Future Trends – Stupid Self-driving Cars

Posted By on January 13, 2017

Each week Nikolas Badminton, Futurist Speaker, summarizes the top-5 future looking developments and news items that I find to be inspiring, interesting, concerning, or downright strange. Each day he reads through dozens of blogs and news websites to find those things that we should be aware of.

In Future Trends – Stupid Self-driving Cars we look at a number of stories about the trial and tribulations of delivering self-driving cars and services.

Everything wrong with Faraday Future’s “Tesla killer”

Why Uber’s self-driving program failed in San Francisco

Just about a week ago, Uber’s semi-autonomous vehicles hit the streets of San Francisco as part of its latest pilot program. Last night, the California Department of Motor Vehicles revoked the registrations of Uber’s 16 vehicles, and the company says it’s taking its program to another city for a public trial. What went wrong?

After a fairly seamless, high-profile launch in Pittsburgh, the rollout in San Francisco was bumpy right from the beginning. First, the DMV issued a warning to Uber that it had not obtained the proper testing permits for its pilot program. Then, a few hours after the trial began, The Verge reported that one of Uber’s cars ran a red light, nearly hitting a (human-driven) Lyft car.

Read more at Curbed

The Race To Build Self-Driving Cars Is Accelerating (Bloomberg)

George “Geohot” Hotz Presents the Comma One at Disrupt SF

George Hotz of Comma.ai takes the stage in 2016 to trash talk some other autonomous driving startups and launch a self-driving car kit before talking to Darrell Etherington about building and shipping the kit.




Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe. Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.

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