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Comment Re: Why (Score 1) 276

Look at the drone industry. This is a bigger industry for autonomous drones (essentially these are ground drones), DOT sees the challenges via the FAA issues and the politician see $$$ and benefit to themselves as well when it comes to cars.

Also don't be surprise if Obama's next job has something to do with big auto or tech.

Comment Confirms my thoughts on the real agenda (Score 0) 37

That driverless cars are really for selling infotainment, the associate hardware, and... more content. Aside from all the personal data that can be collected and mined for ads and selling you more stuff. The more your face is looking at a screen, the more you buy stuff--content is king. And more the stuff bought means ++ for all those manufacturing companies in the east--really, they are only making money from volume of something (like smartphones).

Traffic, efficiency, safety are backseat items in this driverless race. It's all about you to buy something and track your activities in a car.

Comment the jig is up (Score 1) 279

a. all the hype of new languages, frameworks, and platforms will be debunted as fast as the blitz/viral marketing efforts that we see today.
b. the "myster" of coding will be old-hat from a nomenclature stand point. Everyone will recognize (not necessarily understand) FIFO queue, certs, etc..., even understand what a buffer overflow means. It will not effect careers & salaries in s/w, but will call out overrated tasks.
c. As much as Silicon Valley wants coders to be rock stars (e.g. as in Silicon Valley), s/w will become like the 70's again--pretty normal activities of technical work. Silicon Valley will need to fine a new hype topic--but they're good at it....
d. And we won't have smartphones.

Comment Re:Too much hype about driverless cars (Score 1) 211

more catastrophic breed of accident will appear

Yes, in the current condition autonomous cars will make it safer to drive and be more efficient... short term after the hype is over and the real autonomous cars come out. But the players in the industry will sell new hype and the system will get push to its limits. That's when accidents will occur... much like moving to drive-by-wire tech (e.g. unintended acceleration).

Having worked with the technology--I see the new breed of accident will not be car-car, but car to environment (whether it's pedestrians or more likely infrastructure/bridges).

Comment Re:Drones and Morons (Score 2) 165

They are autonomous if you lose RF. You really think you're in control if the TX loses connection or worse... bind, to the RX? If one does think so, that person needs to RTFM.

This is a great example of 2 communities coming together with 2 different perspectives: considering the revolution in the past 4 yrs.... traditional R/C hobbyist take 2.4FHSS RF for granted (cause they're in some AMA sanctioned open field and FHSS works great... most of the time) and drone pilots take GPS for granted (since it appears to always "work" on their iPhone... most of the time, not considering drones need DGPS). They both will fail and guess what, the drone does autonomously maneuver ("return to home" is the best example).

Look at it this way: GPS and FHSS RF has enabled the current state of the art and solutions should be handled within those technologies accordingly. Hence, geofencing has a place.

Now cameras and privacy--we just scratched the surface and could be in for a world of hurt (if you're a drone operator... not pilot!).

At this point can we now call them flying robots vs drones?

Comment Re:GPS fencing is probably not a bad idea (Score 1) 165

So far the only argument I see against geofencing is folks don't want it cause of the "limitations" of flying: freedom over their device and that is it. Obviously no one understands the concept and the current software solutions are so buggy (yes!)--so it all gets thrown under the "geofencing doesn't work" bin.

How many "pros" are flying over airports? 10 (A: yes), 100, 1000? Daily (no way)?

How many no fly zones (NFZ) would be needed? 1000 (A: yes), 1000000, 1 million?

How many drones are being flown in a public park? 100, 1000 (yes), 100000? Daily (nope again)?

NFZs will force GPS fix on every aircraft--that also means no more fly aways unless you stick a magnetic on your compass.

Can we build 100% virtual walls. Of course not. Can GPS or localization techniques be defeated? Of course like any tech. Is it a perfect system? No. But will it cover 98% of the users out there & keep them safe, likely yes. That gives the FAA room to focus on the 2% malicious users instead of throwing the baby out with the bath water.

Comment Re:Since the Late Sixties... (Score 1) 189

Likely, cause burning man was about being a independent, self run city.

But when a self run city still needs to enforce drone regs via FAA guidelines... I think burning man has jumped the shark on the independent city idea.

Really, there's pyro, drugs, guns, illegal activities there, BUT drones there are still regulated based on FAA and perceived privacy needs. Oh the irony.

Comment Re:misdirection.. (Score 1) 214

sure payload and range are currently limitations, but creativity, through say, fleets of autonomous drones (which are too AVs) are a possible approach in using hobbyist drones in the not too distance future.

AVs are about doing things in scale, and it's going to change the paradigm--we're all thinking about these 'lone wolf' situations...

Comment If you truly want function over form (Score 2) 208

who prize function over form

Then get a phone that has a OS that isn't bloated with eye candy, odd navigation menus, and constant connection for 'guessing your next request'... and crapware that runs in the background 100%.

There was a time not so long along phones ran for at least a day, and we're "zippy", now they're slow & buggy (I'm looking at you Android & WP) or last 6 hrs (iOS). And it's mainly from the OS being used.

Most of the functions I use on today's phone were available on a 2003 Palm Tungsten (email, cal, notes, sms, video, audio): and when I ran a Palm, it ran smoothly (though not as zippy as a 2013 phone), but lasted nearly a whole week before a need to charge. The latest "flagship" phones are so heavily bias to graphics and cloud gaming that kills everything else when is comes to usability.

Imagine a bare bones phone: web browser, video/audio player, sms and workable phone. 3000mah would go a long ways w/just that.

Want function over form: get a phone w/a efficient OS--yep, there's isn't one today.

Comment Re:It'll never happen (Score 1) 280

Shared autonomous vehicles will have their place. High traffic work areas easily and anything that demands public transport (sporting games, movies, schools, etc)... and will easily threaten to replace subways and buses--yes, replace them. The urban planners will have a lot of headaches considering they are pushing these mix-use living areas integrated into public transportation, not considering it's more expensive and time consuming [construction] to put living quarters with the subway and a bus station, etc...

Now trendy areas, i.e. date places and high 'look at me' places will demand person transport--cause automobiles are part of those "I have arrived" venues and events. There's also the hobby part (i.e. look at the horse and bicycle industries), but that's a fringe of what is being scaled.

But we'll just go on this see-saw of 'they solve everything' to 'it's crap hyped tech' for the next 5 yrs.

As much as us geeks think their gods and can develop the be all-end all solution, it's just never is the case in the real world. One things for sure--bet on autonomous cars, it's coming.

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