This Week in the Future of Cars: The Human Touch

AMIDST THE ROBOCAR hype, it’s easy to forget that for all their powers, computers are still lousy drivers compared to humans.

This week, Eric Adams introduced us to the people working to interpret hominid behavior for driving robots. Turns out perception is a remarkable, variegated thing, and cars need to learn how to do all the cool stuff we the fleshy can before performing seamlessly on the road. The same goes for companies. Google parent company Alphabet announced this week it will construct a techified neighborhood in Toronto. But can data build a functioning human place, one that actually feels like home?

Plus, we’ve got tales of Volvo’s new Tesla fighter, and how ride-hailing companies might be adding cars to the road—not subtracting them. Missed all the news? Let’s get you caught up.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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This Week in the Future of Cars: The Human Touch

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