Apple car expert leaving self driving car program for personal reasons
Steve Zadesky, an industry expert in electric cars, is leaving Apple for personal reasons. This can be considered a major setback for Apple’s electric car program, which, assumable, will also be an autonomous vehicle. Last year, Apple designated the initiative—code-named “Titan”— a committed project with a projected product launch foreseen for 2019. However, so far few details are know.
Autonomous vehicle crashed….by human
Testing the software of Cruise Automation, a startup developing an autopilot system, a self-driving car crashed. However it did not crash while driving by itself, rather it crashed just after the handover from the automatic system to the human driver.
Washington push for self-driving cars
This week the congress and the administration of Obama appeared united in a push to advance self-driving cars. Most federal agencies have only played an advisory role, but seem to be willing to become more pro-active and involved. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, would still be struggling with how to setup test programs for autonomous vehicles. So far it has been left to the States to come up with policies and laws. Chris Urmson, the director of Google’s self-driving car program, was at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting in Washington last week. He demonstrated a vehicle navigating its way around a woman chasing a duck on an electric wheelchair, and made the crowds laugh.