Self-driving car lane envisioned for commute between Vancouver and Seattle

September 29, 2016 by  
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Self-driving cars could revolutionize the way we commute, but city planners and governments will first need to consider how roads need to be altered to accommodate them . Seattle-based venture capital organization Madrona Venture Group created a report on incorporating driverless cars into the I-5 interstate between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia. Their report includes details for a lane entirely dedicated to self-driving cars. As companies from Uber to Ford to Google work away on self-driving cars, Madrona Venture Group says driverless cars could be “feasible and safe within the next five to ten years.” They recommend starting the transition to accommodate these vehicles by allowing them to utilize the HOV, or carpool, lane. As more self-driving cars enter roadways, the carpool lane could be dedicated solely to autonomous vehicles. Related: Will driverless cars fuel suburban sprawl? Madrona Venture Group went one step further, writing as self-driving cars mostly replace the cars of today, manually operated cars could even be barred from I-5 except at certain hours when less vehicles are on the road. The entire process could take place over “ten to fifteen years.” It takes about two and a half hours to drive from Seattle to Vancouver. Madrona Venture Group envisions a future, along with other driverless car innovators, where that time is spent relaxing or working instead of driving. “Imagine being able to watch a video or sporting event, prepare for a business meeting, work on your novel, or plan a game with your children. It is difficult to place a dollar value on this but one source has estimated this at more than $1 trillion a year in the U.S.,” they said in their report. They add self-driving cars could reduce traffic, save lives, and cause less accidents. As some cities consider high speed trains , Madrona Venture Group notes self-driving cars could be a cheaper option for improved transportation that could benefit commuters sooner than a high speed train. The organization said their plan will probably be controversial at first, but as people realize the benefits of the new technology, more will embrace self-driving cars. Via Mental Floss and Madrona Venture Group Images via Wikimedia Commons and Madrona Venture Group

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Google’s driverless car causes an accident for the first time

March 1, 2016 by  
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This week, one of Google’s autonomous vehicles was involved in a minor fender-bender when the car backed into the side of a passing bus. While the self-driving cars have been involved in traffic accidents before , the company has always maintained that the crashes were caused by human drivers sharing the road with the vehicles. In this case, Google is accepting “partial responsibility” for the accident – a first for the company – and is working on changing its software to avoid such incidents in the future. Read the rest of Google’s driverless car causes an accident for the first time

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Tesla’s updated Model S autopilot mode will make long road trips even better

August 3, 2015 by  
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As if the Tesla Model ‘S’ wasn’t already cool enough with its semiautonomous autopilot mode, now it’s even cooler. The vehicle’s ultrasonic radar system can already sense obstacles, change lanes for you, and avoid vehicles and pedestrians – and Elon Musk just announced that the car will also be able to steer for you on the highway and parallel park. Read the rest of Tesla’s updated Model S autopilot mode will make long road trips even better

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Google just unveiled the first functional prototype of its self-driving car

December 22, 2014 by  
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Google has revealed the first functional prototype of its new self-driving car, following the debut of the “early mockup” this last May. The shape of the Google’s self-driving car hasn’t changed that much over the last few months, but Google says that the latest prototype now has all of the parts that it needs to drive on the road. Read the rest of Google just unveiled the first functional prototype of its self-driving car Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous car , Google , google autonomous car , google car , Google car prototype , Google driverless car , Google self drive car concept , google self-driving car , green car , green transportation , self-driving car

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Ethical fashion lookbook offers a glimpse into true sustainable style

December 22, 2014 by  
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Inspired by a Twitter exchange about street style earlier this year, ethical fashion bloggers Sabina Eichmann (Consciously Sartorial) and Sonia Flotats (soGOODsoCUTE) from Spain, launched a challenge for fellow style bloggers from around the globe. The challenge consisted in submitting a look created from exclusively ethical brands, and eventually sharing it on social networks with the hashtag #SlowStreetStyle . The main aim was to prove that dressing ethically  does neither entail style sacrifices nor other limitations, and secondly, it created an opportunity for readers to get to know a large variety of ethical/sustainable fashion brands from different countries. The result of this challenge is a beautiful ISSUU Lookbook for the current A/W 2014/15 season, including a cover illustration by French blogger ApollineR . + Slow Street Style Lookbook on Issuu The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: accessories , Clothes , clothing , cruelty-free fashion , ethical clothing , Ethical Fashion , ethical fashion companies , ethical style , Fashion , fashion lookbook , lookbook , SlowStreetStyle , style , style lookbook , vegan , vegan fashion , Vegan style

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Self-Driving Cars Will Change Our Lives

November 7, 2014 by  
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There’s no doubt about it – driverless cars are on the way. Everyone from Google to Tesla , Lexus , and Porsche are developing autonomous vehicles – but have you ever considered how self-driving cars will change your life? L&L Automotive just launched a new infographic that shows some of the technology’s numerous benefits – from fewer accidents and safer streets to greater multitasking opportunities. Check out the full infographic after the break! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How Self-Driving Cars Will Change Our Lives Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous car , autonomous vehicle , driverless car , driverless vehicles , google self-driving car , green transportation , infographic , self driving cars

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A Flying Car that Takes You Sightseeing: Is This the Future of Transportation?

June 20, 2014 by  
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Google Builds a Self-driving Car from Scratch

May 28, 2014 by  
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Google has made a major breakthrough in its self-driving car project. The tech giant has now started building its own prototype vehicles from scratch, rather than retro-fitting existing commercial models such as the Toyota Prius . This has enabled some interesting design modifications such as, well, no steering wheel — for a start! Read the rest of Google Builds a Self-driving Car from Scratch Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: car , car with no driver , chris urmson , driverless car , electric car , Google , Google self-driving car project , google x , passenger vehicle , prototype car , road safety , self-driving car

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Volvo Unveils Innovative Self-Parking Car Concept

June 24, 2013 by  
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Volvo has been working on autonomous vehicle prototypes under its SARTRE road train project for a while, and now the company has revealed a new self-parking car concept. The self-parking Volvo concept car is able to find and park in a vacant space by itself, without a driver inside. At the same time the driverless car is able to drive itself while navigating around other cars and pedestrians. Read the rest of Volvo Unveils Innovative Self-Parking Car Concept Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous car , autonomous driving , self-driving car , volvo , volvo concept , Volvo SARTRE Project , Volvo self-parking car , Volvo V40        

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Half of the World’s Consumers Trust Autonomous Cars, According to a New Study

May 20, 2013 by  
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A new global study by Cisco found that half of the world’s consumers would trust a car that that can operate without a human driver . Cisco’s Customer Experience Report surveyed more than 1,500 consumers across 10 countries and focused on the automobile buying and driving experience. The global report examined consumer preferences of technology in the course of these experiences and overall levels of trust in future automotive innovation. Read the rest of Half of the World’s Consumers Trust Autonomous Cars, According to a New Study Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automated driving , autonomous car , car technology , Cisco , driverless car , green car , green transportation , innovative car technology        

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