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Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead

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Publisher's Summary

In the year 2014, Google fired a shot heard all the way to Detroit.

Google's newest driverless car had no steering wheel and no brakes. The message was clear: cars of the future will be born fully autonomous, with no human driver needed. In the coming decade, self-driving cars will hit the streets, rearranging established industries and reshaping cities, giving us new choices in where we live and how we work and play.

In this book, Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman offer listeners insight into the risks and benefits of driverless cars, and a lucid and engaging explanation of the enabling technology. Recent advances in software and robotics are toppling long-standing technological barriers that for decades have confined self-driving cars to the realm of fantasy. A new kind of artificial intelligence software called deep learning gives cars rapid and accurate visual perception. Human drivers can relax and take their eyes off the road.

When human drivers let intelligent software take the wheel, driverless cars will offer billions of people all over the world a safer, cleaner, and more convenient mode of transportation. Although the technology is nearly ready, car companies and policy makers may not be. The authors make a compelling case for why government, industry, and consumers need to work together to make the development of driverless cars our society's next "Apollo moment".

©2016 Hod Lipson & Melba Kurman (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Slysne
    10/07/17
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    "Amazing book, a clear view of the future"

    A couple books a year hit it on the head, this is one that surely does.

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  • Abdur Abdul-Malik
    Sacramento, CA USA
    27/03/17
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    "Excellent Overview of Current State of Driverless Cars"

    Solid introduction to the tech behind and history of driverless cars. There are a number of interesting sections regarding the possible impacts to the economy, insurance industry, codification of the value of human life, and ethics of machines making life-or-death decisions. The narrator is great and the book will fly (drive?) by.

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  • HonestFeedback
    02/02/17
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    "Sooner than you think"

    Super insights on our autonomous vehicle driving future. Maybe people will still buy cars after all. Especially those equipped with beds, televisions and blackout windows.

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  • Rowan Atkins
    Raleigh, NC 2706
    21/11/16
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    "driverless car disruption"

    enjoyed this review on how driverless cars will effect the future. I also enjoyed the section on neural networks and their advances in the last decade or so.

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  • Ellis Traub
    Davie, Florida
    03/11/16
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    "Great Read!"

    This is an outstanding read! Covers a whole lot. more territory than the title suggests---literally everything you might want to know about the history, technology, politics, hazards, benefits, and future of autonomous vehicles.



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