This article continues my discussion of Elon Musk’s leadership of Tesla from my previous article. This article discusses Tesla’s visionary invention of the Over the Air (OTA) vehicle updating system. This system, or a similar one devised by other companies in the industry, will be critical for the success of…


When you think of the leaders of a new technology venture like the development and production of autonomous vehicles, you probably think of a bunch of nerds with glasses sitting behind a computer all day typing code. A person like Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX and CEO of…


While Uber sold its Advanced Technology Group, effectively ending its original autonomous “robotaxi” plans, the financial model they created could still be use by other companies. It is also incorrect to say that Uber turned away from autonomy entirely. As its ride-hailing service lost customers during the pandemic, its food…


After my book The Future is Autonomous launched, Uber sold the Advanced Technologies Group responsible for the testing and deployment of its autonomous vehicle fleet for a $400 million investment in start-up Aurora Innovation, Inc. on December 7, 2020.

However, the steps that Uber took to create a “safety culture”…


This article discusses the background of current Waymo CEO John Krafcik. He is the leader with the most experience in the auto industry that I discuss in my book, The Future is Autonomous. His experience allowed him to create, develop, and ultimately perfect the notion of “lean production” which he…


This article begins my six-article series covering three major autonomous vehicle companies in the US. All of this material is taken directly from my book, The Future is Autonomous: The US and China Race to Develop the Driverless Car. …


In this article, I discuss how a vehicle knows in general where it is in the world, its speed and other identifying factors. At this point, it can then use the information it receives from the camera and LiDAR sensor data about the world around the vehicle, form a path…


This article discusses the basics of artificial intelligence and machine learning. I also discuss how autonomous vehicles use the information they receive through the cameras and LiDAR sensors which perceive the world to drive better and safer over time through continuous repetition of driving tasks in the deep learning neural…


I discussed the debate between cameras and LiDAR sensors as the “eyes” of the autonomous vehicle last article. This article deals with the complicated process of “sensor fusion.” This is the second part of my chapter related to the different sensors for autonomous vehicles in my book The Future is…


This week’s article will be the first article in a four-article series about the technological innovations of autonomous vehicles which allows a vehicle to drive itself! The material for this article comes from my book, The Future is Autonomous: The U.S. and China Race to Develop th Driverless Car.

One…

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