- Series: MIT Press
- Hardcover: 328 pages
- Publisher: The MIT Press; 1St Edition edition (September 23, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262035227
- ISBN-13: 978-0262035224
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead (MIT Press) Hardcover – September 23, 2016
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Anyone looking for a book about driverless cars -- smart, wide-ranging, nontechnical, easy to understand -- was pretty much out of luck until "Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead" was published."(Russ Mitchell, LA Times)
Everyone is talking about driverless cars ... After reading this book, you will be knowledgeable enough to make your own informed opinion.
As we anticipate the implausible once again becoming inevitable -- when in the near future autonomous vehicles take over our roads, Driverless presents an excellent and comprehensive assessment of this disruptive new technology and the issues and implications relating to its adoption. It's a great roadmap to help us achieve the smoothest possible transition.
(Steven Berkenfeld, Managing Director in Investment Banking, Barclays)
Driverless vehicles are poised to usher in a massive disruption of our transportation system, our urban landscapes, our economy -- and quite possibly the very fabric of society. Anyone who wants to understand what's coming must read this fascinating book.(Martin Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Robots)
Driverless is a great read for anybody interested in technological, societal, and ethical implications of self-driving cars. The book reaches across fields and issues thoughtfully, and presents a comprehensive view of the state of the art.(Daniela Rus, Director, CSAIL, MIT)
Best explanation of deep machine learning for a general audience I've ever read. And I'd never realized how thoroughly driverless cars will reshape the country: no more ambulance sirens, no more road signs, no more drunk drivers. But they could also deepen economic inequality and enable scary new crimes. This book will help us all get ready.(George Musser, contributing editor at Scientific American and Nautilus magazines, author of Spooky Action at a Distance)
As we anticipate the implausible once again becoming inevitable -- when in the near future autonomous vehicles take over our roads, Driverless presents an excellent and comprehensive assessment of this disruptive new technology and the issues and implications relating to its adoption. It's a great roadmap to help us achieve the smoothest possible transition.(Steven Berkenfeld, Managing Director in Investment Banking, Barclays)
Anyone looking for a book about driverless cars -- smart, wide-ranging, nontechnical, easy to understand -- was pretty much out of luck until Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead was published.(Los Angeles Times)
Everyone is talking about driverless cars... After reading this book, you will be knowledgeable enough to make your own informed opinion.(Science)
From the Author
Why self-driving cars? Why now? We wrote this book for two reasons: first, we follow emerging technologies closely, particularly ones that -- like self-driving cars -- have the potential to profoundly change our lives. The second reason was more personal: we drive a lot and wish we didn't have to. Like most people, we spend hours each week unhappily waiting out traffic jams in all kinds of weather driving, frequently with precious cargo (family, friends and pets) on board.
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This book contains a useful review of the evolution of driverless technology, albeit one of exponentially diminishing relevance marred by egregiously poor editing.
Read by George Newbern
Duration: 9 hours, 57 minutes
Driverless cars have been the goal of engineers for decades, but the technology has simply not been there. Lipson and Kurman take the reader (or listener, in my case) through a history of driverless cars, artificial intelligence and make the case that driverless cars will be a common thing much sooner than most of us think.
The book is written in mostly non-technical terms and simply explains the technical terms that it does use before using them.
The writers are very enthusiastic about their topic.
The writers are very enthusiastic about their topic - and sometimes they go into waaay too much detail. For example, they go into a long discussion of a intelligent road scheme that General Motors worked on for years that was a dead end. It could have been edited down by half.
But, on the whole this was a very informative book that gives the layman a solid handle on why driverless cars will come and how our society is likely to adapt to them.
I rate this audiobook 4 stars out of 5.
That’s a pretty bold statement and it caught my eye when I read the Preface to this terrific new book by Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman. The book isn’t just about “driverless” cars but about “intelligent” cars – from “:Robotic Chauffeurs to cars that learn – what the authors call “Deep Learning.” They talk about how we’re moving from “brainless cars” to cars that are actually self-guided mobile robots. This is fascinating stuff.
I couldn’t wait to read this book because I’ve seen changes in the cars my wife and I bought recently. We already have push button ignition, keyless doors, wireless synching to our phones, TV cameras and crash avoidance systems…but these innovations are apparently just the tip of the iceberg. I especially enjoyed the discussions of ethics, infrastructure, where we might see the first driverless cars and smart highways, and lots of interesting issues that need to be resolved before cars become truly driverless.
What really makes this a terrific book is that it goes beyond the technology to explore how cars are evolving into something else – devices that are mobile and connected like our phones except instead of just communicating we ride in these smart devices. It’s not only cars that are getting smarter. The authors tell us how electronic highways, robots, artificial intelligence and data are making driverless cars a reality and what the “ripple effects” will be.
I like reading about emerging technologies because I want to be read for what comes next. We all do. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in how the future is unfolding, and especially how driverless vehicles, robots, artificial intelligence and other innovations are evolving. This book is like a window to the future. I know some faculty and students who are using this in classrooms, and most of my business friends are already reading this as the hottest new “business book” of the season.