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Pisci fantastike definitivno moraju sve vise da se trude ne bi li izbegli da ih sustigne tehnologija

A Boston-area company plans to begin flight tests this year of a two-seater airplane that moonlights as a car.


--- Quote from: "Melkor" ---Pisci fantastike definitivno moraju sve vise da se trude ne bi li izbegli da ih sustigne tehnologija
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Definitivno da, međutim, ono što KTM sprema se odavno smatra prežvakanim konceptom.
Iz mog iskustva sa tom firmom (model koji trenutno vozim spada u red onih projekata
 "za nepoverovati" do pre samo godinu dana) imam razloga da verujem da možda nešto i bude od ovog
Acender is a gas-turbine powered flying vehicle

A evo i PAL-V-a

PAL-V the Flying Trike maiden flight

Meho Krljic:
Nije baš leteći automobil, ali guglov auto-koji-se-sam-vozi (dakle, bukvalno automobil) daje sve boljije rezultate:
 Google's Self-Driving Cars: 300,000 Miles Logged, Not a Single Accident Under Computer Control 

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The automated cars are slowly building a driving record that's better than that of your average American.
Ever since Google began designing its self-driving cars, they've wanted to build cars that go beyond the capabilities of human-piloted vehicles, cars that are much, much safer. When Sebastian Thrun announced the project in 2010, he wrote, "According to the World Health Organization, more than 1.2 million lives are lost every year in road traffic accidents. We believe our technology has the potential to cut that number, perhaps by as much as half."
New data indicate that Google's on the right path. Earlier this week the company announced that the self-driving cars have now logged some 300,000 miles and "there hasn't been a single accident under computer control." (The New York Times did note in a 2010 article that a self-driving car was rear-ended while stopped at a traffic light, so Google must not be counting the incidents that were the fault of flawed humans.)
For comparison, in the United States in 2009 there were 10.8 million traffic collisions, according to the Census Bureau. That same year, American cars logged some 2.954 trillion miles, for a collision rate of about .366 per 100,000 vehicle miles traveled. Now, you can't directly compare the two figures. Google's cars have been tested in pretty hospitable conditions, not facing, for example, the rigors of a New England winter. And, as Google engineer Chris Urmson, writes, they still "need to master snow-covered roadways, interpret temporary construction signals and handle other tricky situations that many drivers encounter." Additionally, the cars are still driving with "occasional" human control. But at the very least, the Google cars are slowly building a pretty good-looking driving record.
This technology is still at its very early stages and 300,000 miles is not all that big of a sample. According to a "cursory" analysis by Bryant Walker Smith of Stanford Law School, "Google's cars would need to drive themselves (by themselves) more than 725,000 representative miles without incident for us to say with 99 percent confidence that they crash less frequently than conventional cars. If we look only at fatal crashes, this minimum skyrockets to 300 million miles." We're still a long way away from there.
Legally -- and ethically -- we will need to grapple with the questions about safety standards for autonomous machines. As Smith said to me over email, "How well must these vehicles ultimately perform? Perfectly? Or something less -- an average human driver, a perfect human driver, or a computer with human oversight? And how should this be measured?" And, perhaps toughest of all, how will we make those decisions, and, really, who will make them?

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E, sad, da vidimo koliko dugo će proći pre nego što Lord Kufer ovo iskoristi kao dokaz za tezu o tome da korporacije oduzimaju ljudima sve zamislive vrste sloboda  :lol: 

Meho Krljic:
Nije baš leteći automobil  :lol: , ali je automobil koji ide na vazduh!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
 This Tiny Car Runs On Air! 

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  Electric cars have been the main source of hope in the alternative car market and have become largely accepted worldwide by many major motor companies, but Tata Motors (an Indian car manufacturer) is changing things up with the first car to run on air, the Airpod.

The Airpod’s technology was originally created in France at Motor Development International but has since been bought buy Tata in hopes to bring it to the Indian consumer car market. With virtually zero emissions and at the cost of about a penny per kilometer, it is definitely one of the most environmentally and economically friendly vehicles in the world. The tank holds about 175 liters of compressed air that can be filled at special stations or by activating the on-board electric motor to suck air in from the outside. Costing about $10,000, this car could beat out most smart cars from the market.
The design is still being worked on, as well as inputting more traditional steering tools as it currently uses a joystick to control the rear differential, but this car certainly has a lot of potential for getting around the city. It may start in India but could spread like wildfire from there so keep an eye out for Airpod in your city in the coming years.
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$10,000 Car - AirPod - That Runs On Air


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