What to read to get up to speed on self-driving cars

Designing safe autonomous vehicles requires more than test miles.
Designing safe autonomous vehicles requires more than test miles.
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Autonomous vehicles are changing so fast, it’s hard to keep up. We’ve assembled some of the best materials to get you up to speed, and put you on track. You can also check out our field guide to autonomous vehicles (Quartz member exclusive) for a deep dive about the future of mobility.

Reports and papers

Bloomberg Philanthropies: “Taming the Autonomous Vehicle: A Primer for Cities” (pdf)

Silicon Valley Bank: “Future of Mobility” (pdf)

Schaller Consulting: “The New Automobility: Lyft, Uber and the Future of American Cities” (pdf)

Uber’s Safety Case framework: The company’s blueprint for testing and developing safety self-driving systems

BMW, Intel, Aptiv, and others: “Safety First for Automated Driving” (pdf)

Navigant Research: “Navigant Research Leaderboard: Automated Driving Vehicles”

Rocky Mountain Institute: Predictions from its “Peak Car Ownership Report” (2016)

Deloitte: “Ominpresence of services and direct sales in auto finances: How new products and sales models will threaten the market position of captive” (pdf)

RethinkX: “Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030” (pdf)

Mobileye: “On a Formal Model of Safe and Scalable Self-driving Cars” (academic research outlining the requirements for safe self-driving cars)

Forrester: “Autonomous Vehicles: From Prototype to Production”

State of California: Autonomous Vehicle Disengagement Reports

Consumer Reports: Guide to Self-Driving Cars

National Conference of State Legislatures’ real-time information about autonomous vehicle bills

O’Melveny: the law firm’s AV policy analysis


Peter Norton: Linking the Past to the Future. Chapter: Going Faster in the Wrong Direction? History’s Lessons for the Future of Roads and Streets

Dan Sperling: Three Revolutions: Steering Automated, Shared, and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future

Lawrence D. Burns and Christopher Shulgan: Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car―And How It Will Reshape Our World

Alfred P. Sloan, Jr.: Adventures of a White-Collar Man (on the birth and evolution of GM)

RAND: Autonomous Vehicle Technology: A Guide for Policymakers