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Self -Driving Uber: Ready for the Ride?

Headed out on the town in Pittsburg today? Well, take your gamble and request a ride thru the UberX app – you might just get a free ride! Oh, yeah, one little thing – you’ll be riding with a partially self-driving Ford Fusion. How about that?


Courtesty USA Today



You might ask “how is it PARTIALLY self- driving?”.  You’ll have a person behind the wheel but the driver is a complex mix of radar, sensors and other gadgets. That person behind the wheel is really there in case it all goes wrong.

So, how does this all fit in with the self-driving market? In this USA Today article self driving cars I like how it describes the market “In the recent weeks, the road to self-driving cars  has developed some potholes.” Google, Apple and Tesla are some of the key players in this endeavor – and it is a mighty big one, in my opinion.

My comfort level with a self-driving car is pretty low right now – of course I won’t be buying a Tesla anytime soon or probably not in my lifetime. I can’t even see me riding in a self-driving car of any brand, actually. My GPS isn’t even up to date all the time with continuing construction and those backroads that only the locals know about. So if I’m on a stretch of toll-road 130 headed to San Antonio from Austin and there is that spot where the GPS thinks I’m backroading it and it’s an elevated road then imagine how my self-driving car would do…dive off the toll road without the parachute.

The optimistic and intrigued side of me says that I can’t wait to try it out. Put me in that Ford and let’s see how it does in Pittsburg. If I’m in the city what’s the worst that could happen – run into a building or over a few pedestrians?

Would you ride in a self-driving car?


Dense Frog Warning

Frogger, the thin black and tan kitty, ran up to Smokey, the fluffy white and smoke colored kitty, and excitingly waved his paws in the air in front of him to get his attention, as Smokey was known for his laid back attitude. Once Frogger had his attention he went on to tell him of the fabulous news!
“I just heard Momma say that there is a dense FROG warning for this morning! I think that means that there’s gonna be a LOOOTTT of frogs around here this morning!” said Frogger excitedly. Smokey, a bit skeptical, looked at Frogger from the corner of his eye. “Are you sure she said that? Or are you just joking with me like you do to get me to play?” Frogger held up his right paw and said “I promise, she said there was a dense frog warning this morning!” Hmpphhh thought Frogger and he turned and walked away from Smokey. “Hey, wait up Frogger! I’ll come with you and we can see where the frogs are. Do you think they’ll be down at the pier or at the back of the pond? Did Momma say where they were going to be?”. You could tell by Smokey’s tone of excitement that he had truly believed Frogger and had definitely joined in the fun of the game.
A few hours later: Frogger and Smokey had returned to the house after having found about the same number of frogs as usual for a Monday morning. They saw Momma on the deck drinking her coffee and talking to Cedar and Lily (the dogs). She said to them “This dense fog has stuck around a lot longer than I thought it would”. Smokey turned to Frogger and batted at his tail. “Frogger, Momma said fog not FROG!! But I guess it was still pretty fun to go looking for ’em. Daddy always says its making memories that counts.”