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Google self-driving cars to hit US roads this Summer with a limited 25mph top speed

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Google has become the name that many people think about when the term ‘self-driving’ car is brought up in conversation, just as Tesla is with electric cars. This association is thanks to a (comparatively) long history with the technology and now the cars are ready to hit the public streets, at least in the US.

Google has announced that their protoype self-driving cars, which they announced last December, have been granted approval to begin driving on streets of northern California this summer. The cars are currently equipped with a steering wheel, accelerator pedal, and brake pedal, but Google hopes to remove these in time, and the prototypes are currently limited to a mere 25mph.

The Google self-driving car initiative, or Google Chauffeur as it’s called, is led by engineer Sebastian Thrun, who first created a self-driving car for a Stanford University attempt at a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Grand Challenge in 2005.

Google’s self-driving cars are all equipped with a futuristic (and rather expensive) LIDAR system which is worth around US$70,000. The system also utilises a Velodyne 64-beam laser which allows the car’s on-board computer to map a 3D image of the vehicle’s surroundings.

Having all these electronics and advanced technologies on-board has allowed the Google self-driving car to travel what Google recently announced was 1.7 million miles since 2009. In all those miles and years on the road, the Google self-driving car has only been involved in 11 accidents (all minor), none of which, according to Google, was their fault.

The self-driving car will save lives: there’s a lot of dangerous drivers out there and statistics point towards humans – be it through speeding, fatigue or other factors – being the main cause of collisions or incidents. The fact that Google still has to retain the steering wheel, brake and accelerator in the car for the time being still points to an inherent – if mostly unwarranted – distrust in the technology but with statistics like the ones Google has shown, there’s surely a need, and more likely, a market for the technology.

We’ll see a lot more about the successes (and failures if any) that the self-driving car project has over the coming months and years. Google will be updating the progress of the project on their Google+ page – but I personally can’t wait to get into a so-called ‘Johnny Cab’.

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    1. Also, In terms of morality, this criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler, her fascism collateral Sebastian Thrun, along with cowardice hidden judicial officers ZZZ/YYY/VVV, are birds of a feather; and I bet no self-respected bird wants to be a bird of their feather___why would anyone?

    2. ___I can’t imagine any self-esteemed judicial officer could lower his/her intelligence to make a judgement in favor of a criminal suspect as Gabriele Scheler is, __while completely ignoring all of the powerful and firm evidence on Gabriele’s brutality on my body, coupled with much more evidence to prove Scheler’s irrational behaviors like she had also molested office properties on site of the crime scene, plus a series of follow-up retaliatory fascism crimes from fascism powers on side of Gabriele Scheler/Sebastian Thrun/ZZZ/YYY/VVV__, but focusing on such trivia and minuscule issues as who ‘dial 911’ first, or who ‘go to FBI’ first, as the primary criteria to make judgement on the whole case;

      ___Are we going to allow such cowardice hidden judicial officers ZZZ/YYY/VVV (from Santa Clara DA, or from FBI?, etc.) to insult our intelligence like that?__What are the real identities of ZZZ/YYY/VVV?__Why are they hiding from public scrutiny?__But, can they hide from us for ever?

    3. So, can anybody here help us find out the real identities of hidden judicial officers ZZZ/YYY/VVV (from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI?, etc.); Why are they hiding from public scrutiny? Can they hide from us for ever?

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      This criminal suspect Gabirle Scheler and her fascism collateral Udacity cofounder Mr. Sebastian Thrun’s side had produced a non-existing law arguing: “Whoever dials 911 first becomes the complainant…” as an excuse to Scheler’s criminal behaviors;

      ______My Answer______

      “You don’t believe there is such a law?”

      ___No, I am positive that there is not such a law; and I am sure you can not show us the existance of such a law at authorities;

      ……………………….

      “Obviously you don’t know.”

      ___So, you pose as if you know; show us if you can, though I am sure you can not, my lying talking puppy;

      ……………………….

