Linked by MOS6510 on Sun 6th Oct 2013 10:59 UTC
Apple

This wasn't Grignon's typical route to work. He was a senior engineer at Apple in Cupertino, the town just west of Campbell. His morning drive typically covered seven miles and took exactly 15 minutes. But today was different. He was going to watch his boss, Steve Jobs, make history at the Macworld trade show in San Francisco. Apple fans had for years begged Jobs to put a cellphone inside their iPods so they could stop carrying two devices in their pockets. Jobs was about to fulfill that wish. Grignon and some colleagues would spend the night at a nearby hotel, and around 10 a.m. the following day they - along with the rest of the world - would watch Jobs unveil the first iPhone.

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RE[6]: Next thing
by darknexus on Sun 6th Oct 2013 19:45 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Next thing"
darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

Self driving cars are also impractical outside of a controlled road system meant for them. Human reactions are too variable, and there's no way a computer can make a snap decision based on irrational behaviors of people. Automated cars need a controlled road system designed specifically for them, where all cars are automated and have a set protocol for communicating with one another to avoid human error.
And yes, I'm sure Google is considering how to serve you ads in their cars, as well.

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RE[7]: Next thing
by leos on Sun 6th Oct 2013 20:33 in reply to "RE[6]: Next thing"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

Self driving cars are also impractical outside of a controlled road system meant for them.


Not true. Google has logged over 500,000km with their self-driving car without a single accident.

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RE[8]: Next thing
by WorknMan on Sun 6th Oct 2013 21:08 in reply to "RE[7]: Next thing"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Not true. Google has logged over 500,000km with their self-driving car without a single accident.


Being visually impaired and not able to drive long distances (esp on freeways), if Google releases a commercially-viable self-driving car, I will take back all the bad things I ever said about them ;) Hell, I'd even be willing to let them serve me ads inside the car, and I *HATE* ads ;)

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RE[8]: Next thing
by sdeber on Mon 7th Oct 2013 15:38 in reply to "RE[7]: Next thing"
sdeber Member since:
2005-07-06

That is a really interesting project. I wander how the driving system can detect the road sign for speed limit. Detecting the traffic lights is also not so easy.

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RE[7]: Next thing
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 7th Oct 2013 13:42 in reply to "RE[6]: Next thing"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Yeah, umh, you really think humans are better at reacting faster to rapidly changing conditions than computers? I guess it probably depends on the human and the computer( no confidence in a comodore 64 in this case), but really modern computers process information at an incredibly faster rate than we do. The challenge with driver less cars is bringing down the cost of the sensor array that feeds them the information they need.

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RE[8]: Next thing
by unclefester on Tue 8th Oct 2013 06:29 in reply to "RE[7]: Next thing"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Even a C64 processes data millions of times faster than a human.

Human reactions take at least 150 milliseconds.

The eye records data at the rate of bits per second. Our field of view is actually a tiny inverted image of about 1cm2. The other 99.99+% of what we "see" is extrapolated by our brains.

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