Posts Tagged ‘cruise’

Ala Boaty McBoatface, GM Cruise Calls One of Its Chevy Bolt “Self-Driving” Cars “Bolty McBoltface”

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Boaty McBoatface lives on

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Locals Go HONK HONK as General Motors Tests Its “Cruise” Robot Cars Specifically In and Around Construction Zones, These Days, on the Streets of San Francisco

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Here we go – southbound Masonic at Anza. The left turn pocket lane that this robot might have been expecting is now gone, due to the endless construction projects in and around the 3000 feet of Masonic betwixt Fell and Geary, so Mr Roboto patiently waits, doing nothing. There’s a short left turn arrow at the beginning of the cycle at this unusual intersection, but somehow this self-driving car (or its human driver IDK) missed that chance to turn so it had to wait like 30 seconds blocking southbound Masonic’s “fast” lane:

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Not that that’s agin the rules or anything, but blocked drivers honk-honked nevertheless.

Man, look at all the ppl riding around in these cars these days:

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And actually, if I did miss the left arrow phase, which I wouldn’t have, I wouldn’t then wait so far back for my second chance at making a left as my light went amber – no no, I’d firmly get into the intersection to show my intentions of going left, for one thing.

I’d agree that It Aint Easy To Drive In Frisco and I’ll note that it seems that GM’s finishing school for robot cars appears to have a tough curriculum, what with all the Cruises I see cruising by / stopping at construction sites these days. But…

Why Can’t Cruisey Drive?

PARALYZED: Vaunted GM Cruise Chevy Bolt EV Self Driving Car (or Its Driver) Can’t Handle a Few Traffic Cones on Pierce, Apparently

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

I mean, you tell me. This Bolt stopped for the cones, one thinks. I mean, nobody got on or off AFAICS:

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So you think, “Well, I guess I’m passing them,” and you do and Life goes on

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But IDK if GM Cruise is ready for prime time…

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…

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

Paging Mr. Herman: A Fully Operational James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

The newish James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27 – it was either this or another Pier 39-type operation. Anyway, this is the first I’ve ever really seen this glassy building up there in the Tourist District.  I doubt I’ll ever go there myself:

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And here’s Ruby Princess berthed at Pier 27 in front of Frisco’s third big bridge, the Richmond-San Rafael. That’s Red Rock Island in the middle there. It’s for sale. It’s always for sale:

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And on the left is the JC, which is shut down now, but will open again, they say.

It’s always opening soon…

Frisco’s Busy Port: Grand Princess at Pier 27 and Star Princess at Pier 35

Monday, October 17th, 2016

I’ve never seen two cruise ships together thusly, but I guess this kind of thing happens from time to time:

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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.

Color Photograph: Sunset or Moonrise? Telegraph Hill, Sailboat, Cruise Ship, Alcatraz, and Angel Island

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The answer will amaze you, or not:

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This is the sun, as seen from a span of our troubled San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

It looked like the moon though.

That could be the troubled Star Princess, which should be norovirus-free these days. Let’s hope so. And if it’s not the Princess, well, let’s hope it’s norovirus-free as well…