Like it or not, self-driving vehicles are becoming more practical with each passing year. As we stand on the cusp of intelligent vehicles being the dominant presence on our roads, it’s important to look at the current state of the technology. How is it starting to affect our lives, what challenges does it present, and how are we reacting?
Futurists and tech enthusiasts insist that self-driving cars are going to be a technological revolution, dramatically reducing the death toll and injury rates of vehicular collisions, but skeptics tend to believe that no automated process can control a car like a human driver.
Young German engineers on the road to solar enlightenment.
The recent 30th Anniversary World Solar Challenge held in Outback Australia proved a 3,022km journey of enlightenment for German Team Sonnenwagen.
The Dodge Challenger was one of the truly iconic muscle cars of the 1970s. Known for its sleek design and serious power under the hood, it’s a classic American muscle car with no equal. In 2008, Dodge reissued the classic Challenger, styled after the original version, and it’s really taken off in popularity!
A group of Seattle tech veterans recently released a proposal to introduce a driverless ribbon of highway I-5 stretching from Seattle to Vancouver they are calling “The Cascadia Corridor.” The suggested plan released by Madrona venture Group, could be phased in over a decade and could allow self-driving vehicles in dedicated car-pool lanes in off-peak hours to start.
To my amazement the tires gripped and I coasted to a halt, literally only 10 or 12 inches from the pick-up’s bumper and an expensive accident.
When it comes to car design, headlights are one of the most prominent features. The headlights are the eyes of the car’s face, and they play a key role in determining how people feel about the attitude of the car; rounded lights will often denote a cute character while angled lights makes it look angry. But, what did the very first cars use for headlights? How has headlight technology changed over the years?
It’s not the number of miles on your car that matters as much as how you maintain and care for it. Due to work, travel, or lifestyle, some people spend a lot more time in their cars than average. Therefore, it’s very important to treat your car well.
It’s the technology of the moment: the self-driving car, come to deliver us all from the daily grind of having to be in full control of our vehicle at all times, freeing up more reading and working time on long journeys. But it’s been a frustrating few years as the ‘hype curve’ of the technology has peaked, with the initial enthusiasm losing a bit of steam as reality sets in.