Helicopter drones are nothing new. Autonomous, self-driving cars are already on the road, in fact we talked a lot about these cars last month. But what if you could put the two of them together? It might be a challenge, but just imagine! It sounds like something out of a futuristic video game. Scientists at Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) have gotten together with Sikorsky, a leading supplier of military helicopters.
In this 18-month study, the idea is to get eyes on the ground in areas too dangerous for humans by dropping autonomous vehicles from drone helicopters. (I never thought I would ever type that sentence!) Specifically, the study will use an auto-piloted Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopter, which can carry an unmanned ground vehicle in a sling. The helicopter will drop the ground vehicle at a designated location and return to its base of operations. The driverless vehicle will then perform scans of its environment, biological, nuclear and chemical. Military applications are a given, but law enforcement agencies are also watching closely. It’s a great opportunity to keep people out of harms way while performing critical operations. Fire and Rescue applications also come to mind. In the future, driverless cars may be encountered on the road…and in the sky!
If you were like most kids (me included) you had at least some exposure to the toy trucks known as TONKA! Oh, I wanted mine to be real in the worst way. And one of the most popular Tonka trucks was…the dumbstruck, with real tilting dump bed! Ford has intentionally decided to fight dirty by playing on this childhood fantasy of so many kids. Okay, maybe not “dirty”, but as strong as this fascination with Tonka is for me and other children, it’s at least not fair. 🙂
Here at Elite Auto Repair we all love a great high performance car, and the Corvette is no exception. It was introduced at the GM Motorama in 1953 as a concept show car, and still creates that same excitement all these years later. A Corvette has been selected as the Indianapolis 500 pace car 11 times, the latest time being in 2012 with a Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 pace model driven by Guy Fieri. On January 13, 2012, Chevrolet will be unveiling the all-new 2014 Corvette, and you can watch it LIVE right here on this page! Click on the video below to see the countdown to the live event.