Driverless by Hod Lipson audiobook

Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead

By Hod Lipson  and Melba Kurman
Read by George Newbern

Blackstone Publishing 9780262035224
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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 readers 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.”

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Summary

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 readers 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.”

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Driverless vehicles are poised to usher in a massive disruption of our transportation system…Anyone who wants to understand what’s coming must read this fascinating book.” Martin Ford, New York Times bestselling author
“A great read for anybody interested in technological, societal, and ethical implications of self-driving cars.” Daniela Rus, director CSAIL, MIT
“Best explanation of deep machine learning for a general audience I’ve ever read.” George Musser, author of Spooky Action at a Distance
“An excellent and comprehensive assessment of this disruptive new technology and the issues and implications relating to its adoption…A great roadmap to help us achieve the smoothest possible transition.” Steven Berkenfeld, managing director in Investment Banking, Barclays

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Reviews

by Odin 11/21/2017
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Well worth the listen

This is a futuristic book stemming from the Google announcement in 2014 that their new driverless car had no steering wheel or brakes. Lipson and Kurman in an exhaustive research into the time table for consumer use and the risks and benefits. Of special note is the future driverless car will allow the driver to rely on AI software named Deep Learning to do all the work. Human drivers will be able to relax, take their eyes off the road, read a book, watch a movie or take snooze. The book’s final conclusion if a focus on the many issues, e.g., insurance (and especially liability) and the way it might impact urban design and employment. The idea of perfecting human perception to the degree necessary to render driverless cars reliable and safe is perhaps the greatest hurdle to come. A fascinating listen delivered by George Newbern for anyone wondering how fast such a means of transportation will be available.

Author

Author Bio: Hod Lipson

Author Bio: Hod Lipson

Hod Lipson is a professor of mechanical engineering at Columbia University and coauthor, with Melba Kurman, of the award-winning book Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing.

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Author Bio: Melba Kurman

Author Bio: Melba Kurman

Melba Kurman writes about disruptive technologies and is a coauthor of the award-winning book Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Technology & Engineering
Runtime: 9.97
Audience: Adult
Language: English