Autonomous Driving Update

Back in April there was a run of stories about autonomous vehicles.

  1. Singapore was rolling out driverless taxis (one has since been involved in a minor fender-bender).
  2. Roborace, the first driverless race car event was announced (the kinks are still being worked out and Audi just reported that they dropped out of Le Mans to focus on Formula E.
  3. Europe held a driverless truck convoy contest.

The driverless truck has come to our shores and today, Otto, Über’s self-driving truck division, announced that they had successfully delivered a load of Budweiser beer in Colorado, driving 120 miles on Interstate 25 with the driver in the back seat.

Oh, and Tesla’s in the running too with self-driving their own demo filmed here in the Bay Area.

And just in case you were wondering, Hollywood is working on a reboot of Knight Rider.

Tesla’s 1984 Moment

We all remember Apple Computer’s 1984 commercial. It represented Apple’s coming out as a viable alternative to the dull, beige box computer that was foisted on us.

I proffer to you Tesla’s version of that commercial. Filmed by the Freise Brothers, it features a voice from the past describing a future that has arrived.