apoc.famine writes: "Apple Inc. founder and CEO Steve Jobs sent a note Monday to employees saying he's taking a medical leave of absence so he can focus on his health. Chief operating officer Tim Cook will be responsible for all day-to-day operations in his absence.
Will this be the end of Jobs at Apple? We'll have to keep an eye on Bloomberg to find out."
apoc.famine writes: "Driverless technology from the University of Parma's VisLab was deployed in a real-world test on Tuesday. Two driverless chase vehicles will attempt to follow two lead vehicles across multiple continents, over the course of several months. The journey will cover over 8,000 miles, (~13,000 km) as the chase vehicles use lasers and cameras to attempt to navigate hazards along the way. The team expects to collect about 100 TB of data, which, as you can imagine, requires a pretty hefty electronics and battery load. The scale is such that the cars can only run for about three hours before needing 8 hours to recharge the batteries.
This is being billed as just a test, and far from a real world application. The vehicles don't go more than about 35mph, and need a person behind the wheel to take over at a moment's notice. "What we are trying to do is stress our systems and see if they can work in a real environment, with real weather, real traffic and crazy people who cross the road in front of you and a vehicle that cuts you off," said project leader Alberto Broggi.
The goal is not to produce just road vehicles, but to improve the technology so it can be used in military and agricultural roles as well. The team hopes to have helped mature the technology within the next 10-20 years to the point that it can be used on the road. At the moment, it looks like it has a long way to go."