      “Whoever files the complaint first is the complainant.”

      ___Again, I reported to authorities first, well ahead of Gabriele Scheler did; So I am actually the original complainant, but NOT Gabriele Scheler (This point can be clarified when we go through details with CONFRONTATION at a formal occasion);

      A complainant, in case of Gabriele Scheler, can turn out to be actually a criminal suspect; Gabriele Scheler had lied to authorities when she filed complaint and during the investigation, and that’s why she was defined as a criminal suspect in official document; [Stanford Police Case Number #IR 04-111-0335 Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler] ___Do you have any problem with that?

      ……………………….

      “Fact! It appears your circuitous route to file a complaint backfired. YOU SHOULD HAVE CALLED 911!!!! Keep talking though, it’s hilarious to hear you”

      ___The Fact is: I had filed complaint directly at authorities in time, and my report is official and effective; Another fact is: Gabriele Scheler had seriously injured my body and she had molested office properties shortly before injuring me; She began to dodge inquries from investigators after I provided evidence to authorities; Scheler had later played all kinds of tricks, escalading the issue to higher and higher level which got more and more people entangled, till today for over 10 years; But one thing Scheler or fascism powers behind her (especially cowardice hidden officers ZZZ/YYY/VVV) dare not do is: show me their recanted testimony and evidence, and calrify the case with CONFRONTATION; that’s what I am challenging them for, all the time; ___and BY LAW, that’s what they have to do;

      ……………………….

      “YOU SHOULD HAVE CALLED 911″

      ___”Should Have” does not mean “have to”; The purpose of calling 911 is to report to authorities; and I have reported to authorities directly and appropriately and in time, and my report is official and effective; Years back, Scheler’s side had argued with a similar excuse like “Why didn’t I call FBI?”; But neither one of such naive excuse could account for Scheler’s irrational behaviors on site of her crime scene;

      Gabriele Scheler should not have abused office properties, nor should have injured me, in the first place; She should not have further colluded with a group of fascists e.g.ZZZ/YYY/VVV/Sebastian Thrun, etc. to retaliate on victims and to terrorize/extort authorities, which should be another set of crimes to be prosecuted;

      This case would have to be clarified eventually; Gabriele Scheler and fascists behind her __e.g.ZZZ/YYY/VVV/Sebastian Thrun, etc.__have to be desciplined by laws; they can’t escape from it;

    4. One of the major trick in this criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler’s argument is that:

      They blame me for “Why not dial 911?”

      ___ My answer ___

      Such a naive and childish excuse can not fool anybody else, but those fascists themselves;

      Years back, Scheler’s side had asked me a similar question: “Why not report to FBI?”, as if whoever race to dial 911 first or go to FBI first would be the victim in this criminal case;

      I don’t have to dial 911 to officially inform authorities of Gabriele Scheler’s campus atrocity crime, do I? and I have informed authorites in time (we can go through details in this regard at a formal occasion); There are many other valid options to inform authorities on this matter, including posting my public challenge on the web, is that right?

      ___ Above all other questions, we need to clarify this question with priority: How would Gabriele Scheler explain her atrocity on my body in her recanted testimony? I have posted my testimony and evidence on the web for public scrutiny; I haven’t seen Scheler’s explanation in her recanted testimony, nor seen any evidence could support her accusations, till today;

      Now, authorities have been informed of this case for over 10 years; but such a simple campus atrocity case with clear evidence still remain unclarified, because some hidden judicial officers ZZZ/YYY/VVV had purposefully mystified it; the outcome is: victims are further victimized, innocent people entangeled, more fascists popped out to support this fascism crime, while this criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler staying at large; ___ fascism prevails; miscarriage of justice is going on; ___ We should hold lawful accountabilities to such dire consequences on those who’s underhandedly handling this case, ZZZ/YYY/VVV; By law, they have to tell us who they are, and how they did it behind the scene;

      At this stage, what should be focused on in this case is: why does this case remain unclarified at judicial system after over 10 years? What are the real identities of hidden judicial officers ZZZ/YYY/VVV? How did they rule this criminal case behind the scene? Why are they hiding from a victim as I am during these many years, despite my public challenge to clarify the case with confrontation all the time?

