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Self-driving and Blackberry?

Remember on my last post about Uber and self driving cars? Just noticed a new post on Wired about Blackberry getting into the self driving car (aka autonomous car). They’ve got plans for all of it…

BlackBerry announced its “most advanced and secure embedded software platform for autonomous drive and connected cars.” Basically, it wants to provide the computer code for everything from cars driving themselves, to the way that your smartphone hooks up to the touchscreen in the dash.

They are getting into the nitty-gritty of what a driver would want in their latest and greatest car – the one in the video is a Jaguar! So if you are quite happy with your manual window, 4-on-the-floor, and the old cassette player you may be falling a bit behind “very soon” as the rep from Blackberry says in the video.

What do you think? Is it technology at your fingertips enabling you to drive safe and informed or is it Mayhem from Allstate just sitting, waiting for you to take your eyes off the road to touch that cool flatscreen to look at a city grid while you drive?


Gratitude – learned from travel

Read a blog this morning on 5 Things I Am Thankful For Because Of Travel and it touched me. The five things the author mentioned were: freedom, time, education, people, technology and memories (yes, I know there are more than 5…). Much of the time I believe that I do take these for granted. Lately, I have paid more attention to the people in my life and my gratefulness for them and our relationships. My mother is undergoing treatment for breast cancer and my childhood friend has recently started her treatment for the same. My stepbrother’s wife died of lung cancer last week after being diagnosed the week before Christmas – such a short time and I can’t imagine the thought and emotion knowing that I had just those few days left with my love. And I love her statement:

I am reminded of a lesson that was palpable when my grandmother passed some years ago. It hit me like a ton of bricks as I kissed her goodbye – nothing fits in the box with us on the way out. No one knows for sure what we take to the other side, if anything. At best, it’s our memories and our relationships.

On the topic of educationI have been very thankful for the opportunities provided to me to obtain an education and to have obtained a higher level education (my masters). It took a lot of sacrifice for many years of my life – during the hard times financially and during the hard times that it took away relaxation time from my schedule. Overall, I am proud of myself for the accomplishments. More than that, I am proud of my husband for being the first person in his family to obtain a college degree. The author of the blog, Jennifer Miller, notes that the school she and her family visited had only one book – the one that the teacher read from and the difference in our experience where we have a large amount of books just on our e-readers.

We have the freedom as Americans to enjoy traveling. At some point in our past a woman would not travel without a companion – either a male of family or marriage or a chaperone. Now, I can travel as I am willing on my time table.I am not afraid to travel alone and made the promise to myself when I was single (before I met my fabulous husband) that I would travel by myself because I did not want to miss out on those adventures for lack of a significant other to share it with. Now we travel together and we also still travel independently.

On the topic of time – wow! it’s moving fast! At 40 I was so excited to be passing into the next era of my life. At 44 I wonder what happened between 11:30pm on September 30, 2010 and today?!? My body has decided to rebel against life and is aging faster than I can keep up with! On another aspect of time I am cherishing the time with family,friends and generally trying to make sure that we enjoy the time we have.

What are you grateful for that you have learned to appreciate because of or as a result of travel?