Featured Image: Originally destined for a museum before fate intervened: eight Delahayes, nine Talbot Lagos (three with Saoutchik bodies), four Ferraris (including a 250 GT California Spider once owned by a movie star), three Panhard-Levassors, three Lorraine Dietrichs, three Panhard-Levassors, two Delages, plus a Bugatti T57 Ventoux, Hispano Suiza H6B, Maserati A6G Gran Sport Frua, Lagonda LG45 cabriolet, Porsche 356 SC … sixty cars in all Source:GizmagImage Gallery(49 images). (Fair Use).
Automated license plate readers are quickly spreading across the US, with nearly 70 percent of US police departments using the systems. Los Angeles in particular is a heavy user, adding three million scans to a shared database every week, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Activists fear information repositories such as these add to the possibility of abuse and the erosion of civil liberties. RT’s Lindsay France is in Los Angeles and takes a look at the debate.
Photo: This car drives itself. The passengers are being chauffeured by computer. Seen at the VAIL autonomous driving and parking demonstration at Stanford this weekend. The roof is festooned with spinning LIDAR and cameras, feeding into the server farm in the trunk. With more processing power, I’m guessing that the expensive laser rangefinders will be less essential as the 2D video cameras alone can render a 3D map of the world, much like our brain. The next generation may wonder why we wasted 80% of the carrying capacity of our highways, why truckers fell asleep, or what all the fuss was about parallel parking. CREDITSteve JurvetsonSOURCE and DESCRIPTION above:Wikipedia.( Public Domain)
Jan. 28, 2013 — Autonomous, driverless vehicles look set to hit the streets in the near future and become increasingly common, so UK researchers have investigated algorithms that could help developers include escape manoeuvres to allow such vehicles to quickly and safely switch lanes to avoid collisions with other road users.
Writing in the aptly namedInternational Journal of Vehicle Autonomous Systems, Matthew Best of the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering at Loughborough University, in Leicestershire, discusses the optimisation of a vehicle’s standard brake, acceleration and steering control inputs in the context of avoiding collisions. . . . Read Complete Report
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Imagine cars driving themselves seamlessly and safely down the highway. Gone are traffic jams, crazy drivers, and commute-induced headaches. A vision of the future? Actually, no, this was the vision of the1939 World’s Fair and an idea that has come, come again, and now seems closer than ever before. A combination of technological availability, continuing safety concerns, and escalating congestion and energy problems fuel transportation researcher and policy-maker dreams of robotic vehicles. . . . Read Complete Report
The 1939 New York World’s Fair offered a vision of a utopian city of tomorrow—one in which life was going to be easy thanks to new technology that would revolutionize transportation, household work and daily life. Yet, the Fair made no mention of war, no sense of a troubled present, in spite of the looming world nightmare.