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(Google)   Google announces "Google Racing." An autonomous race car to debut in NASCAR   (google.com) divider line 47
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2012-04-01 12:59:46 AM  
March 31, 2012 at 11:52 PM

gifsforum.com
 
2012-04-01 01:45:47 AM  
APRIL FOOLS!
 
2012-04-01 09:16:20 AM  
I want to believe.
 
2012-04-01 10:14:01 AM  
Even they wouldn't hit a jet dryer under caution
 
2012-04-01 10:52:19 AM  
Although this is "likely" part of April Fools.... I don't think it is as "foolish"/silly as some of their other ones..... I could easily see Google getting together a dozen "real" drivers to race against their "Watson" car in some sort of exhibition races in the next few years.
 
2012-04-01 11:10:41 AM  
Driverless cars that people can buy are probably only a decade or so away so their doesn't surprise me. They are already testing a semi-driverless car in Nevada for sale that can steer within a freeway lane and adjust speed with traffic.

The big question will be if the car can be programed to take advantage of drafting and compensate in real time for changing tire performance. Without that then it will get curb stomped by the human competitors or run into a wall.
 
2012-04-01 11:26:45 AM  

dletter: Although this is "likely" part of April Fools.... I don't think it is as "foolish"/silly as some of their other ones..... I could easily see Google getting together a dozen "real" drivers to race against their "Watson" car in some sort of exhibition races in the next few years.


Well, Jim Clark founded Netscape so that he could build a driverless yacht.
 
2012-04-01 11:33:06 AM  
At least when it crashes into the stands, nobody of value will be lost.
 
2012-04-01 11:46:25 AM  

dletter: Although this is "likely" part of April Fools.... I don't think it is as "foolish"/silly as some of their other ones..... I could easily see Google getting together a dozen "real" drivers to race against their "Watson" car in some sort of exhibition races in the next few years.


I don't think you'll get too many of those drivers to go full speed in a pack with a car with no driver any time soon.

The driverless car for the highway Crosshair mentioned is one thing, at less than half the speed and with way more space between cars, and all the other drivers avoiding contact on purpose...
 
2012-04-01 11:49:52 AM  
Oh, those wacky Google kids and their April Fools.
 
2012-04-01 11:50:37 AM  
You can tell this is an April Fool's prank because it had NASCAR fans speaking in complete sentences
 
2012-04-01 12:02:02 PM  

Crosshair: Driverless cars that people can buy are probably only a decade or so away so their doesn't surprise me. They are already testing a semi-driverless car in Nevada for sale that can steer within a freeway lane and adjust speed with traffic.

The big question will be if the car can be programed to take advantage of drafting and compensate in real time for changing tire performance. Without that then it will get curb stomped by the human competitors or run into a wall.


Considering there are already driverless cars on the road, its more likely in the 5-10 year range, IMO.
 
2012-04-01 12:02:56 PM  

sno man:
The driverless car for the highway Crosshair mentioned is one thing, at less than half the speed and with way more space between cars, and all the other drivers avoiding contact on purpose...


I see you've never driven from Vegas to LA on a Sunday night.
 
2012-04-01 12:06:51 PM  
I'm surprised we haven't gotten a link to XKCD and its comic that changes based on location/browser/referral yet.
 
2012-04-01 12:15:19 PM  

hawcian: I'm surprised we haven't gotten a link to XKCD and its comic that changes based on location/browser/referral yet.


Thanks. I forgot to check XKCD today. Awesome.
 
2012-04-01 12:31:17 PM  
oh Google, you're so funny. The next thing we know, they'll be giving the names of innocent people labeled as dissidents to Chinese officials as a prank...

Oh, hahahahahahaha. Ha. Haha.
 
2012-04-01 12:32:27 PM  
So NASCAR would become more like F1? No thanks!
 
2012-04-01 12:35:45 PM  
Google racecar?
I can see it now.

/turn right.
/turn right.
/turn right.
/The race would be exciting, for a little bit...
 
2012-04-01 12:40:49 PM  

Archimedes' Principal: hawcian: I'm surprised we haven't gotten a link to XKCD and its comic that changes based on location/browser/referral yet.

Thanks. I forgot to check XKCD today. Awesome.


Awesome! I love this one

i43.tinypic.com
 
2012-04-01 12:44:58 PM  
Left
Left
Left
Left
Left
Left
Left

etc.
 
