"And when it does appear, the average family sedan will no longer be an engine and a drive train. It will be a mobile datacenter, processing terabytes of data every time you need to send the car to get some milk at the corner store"
It seems that a car can be converted to a multipurpose utility. Good, when car is in idle situation, its components can do multiple other functions, which can be of very much beneficial. If it has other facilities like generating power and storing it for next run, then energy conservation can also maintain.
"Have an important package for a customer but don't have the time to drive it over yourself? No worries, send the autonomous car". Autonomous car ; my dream when I was a little child .I think we have now all the knowledge and the technology to bring the "autonomous car" from the dream zone to the reality. It is amazing when your dreams became real.
A driverless car sounds perfect! I'll say yes please. I note the advantages are numerous - fantastic. I'm just wondering, what are the disadvantages? this is robotic - right? So what happens when something goes wrong?
A driverless road transportation will be a leap forward. Gone would be the days of stressful hours of driving a car, got struck in the traffic and nothing more to do than just wait behind the wheel.
I think that our technology is matured enough to start pilot programs in some places and learn/improve the system. I wonder what is keeping the auto companies waiting except maybe cost and clear government guidelines.
Safety and accident prevention may not be the only factors. One use case for such cars could be to transport the physically challenged. Driving around for such individuals is extremely difficult if not impossible. These cars will allow them to commute without putting a burden on their families.
I agree with the fact that smart cars so to say will make more sense in the area of school buses and commercial transport vechiles. It can also go a long way to reduce accident and to a large extent, prevent it.
It's a logical next step to take in automotive technology, and a huge next step in terms of engineering challenges. Sure we can get a few robots to share the road without colliding, using control systems. Multiply that by a million and I wonder if you'd get the throughput we have today on some US freeways.
Things like queuing theory, chaos theory and many-body dynamics come into play with interacting systems on that scale. I would be surprised to see a return to rail in some form to deal with the stability problems.
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Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.