A new technological revolution in the auto industry has been born from the womb of Tesla Motors; the car is a revolutionary concept that seeks to merge function with innovation without sacrificing style. The newest of the autonomous cars is not just a self-drive car but it also comes with a unique feature which makes it able to learn the ways of the driver and also its immediate environment. This technology is one that seeks to leave other self-drive car makers behind, the main focus of Tesla in this project is to create a situation where the mean cost of maintaining the car can be lowered thus making it cheap enough for the average American to own and drive one.
There are certain features that make the Tesla car a one of a kind ride, among several other features, the following make it quite unique:
It makes use of machine learning
A lot of high-tech systems are being deployed by Tesla in this project, systems such as mapping data, connectivity and machine learning are being used to give it the optimum capacity so desired. The system utilized by Tesla certainly bears some semblance with that which Google uses, this technology is termed machine learning, it is a process composed of algorithms used to process and analyze data, from the data gotten accurate predictions are made on the basis of this data. Google is known to explore human responses and brings out results with time. For example, someone who loves furniture and constantly searches for materials on woodworking and articles on how to use them, this piece of information would certainly help such a one acquire data on how to build or renovate a piece of furniture. Someone else might see the list of outlets that retail wood. This technology is also been deployed by social network Kings Facebook. Facebook uses the same system when it makes the choice of what to put in your feed on the basis of who you exchange regular correspondence with and who you comment or like their posts more. this is exactly the type of technology Tesla is currently deploying.
It is a one of a kind artificially intelligent car
It may be a normal feature to have cars retain the memory of their individual experiences, however, it is even more unique when these cars work together as an interconnected system. This is exactly the case with Tesla cars, they make use of a certain type of artificial intelligence named machine learning, in as much as this is really not an all new concept, Tesla blazes the trail by being a leader in creating a Network of cars which make each car more intelligent by simply harnessing the various data acquired over time. An instance of this technology can be seen in the Google car which automatically freezes the moment it hits a red light at the traffic, this helps it avoid crashing into any other vehicle. As good as the Google brand sounds, Tesla seems to offer even better by being able to sense some normal driving scenarios such as when a different driver is changing lanes rather quickly.
Huge Data Collection Difference
The technology deployed by many companies in acquiring data involves uploading dozens of information into the computer, the data is then scrutinized and the relevant facts are removed. Once this is done, car makers begin including their own functions, a typical instance in this regard is the Apple car which is known to acquire its data by using their cars to go around streets and map them. Google, on the other hand, has been involved in the same approach. However, Tesla is quite different in this regard as a result of the fact that the data is being acquired by real individuals driving the cars daily and the relevant information being constantly uploaded on their computers thus making their autopilot system smarter. It is on record that the maps being developed by Tesla are about 100 times more reliable than any other.
Artificial Intelligence May Create Safer Vehicles
The awesome features of the Tesla cars such as its artificial intelligence, wide area inter-connectivity and so on make this car a one of a kind. However what makes the process even more exciting is the fact that as the Tesla cars in their various locations acquire relevant data such as the position of a pothole, or any other problems that may arise in traffic, the safer the cars become. This is achieved simply on the basis of shared information as the cars are interconnected hence the experience of one car is the experience of all the other cars.
Kevin Harvick sure lifted the lid off a box with remarks about the growth of NASCAR and how Dale Earnhardt Jr. affected it. In a twisted sort of way, it seems like a swipe at Junior Nation. What you can take away from his remarks is that Earnhardt’s lackluster resume has “stunted” NASCAR’s growth, and he appeared to wonder out loud the seven-time champion Johnson was not.
It’s a fair question. You’d think fans would flock to an 83 race winner and multiple time champion the same way NBA fans flock to Steph Curry or the way NFL fans were drawn to Peyton Manning. Johnson isn’t considered as villainous as say, Harvick or Kyle Busch, yet he is not as beloved as Earnhardt. What’s up with this? There are perhaps many good reasons.
There are some things Harvick has not considered. First, there is precedence within NASCAR for this phenomenon. Bill Elliott won 16 Most Popular Driver awards in his career. With 44 wins and a championship, he was not chump. He came from a humble start to become one of the fastest wheelmen around. On the other hand, the most decorated driver of Elliott’s era was Dale Earnhardt. How many Most Popular Driver Awards did he get? One. That’s right, one. Dale Sr. didn’t get that until the year died at Daytona.
Some of it was Earnhardt’s style. He was aggressive, too aggressive for many. Some considered the Intimidator an on-track bully. Some just didn’t like the fact that he seemingly won all the time. From 1986 to 1994, he won six of his seven titles, after taking the old Winston Cup Series by storm in 1980, Dale Sr. became the Dominator with championships in 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1994. That kind of track record would make the Patriots and Yankees proud.
Earnhardt had his fans, but nothing like Awesome Bill from Dawsonville. Elliott was more affable, and frankly, had more in common in terms of personality with the younger Earnhardt.
There’s another point Harvick misses. Frequent winners also fall victim to conspiracy theories. How often do you hear the word “cheat” associated with Jimmie Johnson? Not so much Johnson, but crew chief Chad Knaus. He’s not on that island alone. I remember thinking of the Oakland Raiders as cheater during their heyday under John Madden and Al Davis in the 70s. What about the New England Patriots?
Johnson isn’t without fans, and truth be told, he was no silver spoon baby either. Frankly, as a blue collar kid, JJ has more in common with NASCAR’s fan base than Dale Jr., Chase Elliott, or Ryan Blaney. Besides racing for Rick Hendrick and the cheating allegations, Johnson isn’t a badass figure that appeals to a large number of fans. He is who he is. It’s not a bad thing, but Jimmie Johnson just doesn’t evoke the same positive OR negative reaction that a Tony Stewart did, or that a Kyle Busch does.
Dale Jr.’s popularity is easy to explain. He has that winsome “aw shucks” demeanor. He’s kind of a big kid at heart. And Dale Jr. is Dale Sr.’s son, a man who tragically died on the race track. Mix that with a measure of success in the early 2000s, and there you have it. Also note that was at a time where NASCAR really took off in popularity after the passing of Junior’s famous father.
Having said that, Kevin Harvick does have something of a point. Imagine if Dale Earnhardt Jr. had managed to sustain his on-track success from 2000 to 2004. Perhaps some of those “looky Lou” fans may have stuck around.
On the other hand, NASCAR has a number of bigger issues to tackle than the varying fortunes of its most popular driver. Often, the racing is less than thrilling. The rules and the cars change too often. America just isn’t as in love with the automobile as they were in days of yore. Some argue the races are too long, and too expensive to attend.
So, fellow fan, what’s your take on this? Any of Junior fans bailing after this season? What about Jimmie Johnson? Love him? Hate him? Why?
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