Posted by Eric Huang on April 23, 2017
Cars vs Trains and sometimes planes
A few weeks ago I talked to my friend about high speed trains. He thinks they are cool, but super expensive. I think they are cool, necessary, and obsolete. I think their obsolete because robot cars and Uber/Lyft robot cars will make high speed trains difficult to justify in urban areas. (High Speed Trains will be used to link rural areas (where people want to/can afford to live) with urban areas (where people need to work)
For the middle class, people will buy robot cars, and use those to drive. For example, if I want to go to Disneyland I can get in my car, hit the autopilot in San Jose, and be at Disneyland in 7-8 hours. During that whole trip, I can work, watch movies, video conference calls or nap. (All of those functions will be powered by USB Type-C, except the sleeping). To fuel up or charge my car, I can pull over any time I want. (or for a bio-break, USB has no solutions for this yet).
Oh and here’s my favorite car stop in the universe. It’s in Hinckley, Minnesota. It serves escargot and cinnamon rolls. http://tobies.com/
For people with limited budgets, Lyft/Uber could offer group shuttles (robot cars) that leave every 5 minutes from San Jose Airport (or the Eric Huang Autonomous Car Station) to different locations. Customers could simply “crowd request” a destination and time frame, and a car or van carrying upwards of 4 people, could leave and go to Disneyland or Universal Studios reducing the overall cost by sharing. Since an Lyft/Uber ride today costs over 1200 dollars to LA, the elimination of the human, and some amount of planning with a dedicated robot car work force, the cost/price could be reduced.
What’s the tie in to USB? USB has been able to re-invent itself to meet future needs. When USB 3.0 was created, it was designed to go up from 5 Gbps to 10 Gbps. USB Type-C has alternate modes to support DisplayPort or other protocols in those other lanes. And Power Deliver offers more power.
The USB-IF has designed the specifications to allow for the future, so USB will not be obsolete for a long time.
I should point out this still takes a good amount of effort to make it easy for the consumer. Again, we, and our customers, make USB easy, because we do all the hard stuff.
Please give me my Robot Car now.
Oh, we have some Embedded Vision stuff through our superb ARC stuff that will enable these autonomous cars.. Take a look at that.
Lawyer Joke -Because the U.S. Constitution does not explicitly name lawyers as a protected class
” One afternoon a lawyer was riding in his limousine when he saw two men along the road-side eating grass. Disturbed, he ordered his driver to stop and he got out to investigate.
He asked one man, “Why are you eating grass?”
“We don’t have any money for food,” the poor man replied. “We have to eat grass.”
“Well, then, you can come with me to my house and I’ll feed you,” the lawyer said.
“But sir, I have a wife and two children with me. They are over there under that tree.”
“Bring them along,” the lawyer replied… Turning to the other poor man he stated, “You may come with us, also.”
The second man, in a pitiful voice, then said, “But sir, I also have a wife and six children with me!”
“Bring them all as well,” the lawyer answered.
They all entered the car, which was no easy task, even for a car as large as the limousine.
Once under way, one of the poor fellows turned to the lawyer and said, “Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you.”
The lawyer replied, “Glad to do it. You’ll really love my place. The grass is almost a foot high.”