Who is Driving Your Company?


If you have not heard already, California recently became the third state to legalize the use of autonomous cars on its public highways.  Nevada and Florida also joined California with the implementation of this radical legislation. The legislation in all three states is very narrowly worded and merely gives the DMV the authority to create rules regarding driverless cars; they don’t actually instate all of the legislation that will have to grow up around the new form of transportation.  Despite the limitations to the law, the step is a decisive one.  According to California law, the only human requirement is that a passenger must be seated behind the wheel, just in case the system fails.

Though not the only company with self-driving cars, Google has made the longest strides, and is, by far, the industry leader in this strange new auto market.  Google has a fleet of road tested self-driving Toyota Priuses that it maintains and operates.  In fact, the Google test cars have logged over 190,000 miles of cruising over treacherous mountain roads, busy intersections, and high speed freeways.  Though the engineers and lawyers at Google are still working out the solutions to vastly complicated obstacles relating to legality and liability, the technology itself is street ready today.  According to Google co-founder Sergey Brin, regular people will own driverless cars within the next five years.

The Google autonomous cars use an array of highly advanced sensors and computer systems in order to navigate the car and sense obstacles.  The heart of the system is a roof mounted laser range finder.  The range finder consists of a Velodyne 64-beam laser that generates a comprehensive three dimensional map of the entire area around the car.  The readings from the range finder are then combined with high resolution maps of the world.  These two systems give the car the ability to maneuver among stationary objects.  The car responds to moving objects via the use of four radar systems, mounted on both bumpers.   The final product in this mechanical mash up is GPS tracking which shows the car its exact position on the highway.

All of the talk about autonomous vehicles brings up interesting questions concerning technology, specifically in business.  Do you often feel stuck in the past?  You do things the way things have always been done, except now they aren’t done that way.  Technology is speeding up faster and faster, but you keep getting slower and slower.  If you have not embraced the digital age, I encourage you to do so now.  There is no time like the present to change.  Are you taking charge of your business or are you letting technology drive on without you?  We are on the brink of a period in history where no one will pilot his own vehicle, yet you still do not have electronic copies of your documents!  If you are stuck in a mire of paper, you need to call Tarheel Imaging.  We will scan your documents, microfilm them, store them, or do all three!  We can help you overcome your technological misgivings.  Punch the autopilot, sit back, and let us take care of your documents so you don’t have to.