2012-04-01 12:57:02 PM  
I'll bet they could put a car on the grid RIGHT NOW that could drive faster than HRT.
 
2012-04-01 01:03:39 PM  
www.google.com

Love the number on the side of the car, very clever.
 
2012-04-01 01:28:48 PM  
This may be an AFDJ today but I wouldn't be surprised if some people came up with this within a decade.
 
2012-04-01 01:29:17 PM  
My latest NASCAR The Game 2011 creation:

i.imgur.com

i.imgur.com

i.imgur.com
 
2012-04-01 01:52:25 PM  

Jensaarai: My latest NASCAR The Game 2011 creation:

[i.imgur.com image 640x379]

[i.imgur.com image 640x436]

[i.imgur.com image 640x280]


Well done, but you purchased a NASCAR game?
 
2012-04-01 01:58:08 PM  

merkey88: Jensaarai: My latest NASCAR The Game 2011 creation:

[i.imgur.com image 640x379]

[i.imgur.com image 640x436]

[i.imgur.com image 640x280]

Well done, but you purchased a NASCAR game?


I'm desperate for online play. Of course, it's such a steaming pile of shiat I tend to spend as much time in the paint shop as I do on the track.

/I made an Obama 2012 car that the other guys don't seem to appreciate ;)
 
2012-04-01 01:58:28 PM  

dletter: Although this is "likely" part of April Fools.... I don't think it is as "foolish"/silly as some of their other ones..... I could easily see Google getting together a dozen "real" drivers to race against their "Watson" car in some sort of exhibition races in the next few years.


If that actually happens, they'd better let the Google car use 10100 as its number.
 
2012-04-01 02:02:10 PM  

Nickster79: You can tell this is an April Fool's prank because it had NASCAR fans speaking in complete sentences it says Surprise! As you might have guessed, Google Racing is an April Fools joke brought to you by Google and NASCAR. And while we won't be providing self-driving cars to compete in the races, we look forward to working with NASCAR on future projects. " at the bottom of the page.


FTFpeople who didn't scroll down.
 
2012-04-01 02:15:29 PM  

John Nash: Archimedes' Principal: hawcian: I'm surprised we haven't gotten a link to XKCD and its comic that changes based on location/browser/referral yet.

Thanks. I forgot to check XKCD today. Awesome.

Awesome! I love this one

[i43.tinypic.com image 640x212]


Now I'm curious what all there are. Here are the ones I've found (browsing from NJ):
Using Chrome:
i42.tinypic.com
Using Firefox:
i43.tinypic.com
Using IE:
i41.tinypic.com
 
2012-04-01 02:40:35 PM  
since this has become an april fool's comics thread

i40.tinypic.com
 
2012-04-01 02:55:29 PM  
Jensaarai:/I made an Obama 2012 car that the other guys don't seem to appreciate ;)

That's awesome.

Teenwolf: Now I'm curious what all there are. Here are the ones I've found (browsing from NJ):

see: the top comment (new window)
 
2012-04-01 03:39:33 PM  

Nickster79: You can tell this is an April Fool's prank because it had NASCAR fans speaking in complete sentences


A complete sentence would have some sort of punctuation at the end.

Who do you pull for by the way?
 
2012-04-01 04:04:30 PM  
Well, it would only have to drive in a circle. Seriously, how much skill does that take?


//O I C it's already been mentioned up-thread... (left left left....)
 
2012-04-01 06:37:59 PM  
And, like your computer, the car will crash.
 
2012-04-01 07:14:02 PM  

Malcolm_Sex: [www.google.com image 640x300]

Love the number on the side of the car, very clever.


movies.shut.net

"I think I just went 10-100"

30.media.tumblr.com

"Better than 10-200"

movies.shut.net

"Yeah, that's true"
 
2012-04-01 09:57:18 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com


/Simpsons did it
 
2012-04-01 10:43:17 PM  
xkcd - Awesome. Thank you Fark.

From my iPhone:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sc72/7037327407/

/couldn't rotate it from iPhone app or site
//I could boot up my PC - to rotate it
 
2012-04-01 11:47:54 PM  
imagine if the car took the lead and tried to divide by zero. what fun would ensue.
 
2012-04-01 11:59:26 PM  

Teenwolf: John Nash: Archimedes' Principal: hawcian: I'm surprised we haven't gotten a link to XKCD and its comic that changes based on location/browser/referral yet.

Thanks. I forgot to check XKCD today. Awesome.

