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Analysing the ethical challenges of self-driving tech

Analysing the ethical challenges of self-driving tech
The self-driving car revolution reached a momentous milestone with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s release in September 2016 of its first handbook of rules on autonomous vehicles. Discussions about how the world will change with driverless cars on the roads and how to make that future as ethical and responsible as possible are intensifying. Some of these conversations are taking place at Stanford.
24th May 2017

Approach may accelerate design of high-power batteries

Approach may accelerate design of high-power batteries
Research led by a Stanford scientist promises to increase the performance of high-power electrical storage devices, such as car batteries. Electric vehicles plug in to charging stations. New research may accelerate discovery of materials used in electrical storage devices, such as car batteries. In work published in Applied Physics Letters, the researchers describe a mathematical model for designing new materials for storing electricity.
7th April 2017

Human steering behaviour in autonomous cars

Human steering behaviour in autonomous cars
There you are, cruising down the motorway, listening to some tunes and enjoying the view as your autonomous car zips and swerves through traffic. Then the fun ends and it becomes time take over the wheel. How smooth is that transition going to be? Twenty-two drivers put that question to a test—on a track, not a motorway—to find out. 
14th December 2016


The revolution of air bag bike helmets

Stanford bioengineer David Camarillo knows all too well that bicycling is the leading cause of sports- and activity-related concussion and brain injury in the United States. He’s had two concussions as the result of bicycling accidents. While he doesn’t doubt that wearing a helmet is better than no helmet at all, Camarillo thinks that traditional helmets don’t protect riders as well as they could.
4th October 2016

Engineers test autonomous car algorithms

When Stanford's autonomous car Shelley nears speeds of 120 mph as it tears around a racetrack without a driver, observers' natural inclinations are to exchange high-fives or simply mouth, "wow." Chris Gerdes and his students, however, flip open laptops and begin dissecting the car's performance. How many g-forces did Shelley pull through turns 14 and 15? How did it navigate the twisty chicane? What did the braking forces look like through the tight turn 5?
2nd March 2016


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