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Comment Re: older cars (Score 2) 192

Yes older cars are easier to maintain but the newer ones are outlasting them. Current average is almost 11 years before scrapping compared to under 7 in 1930. Sure you could fix the old cars up but with all that sheet metal rust was a major concern. I know old guys complain about the new plastic boxes on the roads these days but you hardly ever see rusted cars anymore. Besides in 10-15 years when you go to scrap your ford you can upgrade to a self driving car. http://www.forbes.com/sites/ji...

Comment Re: Because of Apple engineering (Score 1) 264

Have you looked at NAND prices? The difference between 32 gigs and 128 gigs is like $12. Apple charges $200 for the privilege. They don't even list 16 gigs on the pricing sites anymore. This is the reason why I buy the 16 gig version because the upgrade isn't worth $200 to me. If it was $50 (a mere 300% markup) I would pay for the upgrade.

Comment 3D Printing and Construction (Score 2) 108

This guy may be taking things a bit too far but there is certainly a lot of room for potential use of 3D printers in construction. The two things I really wish already existed are a 3D room painter and a 3D Drywall Joint Compound Printer. Having a machine that can make your walls perfectly smooth (with no sanding). Then have another machine to paint it with no brush strokes and perfectly straight lines. It would be amazing for both home builders and home owners. When compared to paying someone there would be significant savings with a very quick payback if you used it often (home builder). Although a lot of people would be out of a job because of it.

Comment Fake Passport? (Score 1) 232

All the debate has been about 1984 big brother type stuff. Am I the only one who is wondering how the heck he managed to get a hold of a fake passport and use it at a US embassy for YEARS without being caught? I would think the FBI would be routinely cross-checking all photos from passport applications/visa applications against all known databases (mug shots, driver licenses, etc) and kicking out anything that does not match. Maybe TV has me thinking the technology is much more advanced than I thought.

Comment Maglev... (Score 1) 186

I think you are taking the hovercraft name too literally. All they have said is that the car will hover a few inches above the road. There a few ways to accomplish this none of which are easy which is why we have not seen one in real life yet. One option would be to use a maglev type system. Although that would likely require expensive changes to the roads. Other options are using an air cushion in some way but again that is not an easy solution. All we can really gain from this artificial is that Toyota is attempting to think outside the box when developing cars. But we can say that the vast majority of these ideas will never make it into the hands of the consumer (or at least not anytime soon).

Comment Supply Chain (Score 2) 158

Supply Chain Management is a field that tends to be on the tech heavy side but unfortunately most people working in it do not have an CS/Programming background. Having that background would give you a leg up if you can get hired. There are some interesting problems in this field like linear optimization and forecasting to keep you busy.

Comment Re:Not Yet (Score 1) 437

Google has overcome a lot of that already. http://www.gizmag.com/google-s... Their car can recognize road construction, cones, and even bicycle hand signals. For accidents police only have to put out a few cones or flares and the car will route around. The more interesting scenarios are things like fallen tree blocking the roadway or someone stopping the car at gunpoint to rob you. These cars will quickly handle every situation possible except for the extremely unlikely events.

Comment Re:great (Score 1) 367

I am sure in a race simulator alcohol will have a marked negative impact on driving. However the objective here is safety not speed. So imagine your normal aggressive driver who is constantly speeding and tailgating. Give them a few beers and they will either stupidly drive the same way being even more of a hazard on the road. Or they will realize they are either near or over the legal alcohol limit and therefore not want to give the police a reason to pull them over. So they drive at the speed limit, hands at 10&2, leaving plenty of space. I wager it is probably safer to drive with the legally drunk guy being cautious than the sober aggressive guy. There is a point in alcohol consumption where this is no longer the case but I do not think it is at .08.

Comment Re:When the control code is 100% bug free (Score 1) 472

Americans travel something like 3 Trillion miles a year. If just 1% of cars are self driving thats 30 billion miles of testing a year. Far more driving than anyone could ever comprehend doing in a lifetime or 1000 lifetimes. Of course there will be some accidents during this time but the automation will quickly pass the abilities of 95-99% of the drivers out there fairly quickly. As soon as this technology becomes available and is proven (100 million miles or so of driving) people will be running to get self driving cars. 1 hour commute becomes 1 hour of internet surfing or even sleep. At a certain point that 1 hour commute might become 30 minutes as the percentage of self driving cars goes up due to less accidents, less congestion, no rubbernecking, no sun glare issues, etc. I only have a 25 minute commute and would love a self driving car. You have a son or daughter turn 16 (15,17,18) are you going to let them drive themselves or use a proven self driving car. Would you prefer they go out with friends who just got their license or a program that has trillions of miles under its belt. Self driving cars are a no brainer once the technology is in place. Of course there will be holdouts, there are people who still dont have cell phones, but the advantages far far far outweigh the risks.

Comment Re:So long truckers (Score 5, Interesting) 369

You need to re-think the distribution model once humans are removed from the equation. One potential, UPS opens a large number of very small completely automated warehouses across the country. Deliveries from the main distribution centers which currently can serve 100s of towns are broken out to the smaller ones that might only server a few square miles. From there small autonomous electric vehicles deliver to your house. Automated system gives you a call/text/email to confirm you are home for delivery and the truck is sent. You walk out and grab your stuff. No more deliveries when you are not home. Want it delivered at 2AM, no problem. Removing people from package distribution opens up a vast array of options and the company(s) that gets it right will make a ton of money.

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