Technology

I’ve been thinking about self-driving cars a lot lately.  It’s a fun topic to look into and there’ve been several interesting articles recently.  There’s been a lot of talk out there because the self driving car reports from California have come out for this year.  I agree with this article, however, which points out that these reports don’t really tell us anything except for which companies test on Californian roads.

But I’ve noticed something interesting.  In a lot of these articles, both the ones on the reports and articles on other aspects of the industry, there’s inevitably some prediction for the future and this prediction is usually contradictory to most of the other predictions out there.

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What do you mean “live action Cars” already exists?

Often it seems like we’re going to usher in a golden age of self-driving cars that don’t need humans and our dream of watching a live action Cars movie can come true.  (that’s everyone’s dream right?  Not just mine?)  Other times it seems like we’re about to utterly destroy civilization entirely and be left holding a single broken key fob.  With this in mind and after scouring the web for predictions on when we’ll have self driving cars I’m pleased to introduce a brand new initiative here at Panda Rose.  The Panda Rose Choose Your Own Prediction Adventure!  By following this simple quiz, you can easily come up with predictions to give to all your friends at your next cocktail party and even better, it doubles as a really cheap personality test.  Are you ready?  Alright, let’s begin!

Looking at the latest technology I am absolutely certain that we will have self-driving cars ______!

  1. before 2022
  2. after 2022
  3. the distant future
  4. never

When we get self driving cars they will ____

  1. usher in a golden age where no one owns their own cars anymore.
  2. usher in a dark age of traffic where everyone and their dog are driving everywhere
  3. not really change anything
  4. lead to the destruction of modern society and massive civil unrest.

The solution to all the problems stopping us from using self-driving cars is ___

  1. not needed.  Almost all our problems are solved already.  I’m already getting ready for my preorder.
  2. to put all cars onto rails and maybe change their name to ‘trains’.
  3. making it illegal to go near a road on foot.
  4. nothing.  There’s no solution.  We can only accept that it will never work.

Self-driving cars will eventually be as safe as ____

  1. whatever the safest thing in the world is.  I dunno. The Svalsgaard Doomsday Seed Vault maybe?
  2. a car driven by a really good human driver.
  3. a car driven by a contestant on Canada’s Worst Driver
  4. standing on the surface of the sun.

Self-driving cars are ___

  1. guaranteed to work correctly so I’ve sold my current car and invested all my money in all the companies.
  2. a good idea if they work.
  3. alright, I guess.
  4. the fifth horseman of the apocalypse which will lead to our destruction at the hands of our car overlords.

Results

Now it’s time to calculate your results.  Add up the numbers of every answer you chose.

If you scored 5 points, you’re an idealist.  Your view of the future involves you driving into the sunset in a beautiful sports car.  And when I say that you’re driving, of course I mean that the car is driving while you take a well deserved nap.

If you scored 6-19 points, you’re probably a realist.  Especially if you didn’t answer question #3 because you didn’t agree with any of the choices.  You think there’s a good chance that we’ll get self-driving cars at some point but life won’t really change all that much for us when that happens.  You’re willing to wait and see though.

If you scored 20 points, you’re a pessimist (or a Luddite perhaps).  You don’t think we’ll ever have self-driving cars but if we do it’ll be the end of us all.

If you scored 0 points because you skipped over all the questions, you probably think that you don’t have enough information to make a prediction and so you’ll keep quiet for now.  Well a noble intention, I’d urge you to reconsider.  Not having any information certainly hasn’t stopped the rest of us so why should you miss out on all the fun?

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Virtual Reality

Today, virtual reality is used for many things, most commonly in the gaming industry. Although that may be the most popular way to use those fun goggles, there’s many ways that common business are utilizing them as well.

You walk past the Microsoft Store in the mall. People are crowded around a person wearing big goggles. They attract attention as they swat around in the air randomly. If it’s the first time you’ve seen this, you may be confused, thinking they are crazy or totally intrigued! But if you’ve seen this before, you might already know it’s Virtual Reality! How does such an advanced tool that seems only practical for gaming apply to common businesses?

Here’s some ways your business can benefit from virtual reality other than games. Don’t worry it will still be loads of fun!

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Try before you buy

For example; if you are a hardware store, many people come looking for things to upgrade their home. Sometimes it’s small things for regular maintenance. Other times its a total transformation to their home. Customers can design their bathroom or kitchen exactly the way they want it and use virtual reality to test out their new design.

