So, Stanford’s Volkswagen Touareg ‘Stanley’ is the winner of the DARPA Grand Challenge 2005, bringing home $2 million in cold, hard cash. In case you don’t know what I am talking about, the DARPA Grand Challenge is a race where cars must autonomously go from start to finish without any human input. The Touareg finished the race in a matter of 6 hours and 53 minutes, with an average speed of 19.1 miles per hour.
The thing about Google is that they are perfectly happy releasing a product under the Beta tag, and leaving it there, right? Not so with Google Local and Google Maps. The services have been combined under the Google Local brand, with the maps now offering hours of operation, links to reviews, and other local business information under the “Details” tab of the address bubble. Pretty nifty.
We have not seen the takeup of the Segway that one could hope for in this economy, particularly given the rapidly rising gas prices. However, it does look like their sales are up as we got an email from them this morning announcing:
Dear Segway Customers and Enthusiasts,
We’re excited to announce an open house at Segway of Seattle this Sunday. If you haven’t tried the Segway HT before, this is your chance! Stop by and try out the latest Segway HTs including the i180 model that can get up to 24 miles on a single charge. It’s great for commuting or running errands around town. With gas prices soaring lately, you’ll also enjoy hearing that the Segway HT gets the energy equivalent of 450 miles per gallon. All of the new Segway HT models will be available for demonstrations.
When: Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005
12:00 noon to 6:00 pm
Where: Corner of 1st and Denny Way in Seattle (Belltown)
Segway of Seattle
93 Denny Way
Seattle, WA 98109
We couldn’t be more pleased to see an alternative fuel transport popping up like this now that analysts are saying gas could continue to rise in price - possibly doubling from it’s current $3 per gallon within the next few years.
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