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.
January 27, 2020

The 14 things wrong with SAE Levels of Autonomy [Part #5]

The SAE Levels of Automation are arguably no longer fit-for-purpose. Following is a summary of why I believe SAE Levels of Automation need to be discarded and replaced.
January 25, 2020

The levels of automation / Level 3 to 4 and the USS Enterprise [Part #4]

The Levels of Autonomy from the SAE are the yardstick that is impacting the automotive industry and societal thinking largely driven by the popular media.
January 23, 2020

The levels of automation / Object and Event Detection and Response (OEDR) and the Game of Thrones [Part #3]

The Levels of Autonomy from the SAE are the yardstick that is impacting the automotive industry and societal thinking largely driven by the popular media.