Philipp Kandal

My thoughts on
mobility of the future

5 min December 21, 2017 in

Driverless Cars Could Even Redefine Automotive Racing Competitions

For the past few years, self-driving cars have been tested on public roads and in fake cities. But recently, car manufacturers and some small companies have been using racetracks as a playground to test not only driverless cars, but self-racing vehicles as well. Joshua Schachter, entrepreneur and organizer at Self Racing Cars, an autonomous racing series, says …

5 min December 18, 2017 in

Imagining a World with Autonomous Public Transportation

In London, the subway network handles up to 4.8 million daily commuters.  Add to that the 6.5 million journeys being supported by London’s famous red buses, and you’ll get a sense of how important public transit is to a city. Throughout the world, public transport has changed the way people live. And autonomous public transportation could represent …

5 min December 14, 2017 in

Autonomous Vehicles Are No Longer a Matter of “If” but “When”

Humankind is prone to chasing dreams – and currently, one of the most sought-after ones is having autonomous vehicles hit the public roads. In an ideal scenario, this should improve many areas of public transportation, while also granting more autonomy to impaired people and lessen the impact of carbon emissions. And while the likes of …

5 min December 11, 2017 in

From Zero to Waymo: The Story of Google’s Driverless Car

In recent years, the driverless car has grown to become an epitome of innovation.  Loads of research, cash and talent are being channeled into attaining the goal of putting self-driving car technology to commercial use. All efforts are ultimately driven towards improving mobility – especially on the public roads – and turn driving from an …

5 min December 7, 2017 in

Germany’s Self-Driving Cars Legislation May Be the Best One so Far

As you may already know, some of the world’s largest car companies are in Germany. Volkswagen and BMW are just a couple of them. At the beginning of April, Chancellor Angela Merkel told automakers that the government was ready to support the development of this industry. She also said that they would be able to test …

5 min December 4, 2017 in

5 Industries Most Likely to Be Disrupted by the Onset of Driverless Cars

As with the recent increasing malware attacks, cyber security seems to be the main area to be strengthened within the driverless cars field. This will lead to a boom in automakers’ partnerships with software enterprises, with IT shaping up to be the main industry influenced by the onset of autonomous vehicles. But there are other industries …

5 min November 30, 2017 in

What Do Self-Driving Trucks Mean for the Future of Transportation?

In a recent The Atlantic editorial, sub-headlines brand the trucking industry as “ripe for automation”. With 4000 fatalities (in the US only) involving eighteen-wheelers, it’s no wonder self-driving trucks are predicted to hit the roads as soon as possible, so as to partly reduce this number. Navigant Research analysts estimate that in about 5-10 years’ time, most truck …

5 min November 27, 2017 in

Understanding the 5 Driverless Cars’ Levels of Autonomy

You may have seen a lot of new information about driverless cars in recent years. They will disrupt certain industries, they will change the world as we know it, and so forth. Almost all car manufacturers are investing hundreds of millions of dollars into self-driving technologies. But with all that information, one basic fact tends to …

6 min November 23, 2017 in

Better Maps Are the Key to the Perfect Self-Driving Cars

The technology and the knowledge for creating self-driving cars are already in place. There are countless examples, from Tesla to Waymo. However, there’s still a final piece of the puzzle needed: maps. In fact, there’s an acute need for more than just a few sources to map the world. So, in the following lines, you’ll …

5 min June 1, 2017 in

Taking a Ride in a Self-Driving Uber: Here’s What You Need to Know

Uber has got its eyes on the prize. The company is putting a lot of effort and resources into developing their self-driving technology and providing the first autonomous taxi service in the US. The transportation and ride-sharing giant started its quest to make self-driving Ubers a reality back in 2015. In 2016, the world’s first self-driving …