Sunday, October 10, 2010


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Anyone driving the twists of Highway 1 between San Francisco and Los Angeles recently may have glimpsed a Toyota Prius with a curious funnel-like cylinder on the roof. Harder to notice was that the person at the wheel was not actually driving.

The car is a project of Google, which has been working in secret but in plain view on vehicles that can drive themselves, using artificial-intelligence software that can sense anything near the car and mimic the decisions made by a human driver.

With someone behind the wheel to take control if something goes awry and a technician in the passenger seat to monitor the navigation system, seven test cars have driven 1,000 miles without human intervention and more than 140,000 miles with only occasional human control. One even drove itself down Lombard Street in San Francisco, one of the steepest and curviest streets in the nation:

Back in my San Fran days I navigated this street doing 45mph in a 63 Chevy Impala - NO PROBLEM.

The only accident, engineers said, was when one Google car was rear-ended while stopped at a traffic light.

Autonomous cars are years from mass production, but technologists who have long dreamed of them believe that they can transform society as profoundly as the Internet has.

Read the whole story here

Oh yeah, this is my dream - let a robot car do the driving for me - NOT!

They can have my car when they pry my steering wheel from my cold, dead fingers. If you ask me this invention is in the same category as the new Ultra Hi-Tech Bra:

Dr. Calvin Rickson, a scientist from Texas A&M University has invented a bra that keeps women's breasts from jiggling, bouncing up and down, and prevents the nipples from pushing through the fabric when cold weather sets in.

At a news conference, after announcing the invention, a large group of men took Dr. Rickson outside and beat the sh*t out of him.




  1. Well, er, I wonder WHY? So we can stay at home and watch it all on vid?

    Scientists, they don't know whether to scratch their watch or wind their ass, we're gonna trust them with 2 ton projectiles @ a mile a minute?

    As to the bra thing: from what I remember of the 60s (sometimes got a little purple-hazy there, ahem) the chicks didn't wear no stinkin' bras. "Ya got it, flaunt it" was the order of the day and it worked just fine. Of course I was interested in their, uh, industrial park, their control centers were fried.

  2. Not to veer to far off but... why pick a huge polluter like a Prius for your test vehicle?
    Question: what makes catalytic converters convert?
    Ans: Heat
    Prius motors don't run long enough to heat the converter high enough to be effective.
    Plus they are butt ugly.

    Them bras won't get motors running either.
    damn over edumacated fools!