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Brad Ideas: Will bed-bound seniors experience the world through VR telepresence robots?
I’ve written before about my experiences inhabiting a telepresence robot. I did it again this weekend to attend a reunion, with a different robot that’s still in prototype form.I’ve become interested in the merger of virtual reality and...
Dateline: 2016-02-10 7:45pm -08:00T (1199 words)
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Brad Ideas: Deadlines approaching for Singularity U summer program and accelerator
The highlight and founding program of Singularity University, where I am chair of computing, is our summer program, now known as the Global Solutions Program. 80 students come from all over the world (only a tiny minority will be from the USA) to learn...
Dateline: 2016-02-08 6:30pm -08:00T (243 words)
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Brad Ideas: Car and Driver evaluates autopilots, and other news.
In a recent article, Car and Driver magazine compares 4 of the Highway autopilot systems, including those from Tesla, Mercedes, BMW and Infiniti. They test on a variety of roads, and spoilers: The Tesla wins by a good margin in several categories.It&...
Dateline: 2016-02-05 4:45pm -08:00T (410 words)
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Brad Ideas: Low clearance underpasses for small robocars
I recently read a report of a plan for a new type of intersection being developed in Malaysia, and I felt it had some interesting applications for robocars.The idea behind the intersection is that you have a traditional intersection, but dig in one or bot...
Dateline: 2016-02-03 5:00pm -08:00T (1182 words)
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Brad Ideas: Wanted: A better method for multi-leg flight booking
I’m doing a lot of flying these days for international speaking and consulting, and I try whenever possible to have 2 or more clients when I fly overseas, since the trips and time-changes can be draining.By far my favourite flight search tool is Goo...
Dateline: 2016-01-31 11:45am -08:00T (1391 words)
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Brad Ideas: Robotic landing pad gets more serious
In 2010, I proposed the idea of planes with no landing gear which land on robotic platforms. The spring loaded platforms are pulled by cables and so can accelerate and turn with multiple gees, so that almost no matter what the plane does, it can’t ...
Dateline: 2016-01-25 9:45pm -08:00T (712 words)
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Brad Ideas: The Electric Car may be entering its "cell phone" period
I’ve been electric car shopping, but one thing has stood out as a big concern. Many electric cars are depreciating fast, and it may get even faster. I think part of this is due to the fact that electric cars are a bit more like electronics devic...
Dateline: 2016-01-20 1:00pm -08:00T (1691 words)
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Brad Ideas: Maintaining Privacy in the Robotaxi
While I’ve been in love for a long time with the idea of mobility-on-demand and the robocar taxi, I continue to have some privacy concerns. The first is simply over the idea that a service company gets a map of all your travels. Of course, your ...
Dateline: 2016-01-18 4:00pm -08:00T (684 words)
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Brad Ideas: Federal government involvement
NHTSA, the federal car safety agency has been talking about getting into the robocar game for a while, and now declares it wants more involvement with two important details: Unlike California, they are keen on making sure full robocars (able to run unmann...
Dateline: 2016-01-15 3:45pm -08:00T (654 words)
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Brad Ideas: Google releases detailed intervention rates -- and the real unsolved problem of robocars
Hot on the heels of my CES Report is the release of the latest article from Chris Urmson on The View from the Front Seat of the Google Car. Chris heads engineering on the project (and until recently led the entire project.)Chris reports two interesting s...
Dateline: 2016-01-14 6:30pm -08:00T (1858 words)
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Brad Ideas: CES 2016 Robocar News
I’m back from CES 2016 with a raft of news, starting with robocars. Some news was reported before the show but almost everybody had something to say — even if it was only to have something to say!I have many more photos with coverage in my C...
Dateline: 2016-01-12 12:00pm -08:00T (704 words)
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Brad Ideas: Lyft and GM, Sidecar, the nature of competition and CES
Lyft announced a $500M investment from GM with $500M more, pushing them to a $5.4B valuation, which is both huge and just a tenth of Uber. This was combined with talk of a push to robocars. (GM will provide a car rental service to Lyft drivers to start...
Dateline: 2016-01-04 1:15pm -08:00T (1337 words)
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Brad Ideas: Rumoured Google-Ford deal, low-end robocars, Tesla backslide and other news
Yahoo Autos is reporting rumours that Google and Ford will announce a partnership at CES. Google has always said it doesn’t want to build the cars, and Ford makes sense as a partner — big, but with only modest R&D efforts of its own, and fra...
Dateline: 2015-12-21 9:15pm -08:00T (884 words)
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Brad Ideas: California DMV regulations may kill the state's robocar lead
Be careful what you wish for — yesterday the California DMV released its proposed regulations for the operation of robocars in California. All of this sprang from Google’s request to states that they start writing such regulations to ensure ...
Dateline: 2015-12-17 3:30pm -08:00T (1093 words)
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Brad Ideas: Farmbot and robotic gardens
This summer, I started wondering what you might do to build a small farming robot to manage a home garden. I then discovered the interesting Farmbot project, which has been working on this for much longer, and has done much of what I thought might be u...
Dateline: 2015-12-14 5:45pm -08:00T (1023 words)
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