Posts Tagged ‘horns’

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…

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.

“Ex-Vandals” Create New Mural in NoPA – “In Progress, Please Respect” – Presenting the Blue Man Group

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

A few days back on McAllister at Divisadero:

“MURAL IN PROGRESS – PLEASE RESPECT – EX-VANDALS”

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And here’s the scene yesterday, with sidewalk cyclists giving the thumbs up already, or terrorist fist-jabs or something:

And here’s the crew putting the final touches on:

On It Goes in the Western Addition…

The Most Customised Toyota in Town: Gold Cow Catcher, Extra Horns, and Lightning Bolts, Always With the Lightning Bolts

Friday, December 24th, 2010

And of course, gold pack on all the things that used to be silver.

Sic transit gloria Toyota:

Beep beep.

Brace Yourselves This Thursday: On 10-21, at 10:21 AM, Sirens Will Blare for the Great CA ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

You know what Mad Men’s Don Draper would say about this Thursday’s Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill? He’d say that if it was really all that great, then you wouldn’t need to have the word “great” in the name.

But no matter, all’s you have to do now is make a mental note and then when All Hell Breaks Loose on Thursday, 10-21, at 10:21* AM you can tell those around you to keep calm because it’s just a drill.  

Or just plug your ears – that’s the other option:

And here’s a visual aid the boys in the Art Department just whipped up:

And here’s the FB and the Twitter.

And here’s a peek at part of the Facebook Wall:

The Great California ShakeOut: Imagine a civic group is hosting a huge potluck. Volunteers issue invitations, set up tables & put out plates. What if 100 families are expected & come, but only 10 families bring a potluck dish & the other 90 don’t? Can you see how this type of scenario could impact the aftermath of the next quake? If your friends… are not registered for the ShakeOut, please invite them today! Be a friend. Help others prepare!”
 
And here’s the first reply:
 
Tony Willis I know that i am going to eat and so are my dogs.”
 
O.K. then. That’s the spirit, Tony!
 
All right, see you Thursday. Shake Baby, Shake.
 
*This could be a reference to the October 21, 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake but I don’t know. 

The Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2010
Time: 10:20 AM
10:30 AM
 

Location: SF State University Campus-wide

Web: http://www.sfsu.edu/emergency

Sponsor: SFSU Office of Emergency Preparedness

The “Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill” is sponsored annually by CALEMA, the California Emergency Management Agency, to promote earthquake preparedness throughout California. At 10:21 a.m. SF State will test all building and outdoor sirens and the mass notification system that reaches the campus community via phones, email, SMS text and TTY messaging.

San Francisco to Test Sirens at 10:15 AM on Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

This is a test. Only a test.

Normally, you’d only hear these sirens on Tuesdays at noon. There’s no need for alarm.

Deets below.

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CITYWIDE SIRENS TO SOUND AS PART OF EARTHQUAKE DRILL
What: The City’s Outdoor Public Warning System Sirens will be activated as part of the statewide Drop, Cover and Hold earthquake drill on October 15, 2009 at 10:15 am.  The sirens will be sounded, followed by a voice message indicating that it is a test.  This is the first time the City is utilizing the system citywide at a time other than the regular Tuesday noon weekly test.

San Francisco residents and visitors should not be alarmed by the fact that the sirens are sounding at a time other than the regular Tuesday test.

When: Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 10:15 am

Where: 92 locations citywide

Why:  The City is participating in the Great California ShakeOut, the statewide earthquake drill.  To date, more than 280,000 people in San Francisco have registered to participate in the drill, and more than 6.4 million have registered statewide.  For more information, please go to
www.shakeout.org/sanfrancisco.