In Boston’s Seaport district, Lyft is now offering a “no driver” option, also known as the robot option. We suppose the technical term is “self-driving car,” and we should say up front that there WILL be a human being behind the wheel of all Lyft vehicles, with those captaining SD cars acting as a sort of “safety officer” (in case the car goes Terminator?).
Ever been in one of those moods where you don’t want your friend’s advice, you only want them to sympathetically pat your back and say, “I feel you”? The people at Toyota know what I’m talking about. Because “I” comes before “U” in the alphabet, they probably had this in mind when they patented their new “share-your-feelings” car, the Toyota Concept-i.
So, I love Uber—don’t you? (Please say yes, because Uber-driving is currently my husband’s full-time job.) With Uber, a driving service that offers cheap, easy access to local rides, the fares are cheap, the drivers are local and pretty cool (though I say it myself…) But tell me… how safe would you feel in an Uber car minus the driver?
Just as the road of life comes with its share of curves and ups and downs, so too does, well, the road. While I certainly don’t purport to have the answers as to how you might navigate the road of life with more confidence, automakers are inventing ways to help you feel more secure while driving in mountainous terrain.
20 years ago I was offered the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a business that had a new idea, selling people goods ordered from their computers. While I was certainly by no means a Luddite, I could not envision a day where people would just drive to the store to buy the things they needed.
(Another installment in our continuing series looking at how the cars of yesterday are being transformed into the driverless cars of tomorrow via the technology of today.) Has this ever happened to you? You’re driving along, maybe at night, when suddenly you become aware that you are driving and for a split second are not
Clearly, if you have this much stuff lit up on your dashboard, something is about to happen, and it’s probably not going to be good. Today’s post will focus on three technologies: forward collision warning, braking assist and automatic emergency braking. As with all the posts in this series, we will explore how these technologies will help you...