The Year of Moving Forward

The Year of Moving Forward
At our 4 person wedding reception in DC

Monday, January 7, 2008

Self Driving Cars and Who's the Daddy?

School starts again today for a lot of people, including me. I am not sure what my blogging schedule will be because I have morning classes on some days and afternoon classes on others. I will have to develop a new routine.

Ever since I have been driving I have wondered when self-driving cars would come about. Once we had cruise control and phatpimp curb feelers what more would we need. Now GM and its partners are working to make it a reality.

The Birmingham News had this story in its print edition, but it is not online, so here is the story from the Boston Herald.

Here is a video of self driving vehicle from Daily Motion.

Talk about a change in society and the way we live. Read the paper on the way to work? Apply makeup? Eat breakfast? Shave?

Oh wait. People already do all of those things. But maybe with the new driverless cars they can do them without running into the car in front of them!

Look for the car insurance industry to fight this, as there are expectations that the 42,000 traffic deaths and other accidents would be greatly reduced, meaning auto insurance premiums could go way down even for teenage drivers. The auto insurance industry, while airing commercials that promote safer driving, actually needs people to keep having wrecks to be able to charge the high premiums we pay and remain a necessary industry.

Sort of like the tobacco industry actually recruiting "replacement smokers" while pretending to promote anti-smoking campaigns. Laughable, but sick.

The weirdest story of 2008 so far (7 days) has to be the allegation in Andrew Morton's book "Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography" that Tom is not Suri's father but rather Katie Holmes was inseminated with semen from Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Ooh. Yuck and Gross.

I wouldn't put anything past the cult, though, so David Beckham and Posh Spice need to watch out. The book says they are targets of Scientology. Run. Run. RUN...

If I have offended Scientologists...oh well. I mean, scientology has nothing to do with "science" and little to do with "ology", so here's a site that claims to expose Scientology for the fraud that it is: Operation Clambake. I don't like offending people for their beliefs, but Scientology, the Pope and Southern Baptists often need offending.

1 comment:

gary said...

It's inevitable that automation will overtake personal transportation, even if it's not the flying cars of science fiction. This idea is good, but would be better if the vehicles were put on rails...


That way the system is much more reliable AND you solve the energy issue...all electric vehicles without the huge batteries.