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Driven: The Race to Create the Autonomous Car

Driven: The Race to Create the Autonomous Car (Hardback)

By Davies, Alex

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Wired editor Alex Davies tells the dramatic, colorful story of the quest to develop driverless cars--and the fierce competition between Google, Uber, and other companies in a race to revolutionize our lives. The self-driving car has been one of the most vaunted technological brea...kthroughs of recent years. But early promises that these autonomous vehicles would soon be on the roads have proven premature. Alex Davies follows the twists and turns of this story from its origins to today. The story starts with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which was charged with developing a land-based equivalent to the drone, a vehicle that could operate in war zones without risking human lives. DARPA issued a series of three Grand Challenges that attracted visionaries, many of them students and amateurs, who took the technology from Jetsons-style fantasy to near-reality. The young stars of the Challenges soon connected with Silicon Valley giants Google and Uber, intent on delivering a new way of driving to the civilian world. Soon the automakers joined the quest, some on their own, others in partnership with the tech titans. But as road testing progressed, it became clear that the challenges of driving a car without human assistance were more formidable than anticipated. Davies profiles the industry's key players from the early enthusiasm of the DARPA days to their growing awareness that while this spin on artificial intelligence isn't yet ready for rush-hour traffic, driverless cars are poised to remake how the world moves. Driven explores this exciting quest to transform transportation and change our lives.
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ISBN 9781501199431
Released NZ 1 Feb 2021
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781501199431
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Imprint Simon & Schuster
Released 1 Feb 2021
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Davies, Alex
Category Business & Management
Automotive Technology
Transport: General Interest
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 28mm
Dewey Code 629.046
Weight 474g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Automated vehicles, Automobile industry and trade - Technological innovations, Competition
NBS Text Road & Motor Vehicles: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade