Mobility-as-a-service has been defined as : use services for transportation, rather than using personal vehicles such as cars. After looking for about 20 minutes for a more rigorous definition, I failed. So let me strike out at defining it. Mobility-as-a-Service, or MaaS, is service marketplace that may replace traditional means of transportation. It may include… Continue reading MaaS: Mobility as a Service
Dilemma: A choice between two options, especially undesirable ones. For the 17 of you who haven’t seen the movie Frozen, Elsa perceives that she has a choice to either “Conceal, don’t feel, Don’t let them know” or as she says, “Turn my back and slam the door… and here I stand… and here I’ll stay…… Continue reading On Feedom: Elsa’s Dilemma
At some point in time, engineers and lawyers will need to determine if an autonomous car needs to have a conscience. The classic thought exercise in ethics known as the trolley problem , or possibly the “fat man variant” will need to be dealt with. Wikipedia states it as well as I can hope to: The general… Continue reading Vehicular Morality: Is My Car Evil?
In a previous post, I discussed that Platooning would be used for several reasons. In addition to the traffic control reasons, a significant reason is the fuel savings that results from drafting. Drafting is the close following of one car by another car. Or, as wiki states, it is “a technique where two vehicles or other moving objects… Continue reading Drafting
One question in coming up with verbiage for this blog has been what words to use. “Driverless Car” seems to be the most popular. Below are the Google search stats for each. Automated Car: 253,000 hits. Autonomous Car: 490,000 hits. Driverless Car: 674,000 hits Uncrewed Car: 29 hits. While, as an automation engineer I love… Continue reading What to call it?