      The duty of ZZZ/YYY/VVV’s as judicial officers is to protect victims and prosecute criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler, isn’t it? And in order to do so, they have to, in the first place, clarify the case; But what’s happening is just on the opposite; ZZZ/YYY/VVV failed to clarify the case till today; They had further colluded with fascism powers behind Scheler to further victimize victims, and had terrorized/extorted authorities in collateral with Scheler and Thrun;

      While I try to clarify the case, ZZZ/YYY/VVV have put every effort to mystify the case; and they pose to keep it staying mystified for ever, so that they could accomplish the goal of covering up such anti-humanity crimes from Gabriele Scheler and Sebastian Thrun’s side for ever;

      ZZZ/YYY/VVV are cowards who should be despised by the entire human society, no matter how powerful they are in the judicial system;

      Now, it is clear who should be condemned, right?

    5. You know what I am thinking about these cowardice hidden judicial officers ZZZ/YYY/VVV (from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI?, etc.)

      ___”Lice”, lice are afraid of seeing LIGHT; they’d rather hide in the darkness and suck the blood of others; Yeah, ZZZ/YYY/VVV are afraid of exposing their real identities into the light for public scrutiny, so that they could hide in the darkenss and crook the justice on their hands, and suck the blood of human society, if we consider justice as a vital part in the blood of human society;

      Look, Gabriele Scheler’s behaviors were extremely irrational on site of her crimes; She had molested office properties; and she had seriously injured my body as evidenced in those 7 photos — http://tDOTcn/R7F1yQ0 — (replace DOT with . for the right web address); and later she had recanted her testimony and falsely accused me at somewhere unknown to me (even till today) in the judicial system, which brought into our lives miscarriage of justice, with the collusive help of some cowardice and malicious judicial officers ZZZ/YYY/VVV who hided their real identities from us till today, though I as a victim have challenged them to clarify the case with CONFRONTATION all the time;

      When I found they tried to hide from me for ever, I have the braveness and candidness to post my testimony and evidence on the web, into the light for public scrutiny; By contrast, ZZZ/YYY/VVV continue to hide their real identities and materials they made up (e.g. Gabriele Scheler’s recanted testimony) to mess up this case in the darkness, which leaves room for ZZZ/YYY/VVV to crook justice on their hands; I believe ZZZ/YYY/VVV had colluded with Scheler and Thrun to terrorize/extort authorities, as well, which should be another set of crimes from them against human society;

      Now, can anybody here, for sake of our own goodness, help us find out the real identities of these cowardice hidden judicial officers ZZZ/YYY/VVV (from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI?, etc.)? I have serious questions to ask them;

      Sincerely,

      Peter Cao

    6. It is a tough task to challenge such fascism crimes; As a victim of a series of fascism crimes associated with Udacity cofounder Sebastian Thrun along with this criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler, and the likes, what I posted on the web are no more than facts, facts those fascists I challenged dare never officially deny, either publicly or in private; I bet such of their fascism crimes would not be tolerated anywhere in human society; If anyone disagree, especially those in my public challenge, please give us a candid answer right here on this board, which part in my statements is not base upon facts? What’s going on here?

      — Equal opportunity and freedom of speech, please:)

    7. And again, at this stage, the most confusing part of this case is: __What are the real identities of judicial officers (namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV, who must have power of jurisdiction over civilians of Santa Clara County) handling Sebastian Thrun’s case and this criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler’s recanted testimony? How can I see their materials to accuse/curse me and to mess up this case?

