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1 / The California Department of Motor Vehicles is considering new regulations to allow driverless cars without back-up drivers to be tested on its roads.
Currently 27 manufacturers have a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California.
However there must always be a human being in the car.
Google’s driverless car company Waymo said that in 2016 it drove 636,000 miles in the state and required 124 human interventions.
This was down from 341 in 424,000 miles in 2015.
The new proposals include a framework for how the testing would work and also what would be required by manufacturers to make the vehicles available outside the tests.
“These rules expand our existing autonomous vehicle testing programme to include testing vehicles where no driver is present,” said Jean Shiomoto, director of the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
“This is the next step in eventually allowing driverless autonomous vehicles on California roadways.”
The department is now inviting written feedback until 24 April.
2 / I reviewed this article by Elizabeth Woyke that spoke about 360 degree images. She stated that prior to this new discovery, to achieve a 360 degree image you had to have multiple cameras at different angles or pay over $10,000 for a special camera. The production of such images was also a process that took several days to be complete and required expensive software to fuse the images so that they are seamless. With today’s technology, you can purchase a 360 degree camera for less than $500. You can also record a video and upload it to social media within minutes.
The author spoke about an example where a 36ofly 4K camera which is the size of a baseball, was attached to a surgical patient so that medical students could see the surgery, observe how the room is set up and how well the medical professionals work in ht e room. The author also spoke about how many of these cameras are showing up in the sporting arenas so that teams can do 360 playbacks.
The author attributes the boom in this technology to the Smartphone industry. She stated that they benefitted from the economies of scale as many Smartphone makers were using high resolution cameras in their products. These 360 cameras work with apps you can download on your Smartphone to enable you to review the shots and videos immediately. Through the use of the app, you can also live-stream videos directly from the camera with minimal delays.
This technology can change the way we take and view photography. I will be curious to see how long it will take Smartphone makers to revolutionize the industry with a phone that is also capable of taking 360 degree pictures/selfies.