General Motors is currently finding itself up digested food creek with no adequate means of propulsion due to what, in staying with a long US media tradition of tying any- and everything with Nixon’s sneak peek at stuff that wasn’t rightfully his to look at, has been called ‘Switchgate’
Now the story is quite serious, so will try and stay away from puns involving key questions, but it is worth noting that it has taken 13 deaths for one car company to think about abandoning an antiquated model of just turning on a vehicle.
Any bets on how long it would take the big car companies to really turn towards electrical vehicles and/or autonomous vehicles?
The image of stewards and stewardesses patrolling the aisles of an aircraft like zealous Amish converts, telling you to switch off all electronic equipment might soon be a thing of the past, thank God.
At least in the US, that is.
The Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, are contemplating lifting the ban on using electronic equipment during take off and landing. The ban, known as an irritant to most flyers, has been in place because airlines have suspected electronic equipment of causing malfunctions in cockpit instruments. However, this has never been proved.
NASA scientists recently had the novel experience of getting to crash a piece of multi-million dollar equipment – and then cheer about the fact that they had just crashes a multi-million dollar piece of equipment.
Car manufacturer Nissan is putting its autonomous cars where its mouth is…wait, that would really hurt…OK, let’s put it this way: the Japanese car company is making a bold promise of selling self-driving cars by 2020.
Self-driving cars use various technologies to constantly monitor their surroundings in order to guide themselves. Basically, this means that they can react to potential dangerous situations without the need for human intervention. As computers are faster than your fingers, the idea is that this will mean fewer accidents on the roads.
A Chinese company has been chosen by the government of Nicaragua as the contractors for a project that will eventually end up with the country – and the rest of the sailing world – having an alternative to the Panama Canal.
Although the name of the Chinese company has not yet been revealed, the project is a blow to a) Panama, and b) the US, who have controlled the Panama Canal, and through that most shipping traffic between the Atlantic and the Pacific.
Deutsche Bahn, the German national rail service, are planning on testing drones to see if the autonomous flying vehicles can help lower the number of incidences where their property is hit by grafitti-artists. And people just equipped with spraycans and a massively inflacted idea of their street art potential.