Posts Tagged ‘bolt’

Assembly Line Production of Self Driving Cars is Here: A Brand-New Bolt, One of 130 – Hayes Valley Meets Uncanny Valley

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Look what I saw coming out of Hayes Valley – it’s VEHT2079, a brand-new self-driving Chevy Bolt all the way from Orion Township, MI. It’s different. Notice the white thingamajigs above the front wheels:

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At first I thought it could have been a Project Titan from Apple, but no. It’s just an updated version of what we’ve seen for a while now.

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Of course that’s the human minder in the driver’s seat, but is that the robot in the passenger seat? Let’s ENHANCE:

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I’ll think of him as Frisco’s Star Trek Data, or Johnny Cab 2017, but you make the call, Gentle Reader

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Off they go, a boy and his robot:

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But not without a few Grove Street hassles. I mean, that’s what GM is doing here, a kind of driving torture test, right?

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And all this is just one block away from the Hayes Street block where Anthony Levandowski’s long-forgotten self-driving Pri-Bot used to get parked, right?

The Future is Now…

As the Chevy Volt –> VOLTRON, the New Chevy Bolt –> BOLTRON

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Voltron you know already, now here’s BOLTRON, which costs about $20k more than what it looks like it should, but otherwise seems fine, for those who can charge at home or at work.

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Code Name ALBATROSS: Self-Driving Chevrolet Bolt Seen Emerging from Lair – It’s Still Turning Heads

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

But this process took a while as traffic on 11th is getting backed up quite a bit these days during rush hour due to, IDK, the recent city-mandated loss of lanes on nearby Van Ness? That’s my guess.

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Anyway, if 11th is filled with idled cars and peds are walking by, this exit is a good test for a self-driving car:

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The Bolt seemed timid, but that’s how it’s supposed to behave I suppose. Good luck, New GM

Unfortunate Bolt: A Fool For Love Hearts Rivet-Face – An Unusual Bus Ad

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Mapping out the bolts in your MUNI bus ad isn’t easy

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They Call Me MISTER Platypus! – My White Whale Spotted, Again

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

This is the closest I’ve gotten to this now-famous ride:

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“PLATYPUS” – go figure. I don’t think Old GM had a platypus car…

This Brand-New Chevy Bolt is Driving Itself on the Streets of San Francisco

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

As seen in the SoMA on Folsom near 12th right, by the SF Eagle, not that there’s anything wrong with that:

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No, it’s not sucking the data off of your cell phone – it’s Cruise Automation, baby. And it looks like they’re on the right path, unlike, say, so-called Elon Musk and his so-called “Autopilot.”

Play us out, SLATE’s Will Oremus:

Is Autopilot a Bad Idea? Why Ford, Google, Volvo and others think Tesla is wrong about automation.

Building Fire This AM at People’s Cafe and TRUE Clothing on Haight – They’ll be Shut Down for a While

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Get all the deets on this morning’s 5:00 AM structure fire at The People’s Cafe and True in the Upper Haight.

Let’s see here, the aftermath: You’ve got a Honda Accord (see the firefighters gingerly lifting a big old hose off of it (sorry about that, Chief) so the driver can escape the scene?), a noticeably perky news lady, a news producer, a witness/interested party, and a big old firetruck all in front of TRUE and the People’s Cafe during Yet Another Foggy Morning in the Upper Haight, just as you might expect:

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Thanks once again, Guardians of the City. See you at Costco and Lucky!

This shot came from the side of a ladder truck parked on Fulton:

And area LEAs too, love the Dead, it seems…