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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Sept. 22, 2011 / 23 Elul, 5771

In the lane next to you: A driverless car

By Dale McFeatters




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Perhaps because so many technical journals flow across my desk, I missed this particular automotive milestone. All summer, two driverless cars have been tooling about Berlin, guided by a sophisticated -- as opposed to, say, a Tandy TRS80 -- computer linked to a precision satellite navigation system, cameras and laser scanners on the roof and the bumpers.

The navigation system is in the trunk, which worries drivers like me with hard-earned paranoia. One bump from the rear at a stoplight, the GPS goes nuts, and you find yourself helplessly headed for Peru until you run out of gas on a particularly dangerous stretch of the Mexican border.

No worries, though. Your driverless car automatically dials the Matamoros police and summons help, in German. The police, assuming they can find a translator, may be less than motivated when they learn they are effectively talking to a robot. Thus, a false identity like Enrique Iglesias might prove helpful, until a bunch of angry Mexican cops take a ball peen hammer to the car.

The engineers behind the German prototypes -- $551,000 Volkswagen Passats -- say the driverless cars recognize other moving cars, pedestrians and such common motoring hazards as buildings and trees. It can even see, explained on engineer, "if the traffic lights ahead are red or green and react accordingly." We'd be pretty happy if they could recognize yellow lights too because no one in this country can.

Much to my disappointment, the description "driverless" turns out not to be quite accurate. The Berlin police allowed the tests of cars, according to the Associated Press, "under the condition that a safety driver sits behind the steering wheel, even if he doesn't touch anything -- not the steering wheel, gas pedals or brakes."

This is a little bit too much like having your mother teach you how to drive, stabbing desperately at an imaginary brake pedal on the passenger side, edging ever closer to the middle of the seat to be poised to grab the wheel and sucking in her breath at random, distracting intervals.

The Volkswagen researchers could have saved themselves some time by studying the traffic in any major American city. There, the cars are not truly driverless; they're just not driven because the person behind the wheel is texting, catching up on office work on his laptop, eating or arguing with talk radio.

The cars have been allowed to run around unchaperoned on automotive test tracks but any consumer use is 30 to 40 years away. The head of the Free University's artificial intelligence group said, "This kind of technology is the future of mobility." How is it mobility if the car is going somewhere and you're not?

It may be able to drive itself, better and more safely than you, but, at bottom, it is still a car. You can't send it to gatherings you'd rather not attend: "Bill couldn't be here but he sent his Volkswagen. What a thoughtful guy. And, look, there's a fruit basket in the back seat."

The engineers say the car will one day respond to remote control commands, meaning you can tell it to go park itself and when it's time to leave summon the car by iPad or iPhone. This could mean some hard feelings with valet parkers but all progress comes with a price, slashed tires maybe.

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Previously:

09/20/11 Cloudy, cool, chance of falling satellite

09/14/11 Humanitarian extortion

09/13/11 Paging Dr. Watson; he's there in 3 seconds

09/09/11 Forecasting 100 percent chance of heavy metal

09/08/11 A jobs program at Obama's doorstep

09/07/11 Iran's government afraid of the water

09/06/11 Congress returns, tanned, rested and testy

09/05/11 Space nations must clean up after themselves

09/02/11 Osama bin Laden died a failure and he knew it

09/01/11 Time to retire political pie in the face

08/31/11 Labor Day celebrates what, exactly?

08/30/11 These arrestees really are framed

08/25/11 When in an earthquake, block traffic

08/23/11 A case for discretion in deportation arrests

08/22/11 Tough times or not, parents shell out for school

08/18/11 Being unpleasant for fun, profit, promotion

08/17/11 Time to prepare for the end game in Libya

08/16/11: ‘Super Committee’ starts facing reality

08/15/11: World's fastest plane disappears even faster

08/12/11: British cops track rioters through security cameras

08/11/11: Relax. There is no Death Star

08/10/11: House pages run final errands

08/09/11: U.S. treading water on job creation

08/08/11: Uncle Sam, the world's permanent guest

08/05/11: Most 9/11 victims not on federal death records

08/04/11: Russian PM calls U.S. a ‘parasite.’ He should be so lucky

08/03/11: Congress goes from one bind to another

08/02/11: D.B. Cooper may no longer be a mystery

08/01/11: Libya's latest weapon against NATO --- lawsuits

07/29/11: He'll always be known as Hot Wheels Handler

07/25/11: Recruiting children to save a dying town

07/22/11: Bachmann's admirable medical candor

07/12/11: Social Security's grave mistakes

07/08/11: Debt crisis need not be constitutional crisis

07/07/11: Startups entice new talent with kickball, treehouses

07/05/11: Stranded tourists get rare treat

06/30/11: The dollar Americans refuse to spend

06/27/11: The hangman doesn't cometh





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