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Showing posts with label self-driving cars. Show all posts
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Apr 2, 2018

Travel Tech Gadgets News - Autonomous Cars


Travel Tech Gadgets News - Autonomous Cars


The change is coming. Even if there are pushback and delay of self-driving cars, it is something that will happen. It might not be in 2 years, but as technology improves and the topic becomes exponentially top of mind, there will be a transition. You can already see related changes in large cities. People are more reluctant to buy and own cars. Instead, they opt for public transportation especially since a custom version of it (Uber and Lyft) are now widely available. Why own a car and worry about maintenance, insurance, and parking when you can get a car on demand via a car-share service. Folks are looking for convenience and a car that gets you to your destination while you catch up on latest show, messages, books and more would most certainly provide that for them. Below are some of the cool and interesting news about the evolution of autonomous vehicles.

Did You Know?:
An autonomous car (also known as a driverless car, self-driving car, robotic car[1]) and an unmanned ground vehicle is a vehicle that is capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input.[wikipedia.org]

Nov 3, 2016

Autonomous Cars - The Ads Tell Us Why We Need Them ASAP


Autonomous Cars - The Ads Tell Us Why We Need Them ASAP

The drivers don't pay attention and swerve across lanes
Driver does not notice cars stopped ahead
The driver is too distracted to react to a car cutting in front of him
Pulling out of a spot without looking around

The list goes on and on in the commercials of cars with automatic braking, lane departure, and other tech systems:

Jun 20, 2016

The Future Of Human-Independent Travel Is Almost Here

Autonomous Cars, Trucks and Buses


Not too long ago in a few sci-fi movies, the characters were shown jumping into a vehicle that pulled up next to them sense a driver. They also did not have to get behind the wheel, but could sit back after telling the car their destination. The reality of such commute is very close. Tesla's auto pilot goes beyond just cruise control by taking over the car and not only controlling speed but also distance to the nearest vehicle and has the ability to slowdown, stop, or even switch lanes as necessary. Hence, why the guy above was able to fall asleep while in the driver's seat. Since the technology is very new and, while working well, is not fool-proof yet it is not recommended to leave it unattended 100%.

Volvo S60 - Autonomous driving:

Famous autonomous vehicles:
Kitt (Knight Rider)
Audi Concept (I, Robot)
Minority Report car
The Batmobile
The Fifth Element flying car

Someone made the Lexus 2054 from Minority Report


The Most Ultimate Driving Machine (That You’ll Never Drive) via WIRED



Rolls-Royce Concept Car

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Dec 10, 2015

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - December

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - December


Robot Tested for Airport Check-In
Any technology that speeds up check-in and time at the airport, and functions well, would be a great improvement to the current system. While these robots are set to target premium travelers, after the beta testing, it is likely to hit mainstream as well.
www.mediapost.com/publications/article/262865/robot-tested-for-airport-check-in.html


Saudi Arabia to build world's tallest building 1km tall
www.cnn.com/2015/11/30/world/meast/saudi-arabia-worlds-tallest-building-jeddah-tower

Tesla's Model S on Autopilot gets the real test — navigating New York City traffic
It is not a self-driving car. Though it is a huge improvement on the old Cruise Control. With CC on you can let go of the pedals but you have to hold on to the wheel and, if getting closer to traffic, need to touch the brakes to make sure to keep good distance. With Tesla's Autopilot, you can take foot and hands off. The car will make adjustments as necessary to keep you within the lane and even break and slow down as necessary.
http://mashable.com/2015/11/06/teslas-self-driving-model/

Self-driving pods use app to pick you up and can connect with other pods on the road
interestingengineering.com/self-driving-pods-use-app-to-pick-you-up-and-can-connect-with-other-pods-on-the-road

Can you imagine this travel future?
http://elliott.org/blog/can-you-imagine-this-travel-future/

This gadget needs no battery, it's powered by Wi-Fi
www.pocket-lint.com/news/136116-this-gadget-needs-no-battery-it-s-powered-by-wi-fi


Volvo’s new child seat concept makes you actually want to have a child
interestingengineering.com/volvos-new-child-seat-concept-makes-you-actually-want-to-have-a-child

Stroller folds up small enough to fit in a backpack
If you have kids and ever had to travel with a stroller either in the car or on the plane, you know how much of a pain it could be to fold one up and then find enough space to put it in. We were very glad that we have updated our automobile to an SUV before our kid was born as I don't know how we would have fit half the stuff into the sedan. This stroller makes it even more convenient to travel since it can fold up and be stored in a bag. So technically could be the kid's carry-on luggage.
http://mashable.com/2015/10/24/gb-pockit-stroller