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Promoting tourism

Many Travel agencies are using VR as a way for clients to virtually experience their vacation before they even step out of the office. Viewers can walk the along pathways in British Columbia with a new VR experience called “Wild Within.” You can also add virtual reality to hotel or resort bookings customers can walk through the lobby and even tour a room to seal the deal with their bookings.

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New spin on traditional sales

In the business of selling cars? Why not offer your customers a virtual reality experience to try out vehicles not yet available at the dealership. Promote new features and upcoming looks, so customers can see their dream car in “reality.” Automakers are looking to VR to attract customers, increase time spent at the dealership and to promote car sales. In a Audi dealership in London, 50 percent of customers within the first year of using VR experience, pilot ordered vehicles without customers having a physical test drive, basing their purchase upon their virtual experience.

Safety Training

Virtual Reality has even become valuable on the factory floor. Training employees on forklift safety using VR has many benefits. It’s a safe environment for employees to gain hands on training without the risk of injury or property/equipment damage. While virtual reality may seem costly, it saves time and money on in person training, repairs, insurance claims and liabilities.

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Virtual Reality is a fun tool to promote your business and engage with your customers on a whole new level. It is widely used for gaming but has so many more features to offer small businesses as it becomes more mainstream.

 

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limousine

Mobile homes were an all round great idea. Most include beds, a kitchen, living room furniture, it can all be packed up for safe transfer and you can drive it along with all you that you need wherever!

The food truck is genius for restaurant chains and those who want to put their food creations on wheels. In some cases the trucks can come to requested locations and other times they pop up and give food lovers a pleasant surprise.

limousine

The limousine… need I say more?

These vehicles with extravagant features and purposes were amazing ideas. So whats next?

Apparently there has been development in mobile offices.

Now you may be thinking, ‘well that doesn’t sound very fun.’ And I would agree. Fun is not the goal, but when I got thinking about the mobile office, my trailing thoughts made me excited for such development.

Whether or not people have been developing these specific concepts or not I do not know, but these are the ideas I myself put together.

Here are my ideas

Imagine the floor of a vehicle, that looks nothing like a vehicle’s floor. The floor is a perfect rectangle that comfortably fits a table, four chairs, a coat hanger and water cooler. There are four walls. These walls are giant one-way windows that are also touch screens. There are two sliding doors, one on each of the long sides of the rectangle. And of course there would be wifi and charging stations for all the needed electronics.

You may be thinking, ‘Now that sounds dangerous.’ Not to worry friends, by the time mobile offices become a priority, all vehicles will be self driven.

What’s the point?

People would use the mobile offices for getting work done while they are still on the go. No more clocking in late for your office job.

Still not convinced?

How about mobile meetings? What if the mobile office could hold 12 chairs comfortably? A presenter could show the actual location of the proposed hotel building to the board all while everyone still has their devices on a table and notes are drawn by finger tips on the walls around them. Your designer team needs inspiration? Rent a mobile office and allow them to all get out of the office, with the ability to continue working but their surroundings are changing and influence can be pulled from anywhere! Or a mobile art class!

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I think there is real potential for the mobile office and I hope that one day I get to use one!


I also have my own idea for the next mobile features. A vehicle with workout equipment! For now we will call it the mobile gym.

It looks very similar to the mobile office from the outside. But inside, there is gym equipment. Now, before you roll your eyes let me explain.

The mobile gym would have space efficient equipment that would be customized to the owner/renter. The touch screen would display your workout schedule, music and could also have a virtual trainer. People would use the mobile gym as they would workout as they commute.

woman weight lifting

If someone wanted to make sure that they worked out daily, they could set up a program that helped them do so. A program could make it so that their phones would only charge if they were producing power through working out. Or maybe the one way mirrors would shut off exposing the interior if no one had been working out for the last 5 minutes.

Can you even imagine?

Yes I thought about the fact that a mobile gym could look ridiculous as people can walk, run or bike to places they need to go while being fit. But running in -22 degrees is not ideal and biking to work is not a reasonable option for those with a commute that is already 20 minutes of driving outside of city limits.

There is still a lot of development needed before these ideas are put into action. But I still think it’s fun to imagine what the future of transportation will look like. Maybe our mobile homes, food trucks and limos will all hover and fly by the time we get around to adding offices and gyms.

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Where do you see our technology in transportation taking us? I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

Tess Houcher

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