26 Feb '15, 3pm

Will Nissan Beat Google and Uber to Self-Driving Taxis?

Who will build the first robot taxis? Google has a working prototype but no experience in manufacturing cars . Uber, meanwhile, knows the transportation business but has only just started working on autonomous vehicles with Carnegie Mellon University. Documents obtained by IEEE Spectrum suggest the first cab capable of driving itself (and that you won’t feel obliged to tip) might be made by Nissan. In January, the Japanese automaker announced that it would be working with NASA to “demonstrate proof-of-concept remote operation of autonomous vehicles for the transport of . . . goods . . . and people.” Using a California Public Records Act request, Spectrum has uncovered more details on the particular technologies Nissan and NASA plan to share and, more important, that the main goal of their collaboration appears to be the development of a fleet of remotely-supervised autonom...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/transportation/s...

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