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If you already suffer from motion sickness from reading while being driven, you can expect things to get worse when you read in autonomous car. Researchers from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute are cautioning that people who are prone to motion sickness will want to avoid reading or watching TV while traveling in self-driving cars. “Motion sickness is expected to be more of an issue in self-driving vehicles than in conventional vehicles,” said U-M Transportation Research Institute researcher Michael Sivak. “The reason is that the three main factors contributing to motion... Read more...
Google has received a patent that essentially takes the incentive for a consumer to visit a business up a notch--or several notches. Traditionally, the tactics brick-and-mortar businesses have had to use to get people through the door have involved advertising sales, coupons, and offers for validated parking, not to mention paying for a prime location. Google’s idea is to allow businesses to offer free or deeply discounted transportation to literally deliver customers to a business’ front door. To a certain extent, there’s nothing new about that at all, especially in areas like... Read more...
Although the dream of roads full of driverless cars is a ways off, several companies such as Tesla and Google are making steps toward that goal by developing self-driving car technology. Ford is now also demonstrating self-parking technology called Fully Assisted Parking Aid that will actually help a driver locate a spot and then make the car automatically park itself--without the driver inside. Indeed, you’ll be able to hop out of the car and use a smartphone app to tell your car to park itself. This is ideal for both parking in tight spaces (i.e., you don’t have to squeeze your way... Read more...
There’s a bit of a race to roll out fleets of cars that can either drive themselves with minimal input from a human driver or are completely autonomous, and Tesla is a company that believes it can make that a reality in 3 years. Although allowing that a fully autonomous car was not likely anytime soon, Tesla CEO and futurist Elon Musk is looking for engineers to help him develop driverless technology that would get him close. All of the technology will be developed in-house at Tesla; in other words, the company won’t be using or licensing anyone else’s technology. Musk also indicated... Read more...