Sunday, December 1, 2013 CBS New, 60 Minutes "... But during our visit to Amazon’s campus in Seattle, Bezos kept telling us that he did have a big surprise, something he wanted to unveil for the first time…
Jeff Bezos: Let me show you something.
Charlie Rose: Oh, man…Oh, my God!
Jeff Bezos: This…
Charlie Rose: This is?
Jeff Bezos:…is…these are octocopters.
Charlie Rose: Yeah?
Jeff Bezos: These are effectively drones but there’s no reason that they can’t be used as delivery vehicles. Take a look up here so I can show you how it works.
Charlie Rose: All right. We’re talking about delivery here?
Jeff Bezos: We’re talking about delivery. There’s an item going into the vehicle. I know this looks like science fiction. It’s not.
Charlie Rose: Wow!
... Read more See video starting @ 11:00. Beyond SmartDriving Cars? Very interesting! Alain
By Colin Daileda Nov. 26, 2013. "In 2003, members of the U.S. Congress and military hatched a plan, called Future Combat System, that would revolutionize the way the army waged war on the ground.
Part of the plan was to retool the military's ground fleet so that one third of its vehicles would be unmanned by 2015, but that timeline is now reportedly out of the question, so much so that the armed forces are even leaning on civilian technology to develop remote-controlled automobiles. A lack of funding and technological hiccups have, despite progress, put unmanned vehicles on something of a back burner...
Peter Singer, director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institute, told Mashable..."Very soon, if the current trends hold, you will have soldiers familiar with driverless cars from companies that range from Google to Volkswagen that all want this out there in the early 2020s," Singer said. "So you'll have this tech proliferated on the civilian side," and not on the military side. " Read more. Interesting. Another example of technology transfer from the military to the consumer. From ARPAnet to the WorldWideWeb and GPS to Turn-by-Turn navigation and location-based-services. Now from DARPA Grand Challenges to SmartDrivingCars and autonomousTaxi Transit Services. Alain
"... At a series of panels held during the show, executives, industry analysts and academics were unanimous in their conclusion that technology is reshaping the auto industry as thoroughly as it has entertainment and will be just as disruptive. The changes already underway comprise demand for seamless integration between cars and personal technology to the advent of driverless cars, which experts predict will be available in limited form as early 2015 with fully autonomous vehicles arriving by 2020..." Read more Continuing the trend that started at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Alain
Published: November 20, 2013 04:45 PM "Experts from the auto, cell-phone, and other high-tech industries gathered in Los Angeles this week for the Connected Car Expo to discuss how to better integrate cars and smart phones, develop self-driving cars, reduce driver distraction, and other tech-driven topics...Below are some of coolest, and sometimes disturbing, insights..." Read more
Hmmm...TravelTainment, whose fundamental focused is on grabbing the driver's attention, is the distraction whose consumption by the driver requires SmartDrivingTechnologies. It is the fiduciary, as well as the societal, responsibility of every TravelTainment company to insist on the implementation of SmartDrivingTechnologies so that their TravelTainment products can be responsibly consumed and enjoyed. Alain
"Toyota has bucked the trend and declared it is not interested in developing a driver-less car despite demonstrating a slew of autonomous technologies at events surrounding last week’s Tokyo motor show.
Instead, the global automotive giant insists its focus is on driver assistance for safety rather than the driver being taken out of the equation all together. “We are not aiming to develop an autonomous drive vehicle,” Toyota safety expert Seigo Kuzamaki told motoring.com.au via an interpreter.
Toyota demonstrated several previously announced ‘automated driving technologies’ in Tokyo last week:
* C-ACC, or co-operative adaptive cruise control. Builds on adaptive cruise control by communicating wirelessly with other C-ACC equipped cars to allow the following vehicle to automatically accelerate and decelerate to maintain an even gap.
* LTC or Lane Trace Control which uses a mono camera, millimetre-wave radar and sat-nav to follow the road, including sharp corners, without drive input by adjusting steering, engine output and braking force.
* An upgraded Pre-Collision System that now swerves to avoid pedestrians by adding auto-steering to the previous auto-braking function.
All three systems are expected to start appearing in top-end Toyota and Lexus production vehicles from 2015-16, before they trickle down the range. Both Toyota and Lexus Australia are eager to add the technology to their line-ups as soon as possible....Kuzamaki said Toyota regarded the terms autonomous driving and automated driving technology as two separate concepts. “Autonomous driving is more or less driver-less driving,” he said. “Automated driving technology by contrast is a group of technologies for more intelligent driving and the technology to monitor what is outside the car.
“The system is for long and high-speed drives and we are using automatic functionality to relieve the stress of driving in that environment,” insisted Kuzamaki. Read more
Hmmm. Seems like Toyota realizes that "safety" doesn't really resonate with consumers, but "relieving stress" might. An additional emotional measure that might resonate with consumers is "multi-tasking", aka "texting". Stress and the desire to multi-task are human emotions that drivers experience essentially every time they are behind the wheel (as does the comfort of "Corinthian Leather"). Safety (the lack thereof) is rarely experienced, so it rarely has the opportunity to resonate (even though when it does, it resonates off the chart). Maybe that is why safety doesn't really sell ( and has to be imposed by society/regulators), but anxiety relief and the ability to text might sell. While Toyota and others have praised the anxiety relief aspects of SmartDivingTechnologies, none have yet uttered the thought of enabling multi-tasking which is what some (many, most?) drivers really want to do. - Alain
"...a three way interview with scientists from Karlsruhe Technical University and Daimler on autonomous driving through Bertha Benz Memorial Route in the south of Germany...and a news minisection, this time about the autonomous electric four seats pods they are using in London’s Heathrow airport, and their plans on using them on an actual British city, Milton Keynes..." Listen more Read more Video of MB Autonomous Concept Car driving the Bertha Benz Memorial Route SmartDrivingCars reported on this on Sept. 9, 2013. Also, a history of MB SmartDrivingCar efforts can be found at "A Short History of Mercedes-Benz Autonomous Driving Technology". Alain
Call for Papers & Abstracts
2014 TAC conference & Exhibition
September 28 - October 1, 2014 ~ Montreal, QC
TAC celebrates its 100th Anniversary in 2014. The Geometric Design Standing Committee is organizing a full session on Autonomous Vehicles and invites the SmartDrivingCars community to submit abstracts on this topic relevant to Geometric Design. Abstract deadline is Dec. 31, 2013. Call for Papers ; Prospectus
Calendar of Upcoming Events
December 16, 2013, East Rutherford, NJ 07073
Prof. Alain L. Kornhauser
Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering (PAVE)
Heathrow Operational PodCar
Only Steering, Inside
Audi Jam-Assist Demo
Lane-Keeping w Brakes
Economist Cover Story