AD #2009 – GM Bolts Toward Autonomy, BMW Partners with IBM, Continental Creates Intuitive Audio System

December 16th, 2016 at 11:37am

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- GM Bolts Toward Autonomy
- Continental Creates Intuitive Audio System
- BMW Partners with IBM
- Honda to Test UNI-CUB at Haneda Airport
- Mobility Services Impact on Car Sales

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13 Comments to “AD #2009 – GM Bolts Toward Autonomy, BMW Partners with IBM, Continental Creates Intuitive Audio System”

  1. BobD Says:

    Functional/directional audio – One simple application is to have your turn-signal audio come from the side you are turning as a reminder. I have occasionally exited the interstate with my right turn-signal clicking and it does not self-cancel. When I get to the top of the ramp and plan to turn left, I still hear the turn signal and forget it is signalling in the wrong direction. If the audio was coming from the right, it might help remind me it wrong and to signal to turn left. Or for that matter, have a slightly different audio for left and right turns, but that would require learning and distinguishing the difference between the two.

  2. C-TECH Says:

    Change the sound of your turn signal, sign me up!

  3. Brett Says:

    Can we have a voice say, “Left turn signal. Left turn signal. Left turn signal.” until it’s cancelled? I guarantee that people would ignore anything short of explosions, but would react to a nagging voice.

  4. Drew Says:

    I believe there will be unintended issues with the directional audio system, such as dangerously masking the sound of traffic in/near your intended path.

  5. Chuck Grenci Says:

    #1 through #4; I say yes to all suggestions/comments.

    Getting a little bored with all the autonomous talk; I know it is current, I know it is actively evolving, but updates almost everyday is a little tedious. Sorry but JMO.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2, etc. Also, the loudness of the clicking should adjust for sound level in the car, like windows down, radio volume, etc. There must be a semi-standard electronic clicker, because it sounds the same in my Corvette and Mini.

  7. gary susie Says:

    So if i live in the suburbs how is caar sharing going to help me? Plus if everyone gets off work at same time and wants a car will there be enough cars for that? I can think of a lot of situations that no one has addressed.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 Combined car sharing/car pooling?

  9. jmann Says:

    #7: Yes. Nuts. Opposite the basic tenant of the AUTO-MOBILE from the first day. Freedom to transport yourself as you wish when you wish. Maybe just for fun! Nuts.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7, 9
    I agree. “Car sharing” is not likely to be a big hit for commuting from the suburbs. For me, it would mainly be an alternative to taxis, when I’m in urban areas. Still, as the world becomes urban, it makes increasing sense to have fewer vehicles to park, but in use more of the time.

  11. Chuck Grenci Says:

    On car-sharing: just got my renewal from State Farm; added clauses included exclusions when vehicle is used ‘for profit’ use. This is definitely an evolving-type service; restrictions will be on the way (I think).

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I just bought a nice Town Car to use as a premium Uber car, and now, my insurance is no good. No, I’m not serious, but I suspect regular taxi operators welcome insurance companies’ equalizing things, to some extent.

  13. Brett Says:

    Insurance companies are, by nature, risk-adverse. I expect that they will provide, for additional cost, some sort of endorsement for ride-sharing use like Uber. I also foresee manufacturers offering leases to Uber/Lyft operators that also include the necessary insurance coverage.