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Forum: The Barbie
Nov 7th 2018, 9:35 pm
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Views: 72,594
Posted By Wol

Re: The world of automation

Actually, autopilots are a lot smarter than your post implies - and that's quite a lot of the problem! They have so many modes and combinations of modes that when things start to get complicated...
Forum: The Barbie
Nov 3rd 2018, 9:34 am
Replies: 1,577
Views: 72,594
Posted By Wol

Re: The world of automation

>> ....Elon is talking about deployment of software to enable their cars to navigate a car park, find and park, and do so - by next year. <<

I am actually a big fan of Musk - he's not perfect by a...
Forum: The Barbie
Nov 3rd 2018, 6:38 am
Replies: 1,577
Views: 72,594
Posted By Wol

Re: The world of automation

For those still saying the autonomous vehicles and robotaxis are a decades off.


>>A car equipped with level four self-driving technology would be able to complete all the dynamic aspects of...
Forum: The Lab
Oct 30th 2018, 10:06 am
Replies: 21
Views: 1,724
Posted By Wol

Re: Oops!

It was certainly primitive by standards of today, at least in mechanical construction, but ran 32 bit RISCOS which was way ahead of the time. IIRC the B & W screen was actually split into two...
Forum: The Lab
Oct 29th 2018, 1:10 am
Replies: 21
Views: 1,724
Posted By Wol

Re: Oops!

A few (?) years back I replaced the screen ribbon cable on my Acorn A4 laptop - couldn't believe the number of components packed into such a tiny space! It took four hours, much coffee and almost a...
Forum: The Barbie
Oct 27th 2018, 9:51 am
Replies: 1,577
Views: 72,594
Posted By Wol

Re: The world of automation

Done 10 months ago in record time.
Forum: The Barbie
Oct 27th 2018, 4:48 am
Replies: 1,577
Views: 72,594
Posted By Wol

Re: The world of automation

I agree about the fact checks, particularly in this case because there are so many assumptions made on both sides.

For example, do they take into account those who charge their EVs from their own...
Forum: The Barbie
Oct 23rd 2018, 4:04 am
Replies: 1,577
Views: 72,594
Posted By Wol

Re: The world of automation

RTFQ! Scenario - a big truck gets stuck on a small roundabout. No driver. traffic jam builds up - people start getting antsy. Nearest operative who can take over the truck is a hundred miles away....
Forum: The Barbie
Oct 23rd 2018, 2:31 am
Replies: 1,577
Views: 72,594
Posted By Wol

Re: The world of automation

You must be delusional if you imagine that "remote handling" would ever be acceptable on public roads, with a traffic jam around a stranded truck and fistfights starting all over! In any case, those...
Forum: The Barbie
Oct 23rd 2018, 1:48 am
Replies: 1,577
Views: 72,594
Posted By Wol

Re: The world of automation

I can't work out if you are being serious or not :huh:

Always the "once" and "maybe". It's one thing to have huge trucks running iron ore around on an opencast mine - but what happens when a truck...
Forum: The Barbie
Oct 23rd 2018, 1:41 am
Replies: 1,577
Views: 72,594
Posted By Wol

Re: The world of automation

That's exactly the point: unless they can go literally anywhere they are useless. With a "safety" driver, OK (perhaps) but then what's the point?
Forum: The Barbie
Oct 23rd 2018, 1:38 am
Replies: 1,577
Views: 72,594
Posted By Wol

Re: The world of automation

Good luck with Chinese autodrive...

There's an interesting article in NS last week about the huge energy requirements of our "paperless" world (yes, that's sarcastic...) what with vast amounts of...
Forum: The Barbie
Oct 22nd 2018, 12:44 am
Replies: 1,577
Views: 72,594
Posted By Wol

Re: The world of automation

The issue is probably not whether they can negotiate traffic, unexpected drivers' behaviour etc, but whether they can do all this all the time.If there are say areas that they won't work in or which...
Forum: The Lounge
Sep 28th 2018, 4:42 am
Replies: 10
Views: 630
Posted By Wol

Re: DIY - Any bright ideas?

I've always found semtex useful in these situations. Couple of kilos should loosen it up.
Forum: The Lab
Sep 26th 2018, 10:15 am
Replies: 0
Views: 440
Posted By Wol

Help on drive partition

HP Spectre laptop with Windows 10.
I have my data on a partition of the internal hard disc. All of a sudden, after months of normal operation, this partition does not appear in Explorer. Yet if I go...
Forum: The Barbie
Aug 31st 2018, 10:05 pm
Forum: The Barbie
Aug 28th 2018, 9:55 pm
Replies: 1,577
Views: 72,594
Posted By Wol

Re: The world of automation

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You have the advantage, I haven't seen the report first hand, just...
Forum: The Barbie
Aug 27th 2018, 11:41 pm
Replies: 1,577
Views: 72,594
Posted By Wol

Re: The world of automation

That's not the way I read it: it appears to say that when the car was on full autonomy the drivers brake pedal was programmed to be inoperative - presumably because the system was so infallible.
Forum: The Barbie
Aug 27th 2018, 3:30 am
Replies: 1,577
Views: 72,594
Posted By Wol

Re: The world of automation

Interestingly I have just read an article in New Scientist about robotics' current progress: it refers to the NTSB's prelim report on the car that killed the pedestrian at night - apparently the...
Forum: The Barbie
Aug 26th 2018, 10:02 pm
Replies: 1,577
Views: 72,594
Posted By Wol

Forum: The Barbie
Aug 26th 2018, 3:51 am
Replies: 1,577
Views: 72,594
Posted By Wol

Re: The world of automation

All very impressive. But licenced on public roads, no manual controls, outside the US? Care to make a guess at when? Not in my lifetime.
Forum: The Barbie
Aug 26th 2018, 1:47 am
Replies: 1,577
Views: 72,594
Posted By Wol

Re: The world of automation

Yes, sorry about that but I have had hell with W10 over the last couple of years, like millions of others (Google it). Gone back to Seven.

I will be very interested to follow the autonomous car...
Forum: The Barbie
Aug 25th 2018, 10:04 am
Replies: 1,577
Views: 72,594
Posted By Wol

Re: The world of automation

The Windows Ten analogy was a bit tongue in cheek but nonetheless valid, thinking about it. The "most advanced" Windows OS has left innumerable people with huge update problems, BSODs etc etc despite...
Forum: The Barbie
Aug 25th 2018, 9:55 am
Replies: 1,577
Views: 72,594
Posted By Wol

Re: The world of automation

>>A packed commuter road is a hard scenario, but in the end there are very few options as to actions you can take (turn, speed up, slow down) and the competition is pretty bad at doing these. Beating...
Forum: The Barbie
Aug 24th 2018, 10:59 pm
Replies: 1,577
Views: 72,594
Posted By Wol

Re: The world of automation

Garry: I can respect alternative thoughts and opinions in this sort of discussion, so I'm not being dogmatic so much as concerned about the way that the proven statistics about crashes due to driver...
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