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Carmakers Prepare For Augmented Reality Driving 177

An anonymous reader writes "Car manufacturers at CES are showing off their future integration of mobile computing technologies and automobiles. Quoting CNN: 'As digital tech — and our expectations for it — becomes more mobile, carmakers are taking notice. Many automotive designers here seem to have taken inspiration from smartphones, with their promise of being always connected and their vast menu of apps for every purpose. ... Simply point your hand at them, and the icons open to show real-time information: when that bridge over there was built, what band is playing at that nightclub on the left, whether that new café up the street has any tables available. Wave your hand again, and you've made a restaurant reservation. ... All these advancements may make driving more interesting. Or they may spoil one of modern society's last refuges from the hyper-connected digital world. Either way, they are coming soon.'"
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Carmakers Prepare For Augmented Reality Driving

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  • by i kan reed ( 749298 ) on Friday January 13, 2012 @02:07PM (#38688826) Homepage Journal

    Maybe we'll get lucky and the car will drive itself?

  • by ColdWetDog ( 752185 ) on Friday January 13, 2012 @02:32PM (#38689288) Homepage

    I thought that between them the DARPA challenge entrants pretty much had that one sorted? Admittedly the regulatory process to get them on the roads will be long and arduous, for good reason (for once), but the tech's looking good.

    Right. The tech is all settled out, just like Thorium Cycle Reactors, holographic storage and hydrogen powered cars. A few prototypes do not an entire technological infrastructure make. It's going to be a long time before you can cruise down the Freeway maxed out on Ecstasy and Caffeine, mindlessly updating your Facebook page and Twittering about the asshole in front of you.

    Oh. Wait.

  • by geekoid ( 135745 ) <dadinportland&yahoo,com> on Friday January 13, 2012 @05:59PM (#38691968) Homepage Journal

    You really had to stretch t make the 2.50 sound like a deal.

    More likely to get sick, robbed, injured or delayed on a bus. So if you value your health, you would never ride a Bus, hell you are paying 2.50 to have people make you sick.

    Funny, I drive 12 miles to work. If gas break 4.50, and bus fair doesn't go up, I would break even. Yes, that include maintenance. and the INCLUDE my work paying a percentage of the fair.
    I also have the perk of getting to work in 15 minute instead of 90 minutes.

    "But your car also requires thousands of dollars a year of insurance, " what are you, a manic? insurance for 2 vehicles cast my just under 1000 dollars. and since I can't take the bus everywhere, I would STILL have to pay this.

    How much do you thin it cost to maintain a vehicle? I spend 100 dollars on maintenance last year. This year I will hit 100K miles. So it will be and addition 450 dollars. Unless I do it myself.

    ". Probably maintenance will be minimal in the first year or so, but averaged over 8-10 years you'll be spending between $500 and $1000 a year to fix stuff,"
    WTF? have you ever owned a car? I have two cars, both bought in 2001. I have had 1(one) expensive incident, and that was because the mechanic put the wrong fluid in the transmission. Maybe that's the benefit of buying American, reliability is outstanding.

    " and plus all that collision insurance which is much higher at first, "
    no it isn't.

    "When you spend $20 to replace your wipers, that's several bus rides right there.
    I replace my wipers about every 3 years. They cost 8 bucks.

    " Whereas, as a bus passenger, you can read, surf over 3G, or sleep, "
    When I take the bus, it's packed full of people who can't afford a car, standing room only, and the jostling make it nearly impossible to read. And I would not sleep on a bus, even if I could.
    It doesn't mater, because the bus turns my 15 minute drive into a 90 minute ride. So I have and extra 2.5 hours to do stuff.

    AS a side note, when gas was high, they raise the fair, but when the gas price lowered they didn't lower the fair. Then the next time gas spike to the same spot as the previous spike, they raised the fare, and blamed gas prices. Again they didn't lower it when gas price went down.

    Since I have a car made the millenium, I get over 20 miles to the gallon.

I THINK MAN INVENTED THE CAR by instinct. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.