The company Google, has been recently working and improving on their Self-Driving Car Project. It is believed that this car is going to make the roads safer, and replace the use of humans as drivers. It has sensors and cameras to detect when it is their turn to go, and their turns to stop. Even though this car has been in recent accidents, we still don't know if this vehicle is going to become a success and actually make the roads safer.
In the article, Alberto Broggi, professor studying autonomous cars at the Università di Parma in Italy, believes that the vehicle won't be able to quickly respond to street or route changes through out a "map-dependent system." If you actually think about what Alberto Broggi is saying, perhaps the self driving car won't be able to detect if a certain street is closed in the route to go to a location with its sensors and cameras, what will the vehicle do in this scenario? Maybe this is something Google needs to improve on, having their autonomous car detect particular route changes and having the ability to make quick responses.
According to technology review.com, Michael Wagner (Carnegie Mellon researcher on robotics) strongly thinks that it is very important that Google doesn't stress out themselves on what their autonomous car can and cannot do. “This is a very early-stage technology, which makes asking these kinds of questions all the more justified," according to the article. This seems like, Michael Wagner is trying to say that Google is trying to fit TOO many things into their autonomous car, and aren't focusing on what it can do.
It sounds like, the Google Self-Driving car is the start of electric future autonomous cars. Even though this is still an improving project, we still don't exactly know if this vehicle is going to become a success and actually make the roads safer, which is what Google's final goal is to the end of this project.
First iImage from Google's Self Driving Car Project website.
Other images in slideshow source from National.co.uk website.
Imagine you have your hand or arm cut off? All the abilities you will lose and never have for the rest of your life? Recently, in an article provided by Cnet, in two technology companies in Switzerland and Italy, (Switzerland's Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and Italy's Scuola Superiore) they have both been working on a bionic fingertip that lets an amputee feel textures again. For example, people that have gone to war, and have unfortunately come back with certain conditions, can now have the opportunity to feel certain textures, by a conducted research and discovery. It is interesting to see what they have done!
In this research, it has been tested with particular amputees both as well with non-amputees to see the contrast between the textures, and what the people felt.
Basically, in this recent discovery, the engineers and researchers in both technology companies, have developed a small design of a finger, but that can feel certain textures and surfaces. So, when the engineers and researchers rubbed it against certain surfaces and textures, the finger design was linked with computers and monitors that would show certain graphs of the textures felt by the "finger." This model can also feel pressure points for example, when there's too much force applied on to an item or object, the monitors can detect certain statistics. This was tested on amputee people, and surprisingly with a lot of effort, they were able to feel textures and surfaces again, where they hadn't had the feeling of in a while. The finger model was somehow connected to the human by a series of nerves running through their amputee location by computers and monitors. Switzerland's Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and Italy's Scuola Superiore have only began with this new discovery, and will expand their research and engineering on this recent discovery that could help thousands of lives from people who have gone through serious conditions.