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Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead (The MIT Press)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  306 ratings  ·  51 reviews
In the coming decade, intelligent cars and trucks will hit the streets, rearranging established industries, enabling new business models, saving lives, easing air pollution, and reshaping cities. Long-suffering commuters will finally be able to live wherever they wish, and read (or nap) on their drive to work. The bad news is that hundreds of thousands of driving-related j
Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published September 30th 2016 by The MIT Press (first published September 23rd 2016)
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James Klagge
I'm going to use this book in my ethics class this semester--the class will use autonomous vehicles as an application for discussing a wide variety of topics in ethics. This book gives the history as also the state of the art (as of 2015) as well as a variety of reflections on personal and social issues raised by this technology. It will be background reading for the course, especially for students who do not have a grounding in AI.
The book is written by a mechanical engineering prof who works
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great introduction to our (imminent) driverless future. We get a fair amount of the history of automation and regulation in the car industry before moving onto the technical, political, and ethical questions we'll face in this new world. The authors are engineers and the technical chapters are the strongest - the artificial intelligence chapters, in particular, were deep but accessible. Lipson's description of the technical history of automation is one of the most enjoyable parts ...more
John Kaufmann
Very well-organized and presented book on the advent and future of driverless vehicles. The book starts with a great overview of some of the main issues. Then it goes into the history of robotics, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and driverless cars; and on to the science, beginning with a simple overview and proceeding, in various chapters, to more and more detail. In particular, it goes into depth about the role of human perception, multiple sensing technologies and how they work, and ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tech, non-fiction
Overall it was a good introduction to the subject. However I was familiar with several aspects of the technology already, and the book is a few years outdated in the fast-paced industry.
Nilesh Jasani
Driverless covers topical issues well but does not go far enough.

The book confronts issues that dominate headlines extensively, if not excessively. It makes the safety related arguments well although in addressing the common concerns, it labors over the same points repeatedly. Some of these issues and solutions are succinctly covered in many popular magazine articles these days.

The sections on technology are well-crafted and make many interesting points. The details on AI, machine learning and n
Malcolm Logan
An overview of the earthshaking societal impacts portended by the advent of self-driving cars combined with an examination of the technology. The book does an adequate job on both counts but might be considered guilty of unevenness in the eyes of the average reader. 

To grasp the implications of the coming transformation, the reader must understand the robotic advancements necessary to design an autonomous vehicle, such as visual perception software and deep learning, but the authors (perhaps r ...more
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Review of the Audiobook

Published in 2016 by Blackstone Audio
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-techni
Richard Thompson
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: technology
I have been riding the hobby horse of autonomous cars since the DARPA challenge in 2005. My family is sick of it. I keep claiming that the revolution is around the corner and that it is going to change everything, mostly for the better. It is taking longer than I thought, though I still think that it is coming soon and that the impact will be radical. This book is three years old so you would think that it would be horribly out of date already, but it's not. Maybe the pace of innovation has slow ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
I listened to the audio book and at times it was interesting and it was mostly boring in my opinion.

The first chapter was good and the book could have ended there and then there were 11 more chapters.

The authors are academics which explains much of this boredom and they talk mostly in conjecture and then go on boring the listener with historical facts and figures about the history of AI, code, and creating a driverless car or car of the future, all in a matter of fact monotone lecture straight f
Ryan Morton
Jul 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good technology-focused overview of automation, autonomous vehicles, and supporting technology / processes. The book focuses almost exclusively on the technology, unlike many other similar books which focus, in my opinion, too much on the people, which creates a fake heroism for the titans of the industry. This book provides a relatively objective history of the industry and thus fills a gap that is been looking for as a reference.

I suggest this book for anyone in the AV, machine learning, or
Elie De Brauwer
+1 for being the only book in the entire library to cover deep learning, +1 for mentioning Sebastian Thrun, Fei Fei Li, Yann LeCunn and friends in a book +1 for not using any mathematical notation at all -0.5 for stating the computer history museum is in Palo Alto (it's in Mountain View !) -0.5 for getting a label as a book about cars while it's actually about deep learning and +2 to end up at a total of four stars ;-)

But that said, the book offers a very readable/entertaining introduction to ma
This book gave me a great introduction to autonomous car technology.
As a newbie to the topic, I did not realize some technology might already be outdated. However, I truly enjoyed learning the basic building blocks of thinking processes: low-level (acceleration, breaks, turns), mid-level (environment recognition), high-level (planning and navigation) controls, ethical, safety, privacy, security, reliability considerations, possible ripple effects in society and economy.

