System Bits: Oct. 4


Light deflection through fog In a development that could lead to computer vision systems that work in fog or drizzle, which have been a major obstacle to self-driving cars, MIT researchers have developed a technique for recovering visual information from light that has scattered because of interactions with the environment — such as passing through human tissue. This technology — called... » read more

System Bits: May 24


Controlling autonomous vehicles in extreme conditions In an approach that could help make self-driving cars of the future safer under hazardous road conditions, a Georgia Institute of Technology research team devised a way to help keep a driverless vehicle under control as it maneuvers at the edge of its handling limits. According to the team comprised of researchers from Georgia Tech’s D... » read more

Safe But Boring


Everybody’s talking about self-driving cars. That they are safer, better drivers than humans. That we can just be along for the ride. That it will save lives, and improve the quality of all of our lives. Insurance rates go down. The list goes on. In fact, self-driving cars are already here, to some extent. Just consider the features available today from Tesla, for example, that has alrea... » read more

Self-Driving Cars?


The dream of hopping in your car and lounging on a bench seat that faces sideways or backward while it delivers you to your destination is a really nice idea. It's akin to upgrading from economy class seat on an airline to your own private jet. But this idea also faces some huge hurdles. First and foremost is liability. If an autonomous vehicle gets into an accident, who's responsible? If it... » read more

Infrastructure, Then Integration


In any business and in any business segment, you have to start somewhere and then figure out what the likely end points will be and how to get there. It’s no different with the Internet of Things, except that the integration of different markets or applications is rather fuzzy at the moment. For example, it’s pretty easy to predict the possibilities for a car. It will likely move from co... » read more