      Can anyone here help us know? I have serious questions to ask them;

      ………………… P.S. …………………

      — ZZZ/YYY/VVV are judicial officers (from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI? etc.), but not mafia, or are they? their practices as judicial officers have to withstand the scrutiny from the public; By law, they have to show us their real identities; they can’t hide their real identities from us for ever;

    8. Fascism may not exist in everywhere, but could come from anywhere;
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      ___It is a common sense to all of us that … “Protecting human lives and their basic rights of living supersedes teaching, doing business or doing research”; … Before this case clarified, and those fascists along with this criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler and Sebastian Thrun being concurred, I bet nobody would like to play up personnels associated with fascism crimes, the likes of Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler, nor cover up their fascism crimes and everybody has the obligation to fight against such anti-humanity crimes;

      I believe we all would have the sense of righteousness to help us push forward this decade long criminal case, and clarify this case and find justice to those fascists coming along with Sebastian Thrun; Who actually wants to be allied with personnel associated with fascism crimes?
      _______________________________________________

      Isn’t it a basic instinct that embedded into the spirits of us all to spontaneously fight against such anti-humanity crimes?

    9. — Sebastian Thrun had purposefully conspired me in collateral with this criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler when I cautiously tried to approach him even though he clearly knew I was encouraged to contact him with valid reference from his bosses of Stanford Computer Science department; In March 2010, one day before I tried to file an important complaint at judicial authorities against an officer who’s miscarriage of justice biased on Thrun, Thrun’s student Mr. David Stavens (also an Udacity cofounder) had gone to Stanford police and lied to police and falsely accused me in collateral with Thrun; — So what kind of education had Mr. David Stavens received from Sebastian Thrun in Stanford Computer Science Department, other than computer science?

    10. Miscarriage of justice is one horrible horrible thing that could ever happen to human society; it could result in the victims being further victimized; it could produce retaliatory fascism crimes directly from the judicial system;

      That day, a man named JayJones argued in comments part of an article titled “Get schools out of the 1890s” by Mr. Newt Gingrich on cnn dot com, that — “Apparently they are tolerated in human society, since neither of them have been arrested or imprisoned. What is your definition of fascist?” —

      ======== My Answer =======

      Dear Mr. JayJones,

      — Miscarriage of justice is going on, and that’s why neither Sebastian Thrun nor Gabriele Scheler have been arrested or imprisoned so far, while I as a victim am further victimized by their retaliatory fascism crimes; the case remain mystified and incomplete so far; and at this stage, the real problems are coming from the judicial system; Justice has not been done;

      — The fact that Gabriele Scheler or Sebastian Thrun have not been arrested or imprisoned so far does not mean they are tolerated in human society; at least I know San Francisco State University had fired Gabriele Scheler and Stanford had partially fired Sebastian Thrun due to their involvement into such fascism crimes; and I am pretty sure that both of them would be universally rejected as more and more people learn the fascism nature in their crimes;

      — As I said before:”We are all made of human beings; you have your judgement, and we all have our own; Anybody with normal intelligence could easily figure out that there is something seriously wrong going on in this case;” I wonder who’s the officer manipulating Gabriele Scheler and Sebastian Thrun’s case? How would they explain the brutality from Gabriele Scheler on my body as evidenced in those 7 photos, in the first place? —http://tDOTcn/R7F1yQ0 (replace DOT with . for the right web address)

      — What are the real identities of judicial officers (namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV, they must have power of jurisdiction over civilians of Santa Clara County, DA? or FBI?) manipulating Sebastian Thrun’s case and Gabriele Scheler’s recanted testimony? How can I see their materials to accuse/curse me and to mess up the case? Can you or anybody let us know? I have serious questions to ask them;

    11. Here is the statement of how miscarriage of justice is carrying on in Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler’s case, written in Chinese characters; save them for later use, please;

