I LOVE cars. I love ’em so much I blog about new cars here…
And year after year, car manufacturers make cars safer and safer. Except when it comes to their remote starter systems.
According to this New York Times investigation:
Weaned from using a key, drivers have left cars running in garages, spewing exhaust into homes. Despite years of deaths, regulatory action has lagged.
Oh yes. This is bad:
Keyless ignitions are now standard in over half of the 17 million new vehicles sold annually in the United States, according to the auto information website Edmunds. Rather than a physical key, drivers carry a fob that transmits a radio signal, and as long as the fob is present, a car can be started with the touch of a button. But weaned from the habit of turning and removing a key to shut off the motor, drivers — particularly older ones — can be lulled by newer, quieter engines into mistakenly thinking that it has stopped running.
My car’s engine is so quiet, sometimes I THOUGHT I turned off the car after pressing the button, but it was still running. (Fortunately, my Toyota RAV4 beeps when it senses I am leaving the car and the car is still running.)
Cars produce deadly invisible, Carbon monoxide gas. And a car running in a closed garage could seep dangerous gas into our home and kill us within an hour.
Now, get this – the cost to have an automatic shutoff is about $5. But most car companies are too greedy (and cheap) to install this for us.
Bottom line: everyone should install a few carbon monoxide detectors in their homes. It is cheap to buy and easy to install. And more important, it could save our lives (since the car companies are too cheap to do it for us).
A Turing test is a test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent (sentient) behavior equal to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human.
In simple speak, does a computer act like a human?
It appears Google Duplex just passed the Turing test.
Is this creepy, awesome or somewhere in between?
Here is proof Transhumanism is alive and well.
Marques Brownlee (a.k.a. MKBHD) nails the pros and cons of Google Duplex… watch this:
Ever wonder what the average IQ is by country.
Wonder no more. Here is the map:
And here is the list of the smartest countries in the world.
Predictions from the 1962 Jetson’s TV show are going to become reality in just a few short years.
Uber has partnered with the US Army to produce a silent air taxi. Uber plans to launch it in as little as 19 months.
Uber is holding its Uber Elevate conference on flying vehicles this week in Los Angeles, where it also revealed a variety of aircraft designs (shown above), and offered some other details:
Initially, a ride in the sky will cost a passenger $5.73 per mile, then Uber hopes to eventually get the cost down to 44 cents per mile, which would be comparable to the cost of owning and driving a car.Uber’s goal is to conduct demonstration flights in 2020.
UberAIR plans to begin commercial service in 2023 in Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles, and has dropped Dubai from its plans.
It plans airspeeds up to 200 mph and cruising altitudes of 1,000 to 2,000 feet — higher than drones but lower than small aircraft or jetliners.
Its eVTOL aircraft would travel 60 miles on a charge.
Here is an animated rendition of what this flying taxi service might look like:
This 11-hour flight between London and San Francisco is bound to be grueling for most coach passengers. But from the cockpit window, it looks great.
Check out this nifty time-lapse flight: