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Comment: Re:didn't have to be worse.. (Score 3, Insightful) 203

by sl149q (#47904317) Attached to: Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

So if the referenced article is to be believed...

Sometime early in August Apple decided to to with ion strengthened glass for the new iPhone 6 models. They then cancelled the orders for sapphire screens and did what... with only six weeks to go before launch, probably several weeks into full production, they placed an order for 10 million or so screens? Its not like you can phone Digikey and ask for 10 million screens and please have them here in 24 hours please and thank.

Any decision about screens was made many months ago so that the Ion Screen manufacturer would have sufficient time to make them and ship them prior to when the iPhone 6's production needed to start. And initial production was probably in June.

So more likely March or April.

Comment: Re:Who would have thought (Score 1) 193

by sl149q (#47884919) Attached to: The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

And this is how different from now?

Other than many human drivers will be distracted and might not notice... but if they do notice you get the same panic effect.

Which is also why (at least in BC) most over passes (especially pedestrian ones) now have fences so that idiots cannot throw things off them.

In other words this has nothing much to do with autonomous vehicles.

Comment: Re:Who would have thought (Score 1) 193

by sl149q (#47884897) Attached to: The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

With feedback (there is this Internet thing...) and / or official documentation from the owners of the particular road you are driving, eventually your model of the driving environment will be reasonably accurate.

So mostly you are looking to see if there are any changes today (like a car stopped, or cones and a flagger out, or a mattress or other obstacle.) Although again if feedback is active and the obstacle has been "seen" by another vehicle, your car may actually know about it before it arrives.

Comment: Legal issues - driving and kill switch (Score 1) 729

by sl149q (#47869231) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Will it be legal to wear the Apple Watch (or for that matter any smart watch) while driving (where handheld devices are outlawed)? One hopes that it will be illegal to use it as a phone replacement, but legal to wear. But that leads to people cheating and a very hard to enforce law.

Will the Apple Watch have a kill switch? Will the laws requiring kill switches in smart phones mandate a kill switch? Now that we are getting safer from being robbed because iPhones are hard to sell when stolen do we want to have yet another expensive Apple Gadget that people will covet and therefore provide a market for stolen ones.

Comment: Re:Yeah hand signals (Score 1) 289

by sl149q (#47792619) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Given a system that can track changes to your trajectory in space within millisecond time frames it is likely that any autonomous car will know what you are doing without any need to signal it.

It will also have situational awareness. So will be able to make predictions of likely behaviour. E.g. if you are in the bike lane, near a corner and make a slight swing out to the right it will wait to see if you are going to lane change to turn left or start back the right to make a right turn.

All of which most drivers wouldn't even notice as they have limited attention and that may be directed somewhere else through an intersection.

Comment: Re:been wondering many similar things (Score 1) 289

by sl149q (#47792605) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

The owner of a parking lot could engineer in the specific parking locations he wants cars to use and the cars will automatically park exactly centred on them without a problem (thanks GPS..)

Alternately, once a large number of cars are autonomous they can drop you off at the door and then go and park themselves. Also they can pack themselves in as the current "parked" cars can move to allow them in and out. A parked autonomous car can move around in the parking lot to suit current requirements. All of which means that the number of parked cars is higher so parking lots can be smaller.

Comment: Re:A Pile Of Money (Score 1) 289

by sl149q (#47792577) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

If cars (automated or otherwise) are using the roads, then data about its current condition and any changes will be available. The more cars that use a route the faster changes get propagated.

You have heard about this thing called the Internet? It does work I'm told from within moving objects like cars thanks to LTE and 3G.

Comment: Re:Hype (Score 1) 289

by sl149q (#47792567) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Its called street view. See how much of your local city has been scanned. They already have a fleet of cars doing this.

Just a matter of beefing up their street view cars to collect any additional information they need and when they make their next pass through your neighbourhood you will have been scanned.

Analysing the data is just a matter for big iron. And Google is getting very good at building out that required infrastructure.

Comment: Re:Baby steps (Score 1) 289

by sl149q (#47792537) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Correct, there may be situations where the best of the best of skilled human drivers will do a better job.

On the other hand most drivers are simply not that good.

Unfortunately 80% of all drivers THINK they are that good. Some of them MIGHT be that good a small amount of the time, but not ALL of the time.

Autonomous cars will attain a specific level of competence (which will improve over time) and will operate at the level all the time. They don't get impatient. They don't get tired. They don't text. They don't try and pick up the soother in the back seat that the baby dropped (yes, recent cyclist death was due to driver doing that.)

Comment: Re:Baby steps (Score 1) 289

by sl149q (#47792525) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Hmm, in most places as soon as the snow hits the ground human drivers prove that THEY cannot drive on snow either.

I suspect that this is another intractable problem that won't actually prove to be all that hard to solve. Where solve simply means doing a better job than 90% of the human drivers out there.

Comment: Re:columns of pixels? wrong. (Score 1) 289

by sl149q (#47792515) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Hm, no interpolating the trajectory of a moving object in space is something that the best physicists, mathematicians and computer scientists simply have not been able to solve. It is an intractable problem that can only be solved in real time by organic brains.

Of course the Iron Dome might just be a counter example (those sneaky Israelis obviously didn't get the memo!)

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