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[8]: Next thing
by sdeber on Mon 7th Oct 2013 15:38 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Next thing"
sdeber
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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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RE[10]: Next thing
by zima on Sat 12th Oct 2013 19:21 in reply to "RE[9]: Next thing"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

With precise enough GPS (we should have it once there are 3 satellite constellations up and running), an autonomous car might be possibly better at following ~invisible lanes... ;)

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