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6/13/2011 05:42 PM EDT
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goafrit
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goafrit   6/13/2011 6:31:08 PM
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Heaven, how is that possible - 360 deg view. Can someone explain how this can happen economically without layers of cameras and lenses. I am in doubt

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R_Colin_Johnson   6/13/2011 6:44:31 PM
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Similar to stitching operations performed by high-end applications like Photoshop for panoramas, the four images are aligned then distorted into a donut shape. Check out an example at: http://bit.ly/jAcyR9

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lifewingmate   6/14/2011 3:00:39 AM
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This sounds like interesting technology. However, how safe is it for a driver to pay attention the road in real-time with the 360 view drawing away peripheral vision. Technology cannot ultimately replace the human driver's five senses that are important for driving. However, I'm wondering how well the implications of this technology would be for folks that need assistance. This may even be great for an aging population and education a younger population with safer driving habits. After all, technology this cool will hopefully make drivers more aware as it reduces "blind spots"--yet the video output may give a "video game-type" feel which could also be a hazard. I wonder if it will pass for car insurance discounts because it is supposed to be an advanced safety feature. There are many pros and cons and I would love to see more demos like the one you've provided. In addition, the image could some day be interactive and even be integrated into gps for smarter real-time navigation.

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daleste   6/14/2011 3:00:53 AM
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This will be a great feature for the aging baby boomers in the US. I look forward to advances like this that can help me avoid costly mistakes.

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lifewingmate   6/14/2011 3:01:10 AM
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pay attention to*

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eewiz   6/14/2011 4:06:45 AM
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This is only meant for "Parking assistance" . ie. the driver is not paying attention to 360 degree view while driving. See this old demo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRJ3DLyDCb0

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Neo10   6/14/2011 4:59:26 AM
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Do we really need such advanced technology for parking a car? I agree parking a car is not as easy as popping peanuts into ones mouth but it's no rocket science either. C'mon, people have been parking their cars for more than a century now with needing any artificial aid. Some help like a a reversing camera for big vehicles is reasonable but 360 deg for parking, a big joke if they expect anyone to pay for it.

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cricri_2011   6/14/2011 9:15:34 AM
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I was talking to friends the other day and we were thinking that there haven't been many advances in technology lately. I guess it's like every other improvement in life: we know how to till land, that doesn't mean we'll stop at using horses. All improvements give way to applied research which may one day find an even better application, so when strong technology leaders go on and leap to another type of assistance, I say they shouldn't be criticized. I do agree with the fact that driving has been around for a while, but we've introduced automatic gear shifting and we don't have to have wrestler biceps to turn the wheel nowadays. There are some things which are really useful for professional drivers nowadays...

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cnl_silva   6/14/2011 10:49:14 AM
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I think that a collision assistance and estimation would be valuable using a 3D system perhaps based on vision. For parking it is helpful although the distortion from cameras is tough - again, some kind for visual warning with distances would be more useful than just pretty pictures. Regarding technology in the car - my 23 year old metro got better mileage than a Prius although the Prius is more comfortable - still, with EFI and the benefit of 20 years of microprocessors and controls as well as other technologies a Prius should do better...I guess the biggest change we can see in looking at cars from 20 years ago vs today is about 40% more horsepower per displacement - 600hp sedans and 200hp+ is considered under powered by some people??? I think the technology we need to work on most are ones which will educate consumers to buy cars and devices using a bit more reason and a little less testosterone. Sorry for the rant....

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KB3001   6/14/2011 11:48:42 AM
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My worry is that we become so dependent on these technologies that we lose the "skill" of manual driving altogether! Let's hope driving examinations will keep up the standards.... or have separate grades of driving licences depending on which class of cars you drive.

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