The self-driving car race
Well, not actually a self driving car race. More like a race to be the king of the
self-driving car manufacturers.
A bunch of big car makers have been renting space at an old
naval base northeast of San Francisco.
This space, in Concord California, is the home of GoMentum Station. It’s attractive as an auto test site because
it’s huge, it has a diverse landscape, railroad tracks, faded lines, and
tunnels. Just a big playground for cars.
What are they up to?
There are four big names using the site or talking about
using it. These are Honda,
Mercedes-Benz, Tesla and Apple. (yup, Apple)
Apple has been pretty secretive as usual and they haven’t
given any official confirmations as to what they are working on but all the facts
are pointing toward their own self driving car.
They have hired Johann Jungwirth who was the former CEO of
Mercedes North American Research and Development.
Apple has also been in talks with Elon Musk, the CEO of
Tesla. Some say Apple is trying to buy
Tesla but Elon says he’s not selling.
We are expecting Apple to create a sleek, all electric car
that will go into production by 2020.
It will probably have fingerprint access, all iphone
connectivity, great displays and some say a 300 mile range with up to 200hp.
Honda already has a prototype out with automatic signals and
lane changing. Eric Blumberg, Honda’s
senior engineer, says it is not driverless.
The driver needs to be present to guide and operate. Honda has been working on a prototype for
over a year in Japan and one of the cool features they have developed is called
"Virtual Tow”. This allows one car to
lead another in case of a heart attack, other medical issue or other
Mercedes’ first prototype is test driving now. Check out This
Link to see its sleek design. It is
reportedly an overall underwhelming experience with admittedly very advanced
technology. One rider said it was kind of like riding the monorail at Disney
Tesla has announced a self driving autopilot which will work
with its Model S but only on the highway for now.
A lot of cool technology in our future for
transportation. Just think, instead of
getting frustrated waiting for traffic to move, you might find yourself not
caring because you are finishing up some work before you get home, watching a
Netflix episode, playing a new game, meditating etc…
Maybe the next big market will be "Things you can do in your
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