Google’s self-driving cars are just a few of the “top secret” projects the mega company has been working on in the past decade. The first working prototype hits the roads this summer to show the world Google’s commitment to the project.
According to The Associated Press, “This prototype is the first vehicle built from scratch for the purpose of self-driving, Google says. It looks like a Smart car with a shiny black bowler hat to hide its sensors, and it can drive, brake and recognize road hazards without human intervention. It has more capabilities than the prototype Google introduced last May, which was so rudimentary it had fake headlights.”
The prototype has been involved in 11 accidents. Though these incidents have been minor, there is clearly more work to be done.
The news of the prototype began Wednesday when Google showed it to the public during a demonstration on its campus in Mountain View, California.
“With 360 degrees of awareness, the self-driving cars are gaining new insights into dangerous driving behaviors, including drifting lanes and red light running,” reports ABC News digital reporter Alyssa Newcomb.
The fascinating aspect to the project is that 20 self-driving cars has gathered an estimated 100,000 miles driving in urban areas.
Google Earth Flight Simulator
The Google Earth Flight Simulator is the latest version of Google Earth. It allows users to view 3-D models of natural landmarks, like mountains, and urban areas all through the lens of a virtual plane. The feature arrived last year, but many people are unaware of it. To activate the flight simulator, users must download Google Earth and press CTRL + Option + A to activate it.
Google’s research lab Google X has been developing a space elevator capable of transporting people above the Earth. The elevator will be made of the hardest substance on Earth in the form of carbon nanotubes. These would support the elevator. It is likely a project like this will not become a reality until around 2025.
2003 Bugnotti Roadster Custom
It was built to mimic 1930s roadsters. These cars have crocodile leather interiors. They also feature multiple wheel skirts.
1930 Courtney/Henderson KJ Streamline
This motorcycle was created by Orley Ray Courtney in 1930 and patented in 1936.
Parallel parking is difficult for a lot of people. In a few years, this feature will be offered in many cars. A feature like this could possibly solve urban parking issues. Self-parking cars may prevent traffic jams, allow the cars to park in smaller spaces and making parallel parking faster.
Medical Emergency Detection
In a few years, cars will have sensors that produce injury reports when car accidents occur. These reports will help doctors diagnose symptoms much quicker.
As seen from Back to the Future II (1989), the hoverboard is one of the coolest ways to get around, and recently there has been progress in making this a reality.
Flying cars are present in almost every sci-fi film. It will be a long time before this will happen.
Doctor in the Car
Researchers at the University of Michigan International Center for Automotive Medicine have created the technology to determine likely injuries in an accident before help arrives. Predictive models were made by cross-referencing crash data from sensors on cars. The speed and location of impact, along with 3-D scans of accident victims, will be available for doctors.
The Finnish company Myontec has begun marketing underpants embedded with electromyographic sensors that tell you how hard you’re working your quadriceps, hamstrings and gluteal muscles when working out. This technology could help with weight loss and diets.
In our modern world we will be interacting with robots that at some point in time had a person doing its job. Robots might make the consumer happier but robots are taking away human jobs at a record pace, according to Deloitte . Even though the report is about jobs in the United Kingdom, it is still a global phenomenon. If this continues—and it will—the unemployment rate will also increase as the world’s population increases as well.
Most stores like Walmart and Kroger have begun to push self-help checkouts. The self-checkouts have made the consumer more independent but has taken away jobs for needy people. At this point, those machines need a human to work out the occasional bugs and help customers who have issues, but in the near future people will not need to oversee them anymore.
Just like the self-checkout, these machine concierges will take away human concierges.
Nuragic and Contemporary Art Museum
The museum is located in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy, and designed by Zaha Hadid architects.
The Hangzhou Waves was created for a five-star hotel and office block in Hangzhou, China. It was designed by JDS Architects.