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last year we reported that MIT researchers were investigating how a fleet of autonomous boats could improve urban waterways in amsterdam. dubbed roboat, the research project saw the senseable city lab at MIT, directed by carlo ratti, collaborate with the amsterdam institute for advanced metropolitan solutions (AMS). together they envisioned a new kind of on-demand infrastructure comprising autonomous platforms that could combine together to form floating bridges and stages, collect waste, deliver goods, and transport people, all while collecting data about the city. 
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jaguar land rover has come up with a new concept technology in an effort to understand how humans will come to trust self-driving vehicles in the future. dubbed ‘virtual eyes’, driverless pods are fitted with cartoon-like, seemingly sad eyes, designed to interact with other road users and make eye contact with pedestrians to let them know the car is aware of them. the LED eyes work by following pedestrians as they cross the road.
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Wired

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From a Las Vegas stage today, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda asked an audience to imagine how the future of mobility could transform Burning Man. Then he put forward his own vision: the e-Palette. Like the humble slab of wood for which it's named, this electric, self-driving vehicle is versatile by design. It could be a cargo van. Or a flexible complement to an established mass transit system. Or a pizza delivery vehicle. Or, for Burners, building a temporary city in the desert with all sorts of needs, maybe a bit of everything.
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A crematorium, a sports field and a multi-storey charging station for driverless cars are among six shortlisted proposals to repurpose decommissioned gasholder sites across the UK.

Housing and a battery storage space were also put forward as uses for the circular wells, which are left behind when a gasholder and its latticed steel frame have been demolished.

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Cars crash a lot: Nearly 37,500 Americans died on the roads last year. Autonomous cars would crash less (for one thing, they don’t drink or text or yell at their kids in the backseat). But that doesn’t mean drivers are ready to give over the wheel.

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Mashable Magazine

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Self-driving vehicle innovators Waymo revealed the company abandoned partially autonomous features because it found people napping in cars while traveling at high speeds, threatening their ability to grab hold of the wheel — if necessary.
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Digital Arts Online

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Driverless cars are in development or already on the road thanks to Google, Tesla and Volvo to name a few iconic brands. But emerging autonomous vehicle (AV) designs are capturing everyone's attention without always answering many ethical or social questions.
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The Next Web

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The CEO of Nvidia, Jensen Huang, today boldly announced fully autonomous vehicles will be on the road in “no more than four years.” This may shock some, but there’s an ever-expanding list of companies in agreement. At this point, anyone who doesn’t see driverless cars as imminent is in denial.
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