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Brad Templeton
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Brad Templeton is a developer of and commentator on self-driving cars. He writes and researches the future of automated transportation at

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Self-Driving Cars: No, Detroit Isn’t Beating Silicon Valley
April 5, 2017 · A new self-driving car report says Ford and GM are leading the way. Saying Ford and GM are ahead of Waymo smacks of old-school car industry thinking. Ford and GM might feel good reading this report, but they should not. Self-Driving Car Software Now Open Source
December 5, 2016 ·, which shut down its Comma One self-driving car kit, has open-sourced its new Open Pilot software to resurrect its DIY autonomous vehicle project.
Federal Guidelines Taking Self-Driving Cars in Wrong Direction
September 20, 2016 · Brad Templeton has major issues with the federal guidelines that were released for self-driving cars, saying the development of autonomous vehicles in the US may take a serious hit.
The Economics of Self-Driving Taxis
September 15, 2016 · Self-driving taxis will operate at a very low per-mile and capital cost, which means in a competitive market, it will be available at a price that easily competes with private car ownership, and even subsidized bus rides.
Uniform Self-Driving Car Regulations the Wrong Approach
August 12, 2016 · Jurisdictional competition is a good thing, particularly with emerging technologies such as self-driving cars. Let some states do it wrong, and others do it better. Innovation requires variety.
Tesla Autopilot Involved in First Fatal Self-Driving Car Accident
July 1, 2016 · The Autopilot sensors on a Tesla Model S failed to distinguish a white tractor-trailer crossing the highway against a bright sky, resulting in the first fatal car accident involving a self-driving car.
Has Tesla Lapped Google in Self-Driving Car Race?
June 6, 2016 · Tesla customers have driven more than 100 million on Autopilot. That's a lot of self-driving miles, but is it enough to give Tesla the edge over Google in self-driving car development?
A Case for Doubling Liability Insurance for Self-Driving Cars
June 2, 2016 · For accidents caused by self-driving cars, the liability cost should be double that of a similar accident caused by human error. This would push carmakers to ensure their systems are at least twice as safe as human drivers.
Self-Driving Trucks: 7 Things You Need to Know
May 17, 2016 · Otto, a startup founded by former Google Maps and Google Car engineers, aims to put self-driving trucks on the road. Here are seven ways self-driving trucks will change transportation.
Self-Driving Minivans Being Built by Google, Chrysler
May 3, 2016 · Google will collaborate with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to put its self-driving car technology into 100 Pacifica minivans
Will Self-Driving Taxis Help the Poor?
April 12, 2016 · Self-driving taxis will offer many conveniences, but how can the industry make sure there aren't too many challenges that prevent poor people from reaping the benefits? Brad Templeton explores this issue.
How Will Self-Driving Cars Handle Tsunamis?
April 5, 2016 · Self-driving cars are constantly being put to the test. Brad Templeton explains why self-driving cars should do a "superhuman job" when a tsunami hits.’s Quest to Build Self-Driving Cars Better than Google
March 29, 2016 · Brad Templeton takes us inside's quest to build a self-driving almost entirely from deep neural networks that learns from the humans driving it.
Self-Driving Cars a Boon for Personal Transportation
March 22, 2016 · The one-person self-driving taxi is a very practical vehicle, says analyst Brad Templeton, and it’s possible to make it much cheaper than today’s cars.
Cruise Automation Purchase Shows GM ‘Way Behind’ on Self-Driving Cars
March 15, 2016 · Analyst Brad Templeton explores the role Uber played in GM's $1 billion purchase of Cruise Automation Inc., which is a desperate attempt for the world's second-largest car company to make headway in the self-driving car race.
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