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25
Oct

Google’s Self Driving Cars

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25
Oct
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It is interesting to know for those who haven’t heard about it yet but Google has been building their self driving cars and these so-called autonomously-driving cars too have been driven on the streets and a few tech blogger have spotted two of these Google cars.

There is a person behind the wheel, but he or she only takes control if something goes wrong.
A little background about Google’s Self Driving Cars:
Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of Google, wanted to help solve car safety and efficiency using technology. Their goal was to help prevent traffic accidents, free up people’s time and reduce carbon emissions by fundamentally changing car use.
So they develop technology for cars that can drive themselves. Also known as automated cars, it is manned by trained operators.
Sebastian Thrun, a Google engineer and a professor who leads a robotics and artificial intelligence research lab at Stanford University, said the company’s automated cars already have driven a collective 140,000 miles, from the Golden Gate bridge to Los Angeles to Lake Tahoe.
How does it work? The cars, which were manned by trained operators, used “video cameras, radar sensors and a laser range finder to ‘see’ other traffic, as well as detailed maps…to navigate the road ahead,” he said. The software can recognize features like lane markers and traffic signs.
The data collected by the cars is processed by the company’s data centers, which are better known for indexing the Internet’s Web pages, among other things. Local police departments were briefed on the project, the company said.

To develop this technology, we gathered some of the very best engineers from the DARPA Challenges, a series of autonomous vehicle races organized by the U.S. Government. Chris Urmson was the technical team leader of the CMU team that won the 2007 Urban Challenge. Mike Montemerlo was the software lead for the Stanford team that won the 2005 Grand Challenge. Also on the team is Anthony Levandowski, who built the world’s first autonomous motorcycle that participated in a DARPA Grand Challenge, and who also built a modified Prius that delivered pizza without a person inside. The work of these and other engineers on the team is on display in the National Museum of American History.

Safety has been our first priority in this project. Our cars are never unmanned. We always have a trained safety driver behind the wheel who can take over as easily as one disengages cruise control. And we also have a trained software operator in the passenger seat to monitor the software. Any test begins by sending out a driver in a conventionally driven car to map the route and road conditions. By mapping features like lane markers and traffic signs, the software in the car becomes familiar with the environment and its characteristics in advance. And we’ve briefed local police on our work.

22
Oct
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Want Online Fax? Compare Before You Sign Up
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Anyone who has tried to purchase a particular product or service knows that it is always wise to compare prices and features before actually purchasing the product. For instance, if you plan to buy a laptop computer, then you need to first review different features offered by different brands as well as the prices. This way, you will know that you will get what you want and the best value for your money as well.
This is the same principle that applies when you are choosing an online fax service provider. Before you sign up with any service, you have to first compare different online fax services so you would know what you will get with, for instance, a $30 monthly service fee. If you are going to use online fax for your business, this is perhaps the wisest decision that you can make before you purchase anything because you will not be switching provider and switching numbers until you get the best service for you. You have to know that not all providers give the same services to their subscribers. They have different plans and these plans have different rates that offer different features. There are certain features that may not be apt for your business so you need to pick which is best for you and which one would suit your needs first. Click to continue…

22
Oct

Want Online Fax? Compare Before You Sign Up

Anyone who has tried to purchase a particular product or service knows that it is always wise to compare prices and features before actually purchasing the product. For instance, if you plan to buy a laptop computer, then you need to first review different features offered by different brands as well as the prices. This way, you will know that you will get what you want and the best value for your money as well.
This is the same principle that applies when you are choosing an online fax service provider. Before you sign up with any service, you have to first compare different online fax services so you would know what you will get with, for instance, a $30 monthly service fee. If you are going to use online fax for your business, this is perhaps the wisest decision that you can make before you purchase anything because you will not be switching provider and switching numbers until you get the best service for you. You have to know that not all providers give the same services to their subscribers. They have different plans and these plans have different rates that offer different features. There are certain features that may not be apt for your business so you need to pick which is best for you and which one would suit your needs first.
One of the major considerations that you would have to take note of when choosing an online fax provider is the rates that you would have to pay each month. It’s not always wise to go with the cheapest online fax provider that you will find. Cheap does not always mean quality service although there are providers who claim as such. Always check if your provider will be able to provide you with a 24 hour support which is very important considering that you will use your fax messages in your business. You don’t want to be stuck with an unsent contract and no one to talk with, right?
A lot of online fax services available allow you to take a free 30-day trial before you actually sign up with their service. This is very important because free trial services will allow you to “test drive” a particular service so you’ll know what to expect in the next few months when you subscribe. If you don’t like the service that you got, then you are free to shift with a different service without any obligations.
Another consideration would be the features that will be provided to you with your plan. For instance, if you fax broadcasting, then you need to check if that will be included in your plan. You also need to check the number of fax pages that will be allowed to you every month and whether your online fax service provider will charge for your for any excess pages and how much. The last thing that you need to take note of would be the file types that your online fax provider supports. Different online fax provider supports different file types and you need to check if you have the software needed to view and edit these files when required.
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