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 -
Starship Schematics Database
: dedicated to the sole purpose of archiving every single starship design ever conceived in the Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5, and Space Battleship Yamato (A.K.A. Star Blazers in the USA) Universes, both official and unofficial, interesting and mediocre.
posted by Joe Beese
on Feb 12, 2011 -
is an award-winning British illustrator famous for his bestselling "Incredible" series of engineering art books: Incredible Cross-Sections
, Incredible Explosions
, Incredible Body
, and many more
. A master draftsman, Biesty does not use computers or even rulers
in composing his intricate and imaginative drawings, relying on nothing more than pen and ink, watercolor, and a steady hand. Over the years, he's adapted his work to many other mediums, including pop-up books
, educational games
), interactive history sites
, and animation
. You can view much of his work in the zoomable galleries
on his professional page, or click inside for a full listing of direct links to high-resolution, desktop-quality copies from his and other sites, including several with written commentary from collaborator Richard Platt [site, .mp3 chat]
. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Feb 4, 2011 -
In 2007, City officials convened a group of stakeholders, including representatives of taxi drivers, owner and passengers, to create a set of goals for the next New York City taxi cab, a project called the Taxi of Tomorrow.
posted by Joe Beese
on Nov 16, 2010 -
Healthy competition can advance technology, and motorsports is a good example of this. The Isle of Man TT
has been a motorcycle proving ground since 1907, with a bike earning its mettle by doing ton-up
on the 38 mile course. Enter Michael Czysz and his MotoCzysz E1pc
. After disastrous failure at the Isle of Man TT the previous year, his company redesigned their electric sport bike from the ground up. The results could have wider implications for electric vehicles as a whole. Previously
. [more inside]
posted by The Power Nap
on Jun 10, 2010 -
's 1984 book, Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology
was a seminal work for its discussion of how one might design a system (biological or otherwise) in order to generate behavior like that seen in beings with brains. He embarks on a series of thought experiments in which he creates thirteen "vehicles"
through simple components that (arguably) display intelligent behavior, evolving in a Darwinian fashion to demonstrate what appears to be high-level cognition. [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222
on Jan 17, 2010 -
have been around since WWII, and are basically boats with wheels. Schwimmwagens
have also been around since then, but they're basically a waterproof car with a propeller, like the 1960's Amphicar
. Both are kinda slow in the water. The only cool looking amphibious vehicles that could reach a decent speed in the water have been in James Bond movies
. Not any more...
posted by badstone
on Sep 18, 2003 -
Do Cars force us to give up the outdoors?
In jail, prisoners are stuck indoors and aren't allowed to go outside except for an hour at most. But are the car-driving residents of the average American suburb consigned to the same fate? "You go from the box garage in the house to the box car, driving down the street, not touching anything or being part of your environment" says Jessica Denevan. [More Inside]
posted by gregb1007
on Sep 16, 2003 -
...for the Gotham City crime-fighter on the go!
posted by LinusMines
on Apr 29, 2003 -
Can it get any more crude, I mean 'red', than this? (here, another brand
and lots of pics - click on mugshots). Who in their right mind would hang these under thier bumper?
posted by tomplus2
on Aug 11, 2002 -
Oil makes the world go round.
The Senate yesterday defeated an effort to increase fuel efficiency standards for cars, sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks by 50 percent over 13 years, voting instead for a measure backed by the auto industry.
posted by semmi
on Mar 14, 2002 -
Not even canines
are safe from road rage. God I hate San Jose. Even if the guy's from Virginia, there's just something about this place that turns people into monsters, and not the good kind like mummies and werewolves.
posted by luke
on Mar 1, 2000 -