E&T news weekly #32 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the week

Friday January 9 2015 Vitali Vitaliev, features editor Autonomous vehicles from Mercedes, BMW and Audi debut at CES I hope they will test autonomous cars away from busy city streets, preferably in the desert, where they will only be surrounded by other driverless vehicles. Otherwise, I can imagine the shock some (flesh-and-blood human) drivers will feel when overtaken, cut off or tail-gated by a ghost-driven car, with nothing but emptiness behind the wheel. Humans can be unpredictable when shocked, and sudden accidental braking or accelerating may follow – with catastrophic (in the true sense of this word) results. Call me … Continue reading E&T news weekly #32 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the week

#AppleWatch attracts attention at #CES2015, despite Apple’s absence from the show – an annotated infographic

Apple’s traditional absence from the monstrous, sprawling geek and gadget-fest that is the Consumer Electronics Show in the quaint, understated little burg of Las Vegas has done little to prevent the Apple Watch being one of the hot topics of the week. Apple itself might not officially be exhibiting, but plenty of other companies are and many of them are frothing excitedly about their accessories for the Apple Watch and other products that integrate with Apple’s HomeKit, the framework in iOS 8 for communicating with and controlling connected accessories in a user’s home. Marketing firm TapSense is one such exhibitor, … Continue reading #AppleWatch attracts attention at #CES2015, despite Apple’s absence from the show – an annotated infographic

France sends black box team to help with Flight #QZ8501 investigation – an annotated infographic

Although evidence so far indicates that the AirAsia flight could have stalled, some of the bodies recovered were found to be wearing life jackets. Static associated with the storm may have impeded communication with air traffic control and other aircraft in the vicinity could have been on a collision course. Recovery of the black box recorders should be able to distinguish possible causes and contributing factors. Black box recorders allow air accident investigators to piece together what happened in the final moments before a plane crash. Information from the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder is used to create … Continue reading France sends black box team to help with Flight #QZ8501 investigation – an annotated infographic