Google’s Waymo should have 20,000 self-driving cars giving rides by 2023. Those self-driving cars could be driving a billion miles every year. Currently Waymo passed 5 million self-driving miles in February, 2018. For Deep learning artificial intelligence, the key to better performance is getting to a billion or more examples. Waymo is already in the lead with its systems with better self-driving performance and better safety.
Today Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover are announcing an electrifying new partnership. They are designing and engineering the world’s first premium electric fully self-driving vehicle, built for Waymo’s transportation service. This new self-driving Jaguar I-PACE blends Jaguar’s knack for innovative design with Waymo’s cutting-edge self-driving technology, designed and developed completely in-house.
Waymo will add 20,000 I-PACEs to Waymo’s fleet in the next few years. It will be enough to drive about a million trips in a typical day. With this partnership, they can offer our self-driving service to many communities across the country with vehicles that are safe, quiet and eco-friendly.
Uber cut corners on safety and will not be testing in California or Arizona – how will Uber get better at Self-driving?
Driverless cars are supposed to avoid accidents with lidar, radar and cameras. Lidar uses laser light pulses to detect hazards on the road. In 2016, Uber driverless vehicle reduced the number of lidars to only one roof-mounted lidar sensor compared with seven lidar units on the older Ford Fusion models Uber employed, according to diagrams prepared by Uber.
The single Velodyne lidar used by Uber sees objects in a 360-degree circle around the car, but has a narrow vertical range that prevents it from detecting obstacles low to the ground, according to information on Velodyne’s website as well as former employees who operated the Uber SUVs.
Waymo, Alphabet Inc’s self-driving vehicle unit, have six lidar sensors, while General Motors Co’s vehicle contains five, according to information from the companies.
Velodyne acknowledged that with the rooftop lidar there is a roughly three-meter blind spot around a vehicle, saying that more sensors are necessary.
Side lidar are needed to see and avoid pedestrians.
Seven experts who have reviewed the Uber crash agree that a self-driving system should have seen Herzberg and braked. She had crossed nearly the entire four-lane, empty road before being struck by the front right side of the vehicle. The night was clear and streetlights were lit.
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