Anyone talking this year about sensing and autonomous vehicles need to give the nod to Curiosity and its landing on Mars later this month.
William Shatner and Will Wheaton both narrated a video about the Curiosity landing. William Shatner’s is shown below:
The same techniques used to sense the environment used by the lander are entering businesses today (if they haven’t already) as well as the data compression and analysis techniques. Pressure to address conflicts is one of the driving factors for greater innovation. The weight and harsh environments of space exploration have been pushing the limits of engineering and design for decades, and the businesses of today reap the benefits of the innovations generated.