Thought for the month

“You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young." "Why, what did she tell you?" "I don't know, I didn't listen.” From The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, Author (1952-2001)

Friday, 16 April 2010

Self-driving cars

My colleague John Grange was interested to follow a New Scientist tweet (bit.ly/bDay5A) to an article about Volvo's new technology initiative to move further down the road of self-driving cars. Whilst recognising the potential benefits of the new technologies following adaptive cruise control and semi-autonomous parking systems he wonders where this might all lead. I have a different perspective, partly reflecting my extensive utilization of public transport for the last 21 months, partly my new found enjoyment of cycling ... and also the fact that I never driven a Volvo!

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