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[7]: Next thing
by leos on Sun 6th Oct 2013 20:33 UTC 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[9]: Next thing
by Thomas2005 on Mon 7th Oct 2013 11:59 in reply to "RE[8]: Next thing"
Thomas2005 Member since:
2005-11-07

...Hell, I'd even be willing to let them serve me ads inside the car, and I *HATE* ads ;)

Hot dogs, Armour Hot Dogs.
What kinds of kids eat Armour Hot Dogs?
Fat kids, skinny kids, kids who climb on rocks.
Tough kids, sissy kids, even kids with chicken pox
love hot dogs, Armour Hot Dogs.
The dogs kids love to bite!

Edited 2013-10-07 12:15 UTC

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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[9]: Next thing
by WereCatf on Mon 7th Oct 2013 15:51 in reply to "RE[8]: Next thing"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

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


Oh, those are easy compared to e.g. trying to drive during a heavy snowstorm during the winter here in Finland when you can't even see the damn lanes as they're covered in hard snow and ice, all the roadsigns are covered in snow and traffic lights are frozen. Once a self-driving car can manage to drive safely in such conditions I will happily relinquish control of my car to a computer, but until that I'll keep my own, dirty paws to the steering wheel.

Edited 2013-10-07 15:53 UTC

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