Archive for the ‘Automation’ Category

DARPA Race

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Watching the DARPA challenge is really cool. These are the most advanced cars in the world doing stuff we humans take for granted.

VW Racer

The cars last year looked rather wild to match their race environment. These are more standard looking as long as you ignore the hardware mounted on top and don’t peak inside. Honda is now selling their driver assist car, I would like to see a comparison review between these, after all the Honda can take passengers and does quite well for its given conditions.

Firefighting Beetle

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Slightly off topic, but still related to modern transportation is this strange little bug:

Fire bug

What I really like about this little critter is that it is all robot and it serves a good purpose. The Germans have developed this tools to not only put out fires when they start, but to also send a communication back to headquarters. I am thinking with a saddle on that thing you could be in for a real ride – yehaw.

Autopilot

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Honda With ADAS

Humans make the worst drivers: we get tired, we have mood swings, we blink, we get distracted.

What Honda has done is add assistance to drivers for improved safety and reduced fatigue. I have been wanting something like this since DARPA first launched their autonomous vehicle competition a few years back.

What I want to know is – how can I get one in the US since so far it has only been release in litigation reasonable Britain?