Google, Ford, Uber - the coalition of self-driving cars

self driving cars
28 April 2016

Google, Uber, and the Ford Motor Company, are teaming up to form a coalition to push for self-driving cars, along with Volvo and Lyft.

The coalition is called Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets. It doesn't make for a great acronym. We would have gone for something like 'Autonomous Safe Street Hitech Action Team'.

Anyway, the group have joined forces and said in a statement that they will "work with lawmakers, regulators and the public to realise the safety and societal benefits of self-driving vehicles."

The main one people keep thinking about, is how your car will be able to drive you home from the pub when you've been on the lash.

The coalition said David Strickland, who used to be a main guy at the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is writing up the new guidance on self-driving cars, and he's going to be the coalition's spokesperson.

In a statement, Strickland said: "The best path for this innovation is to have one clear set of federal standards and the coalition will work with policymakers to find the right solutions that will facilitate the deployment of self-driving vehicles."

Internationally, there's still a lot of work to be done before autonomous cars are allowed on the road, and there's a huge number of safety concerns for both passengers, and pedestrians. Not to mention crashes with other cars.

Either way, looks like we're edging closer to a world where there's robot cars roaming the roads.

Completely unrelated, honest, here's the trailer for the '80s horror film, 'Christine'.

TOPICS:   Motoring   Technology

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