France aims to roll out world’s first autonomous high-speed trains within 7 years

June 16, 2017 by  
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High-speed trains in France could soon be driverless, if the country’s national railway operator SNCF has anything to say about it. They aim to test what they call drone trains in 2019, with the hope the TGV trains could start running around four years after that. SNCF President Guillaume Pepy said if the project is successful, they will be the world’s first operator to run a high-speed autonomous train. Here’s how high-speed autonomous trains would work: sensors would equip the high-speed drone train, which currently travel at up to 320 kmh (200 mph), to run smoothly across tracks in France. The technology would help the trains detect obstacles and brake automatically. The train could also be piloted remotely, although a conductor would still be present at least initially in case of emergency. The onboard drivers would also manage opening and closing of doors. Related: China unveils train that travels on ‘virtual tracks’ SNCF said they’re not working on the technology to reduce their staff. They told French publication FranceInfo there will always be a need for a human onboard. SNCF adjoint director Matthieu Chabanel likened the drone trains to autopilot systems aboard an airplane , telling FranceInfo, “On high-speed, we are aiming for automation in the sense of automatic steering as in aircraft. In aircraft, you always have a driver, fortunately, but you have an automatic steering system.” Through the drone trains, SNCF hopes to ramp up the frequency and speed of TGV trips, especially around Paris . They think automated trains could increase the number of trips between the country’s capital and Lyon by 25 percent. FranceInfo reported a team of ten people is devoted to the project, and they are collaborating with research institutions and other rail companies like Alstom. The first prototype tests would transport goods, with passengers possibly hopping aboard around 2023. Via The Verge and FranceInfo Images via Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia

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London Unveils the Driverless Subway Trains of the Future

October 9, 2014 by  
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iDrive: Apple Releases New Device That Will Turn Any Car into a Driverless Vehicle

April 1, 2013 by  
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Many of us thought Google had the market cornered when it came to driverless cars , but Apple made a shocking announcement today with news that they would be releasing a new device and app that can transform ANY vehicle into a driverless one! Dubbed the iDrive, the system can be installed without the help of a professional and simply needs an iPhone or iPad to operate. Read the rest of iDrive: Apple Releases New Device That Will Turn Any Car into a Driverless Vehicle Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “april fools” , apple car , apple driverless car , apple robot car , driverless cars , Google driverless car , idrive , idrive app , robot cars

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iDrive: Apple Releases New Device That Will Turn Any Car into a Driverless Vehicle

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Many of us thought Google had the market cornered when it came to driverless cars , but Apple made a shocking announcement today with news that they would be releasing a new device and app that can transform ANY vehicle into a driverless one! Dubbed the iDrive, the system can be installed without the help of a professional and simply needs an iPhone or iPad to operate. Read the rest of iDrive: Apple Releases New Device That Will Turn Any Car into a Driverless Vehicle Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “april fools” , apple car , apple driverless car , apple robot car , driverless cars , Google driverless car , idrive , idrive app , robot cars

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Pollux’NZ City Project Deploys an Open-Source Environmental Monitoring Network

April 1, 2013 by  
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An open-source environmental monitoring network is now being tested in France by CKAB , a French consulting firm and innovation lab focusing on the Internet of Things . According to Hack a Day , the project, Pollux’NZ City, is the brainchild of a pair of engineers at the firm who have been working on it as a side project for a couple of years. They have just decided to make the hardware and software open-source, with details available at a GitHub repository . Read the rest of Pollux’NZ City Project Deploys an Open-Source Environmental Monitoring Network Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: CKAB , device , DIY , electronics , Environment , environmental , france , hackable devices , monitoring , network , open source , Pollution , polluxnz city

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An open-source environmental monitoring network is now being tested in France by CKAB , a French consulting firm and innovation lab focusing on the Internet of Things . According to Hack a Day , the project, Pollux’NZ City, is the brainchild of a pair of engineers at the firm who have been working on it as a side project for a couple of years. They have just decided to make the hardware and software open-source, with details available at a GitHub repository . Read the rest of Pollux’NZ City Project Deploys an Open-Source Environmental Monitoring Network Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: CKAB , device , DIY , electronics , Environment , environmental , france , hackable devices , monitoring , network , open source , Pollution , polluxnz city

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RobotCar: UK Engineers Create an Affordable Autonomous Driving System

February 15, 2013 by  
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The future of driving may not involve driving at all. As more auto manufacturers throw their hats in the autonomous vehicle ring, the self-driving cars of science fiction are beginning to look like a very real part of the future. While Google has been working on its own version , the engineers at Oxford’s Mobile Robotics Group have created an autonomous system of their own, called RobotCar, that is designed to break ground in terms of affordability. Read the rest of RobotCar: UK Engineers Create an Affordable Autonomous Driving System Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automatic car , autonomous vehicle , driverless vehicle , electric cars , green driving , Oxford Department of Engineering Science , Oxford’s RobotCar , Oxford’s Self-driving vehicle , RobotCar LEAF , RobotCar Self-Driving car , Robotic Car , Robotic Nissan LEAF

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China’s Hongqi HQ3 Takes on Google’s Driverless Cars with 177-Mile Road Trip

August 8, 2011 by  
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You may have thought we were years away from people accepting electric cars , much less driverless ones like the Prius fleet Google has been testing on Nevada’s roads. But China has now stepped into the driverless car race with its Hongqi HQ3 driverless car from the National University of Defense Technology , indicating that the global automotive industry may move more quickly than anyone anticipated toward self-driving cars. The Hongqi HQ3 demonstrated last month that not only could it stay on the road (at least during the day and in fair weather), but it could also easily navigate highway traffic at an average speed of 54 miles per hour, passing other cars on the road from Changsha to Wuhan cities, about a three-and-a-half-hour drive. Read the rest of China’s Hongqi HQ3 Takes on Google’s Driverless Cars with 177-Mile Road Trip Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative transportation , automatic cars , China’s National University of Defense Technology , driverless car , Google driverless cars , green automotive design , green transportation , Hongqi HQ3 , self driving prius , self-driving car

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