DailyDirt: Autonomous Vehicles
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Autonomous vehicles are getting better and better all the time as their software learns to navigate all kinds of terrain. Commercial airlines have been using autopilot systems for years, but nowadays more autonomous cars could be driving next to humans. It’s either a really scary idea or a brilliant new way to commute. Here are just a few more links on robot vehicles that are being set loose.
- The 24 Hours of LeMons is an endurance race for clunker cars (no cars worth more than $500), but this year, they’ve added a prize for autonomous vehicles. The X Ceedingly Bad Idea Prize will award $50,000 to a driverless junker that can cross the finish line without hurting anyone. [url]
- Wired has interviewed several autonomous vehicle experts, which means a lot of hedged predictions on the future of self-driving cars on public roads. But automated airplane pilots seem to have gained more acceptance than replacing human drivers on the roads. [url]
- NATO troops in Afghanistan have successfully received resupply cargo from an unmanned helicopter. Kaman Aerospace’s K-MAX can carry 3.5 tons of cargo about 250 miles, and it may help reduce human casualties (for one side of battle, at least). [url]
- To discover more interesting robotics-related content, check out what’s currently floating around the StumbleUpon universe. [url]