August 4, 2020

The future of Waymo: Not as glossy as their videos…

Those who have been following along must now have an opinion on how this cookie is going to crumble. Before reading further, what do you think?  
July 17, 2020

How many cameras are there on a Waymo? (You will get this wrong)

Pop quiz… We know Waymo has always used lidar but how many cameras are there on their Generation 5 sensor suite? Keep reading for the answer…
June 8, 2020

More Waymo Smells

A January 2019 Verge article about Waymo shared some screen shots of the Waymo app. Two things stood out to me; You can remotely honk the horn of a Waymo. This was previously discussed here as there is a similar feature with Lime Scooters.
May 20, 2020

Waymo Smells

There is a great term in software engineering; “Code smell”. In computer programming, a code smell is any characteristic in the source code of a program that possibly indicates a deeper problem.
May 18, 2020

Driver training and adaptation to changing vehicle technology

A number of years ago, a retiring Special Forces commander was being interviewed for a television program and he was asked the following question: “Are you concerned that your troops are becoming too technologically dependent?”
May 12, 2020

Mechanical Sympathy and Driver Licensing

My Dad would speak of mechanical sympathy; the idea that you needed to understand how a machine worked to operate it efficiently and to maximise its operational life. For driving, it was listening to the engine, not braking too hard, and using the gears appropriately.
April 16, 2020

Waymo – what’s what

In the last article What’s what in 2020 with AV, I indicated that there were two big players to watch; Waymo and Tesla. This article is about Waymo and their history and will lay the foundation for the next article.
March 13, 2020

What SEQ will look like in 2032 – Infrastructure

The following are projects that are in progress or planned for SEQ. This will help set the scene for what SEQ will look like.
February 13, 2020

What’s what in 2020 with AV

Last year I posted a series of articles about road authorities and their responsibilities in supporting autonomous vehicles followed by a breakdown of the SAE’s Levels of Autonomy and why we should just stop thinking like that. It is so 201x-ish.