Can autonomous vehicles navigate the law? This year has been full of big news about the progress of self-driving cars. They are currently street legal in three states and Google says that on a given day, they have a dozen autonomous cars on the road. This August, they passed 300,000 driver-hours. In Spain this summer, Volvo drove a convoy of three cars through 200 kilometers of desert highway with just one driver and a police escort. Cadillac's newest models park themselves. The writing, one might think, is on the wall. But objects in the media may be farther off than they appear.
posted by modernnomad
on Dec 14, 2012 -
Man fined for stuffing 13 people in a Volvo.
Big news story today in Wales about a man fined and banned from driving for driving around Llandudno with 12 passengers in his Volvo. There's a handy little film attached so you can see just how difficult this is. Great to see license fee money being used for such hard-hitting investigative journalism like this, silly season's come early. Giving the current fuel costs in the UK, expect to see more of this OTT car pooling.
posted by Dio
on Jun 24, 2008 -
The Worlds of David Darling.
British astronomer and science writer David Darling has written over 10,000 articles for three massive online efforts: the Encyclopedia of Astrobiology, Astronomy, and Spaceflight
, the Encyclopedia of Alternative Energy and Sustainable Living
, and a related encyclopedia of concept vehicles
. Though the diversity of entries can be eccentric, and some are quite short, the science seems solid: learn about the illicit corned beef sandwich
of Gus Grissom, peruse a comprehensive set of advanced space propulsion concepts
, and see a terrific illustrated listing of strange land and air vehicles
(don't miss the Peel P50
microcar and the Volvo Gravity Car
posted by blahblahblah
on Oct 16, 2006 -
The Volvo Ocean Race,
formerly known as Whitbread Round the World, starts today. After years of preparation for the crews, boat builders and designers, 1500 BST this afternoon will see the eight participating boats cross the Cowes start line on the first leg to Cape Town. The website is more advanced than ever, with virtual racing
available, as well as WAP/SMS
services and brand new virtual spectator
software. Will you be following the teams
as they sail round the world, or is sailing simply no spectator sport?
posted by dagny
on Sep 23, 2001 -