* Posts by Gudieve Ning

3 posts • joined 24 Oct 2018

Tesla touts totally safe, not at all worrying self-driving cars – this time using custom chips

Gudieve Ning

Tesla's vision is fine but re autonomous driving

How does one deal with the human element, such as 1. Wanting to pull over suddenly to look at a nice view or take a leak? "Car! Quick, pull into that lay-by!" How will car know which lay-by? A human passenger would gesture to the driver, pointing. Can internal camera see what the occupants are doing?

2. And there hasn't been any discussion as to what Tesla's AI will do when faced with two unavoidable collisions:

a) Elderly couple crossing the road or b) Younger mother with child?. If course, this situation is rare even for humans, but owner of vehicle should be able to specify. This will also move the burden of responsibility away from Tesla (or other manufacturer) to the owner for insurance etc purposes.

UK transport's 'ludicrous' robocar code may 'put lives at risk'

Gudieve Ning

AV's don't work and never will with current tech

(Am a software engineer.)

Got a 2018 Nissan Leaf with ProPilot, not much different than Teslas features really. It can follow other cars, and does so very very well. It also avoids collisions, first alerting the driver with beeps and vibrations and then using the brakes automatically. However, the self steering is very unreliable to the point of being dangerous. For example, the vehicle will be driving along a motorway, and it will then disengage, causing the car to swerve towards either the lane to the side, or central reservation. Worse, it will disengage without reason when going around a curve, so the vehicle will literally, keep going straight. Of course, in all cases, I have my hands on the wheel, but then, what's the point?

There are multiple social, technical and geospatial reasons for the issues with AV. Would require a white paper to discuss!

Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

Gudieve Ning

Telling me!

I have one of the best designed computers ever - an HP ZBook X2 G4 (https://picosm.com/993919352790). Shames Apple with it's clever modularity, Wacom pen (that doesn't require charging), awesome display, ergonomics, clever Bluetooth detachable keyboard, twin TB3 ports etc etc. However, Windows destroys it. 1. Awful confusing UX - damn, just trying to do a screenshot of part of the screen requires a 'Snipping' app with a 1980s UX. 2. Slows down a lot, despite having 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, i7 8th gen etc etc. (And it's not HP's fault.) 3. Windows keep vanishing across my monitors.4. Crashes constantly, requiring a re-start. Etc. My 2017 MacBook Pro is a lot smoother and nicer to use except for the awful keyboard which is why I'm using the HP.

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