At High Speed, on the Road to a Driverless Future

The Google car and other autonomous vehicles are making a statement about the rapid progress in the development of self-driving cars. With the built in cameras, radar and laser range finders of the Google car and  other autonomous vehicles, the Audi A7 is distinctive because of the simplicity and the relatively low cost of its system. Mobileye Vision Technologies, the Israeli company that created the system in the Audi, does not offer the autonomy achieved the Google’s engineers. The Google car will merge onto freeways, drive safely through intersections, make left and right turns, and pass slower vehicles. In contrast, the Mobileye car is capable only of driving in a single lane at freeway speeds, as well as identifying traffic lights and automatically slowing down, stopping and then returning to highway speeds. It is believed that by blending the advanced technology with the low-cost video cameras, autonomous driving can be commercialized. This summer, the first limited systems offering a feature known as “traffic jam assist” will be arriving from more than five major automobile makers. It will, however, require the driver to keep their hands on the steering wheel. As early as 2016, more advanced systems will be introduced. Contact us 24/7 for a free case appraisal. Read the full article at www.nytimes.com

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In furtherance of our firm’s culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can.

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

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This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP