大约1月前,九度FM的两位当家主播师亮老师和周小尔老师,光临寒舍,就无人驾驶的过去、现在和将来一起聊天扯淡。近期音频节目放出,我认真回听了当天“扯淡”的内容,发现错误疏漏不少,实在惭愧;也有朋友指出,整体太像科普,而少了与主持人的互动。 当天聊天内容,围绕无人驾驶的历史发展、关键技术、周边问题、产业趣闻,以及我个人从事无人驾驶研究、参加中国智能车未来挑战赛等的个人体会。有兴趣的朋友可以收听,时长约90分钟,欢迎大家拍砖。

今日,国外多家媒体报道了苹果正在联系某海军基地,准备对其无人驾驶汽车进行测试的新闻。从今年年初至今,关于苹果正在进行无人驾驶研究项目的新闻和传言不绝于耳。趁着翠儿搬入有阳光有空气的新办公间的大喜之日,阳光普照、心情正好,我将年初开始有关苹果无人驾驶项目的相关信息按模块和时间内容做一整理,以求抛砖引玉,与大家共同分享探讨。

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一个小伙把自己隐藏在驾驶座后,开着车路过好几个汽车快餐店。看到这辆无人驾驶的车辆,店员有的惊恐、有的震惊、有的疑惑、有的惊喜。视频最后,小伙告诉其中一个店员;“把东西扔进来,我是一个鬼”。

视频应该是几年前拍摄的,当时无人驾驶和自动驾驶还没有引起公众的足够关注。我相信,同样的恶作剧如果再当下再次发生,会有店员猜测出这不是一辆幽灵车,而是一辆无人的自主驾驶汽车。唯一要解释的是,“一辆车为什么要来买汉堡包?” 我会说:“车主准备在后排睡觉之前,给车说了,给他买点吃的”。

以图一乐,朋友们!

As mentioned in the title, a boy, hidden in the fake seat, drove the car passing several drive-through (drive-thru). Waiters were scared, shocked, confused, or surprised by this “driverless” car. At the last part of video, the boy replied to one waiter, “Throw it inside. I am a ghost.”

This video seems to be filmed years ago, when driverless cars or autonomous driving still didn’t attract enough public attention. I am pretty sure, if the same thing happened again around, waiters may guess it’s not a ghost-driving car, but a autonomous-driving car. The only thing we may still have to explain is, “why a car needs to buy hamburger?” I shall answer, “the owner told the car to buy something to eat for him, before he fell asleep in the backseat.”

Have fun, my friends!

一个叫做Andrew Lewin的网友上传了一个含有音频解说的有关谷歌无人车的介绍。他使用了大量的图像和公开的学术资料,8分钟的视频包括了传感器、系统架构以及谷歌最新的无人车。如果你是初次了解谷歌在无人车领域的工作,可以看看这个视频。

A net friend named Andrew Lewin, uploaded one audio presentation about Google’s self-driving car.  He adopted a lot of images and open academic resources, combing into this 8 minutes video. Details about the sensors, system infrastructure, release of prototypes are included. If you are newer to Google’s progress and contribution in this field, you can have a look.

Chris Urmson是谷歌无人车项目的负责人,而近期发布的最新一代无人车正在山景城的道路上进行着测试。而对于普通民众而言,他们更想了解的是这些车辆是如何在没有人工干预的情况下实现自主驾驶的。Urmson在TED的讲座中通俗地阐述了这个问题。视频值得一看。国内读者需要自行翻墙。

Chris Urmson is head of the self-driving car project at Google. The company just announced that the latest prototype of its car is now on the roads of Mountain View. But one thing that many just can’t wrap their head around is how these cars can manage to navigate the roads themselves, without any human assistance. Urmson does a great job of explaining that in this TED Talk video, worth watching.

讲座以汽车安全的历史简介为开始,并指出驾驶员的操作失误是交通事故的最大原因。2009年左右,谷歌的无人车主要是在高速路上行驶,仅仅需要对周边车辆与本车实现几何关系的理解。现在,在城区环境中,车的周围存在着大量的物体:路上的鸭子、闯红灯的自行车、不断违反交规的驾驶员等等,而这些正是谷歌无人车面临的新挑战。

He starts off by giving a brief history of the safety of cars, and their biggest “bug,” the human that controls them. Back in 2009, the cars were driving primarily on highways, where they only need to have a basic geometric understanding of the cars around them and their environment. Now, however, the cars are driving in neighborhoods where there are an almost infinite number of variables. Ducks in the road, bicyclists running red lights, and drivers breaking dozens of traffic rules are the just the beginning of what the cars are now experiencing.