Anton Parsons Ice breaker

The icebreaker to full navigation systems was the Autospeed device that could be fitted to all makes and models of cars. These simple devices, activated by the motorist when driving on the highways, automatically controlled the acceleration and braking of the motor vehicle, based on the distance, and speed of the vehicle ahead and road conditions set by the driver. The Autospeed device convinced drivers that a machine could judge speed and following distance better than a human can thereby eliminating the stop-start effect on congested freeways. It is estimated that this simple device improved traffic throughput by up to 50%, thereby relieving traffic congestions and the stress of commuting by car.
Posted: 15 September 2003 at 00:00

Justin Arbuckle Justin Arbuckle

A possible implication of this kind of standardisation and reduction (change) in driver autonomy is greater commoditisation of transport itself: If there are 'intelligent' busses going everywhere (with an attendant increase in speed) why own a car? Economically, wouldn't the positive externalities of open arch. enable cheaper broader transport?
Posted: 7 October 2003 at 00:00

Anton Parsons Ice breaker

The icebreaker to full navigation systems was the Autospeed device that could be fitted to all makes and models of cars. These simple devices, activated by the motorist when driving on the highways, automatically controlled the acceleration and braking of the motor vehicle, based on the distance, and speed of the vehicle ahead and road conditions set by the driver. The Autospeed device convinced drivers that a machine could judge speed and following distance better than a human can thereby eliminating the stop-start effect on congested freeways. It is estimated that this simple device improved traffic throughput by up to 50%, thereby relieving traffic congestions and the stress of commuting by car.
Posted: 15 September 2003 at 00:00

Wolfgang Grulke Everything fractal

The assumption is that 'buses' will be replaced by scores of smaller self-guided vehicles that individuals can either own, rent or share. Trains and planes (another MB) will do the same eventually - most things moving to fractal networks - managed completely differently to centralised 'mass' transportation.
Posted: 29 August 2003 at 00:00

Louis Geeringh Ultimate off-road vehicle

A consequence of adding exponentially more cars is the increase in energy consumption and a proliferation of airspace should cars of the future be capable of flying - something that my initially cause greater uptake in the mass transport market.

www.taero.com is now taking orders for the taero 4000 - the world's next/ultimate offroad vehicle!
Posted: 7 October 2003 at 00:00

Doug Vining Nevada says Yes to no drivers

Nevada is the first state in the US to allow cars without drivers on public roads. How long before it's a commonplace situation on highways everywhere? If trials prove that computers drive better than people, perhaps we will see the scenario outlined in this MindBullet.
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Posted: 27 June 2011 at 20:47

Doug Vining Nevada says Yes to no drivers

Posted: 4 July 2011 at 15:15

Neil Jacobsohn Autopilot buses take to the road

We published this MindBullet - Human drivers banned from all highways - way back in 2004. And slowly, this future is becoming a reality...
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Posted: 15 December 2011 at 14:15

Doug Vining Saving drivers from themselves

Here's a good idea: Instead of banning human drivers, once computers become better at it than us, just have a system that kicks in when you make a mistake.

That way you still have the freedom to choose your destination and route on a whim, but if things get dangerous, the car will steer itself to safety. My feeling is, that once drivers rely on it, they will become lazy and stop paying attention, knowing the computer will bail them out. It could actually encourage risky behaviour!
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Posted: 7 August 2012 at 16:17

Neil Jacobsohn No drivers - no accidents!

The age of the driverless car approaches, with Volvo now chasing Google, one driverless test vehicle has covered 300,000 mils without an accident (except one, when a human was controlling the vehicle!). And see what we wrote about this way back in 2004.
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Posted: 5 December 2012 at 06:36

Wolfgang Grulke Enjoy the freedom of the road...while you still can!

It's all happening faster than our 2004 MindBullet suggested!
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Posted: 13 January 2013 at 22:11

Neil Jacobsohn Convert your car to driverless for GBP100

Another advance in the drive towards driverless cars; this time a conversion kit that its developers say may cost as little as GBP100. How long before this becomes reality?
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Posted: 19 February 2013 at 06:24

Wolfgang Grulke BMW joins the driverless fray

The BMW 5-series steers, speeds up and overtakes on the autobahn! Our 2004 MindBullet is nearing!
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Posted: 9 June 2013 at 16:45

Wolfgang Grulke Popular tech topic of the week: Driverless cars

We thought that highways might be the first to go, but now the pavements are targeted.
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Posted: 28 October 2013 at 10:39

Doug Vining Make way for AU 010, there's no-one at the wheel

Daimler introduces the first fully automated semi-truck, in Nevada of course. For highway driving, it's safer than a human driver.

Our MindBullet on this subject was published exactly 11 years ago. Talk about foresight!
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Posted: 6 May 2015 at 08:15

Doug Vining Roborace

In my keynote, Technology Megatrends from the Future, I talk about a future where Formula 1 racing is for driverless cars. The race is for computer programmers, not racing drivers. Well the first such race is already being planned; it's called Roborace and they've already designed the car. This article tells us more.
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Posted: 12 April 2016 at 10:25
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