It was felt like a bonus t
Praveen Krishnan
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was pretty fascinating to read the evolution of driverless cars and the amount of progress that’s been made in the last many years. The true acceleration happened in this millennium with the advent of improved sensors and super powerful GPUs.

It was also interesting to read the ethical issues associated with driverless cars. Driverless cars are soon going to be a reality but that also means a myriad of different kinds of issues that we as humans are going to face instead of just worrying about
Kee Onn
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a graduate student in engineering I certainly felt like I've somewhat missed the bandwagon of machine learning and driverless technology. With this book I was able to catch up with relatively little trouble as Lipson and Kurman wrote this book with the average reader in mind. These are technologies that appeared in the last five years and we are still uncertain in how these technologies will change our lives. The authors are optimistic, albeit with a few economic and moral caveats also discus ...more
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anything and everything you've ever wondered about driverless cars will be addressed in this book, even if the answers to some of those questions aren't quite clear yet. Even though the authors remind the reader that autonomous vehicles may never become the mainstream technology we dream of, I couldn't help but imagine a future where my very own driverless car drops my husband off at work, returns to drive me to work, then parks itself back at home until its time to pick us up. I love the future ...more
Todd Cheng
An easy listened book on tape. Nothing extraordinary in the shares, but a good way to get caught up on the state of the craft as of 2016. I read in 2020. Not all the futures have thus far happened in the four years since published.

The author provides a history of the driverless car thus far and the history of artificial intelligence across deep learning networks that are used to detect images. The narrative also touches on the privacy, insurance, and legal topics that will have to be addressed w
Kyle Schroeckenthaler
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A great introduction to a fast evolving field of technology. He covers a lot of interesting history and technology stuff, and touches most of the major societal issues. I think his treatment of technology is a little stronger than the predictions about autonomous vehicles will change transportation systems over time.
This was alright. Provided some interesting history on the subject, covered enough about machine learning to make me want to find a more detailed discussion on the topic. My biggest complaint was there was a bit too much cheerleading for how autonomous vehicles are right around the corner and about to make everyone's life incredibly so much better... ...more
John Anderson
Painful to get through and could have been shorter. This is a great base for understanding the challenges to autonomous driving vehicles but long-winded and already getting stale. Too much history of AI & Neural networks for me and some of the future assumptions are subjective. Interesting but not recommended.
Garrett Bentley
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a glimpse into the future. Really digs into how cars have shaped our lives, how development of autonomous cars has evolved, how policy will play a critical roll, and what makes driverless cars possible. Lots of science in this one, and I really liked it.
Martin Roshkev
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good way to introduce yourself to automated driving technology, described from a very broad perspective. It could serve as a great starting point for people without technical knowledge to dig deeper with more specialized literature.
kingfish 94
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very insightful and technical read. I don't see driverless cars coming in the near future. They had me at, "driverless cars (pods) won't have any Brake Lights". Maybe I'll change my mind if I see a demo. I would love to be proven wrong. ...more
Silvano Paternoster
Great book
Finished in 4 days
Very easy to read, a good introduction to the world of driverless cars,.
Includes great pieces of history, problems and future possibilities of driverless cars
Sandeep Guguloth
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: technology
This book can be considered as a definitive guide to self driving vehicles, for non-technical readers. Prof Lipsob has done a good job of explaining many robotics concepts in an easily understandable way.
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It becomes slightly technical in parts of it but overall an eye-opening book into the future of an earth shattering technology. What I enjoyed the most was the social, ethical and philosophical aspect of the book.
From Hoopla, and reader okay.
Subjective. Writer has strong, positive opinion and arguments for driverless cars. Interesting ideas.
Some books are more difficult to finish than others.
Tomislav Urban
A poorly written and atrociously edited book about a very interesting topic.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lots of info on how tech is transforming driving. Good discussion on AI and machine learning.
Tyler N
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would give this book five stars for the information included, I am a car enthusiast, but I did not enjoy reading the book, this could be since I prefer gas cars.
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super smart engineer articulates the tech and the impact that driverless cars will have in the future. If you're interested in the area, I highly recommend it! ...more
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