Driverless Cars

Op-Ed: Will driverless cars make our traffic problems worse?

An autonomous Waymo Chrysler Pacifica drives around Los Altos, California. (Photo Courtesy: Dllu via Wikimedia Commons)

Kari Watkins and Michael Hunter published an essay in Newsweek Dec. 10 asking a provocative question about our autonomous transportation future. Namely: Is it possible the widespread adoption of driverless cars will worsen traffic congestion rather than make it better?

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

On WABE, Hunter lays out challenges and research questions that will help define the autonomous-vehicle future

Associate Professor Michael Hunter explains his work with the North Avenue Smart Corridor at the ribbon-cutting event for the roadway. Hunter appeared on WABE-FM's Closer Look Sept. 26 to talk about his work on autonomous vehicles, one of the technologies that will be tested along North Avenue. (Photo Courtesy: Georgia Tech Institute for People and Technology)

On the roadway toward autonomous vehicles, we probably have another decade or so before the truly independent car is part of our transportation network. But, Michael Hunter told WABE-FM’s Closer Look Sept. 26, we’re already in a world with partially driverless cars, where our vehicles help us with some of the tasks of driving.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A roadmap to robotic vehicles

Research Horizons illustration for Rolling Robots story

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Michael Hunter uses computer models to study the management and operation of our future roadways, and he has identified a few of the issues policymakers and drivers will confront when self-driving cars travel our highways and bi-ways.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Driverless cars? They’re coming, but big data is already shaping traffic

Transportation researcher Michael Hunter says driverless cars are coming to our roads, whether we’re ready for them or not. But already, our cars are generating some of the mountains of data coming from our transportation systems. In an interview with Georgia Public Broadcasting, Hunter said drivers must be ready for cars beside them to operate without people behind the wheel.

Friday, October 23, 2015

AJC: Hunter says driverless cars present opportunity, challenges

Imagine sharing the highway with cars driven by computers rather than people. Google is rather famously experimenting with such self-driving vehicles. And a Georgia General Assembly study committee is weighing the issues around allowing these driverless cars on the state’s roads. The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Michael Hunter has served as an expert witness for the committee and outlined some of the issues in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution guest column Oct. 7.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

VIDEO: Driverless cars in Georgia? Hunter tells lawmakers about sticky issues that lie ahead

A Georgia House of Representatives committee is studying what hurdles the state would face if it allowed driverless cars on roadways. Associate Professor Michael Hunter was a key witness at a hearing last week, outlining some of the engineering and traffic problems that will have to be solved if lawmakers decide to allow the autonomous vehicles.

Monday, September 22, 2014
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