Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 1st Jun 2014 21:33 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y

There were two striking pieces of business news this week from America's leading technology brands. On the one hand, Google unveiled a prototype of an autonomous car that, if it can be made to work at scale, promises to end mass automobile ownership while drastically reducing car wreck fatalities and auto-related pollution. Meanwhile, Apple bought a company that makes high-end headphones.

Which is to say that Apple's playing checkers while Google plays chess.

For better or worse, this is exactly why many people seem to hold Google in higher regard than they do Apple. Both Apple and Google are rich and wealthy beyond average-person-measure. Now, which company will be liked more: the one that uses said wealth to develop crazy may-or-may -not-work technologies that can change the world at a massively substantial scale, or the one that stuffs $150 billion in shady bank accounts to avoid having to pay taxes?

The more wealth you hoard, the less sympathetic people will be towards you. Unless, of course, you use that wealth in a very public way.

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Interesting
by Windows Sucks on Mon 2nd Jun 2014 01:32 UTC
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http://m.theatlantic.com/technology/print/2014/05/all-the-world-a-t...

This is just an Amusement park ride. Google is going to map the earth over and over and over. Street view is one thing but this uses things like he height of signs and curbs etc. Any of that changes and you have issues.

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RE: Interesting
by unclefester on Mon 2nd Jun 2014 03:41 in reply to "Interesting"
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The Google cars would constantly relay data back to base giving live updates of conditions. Major routes would be upgraded every few seconds.

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RE[2]: Interesting
by Windows Sucks on Mon 2nd Jun 2014 11:42 in reply to "RE: Interesting"
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The Google cars would constantly relay data back to base giving live updates of conditions. Major routes would be upgraded every few seconds.


That would be cool if they can learn as they go. As it stands now they use the street view cars to collect the data and then pass it back to base and then the data is sent to the driver-less car and uploaded before the car is used.

The question is not if it will work through, but if they will make money off it for it to be worth while to maintain all that infrastructure. If Ads are the way they are going to pay for all this, I don't see it being sustainable in the long term. The project its self will need to make money.

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RE: Interesting
by torp on Mon 2nd Jun 2014 09:37 in reply to "Interesting"
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2010-08-10

http://m.theatlantic.com/technology/print/2014/05/all-the-world-a-t...

This is just an Amusement park ride. Google is going to map the earth over and over and over. Street view is one thing but this uses things like he height of signs and curbs etc. Any of that changes and you have issues.


This! Google's self driving is not our idea of self driving. It would simply not function outside the areas they have mapped.
And even if they have the resources to map everything, the real question is how it works in places that have snow (which can reduce a 3 lane road to 1 lane), or ice, or really chaotic traffic, or on the narrow and winding roads of Europe.

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RE[2]: Interesting
by Soulbender on Mon 2nd Jun 2014 11:00 in reply to "RE: Interesting"
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Dude, it's a research project that is far from completion. It's not like they're going to start selling these cars tomorrow.

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