The car used to be a symbol of freedom. The steering wheel allowed us to choose direction and drive where-ever we wanted. The self-driving car will change this. We’ll regain the freedom to do whatever we want – drink alcohol and use smartphones – while driving, but we have to give away a little control. Not everyone can accept this easily, Stewart could help people to get used to giving more control to the car.
There basically is no better moment to get your software adjusted to unpredictable child behavior. This year’s Halloween, Google decided to ask children from the neighborhood to come by in their spooky outfits and play around the self-driving cars in their parking lot. According to Google, the odd costumes gave their sensors extra practice in child recognition, for children in all shapes and sizes.
This skeleton car was dug up created by auto rental company Sixt for their ad campaign. Apart from the message they promote (“Thanks to Sixt expensive car rentals became extinct”) this peculiar image of the week makes us realize how cars – more and more autonomous, self driving, uncontrollable – are bound to become the animals of the future.
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I can hear you think. “What’s the difference, both are analogue cars?”, you are right. Both cars are analogue, driving on physical, existing roads. However, they differ greatly from each other. The image on the left is a car, as we know them. It has a lot of digital technology in it already, but not nearly as much as the other one. The image on the right shows a Google Driverless Car. I know, I want one too! Just lay back and relax while a complex system of sensors and artificial intelligence software drives you through the streets. Do you think driverless cars belong to the future? Think again! The future is here already.
From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game
How do you feel when you get stuck in the traffic jam? Have you ever fantasized about escaping to another space? An innovative solution to a better way for transportation has been proposed by NASA Space Act company skyTran: an autonomous, high-speed, elevated Personal Rapid Transportation system.
Drones have been used to spy and attack people in war zones. Now, Alec Momont, a young graduate student at Delft University of Technology, has come up with an innovative application for drones that could one day help save thousands of lives. He designed a prototype of an ambulance drone, an autonomously navigating mini aeroplane that can quickly deliver a defibrillator to where it is needed.
We increasingly depend on car technology designed to make driving easier and safer. Therefore, can be said that these improvements are creating less-skilled drivers?
“Technological crutches like GPS are making us not only worse drivers – they could also be making us stupid. Technology wasn’t supposed to work that way. Manufacturers have supported drivers with power steering, cruise control, antilock brakes and electronic stability controls. Then they gave us sophisticated on-board computers that power car entertainment systems and fine-tune our cars’ performance on the go. Today we drive sleek, aerodynamic vehicles with more computing power than early Space Shuttles.”
We’ve already seen GPS lead people into some ridiculous situations.
But can we blame the GPS for this, when we follow directions that are totally contrary to good sense?
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Forced to leave into spacetime, humans always tried to improve the way of moving around. Since the invention of the wheel we travelled quite a distance, however transportation technology is progressing much slower than other sciences. Nowadays most of existing transports are still fossil powered or rely on limited energy sources.
Nevertheless great concepts have been developed around the idea of personal freedom and control, new ways to disconnect vehicles from the ground, expand explorable areas and reduce time-traveling distances. Below a selection of nine enthralling and striking concepts.
If only next nature would be this perfectly harmonic. Peculiar video of the week.