapters).

The other consideration is where most of the adoption takes place. While much of what we see today on the autonomous front is from the privately owned side (tesla auto-pilot and similar), I think the major shift will come with fleet adoption. Uber, Lyft, and my dark horse belief, PUBLIC TRANSIT. These 'fleet' adoptions won't just change how we manage vehicular traffic, but how we get around altogether.

As adoption takes hold, and the numbers show how manually operated vehicles are inherently more dangerous and expensive, costs will shift against traditional vehicle operation and autonomous vehicle 'usage' (not adoption necessarily, as fewer will even own a vehicle) will take hold at an exceedingly aggressive rate.

You will eventually be able to handle multitudes more 'traffic' while actually reducing the footprint of roads.

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Postby DPatel304 » 10 Jan 2018 17:20

There's a lot of Autonomous car information coming out of CES 2018. Here's a cool video which shows the possibilities of Toyota's new e-Palette car:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmoPQuMlOYE

I'm a fan of the car, but the name is pretty dumb. A few of the examples seem a bit ridiculous, but this just shows how much of a game changer self driving cars will be. My current car is 14 years old, and I'm really hoping it will survive until autonomous cars are available. Luckily I work from home, so my car doesn't get too much usage these days.

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Postby Tivo_Kenevil » 10 Jan 2018 18:08

I have a 2007 model vehicle with 115k miles (rare Dallas transit rider)... I'm going to try to squeeze another 6-10 years out of it.

By then I hope EVs and autonomous vehicles start taking off.


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