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Autonomy

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Lawrence D. Burns

The current use of gas-guzzling vehicles is irrational due to their dangers, inefficiency, and environmental harm. The era of automation is imminent, a result of collaborative efforts by roboticists, computer scientists, and engineers from Silicon Valley and the traditional car manufacturing industry. This future promises increased freedom and time for individuals, along with significant cost savings. Additionally, alternative-propulsion engines are expected to minimize environmental impact. Take public transportation. The key message from this book, aside from the anticipated fully automated future, is the need to significantly reduce car travel. Instead of opting for individual car trips, consider taking a bus, train, or tram when commuting between suburbs and the inner city or between the airport and downtown. Additionally, advocate for improved public transport connections by engaging with your government on the matter.

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Autonomy (2018) explores the extensive history of autonomous vehicles and envisions an imminent future. Written by an insider in the auto industry, the book delves into the evolution of automation, tracing its roots from sponsored races in the Mojave Desert by the US Defense Department to advancements by conventional car manufacturers. Lawrence D. Burns describes a world populated by Silicon Valley innovators and resilient inventors, providing valuable insights for those contemplating tomorrow's world.

Book summary

The current use of gas-guzzling vehicles is irrational due to their dangers, inefficiency, and environmental harm. The era of automation is imminent, a result of collaborative efforts by roboticists, computer scientists, and engineers from Silicon Valley and the traditional car manufacturing industry. This future promises increased freedom and time for individuals, along with significant cost savings. Additionally, alternative-propulsion engines are expected to minimize environmental impact. Take public transportation. The key message from this book, aside from the anticipated fully automated future, is the need to significantly reduce car travel. Instead of opting for individual car trips, consider taking a bus, train, or tram when commuting between suburbs and the inner city or between the airport and downtown. Additionally, advocate for improved public transport connections by engaging with your government on the matter.

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Conventional gasoline-powered vehicles, despite their ubiquity, operate with surprising inefficiency.

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Frustration with the environmental impact of gas-powered vehicles led to the dream of automation in transportation.

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Robot races played a crucial role in advancing automated vehicles.

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The significant advancements made during DARPA's robot races had a lasting impact on the development of automation.

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A usual morning journey to work may appear quite distinct in the years to come.

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