self-driving cars

Smart Columbus self-driving shuttles are coming to Linden.
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Columbus' Linden neighborhood is about to launch a residential, automated shuttle service which officials say is the first program of its kind in the country.

A styrofoam car used for simulations at the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty.
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East Liberty's Transportation Research Center celebrated the opening of a new $45 million SMARTCenter to test automated cars in real-world environments.

In the not-too-distant future, fully autonomous vehicles will drive our streets. These cars will need to make split-second decisions to avoid endangering human lives — both inside and outside of the vehicles.

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For more than three decades, cars have used a device that acts as a kind of central brain. It processes the electronic information that flows through the vehicle. 

Self-driving vehicles require more electronic information to operate than your average car. As more and more autonomous vehicles make their way onto the road, there’s an urgent need for them to be built with higher-speed networks. 

Today on Tech Tuesday, we discuss car companies increasing data processing speeds in their vehicles. Also, we’ll talk about transparency in social media banning. 

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Gov. John Kasich and The Ohio State University broke ground this week on a $45 million transportation center, three times larger than Disneyland, that will be used to test self-driving vehicles.

An autonomous vehicle being tested in San Francisco.
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Governor John Kasich signed an executive order last week authorizing tech companies use Ohio's public roads for testing driverless vehicles. Kasich hopes the order will help Ohio shift its reputation from being a "rust belt" state to a "knowledge belt" state, while also competing with neighbors such as Pennsylvania. Join us for a conversation on what to expect as self-driving cars make their local debut. 

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A self-driving car operated by Uber struck and killed a pedestrian who was walking her bicycle in Tempe, Ariz., Sunday night. The incident could be the first pedestrian death involving a self-driving vehicle.

The car was in autonomous mode but had a human riding along to take control of the vehicle if necessary, according to the Tempe Police Department. The victim, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, was struck while walking outside a crosswalk, police said. She was immediately transported to a local hospital, where she died.

A self-driving car by Waymo on the road.
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We are likely still a generation away from seeing self-driving cars as the main mode of transportation. But for the Ohio Department of Transportation, the future is now.

Proponents of self-driving cars say they'll make the world safer, but autonomous vehicles need to predict what bicyclists are going to do. Now researchers say part of the answer is to have bikes feed information to cars.

A few years ago on Google's campus, Nathaniel Fairfield arranged an unusual lunch break.

He asked a bunch of staff to hop on bikes and ride around and around a self-driving car to collect data. "It was kind of gorgeous," he says.

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Many emerging technologies are implementing machine learning to get large tasks done without having to program specifically for those tasks.

This is a problem when the data used to "teach" a machine has a blind spot, or contains bias. When that data is pulled from the internet, it will almost certainly contain bias unless it is corrected by programmers. This can cause the output of programs using machine learning to have racial, gender and other biases commonly found on the internet.

Otto Motors self-driving truck
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Ohio has its foot on the gas accelerating an effort to grow its self-driving vehicle industry. After success last fall, The Ohio Turnpike and OTTO Motors are planning more tests this spring and summer for self-driving tractor trailers across Ohio's northern corridor.

The promise of automated cars is that they could eliminate human-error accidents and potentially enable more efficient use of roadways. That sounds, at first blush, like self-driving cars could also mean traffic reduction and lower commute times.

But researchers aren't so sure.

Hesham Rakha is an engineering professor at Virginia Tech who studies traffic's flow — or lack thereof.

Tech Tuesday: E-Books, Self-Driving Ubers, and Kid's Tech

Sep 20, 2016
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Uber unleashed four self-driving cars to the streets of Pittsburgh last week. The partnership with the ride-share company is part of the city’s plan to brand itself as a tech friendly hub. Uber is speeding ahead in the race against competitors like Google, which don’t have plans to unveil autonomous cars till 2020. Plus, a look at trends in e-book reading and a guide on choosing a smartwatch for kids.

11:00 Cyber bullying is an epidemic plaguing schools of every description. Most school officials would do anything to stop it, but how far is too far? This hour we'll look at a California district using a tech company to monitor students' social media activity. And we'll examine the scariest part of a self-driving car: When a human takes over. Plus it's new gadget info on the iPhone 5 and more. Guests