Comparing driver's times at a tyre evaluation test like last week's Abu Dhabi event is difficult at the best of times, but when trying to assess the performance of a driver who has been out of the sport for six years, that difficulty level is raised even higher.
On the face of it Robert Kubica's test for Williams was a success. Fastest of the three Williams drivers present the headlines look promising. However, taking into consideration the different tyres used to set those times muddies the water considerably.
Kubica ran a three lap qualifying simulation on the new 'hyper-soft' tyre - which should have given him a two-second advantage. Correcting for tyres it would appear that Kubica was significantly slower than Sergei Sorotkin - who was on the harder 'soft' tyre - and marginally quicker than Lance Stroll, the team's only contracted driver.
Stroll's family fortune currently funds Williams, so there' no chance that he will be anywhere but in a…
The superbugs and the threat they pose to our healthcare systems and ultimately our lives and limbs have been a topic I have visited on an intermittent basis over the last few years, but given the number and variety of bacteria now achieving pan-drug resistance, it’s probably worth another discussion.Since I last wrote about the topic we have learned of a number of diseases which are now, effectively, incurable with modern medicines. STDs, Tuberculosis, e.coli, the list is longer than anyone would like. These infections are once more fatal. For Tuberculosis, which was thought to have been eradicated in the 1960s, that’s a particularly unwelcome return.Antibiotic resistance has reached the point where we now need to revisit Victorian era treatments for these infections. Amputation, lung removal, and eventually palliative care become the only options available to clinicians.The warnings about the superbug and the careful management of antibiotics dispensing, their use in farming and the…
Apparently some Tesla owners were cross when Tesla was forced to add some safety features to its Autopilot self-steering system to ensure drivers are at least paying some semblance of attention when the car is under the system's control.
In reality all the system now does is detect a driver's hands on the wheel, which is about as low as the bar can go in terms of measuring driver attention.
Too much for some though and as a result a third-party product has been doing the rounds, the Autopilot Buddy, a device designed to trick Autopilot by strategically placing magnets on the wheel to mimic the capacitive field of a driver's hands.
Fortunately the NHTSA has stepped in and outlawed the device with immediate effect. Whilst that prevents any further sales, it does nothing to prevent those users who already have one continuing to use one.
The prospects of Apple competing with Google, Tesla, Uber and the motor industry in the autonomous car market rose significantly yesterday, with the news that the company has doubled the number of permits to operate self driving vehicles in California.
That's the sort of commitment which suggests Apple sees a future in the business after all. But what sort of future?
Autonomous cars are going to be a slow burn. Right now we know that those market protagonists which have cars under test are still seeing a significant number of interventions - the number of times the human has to take control to prevent an incident - happening per mile driven.
That speaks to the quality of the software and hardware being used to guide the vehicle, but it doesn't tell the whole story. The upper and lower limits of the current state of play are Google - one intervention every 5,000 miles - and Uber - one intervention every 13 miles.
Those numbers are being achieved in tightly controlled environme…
If you’re in the unusual position of pairing an Android phone with an iPad, or indeed a Mac, and are missing out on the functionality Continuity gives iPhone users, there is a tool which can get you to parity.
Pushbullet is a pretty awesome tool for sharing files, links and notifications, but the Mac and iPad versions don’t support text messages.
Don’t let that put you off though, because the web version does - and it works on both Mac and iPad. Install the Android version to your phone and use the web version to message from your Mac or iPad.
It’s not the full Continuity feature set, but it is the most useful.