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Comment Re:Short-term numbers versus long-term (Score 1) 167

Personally, I still think that LIDAR is inherently superior to video cameras for this task

I think that Tesla's approach of combining RADAR and cameras is both technically superior and less expensive than LIDAR. RADAR can work in many weather situations that render LIDAR useless. And RADAR's ability to bounce off the road surface allows the vehicle to see past the car directly in front of it.

Comment Re:Kill the market for this crud (Score 1) 60

Google needs to start working with vendors in the markets that use these lower end phones to make secure and reliable hardware. If there are a couple vendors making reliable phones for the ultra low end, with Googles official support and endorsement, it could go a long way in killing the market for these sorts of devices and win them a lot of favor in places where they might not be so highly regarded.

Google created Android One as an attempt to do exactly this. But people who sell phones that are subsidized by malware creators are able to sell those phones for even less. Go figure.

Comment Re:Long term plan (Score 4, Interesting) 93

... and then go on to build a base on the Moon - and dare we hope, on to Mars? They have taken the lead, simple as that, and the rest of the world will follow.

They're slightly ahead of SpaceX in the heavy-launch department, but they're behind in reusability and cost. As long as Musk doesn't meet an early demise, I believe that SpaceX will easily win the race to Mars.

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