Vehicle drives itself (no human driver and no remote control) thanks to Apple’s Mac OS X

“Dora” is the world’s first fully-autonomous (no human driver and no remote control) vehicle driven by Apple Computer’s Mac OS X. The entire development and race management efforts at Team Banzai is being done using Apple Mac OS X technology. As the Team Banzai website reads, “all Macs… all the time.”

Team Banzai is one of only 40 teams from around the country to advance by invitation to the national semi-finals of the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge.

Selected from a field of almost 200 teams that applied and competed through earlier regional elimination rounds, Team Banzai is proud to be participating in this exciting head-to-head competition in an attempt to win $2 million.

More info, “driven by Mac OS X” web badge, and pictures here.

[Update: 4:25pm EDT: After extensive review, the headline “World’s first fully-autonomous (no human driver, no remote control) vehicle driven by Apple Mac OS X” will remain unchanged due to the fact that the article is about the “world’s first fully-autonomous (no human driver, no remote control) vehicle driven by Apple Mac OS X.” Thank you.]

[Update: 4:33pm EDT: After even more extensive review, the headline “World’s first fully-autonomous (no human driver, no remote control) vehicle driven by Apple Mac OS X” has been changed to “Meet Dora: world’s 1st fully-autonomous Apple Mac OS X vehicle (no human driver, no remote control)” for mysterious reasons which we will probably never fully explain. Thank you.]

[Update: 4:50pm EDT: After massively extensive review, the headline “World’s first fully-autonomous (no human driver, no remote control) vehicle driven by Apple Mac OS X” that was changed to “Meet Dora: world’s 1st fully-autonomous Apple Mac OS X vehicle (no human driver, no remote control)” has now been changed to “Vehicle drives itself (no human driver and no remote control) thanks to Apple’s Mac OS X” for reasons even we don’t fully understand. Thank you.]

57 Comments

  1. Your headline is misleading. This isn’t the first autonomous car. They’ve been holding this race event for years. This is the first such car to be powered by OSX.

  2. 1. This is only the second year for the DARPA grand challange – none of the cars last year even made it 10 miles of the 150 mile course.

    2. the headline [B][I]IS[/I][/B] misleading – my co-workers and I objected to the headline as soon as we read it and then figured out that the article was just saying that this is the first one to be run by OSX.

    3. We will have to get some english professor to comment on whether or not it is ‘correct english grammer,’ but even if it is correct, it is still misleading.

  3. The headline is not good on several points: 1. an “autonomous” car should not be “driven”, 2. I wonder whether “drive” accurately describes what the computer does, and 3. the connection between “world’s first” and Mac is not good.

    How about: “World’s first Mac OS X-controlled autonomous car”?

  4. ATTN: MDN
    Headline definately misleading. Print a correction like the WSJ, or prepare for the wrath of DARPA Grand Challenge zealots and bleed to death by thousands of little paper cuts. We have integrity to protect.

  5. Hi all,

    “…That is correct English grammar.”

    I’m not an English teacher. But, I do consider myself to be good with most things relating to English grammar. I agree with those who have argued that the headline is misleading. The grammar of it could be better as well.

    “World’s first fully-autonomous (no human driver, no remote control) vehicle driven by Apple Mac OS X”

    The placement of the parentheses suggests that one is reading about the world’s first fully-autonomous car… and that Mac OS X powers that car. Even without the parentheses, the headline is misleading because the nature of headlines forces a reader’s brain to imagine words that are not there. Many people would read the headline as:

    World’s first fully-autonomous vehicle ***is*** driven by Apple Mac OS X

    A better wording for headline might be something like:

    Apple’s Mac OS X Drives One of the World’s First Fully-Autonomous Vehicles

    Regards,

    Linuxlover

  6. “Vehicle driven by Mac OS X” is the noun phrase in question here.

    Is this “vehicle drive by Mac OS X” fully autonomous? Yes.

    Is it the world’s first such vehicle in question? Yes.

    Nothing misleading about the title. It’s only misleading in the minds of people who apparently think it’s referring to an ordinary vehicle instead of a “vehicle driven by Mac OS X.”

    Also, in this case, “driven” can mean “operated or powered by”, e.g. “The advanced MRI machine is driven by a custom software program that combines ordinary 2-dimensional images into a 3-dimensional model.”

  7. this is the funniest read in a while. i was waiting for MDN to say:

    the writers of the misleading have been sacked.

    correction: the sackers of the misleading headline who were sacked have been sacked.

    correction: the sackers of the sackers of the writers of the misleading headline who have done all the sacking have been sacked.

    correction: all headlines will now be written by ralph the wonder llama.

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