— Light & Ink

The official blog of Patrick Barber

Tom Vanderbilt wrote an excellent and informative article about self-driving cars in the new Wired magazine. You can read the whole thing online. I love the lede:

The object, vaguely pink, sits on the shoulder of the freeway, slowly shimmering into view. Is it roadkill? A weird kind of sagebrush? No, wait, it’s … a puffy chunk of foam insulation! “The laser almost certainly got returns off of it,” says Chris Urmson, sitting behind the wheel of the Prius he is not driving.