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EXCLUSIVE: The inside story on Google's self-driving car

In an exclusive interview the director of Google's Self-Driving Cars project, Dr Chris Urmson, talks about his determination to create a car that requires absolutely zero control from its occupants, and how this is likely to be ready to function safely without any DSRC connected-vehicle technology. To listen to the highlights just click below. Read the full interview in the latest digital edition of Traffic Technology International magazine. click here.

July 2015



The car that spots pedestrians in the dark

Ford's latest intelligent safety system, designed to make night-driving safer, uses onboard heat-sensitive cameras to detect pedestrians and large animals on the road ahead when it is dark. If something is detected the car automatically trains a spotlight on the hazard to pick it out, even if it is outside the normal range of the car's headlights. This video shows the system in action. click here.

July 2015



The super-fast highway system that gives EVs unlimited range and solves congestion problems

The TEV (Tracked Electric Vehicle) is an ambitious project that combines the convenience and reduced emissions of electric cars with the speed and reliability of train travel - enabling cars to run on specially built tracks as well as on local roads. This video gives a fascinating overview of how the system is designed to work. click here.

July 2015



New technology means you can drive on twisting roads without ever touching the pedals

Freeway cruise control is has been commonplace in new cars for over a decade, while adaptive freeway cruise control, which is able to automatically adjust speed to fit with traffic conditions, is beginning to be seen more and more. Now Continental are taking the concept one step further with their Connected Enhanced Cruise Control, which not only senses speed limits and traffic conditions, but is also able to adapt to twisting country roads, and adjust the vehicle's speed accordingly. All the driver has to do is steer. click here.

July 2015



Ford conference questions viability of Google's self-driving car

At the Further With Ford conference in Silicon Valley last month speakers tried to predict what a future with autonomous vehicles will be like. As the automotive industry begins to develop a united front against Google's prototype car without a steering wheel, attendees questioned how acceptable such technology will be to the public.

July 2015



U-M’s test facility will accelerate AV development

Following the opening of The University of Michigan’s Mcity testing facility last week, the center has released a video demonstrating just how the facility will contribute to automated and connected vehicle development click here.

July 2015



Disney's 1958 short accurately predicted many transportation advances

Disney's Magic Highway USA correctly predicted the advent of VMS, intelligent road studs, heads-up displays, active safety systems, intelligent speed adaptation, rear-view cameras, pre-fabricated bridges, wider expressways and satnavs. One major prediction, that of autonomous and connected vehicles, has yet to come to pass, but it's getting closer by the day. TTI columnist Larry Yermack uses this film as a starting point to highlight some of the pitfalls we may encounter before we get there. No word yet on the "sun-powered electro suspension car that needs no wheels" or under-ocean tubular highways… but we'll keep you posted. click here.

July 2015



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