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      ___Sebastian Thrun 一方法西斯在美国司法系统中极具势力,使得这个本来是非分明,证据明确,并经警察严肃调查过的校园暴力案 — [斯坦福警察档案号: IR 04-111-0335;受害人: Peter Cao; 犯罪嫌疑人: Gabriele Scheler] — 后来在美国司法系统中颠倒黑白,制造冤案以掩盖 Sebastian Thrun, Gabriele Scheler 一方所犯法西斯罪行;而至今那些后来制造冤案的司法官员(namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV)对受害人隐匿他们真实身份黑心办案,并对当事人掩盖案件材料,侵犯隐私,威胁恐吓,阴谋陷害,以阻止澄清案情,从而达到袒护 Sebastian Thrun 与 Gabriele Scheler一方法西斯犯罪的目的;

      ___有人能让大家知道那些后来处理本案司法官员(namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV, they must have power of jurisdiction over civilians of Santa Clara County) 的真实身份么?我有严肃的问题要问他们;

      ___Again, ZZZ/YYY/VVV are judicial officers (from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI?), but not mafia, or are they? their practices as judicial officers have to withstand the scrutiny from the public; By law, they have to show us their real identities; they can’t hide their real identities from us for ever;

    12. — The point is, though I am a victim while Gabriele Scheler a criminal suspect, my life has been underhandedly cursed and systematically retaliated by fascism powers behind Sebastian Thrun for over 10 years without an end ever since Gabriele Scheler recanted her testimony and falsely accused me at somewhere unknown to me in the judicial system; Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler’s follow up retaliatory crimes had been collateralled by some officers (namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV, they must have power of jurisdiction over civilians of Santa Clara County) who’s handling Scheler’s recanted testimony in the judicial system, and who hided their identities from me during these many years till today; Neither did I ever see their materials to accuse me, nor did I get a chance to defend myself; i.e. their underhanded retaliatory fascism crimes are coming from the judicial system, as well; — Miscarriage of justice is going on;

    13. — Would anyone or any organization like to associate himself/herslef/itself with fascism crimes?

      Would anyone like to be educated by someone who’s misbehavior has brought into our lives anti-humanity crimes which are fascism by nature and which had endangered human lives? Would anyone like to be living in a society under the jurisdiction of some malicious and cowardice officers (namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV, they must have power of jurisdiction over civilians of Santa Clara county) who hided their identities from us while colluding with those fascists to cover up their fascism crimes and at the same time retaliate on victims?

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      Sebastian Thrun as referred in this article had involved into a decade long criminal case which is fascism by nature and which had endangered human lives, starting from a simple campus atrocity case with clear evidence and serious police investigation — [Stanford police case number: IR #04-111-0335; Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler] —http://tDOTcn/R7F1yQ0 (replace DOT with . for the right web address) — attention to the 7 photo evidence;

      But how could such a simple campus atrocity case turned into a series of fascism crimes for over a decade long which got more and more innocent people involved? — That’s because miscarriage of justice (by cowardice hidden judicial officers ZZZ/YYY/VVV from Santa Clara DA? or from FBI?, etc.) is going on; fascism prevails; Justice has not been done;

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      — Such fascism crimes have to be disciplined by laws and such fascists like Gabriele Scheler/Sebastian Thrun/ZZZ/YYY/VVV and the likes have to be brought to justice; they can’t escape from it;

      • ___Here is the link to the campus atrocity case in which Udacity cofounder Sebastian Thrun had became a fascism collateral __ http://tDOTcn/R7F1yQ0 __ (replace DOT with . for the right web address __attention to the 7 photo evidence__Here is the link to this criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler’s page on RESEARCHGATE-DOT-NET __ http://tDOTcn/RPLEG7D __(replace DOT with . for the right web address

        ___In addition to a series of retaliatory fascism crimes from Gabriele Scheler’s side, would anyone whose soul has at least a bit sense of mercy on another human being and with at least a fair education in respect to humanity, go to the extreme of cruelness to injure the body of another human being to that extent?

        ___How could such a criminal suspect as Gabriele Scheler is be left alone by the judicial authorities? How could such inhuman and criminal behaviors from Gabriele Scheler be tolerated in the world of science and technology?

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