A look at america’s biggest self-driving playground (cnet on cars, episode 94) – video – roadshow

Now the point is, you can let self-driving cars kind of frolic, on these cars, around these buildings, without having to put the real public at risk.

We thought it’d be interesting to take a deep look at what you try to learn at a place like this, in light of some of the recent self-driving car accidents in the news.

That’s all been decommissioned and now something of a different type of intrigue takes place here Teaching self-driving cars how to drive in the real world.

An entire industry of spy photography grew up Up around that fact, but autonomous vehicles are different, because bugs in them can lead to dead people.

That’s just fine by car makers because a pristine traffic environment presents few of the real world potholes, faded lane lines and poorly marked abutments that that autonomous cars will encounter in the real world.

So, by testing at GoMentum Station we’re able to stage those one percent situations, a ball running across the road or a child coming out from between cars.

This does contour mapping with a spinning sensor that sees shapes in the In the world around it, and then cameras have their own unique ability to not just tell what’s out there, but where something is.

Basic information of how fast am I going, what heading am I on, is there an aspect of the vehicle in motion that needs to be transmitted to another car.

They don’t want to see an autonomous car run into something, just because some Netflix packets got in the way of an important signal to the car.

Honda and Acura engineers are here now, but [INAUDIBLE] station would like to add more curious geeks, from vehicle makers, to those who may be one one day.

Have approached us and we’ve taken a look at maybe partnering with these companies to begin their testing here, at least in California and Concord at the GoMentum Station.

M City’s about 32 acres of intersections, roundabouts, benches, buildings, and parked cars, and also something [INAUDIBLE] station doesn’t have, crappy winter weather.

But that means you’re probably missing two of the greatest hits of cabin tech, which is hands-free calling and streaming of media from your mobile device on your factory stereo.

The FM modulator that we’re doing today is integrated with your audio system and sends it’s FM signal to it via a closed circuit that interrupt your car’s antenna completely.

Take off the negative and safe that thing so it’s not gonna go back by cable memory and touch the negative post again, and suddenly your car’s alive.

Get yourself a nice thick, soft rag, and pad this part of your dash, where the sharp under-belly of this radio is gonna be coming and going a couple times, as work and fiddle with connections.

And the other thing is, try and mount this away from any hot air ducts or any moving levers back there that are part of the climate control system that might get snagged on it, or pull on its wires.

Okay next up, we’re gonna mount the control button which either turns the thing on and off or, in our case, it does that and also operates Bluetooth pairing.

Okay now we’re gonna connect the antenna lead from the cars antenna to the female antenna lead on our modulator and then this end, the male end is gonna go back in the radio and the radio goes back in the car.

Every car’s going to be different, but that microphone has to get plugged into the body of this thing, right over here, before you start tucking this all away and buttoning things up.

I also have a black ground wire in there, you gotta run Run that to ground, which shouldn’t be too hard to find anywhere inside the dash here.

Let’s complete the antenna circuit by taking this antenna lead from the modulator and that now goes into the radio instead of the antenna that used to go here directly.

I’ve gotta switch my modulator into phone mode, so it’s grabbing and listening to this And now longer passing FM antenna through, and then I’ve got to go fuss with my phone and get it to play stuff.

I can use this button to advance tracks on my media player as well, and it’s always very sensitive where you set the volume on your phone going out to a modulator to make sure you’re not over-driving it, so it’s not sending crappy sound Into the FM of your radio.

And this week, we’re doing all paint emails, because we got a slew of those from you this week, after I did last episode, talking about how damn good modern paint jobs are.

This once comes from Umar, who says One of the cars I own is a 2000 Honda Accord LX and I have noticed almost all the Accords, he says, from that year have the same issue of paint coming off.

He does admit the car sits outside all the time but he wants to know is there any real risk of rust damage if I don’t get the clear coat fixed?

All right guys you and a few other users are pointing out the exceptions obviously here but it does seem as though Honda’s got More exceptions than others, at least from a cursory glance had a lot of complaints and slights in forums that aggregate this stuff.

Also know that recalls around paint are I won’t say unprecedented, but I can’t recall one, because recalls are almost entirely based on safety, that’s where the federal government gets involved, not really on aesthetic issues and customer satisfaction stuff, so that’s not an avenue you can go down.

And, finally, if you’re looking at a legal avenue, from my lay person’s research, it looks as though a couple of attempts were made to do class action suits.

The most recent was Nguyen and Dibenedetto versus American Honda, and as far as I can tell in my late person’s research, That got dismissed as a class action in late 2012 and I don’t think anyone’s had any traction around that since then.

It says, I have a 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo, cool little car by the way, and I shelled out, she says, the extra $1,000 for matte paint, specifically a charcoal color called Young Gun My local car wash, he says, assured me that this car can be taken through the automatic wash with his matte paint, and not have any damage.

You buff it out that takes the scratch off the clear coat or it blends down those white edges of the scratch so you barely notice them but not on a matte finish car.

I would say that means no automatic car washes, get the more expensive hand car wash by the same car wash crew, Park way far out in the parking lot, you don’t want to get any dings, little scratches, things like that.

This one comes in from Alvaro O. Electricity in water pipes who’s writing in from Barcelona, Spain and he says, “I have been shopping for a new car recently” and he says,”I can’t believe it!

How come “orange peel” is so prevalent on high-tech paints and and brand new cars with all their amazing techniques they’ve got at the factory?” He says I’ve seen this very clearly on a wide range of new vehicles, from value cars to German premium brands.

I have never brought this up in a review, but I’ve noticed it for the 11 years we’ve been shooting cars here at CNET, most of the factory new cars we get, and I’ve shown over a thousand of them now.

Take a look at your car with this little trick, look at it with a bright light coming down on it that has a straight edge like we have some skylights here on our set.

OEMs do their painting hands free, it’s amazing to watch Was each robots go through and do all the spraying, and get all the perfect techniques.

There is no intermediate hand step, where someone gets in there and does a sand between coats, which is one of the main ways you get super smooth A Glossy paint or for that matter a wood finish.

Even the best body shop out there, their best spray guy is gonna have a bad day or have a hangover and guess what, you’re gonna have some of those problems that robots never ever do.

So there pros and cons to the modern factory paint job but I do agree with you, it tends to result in some slight orange peel, in some or all parts Of a modern paint finish.

And when the XJ8s came off the line, a few of them went to another final inspection area with incredibly bright lights and inspectors in white coats, white gloves, and magnifying glasses doing the final check.

And those were the cars that were destined to be sent to Japan Where buyers had zero interest in even minor defects in the finish, possibly including pronounced orange peels.

Let’s wrap up the email section with actually a nod to a previous email an episode or two ago where Mishary In Saudi Arabia wrote in, and he was asking about tips for cleaning his engine bay.