Self-driving toy rally truck teaches itself how to drift (Tomorrow Daily 367)
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Self-driving toy rally truck teaches itself how to drift (Tomorrow Daily 367)

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[MUSIC] Greetings citizens of the internet welcome to Tomorrow Daily, the best deep talk show in the known universe. I'm Ashley Esqueda.>>And I'm Jeff Cannata and we're here to update you on the headlines.>>Yes, it is probably my favorite story of the week. An autonomous toy rally car can teach itself to drift. This isn't a typical remote control car though. This is Autorally, a platform developed at Georgia Tech that includes control algorithms that help this small scale truck learn how to navigate dirt tracks at slightly faster than safe speeds. Don't let its looks fool you, under that body there's a quad core i7 processor 32 gigs of ram, and more to help process both speed and throttle dynamics in real time, as the truck speeds along at up to around 20 miles an hour. So what does that research mean for the future? Autonomous vehicles could potentially get much better Better and safer at handling bad weather conditions and emergency maneuvers. I love the idea of starting small, with an autonomous little mini-car. Well you got to, you got to. It's adorable! I think, it does crash quite a bit, so in the video, at the very end they show us some great crashes, and I kind of in my mind was imagining what a giant It just flips over. It clearly wants to have fun, though. It is out to have a great time. And I would like to challenge it to a drifting race. Maybe it would probably beat me at Mario Kart. It might. Let's all be real. Tiny homes are evolving, and a great example of that is 359. This 144 square foot home has two floors, high ceilings, and has everything a standard modern house would have, plumbing, electricity, and running water. But It also has a little secret. It's built on a platform that allows it to be manually turned to face towards or away from the Sun. It's a great way to change the temperature of the house as needed as well as give the occupants natural light when desired. And even little kids can turn it. The company that designed the house, Path Architecture, says they want to go a step further and make homes like 359, that are fully off the grid. I love it! Talk about solar energy, this is just turn your house toward the sun. Yeah, you just turn it. And you get great television reception if you have satellite service. [LAUGH] That's true. You can always turn south, you will always, no problem. You can always turn to the south. It stinks though when your house is giving you the silent treatment. And it's just Turns away from you? Yeah. You don't want that for your tiny house. No. I don't want my house to give me attitude. I like the idea though. I love that they're pushing this giant crank. I love the idea of this being controlled by my smartphone at some point where I'm like I would like to face 45 degrees from the sun. Yeah. You don't want to **** turn your house though. That would be bad. No, I don't want to accidentally, like my house just starts rotating. Wait no I didn't mean for that to happen. What story you think should we talk about? I feel like you want to talk about the tiny cud has a- There's a lot going on there. And there's so much cool science happening there and programming. We have to talk about this Rock. That sounds good to me. You guys can participate in our conversation. All you gotta do is use our hashtag on Twitter #HEYTD. Yeah, if you use the hashtag and tell us what you think about auto rally and how you think that technology should translate To real world use. We might use your tweets on our Thursday show. Yeah, but right now we should probably talk about our phontographer of the day. You're right, let's do that. [MUSIC] Today's phontographer For the day is Alon. We took this picture with the Galaxy S6. Yeah, Alon wrote in and said here's a picture of a flower I took in my backyard with the Samsung Galaxy S6. I took it because a huge flower of that type came falling from the sky and said that if I don't take a picture of this and send it to you, he will turn me into a flower, too. He said that fiction stories work. I don't see why that would be fiction. That seems totally legit. Anyway, I would like to tell you that I really enjoy your show and I would like to keep on watching every episode that comes out. I give you permission to use this photo. He did such a good job of doing the story and knowing that we could accept fiction stories. But he didn't do the other thing we asked for which is How do we pronounce your name? I think I probably got it wrong. I think you got it right because I am guessing Alon is like Elon as in Elon Musk's evil Doppelganger. It could be. That's what I think. So Alon, Elon? I'm gonna go with Alon. I think it sounds great. I think you're right, I think you're right. But we do request, if you want to be our photographer for the day All you've got to do is send us a picture to tomorrow@cnet.com but there are four things you need to do and they're all four required. Tell us how to pronounce your name if it is remotely, not- We're idiots, just tell us how to pronounce your name even if it's just Mike. Yeah. Help us out. Because it could be Me-kay, we don't know. We don't know. Tell us how to pronounce your name. Give us permission to use your picture, tell us what device you took it on and also send us a story, just like Alon did, fiction or non-fiction, we will take both. We don't mind. The theme this month is spring. We're coming up on the end of the month here, we're gonna have to pick a new theme. We gotta pick a new theme. Amazing. But good spring story with the flower. Of course you can find us on social media. We are @TomorrowDaily all over the shop and you can share the show with a friend, which we always appreciate. At tomorrowdaily.com. But that is it for today's show. That's it? We will be back tomorrow with our long show. Got a deep dive. I'm excited. Very special guest. Still working on officially booking so I can't tell you who but it'll be really fun and I think if you're a fan of Life, you will like this guest. I love life! So that was the Today show, we'll be back tomorrow with all our stories from this week, our favourites, but until then. Be good. See you guys later, Bye.

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