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) and an unmanned ground vehicle is a vehicle that is capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input.[wikipedia.org]
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:
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 Fifth Element flying car
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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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"
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 Ingemática, aiming to reduce traffic accidents.
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.
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.