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Aug 17, 2015

An Animated History of Transportation Through the Centuries

An Animated History of Transportation Through the Centuries


From canoe to planes to self-driving cars, how we transverse our planet has and is evolving:


video via The Atlantic




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Jul 13, 2015

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - July

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - July


Ninebot Self-Balancing Unicycle
This unicycle can travel anywhere from 6 to 21 miles depending on the charge while going at a speed of 8-13 miles an hour. It is not something you would take on a highway, but you would be able to zoom through street traffic for your daily commute. It is already available for purchase on Amazon for $748 and free shipping. Comes with 120W standard charger and 220Wh high-capacity battery. There is also a corresponding app that will let you control the lighting effects on the sides, update the firmware, and keep track of your Ninebot.

The Gravity Light lamp doesn’t need fuel, batteries or the sun to power it
The lamp provides instant light, any time, with no sun or batteries needed. All it needs is some weights. GravityLight generates power from the lift of a weight. Here is how it works:

Baidu will test a self-driving BMW later this year
"the vehicle should be smart enough to operate itself, but enable you to take command as and when necessary. We would make a joke about that being what a lot of people thought the "Cruise Control" button was for"
cruise control
 image via nextmovie.com

Safety Truck Shows Drivers What’s Ahead

image via gadgetify.com
Samsung added a built-in camera to the front of a its fleet of trucks. The camera captures real-time footage of the road and then wirelessly feeds it to four Samsung screens on the truck’s rear doors. This live film will play continuously as the truck moves letting drivers behind the truck be aware of on coming traffic and what is in front of the truck to make a safe pass. It even features a night vision view, for cars driving during nights. This technological solution was created by Leo Burnett and Samsung in partnership with tech company Ingem├ítica, aiming to reduce traffic accidents.

Soon your car won't let you drink..

The Solar iPad Case!

An ultra-thin (around 7/8" total thickness) case that protects and recharges your iPad using the power of the sun. Now you can have protection for your precious gadget and keep on using it. The case server multiple functions with embeded thin-film solar panel that can convert sunlight into electricity that recharges the lithium ion battery. The Solar iPad Case battery is capable of delivering an additional 2 hours.

Finally: Netflix Streaming Becomes Available at Marriott Hotels
http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/netflix-in-marriott-hotels




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Oct 14, 2014

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - October

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets


The Wireless Display Adapter is the latest entrant into streaming gadget market by Microsoft. It give you a way to get the videos and presentations from your PC onto the nearest TV. This would come in handy for frequent travelers who need to make presentations. No need to ask for Wi-Fi access; just plug in the gadget and you're done.
Hopefully the "blue screen of death" is not included with this MS product.


Samsung Power Sharing Cable Lets You Transfer Power Across Devices
http://www.ubergizmo.com/2014/09/samsung-power-sharing-cable-lets-you-transfer-power-across-devices


Amazon extends Kindle line with new HDX Fire 8.9 and Fire HD Kids. The only tablet built from the ground up for kids. It comes with a rugged case to withstand bumps and drops. It also comes with a built-in quad-core processor, which makes it more like a regular tablet rather than a toy one. It has parental controls and preloaded with Amazon FreeTime Unlimited for one year.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2685452/amazons-new-fire-tablets-have-more-features-at-lower-prices.html

Microsoft Announces Universal Mobile Keyboard That Works With All Smartphones
http://www.doi-toshin.com/microsoft-announces-universal-mobile-keyboard-works-smartphones/


Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 – Driverless
http://www.gadgetify.com/driverless-mercedes-benz-truck/

Report predicts future hotel rooms to offer innovative services, gadgets -http://www.themalaymailonline.com/travel/article/report-predicts-future-hotel-rooms-to-offer-innovative-services-gadgets

How Ultrasound Technology Is Helping Wearables
http://mashable.com/2014/10/03/ask-a-dev-ultrasound/


Tesla revealed its newest Model D with all-wheel drive and ability to self-drive and self-park. It comes with dual motor that adds more power and higher efficiency and speed
http://www.wired.com/2014/10/tesla-reveals-details-big-model-d-announcement/

Finally, a flying car for everybody?
http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/03/tech/innovation/finally-a-flying-car-mycopter/index.html




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