MIT Technology Review: Crowdsourced maps should help driverless cars navigate our cities more safely

MIT Technology Review: Crowdsourced maps should help driverless cars navigate our cities more safely. “Our current street maps aren’t much good for helping driverless cars get around. Although we’ve mapped most roads, they get updated only every couple of years. And these maps don’t log any roadside infrastructure such as road signs, driveways, and lane markings. Without this extra layer of information, it will be much harder to get autonomous cars to navigate our cities safely. Robotic deliveries, too, will eventually require precise details of road surfaces, sidewalks, and obstacles.”

MIT Technology Review: Should a self-driving car kill the baby or the grandma? Depends on where you’re from

MIT Technology Review: Should a self-driving car kill the baby or the grandma? Depends on where you’re from. “In 2014 researchers at the MIT Media Lab designed an experiment called Moral Machine. The idea was to create a game-like platform that would crowdsource people’s decisions on how self-driving cars should prioritize lives in different variations of the ‘trolley problem.’ In the process, the data generated would provide insight into the collective ethical priorities of different cultures. The researchers never predicted the experiment’s viral reception.”

Engadget: Yandex begins public tests of its self-driving cars in Russia

Engadget: Yandex begins public tests of its self-driving cars in Russia. “Russia’s Yandex has taken its self-driving efforts one step further, launching an autonomous ride-hailing service in the university city of Innopolis, Russia. The company claims it’s the first such service to launch in Europe. For now, there will be two self-driving vehicles in operation and they’ll provide rides to specific locations, such as the university, the stadium and residential blocks, for free. A safety engineer will ride in the passenger seat and around 100 people have agreed to test the service.”

StateScoop: Autonomous vehicle map showcases 53 city initiatives around the world

StateScoop: Autonomous vehicle map showcases 53 city initiatives around the world. “Called the Global Atlas of Autonomous Vehicles in Cities, the site presents visitors a map of cities that are either preparing for AVs through policy and research, or that are coordinating pilot projects. A searchable listing of the 53 municipalities accompanies the map, providing summaries of the initiatives and links to documentation.”

Engadget: Baidu plans to start mass-producing autonomous vehicles around 2019

Engadget: Baidu plans to start mass-producing autonomous vehicles around 2019. “Like its US counterparts, Chinese internet titan Baidu has been working on autonomous vehicle research for years. After a failed partnership with BMW, Baidu opened itself up to teaming up with other companies, notably bringing on NVIDIA to power its Apollo self-driving car program. The internet giant has another partner now: Chinese automaker BAIC, which will pair its cars with Baidu’s tech to start mass production of level three autonomous vehicles around 2019, followed by L4 vehicles around 2021.”