Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Home, R2D2

Will Rogers remarked, during the Great Depression, that if America was headed to the poor house it would be the first nation in history to have driven there in an automobile.  Now it can be chauffeured;
Google's autonomous cars have passed their first driving test in Nevada, which included a trip along the famous Las Vegas Strip.The desert state is the first to grant the vehicles a licence to use public roads. They are controlled by computers processing a combination of mapping data, radar, laser sensors and video feeds.....Google is one off several firms racing to develop cars able to drive themselves. It is competing with car manufacturers as well as military firms to develop the technology. The web giant's executive chairman Eric Schmidt has argued that the fact that current vehicles rely on human drivers is a "bug"."It's amazing to me that we let humans drive cars," he said in 2010 as Google ramped up its research,in partnetship with Stanford University.

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