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Google Autonomous Car Round-Up

Google, those scamps that know everything about you, have, over the last couple of days gone all press crazy with the release of various bits of PR relating to its new baby autonomous car. Or e-car. I think. This post will be a short round up of what the various news sources have been saying, along with some videos by Google themselves.

First up, the Conservative party’s megaphone, the Daily Telegraph, and a piece that is not only pro, but, in a slightly back-handed way, questions the validity of the HS-2 rail project.

‘It changes, too, even the biggest infrastructure projects: HS2 may go very fast, but so can cars and these ones will pick you up from where you are and take you where you need to be, slashing total travelling time.’

Fair point.


The BBC, with a fairly bland piece, explain the in’s and out’s…


This is google themselves, taking the safety angle. Really this is the most obvious thing to talk about, because no matter how many people-caused traffic deaths we experience, something involving a machine is always going to seem that bit more difficult to articulate.


The Guardian, have done a bare bones report, but through the New York Times, address why there are no controls.


The indefatigable Jalopnik have not only covered the news, but posed a QOTD. Interesting angle, really. Getting to the centre of what people think about something is often about fear or happiness.


Car don’t seem to be interested. Autocar, on the other hand, straight from the typing fingers of Lewis Kingston have written what is probably the most simple and informative piece of them all.


But then something funny happened. Looking for a laugh I rolled up to the that supplier of fear and hate, the Daily Mail. And do you know what? Actually, it is them who have done the best job. Comments section still makes for entertaining reading, though…

Seen anything else that’s grabbed you? Comment below.


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Self-Driving Cars, More Stuff To Be Frightened Of.



By Tim Smith



Self-driving cars are coming. Fear sells stuff. Put them together and you have a whole starship of stories that we can all expect to be done on us over the next few years.


The Guardian has reported today that the vice president of global security solutions for Verizon‘s enterprise subsidiary (not as cool as it sounds) has advised that, well, he hasn’t.

I was going to insert a quote saying that ‘self-driving cars will prove an irresistible target for hackers’. Except he didn’t say that. The Guardian did, in their opening par for the piece.

This piece does give off an odour of a reporter phoning a good source and loading questions. Questions, perhaps, like, when will the machines arise? Will hackers drink my children’s blood? Will self-driven cars prove irresistible to hackers? That is to say, will they get up in the morning, nay, not even sleep, because they cannot resist the simple thought of sending you and your family on a joy ride of death. Or something.


Hyperbole aside, as the piece mentions, cars are now more connected than ever, they will only become more connected as the technology matures. It is clear that their will be hurdles to be negotiated, accidents will happen, we should be made aware of the risks, perhaps even a public consultation should take place, but can we please all calm down. Just for a bit?

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