Awesome! I love this one

[i43.tinypic.com image 640x212]

Now I'm curious what all there are. Here are the ones I've found (browsing from NJ):
Using Chrome:
[i42.tinypic.com image 640x212]
Using Firefox:
[i43.tinypic.com image 640x164]
Using IE:
[i41.tinypic.com image 640x94]



Did you widen your browser window far enough on the one with the snake?
 
2012-04-02 12:54:16 AM  
What are you saying Google? That even monkeys can make left turns?
 
2012-04-02 01:11:55 AM  

Teenwolf: John Nash: Archimedes' Principal: hawcian: I'm surprised we haven't gotten a link to XKCD and its comic that changes based on location/browser/referral yet.

Thanks. I forgot to check XKCD today. Awesome.

Awesome! I love this one

[i43.tinypic.com image 640x212]

Now I'm curious what all there are. Here are the ones I've found (browsing from NJ):
Using Chrome:
[i42.tinypic.com image 640x212]
Using Firefox:
[i43.tinypic.com image 640x164]
Using IE:
[i41.tinypic.com image 640x94]



img535.imageshack.us

Here's the comic using Opera.
 
2012-04-02 01:26:18 AM  
Google racing may be an April Fool's joke...but Oracle Racing is real.

/Shameless plug. Sorry.
 
2012-04-02 07:26:59 AM  
Kidding aside, automated racing could become a real sport.
...But more of a robot wars type sport than the usual fair.

With consistently perfect laps and no risk to drivers, it would all come down to the engineering technology of going fast.
 
2012-04-02 09:43:01 AM  

way south:
...But more of a robot wars type sport than the usual fair.


Robot Wars, as in the RC car thing that was popular a few years back had a truck load of rules & reg's; no energy weapons (thermal lance, tazer's, etc.), no untethered projectiles, fuel tank limitations and so on. including bits about not dumping liquid nitrogen all over your opponent and smashing them with a hammer, no 'webbers' or reactive armour (armour + outward facing explosives basically)... no targeting systems/range finders either. Don't think they allowed turrets either.

Partly because to make it seem available to primary school kids and the like who'd otherwise have their ikkle RC car + flipper facing off against a largely autonomous and heavily armed 'Battlemech' (they were curb stomped regardless) and partly because they knew the bullet resistant plexi they lined the arena with probably could deflect a coil gun or the results of "C4 the Kamikaze bot" doing its thing (or polarise a laser beam).

On the understand that all such silly restrictions are lifted and there are no audience members anywhere near the arena... yeah. Lets get it on.
 
2012-04-02 10:15:15 AM  

Vaneshi: way south:
...But more of a robot wars type sport than the usual fair.

Robot Wars, as in the RC car thing that was popular a few years back had a truck load of rules & reg's; no energy weapons (thermal lance, tazer's, etc.), no untethered projectiles, fuel tank limitations and so on. including bits about not dumping liquid nitrogen all over your opponent and smashing them with a hammer, no 'webbers' or reactive armour (armour + outward facing explosives basically)... no targeting systems/range finders either. Don't think they allowed turrets either.

Partly because to make it seem available to primary school kids and the like who'd otherwise have their ikkle RC car + flipper facing off against a largely autonomous and heavily armed 'Battlemech' (they were curb stomped regardless) and partly because they knew the bullet resistant plexi they lined the arena with probably could deflect a coil gun or the results of "C4 the Kamikaze bot" doing its thing (or polarise a laser beam).

On the understand that all such silly restrictions are lifted and there are no audience members anywhere near the arena... yeah. Lets get it on.


Meh, that is just demolition derby with robots instead of cars. Ever been to a demolition derby? Not as exciting or fun as it seems and the smell of burning rubber, spilled anti-freeze, and spilled oil is really hard to take.
 
2012-04-02 04:38:43 PM  

way south: Kidding aside, automated racing could become a real sport.
...But more of a robot wars type sport than the usual fair.

With consistently perfect laps and no risk to drivers, it would all come down to the engineering technology of going fast.


Or, you could just watch F1...
 
2012-04-03 11:15:02 AM  

Slaves2Darkness:
Meh, that is just demolition derby with robots instead of cars. Ever been to a demolition derby? Not as exciting or fun as it seems and the smell of burning rubber, spilled anti-freeze, and spilled oil is really hard to take.


I have yet to see a demolition derby where a car launched a guided missile at one of it's opponents.. or shot the shiat out of one with a home made coil gun.
 
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