Its Friday, its the Vroom Room, come in make yourself comfortable, enjoy the cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation, leave a comment.
Must be a coincidence, this week we exchange thoughts with The Colonel on self driving cars, and it seems that everyone else is also discussing self driving cars. The bigger picture is that urban vehicle congestion is reaching an apex...that is a real challenge for urban areas.
Think about this for a moment, sophisticated modern vehicles bristling with technology slogging it out at 40 kph in a maze of congestion.
The other day the thought came to us that its 30 years that ABS (anti lock brake system) was offered on cars. If our memory works it was Mercedes-Benz and Bosch that did all the development work on ABS brakes, and Mercedes in the deal had an 18 month exclusivity agreement with Bosch.
You have to wonder how many folks today know how to use ABS brakes on any vehicle. Its not even a feature anymore, its a commodity that is taken for granted.
Its also about 30 years ago that cellular phones became available for cars. If you remember it was a voluminous box in the trunk, and a sizeable handset. Should we mention that one could not carry a conversation between Montreal and Toronto on the 401. There were not enough cells along the 401 at the time.
Have you noticed the number of cellular antennas all over the place?
With vehicles full of technology hacking into a vehicle is a real possibility. An informative article and presentation on vulnerabilities, and opportunities to hack vehicles. Survey of Remote Hacking Surfaces.
Robin Williams, what can you say, our thoughts go out to his family. If you remember watching Mork and Mindy then you spent decades experiencing him in various contexts.
Think about this...the comments from most economists and scholars center on slow global growth, the lack of trade, exports, and unemployment. In the meantime real estate and auto sales are inexorably increasing in Canada, and no one seems to have a rational explanation. Go figure...
The Tony Stewart and Kevin Ward Jr. incident, we are sorry for the outcome, in an age of social media everyone can see the incident. A ton of pundits are gladly sharing their thoughts. From our perspective its a deeply unfortunate racing accident that should not have happened. Sadly it did, in a few nano seconds lives are forever altered.
Its the Woodward Dream Cruise tomorrow.
Its the Pebble Beach Concours this week end.
Our habitual old race cars from Carmel Concours on the Avenue.