What coronavirus means for the future of self-driving

What coronavirus means for the future of self-driving

Curated via Twitter from Mashable’s twitter account….

The partitions popular in Lyft and Uber vehicles now will become a way to keep passengers separated in shared autonomous vehicles, like Cruise’s self-driving Origin shuttle unveiled just months before the outbreak.

Townsend, whose book examines different scenarios stemming from autonomous vehicles, said he was once skeptical of predictions that self-driving vehicles would let us live far from urban cores in "self-driving sprawl".

That’s not because we’re hopping in our self-driving Teslas, but because Amazon is using a self-driving truck to bring us that bathrobe we ordered online.

That’s not because we’re hopping in our self-driving Teslas, but because Amazon is using a self-driving truck to bring us that bathrobe we ordered online.

Amazon is overrunning the mail system, slowly creeping onto curb space with delivery robots, shutting down local retailers, expanding in the grocery store space, and building huge physical plants that require staggering energy resources.

Amazon appears to have bought self-driving startup Zoox for this very reason: to automate the process of getting all those online orders to shoppers’ front doors.

A year ago, the American Automobile Association (AAA) surveyed a similarly sized group of Americans and found 71 percent were afraid to ride in a self-driving car. (Note: How the two groups’ demographics compare is unknown.

Motional, the new brand from self-driving startup Aptiv and Hyundai, asked just over 1,000 U. S. adults in July about autonomous vehicle (AV) perception.

Katrin Zimmermann, managing director of auto industry managing consultancy firm TLGG Consulting, also sees autonomous delivery catching on before personal mobility.

For Townsend, an urban tech researcher at Cornell University’s New York City campus, Cornell Tech, "this is the shoe dropping" on Amazon taking over cities.

Dylan Jones, who heads design firm Gensler’s mobility lab, sees flying taxis like Uber Air as a likely transportation alternative as we wait for AVs to replace our rides.

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