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A robot will drive from Parma to Shanghai

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It surprises me that an Italian R&D facility is leading this novel live experiment. And of course any project that has its home base in Italy offers great images:

And here is the text post that accompanies the image:

VIAC in Reggio Emilia

21 July 2010, 7:24 pm

July 21, Mr. Graziano Delrio, Reggio Emilia’s Mayor, greets VisLab’s Intercontinental Challenge offering the crew an Italian flag, emblem of this city where it was originally created in 1797. The flag – known as “Tricolore” – will attend the trip all the way to Shanghai where it will be given to Milan’s Mayor Mrs. Letizia Moratti as a handover to 2015 Expo’s hosting city.

It seems that Americans are not any part of this advanced application of robotics and solar power. Hold the hankie Tom Friedman!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/07/28 at 14:03

I stayed in this Zermatt hotel in 1984

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This morning, I relived a one night stay at this hotel during a 3 day visit on both sides of Matterhorn in April 1984. My base was the Italian side where I had left my rented Panda in the Alto Cielo. So I got to try out a hotel on the Italian and Swiss side. I had booked the Walliserhof in before leaving Montreal.

At the time I was working for Memorex Canada and I was going to the 100% club in Rome. The deal was that the company paid for a business class ticket which we could change to suit our own departure and return cities without cost by downgrading to tourist class. I left Montreal for Rome and booked a return from the Milan airport. I took the train from Rome to Florence and stayed 2 nights there. Then I trained to Milan and rented the Panda to make my way to Cervinia. On the first day I skied the Italian side until noon time. Then got to the summit of the ski hill and skied down the Swiss side, stopping for a great lunch on the way down.

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I overnighted at the Walliserhof. I was amazed the next morning when I got to the ski lift since it was completely automated. There were no attendants visible. At the top of the mountain I had to walk about 250 m thru a snow shed. At 10k m altitude I was breathing heavily by the time I got to the end of the tunnel. I felt my way down the first 1000 m of the slope.

My main conclusion was that the Italian side was very dirty and the Swiss were clean, red cheeked and very correct. The Italians were human and very unautomated.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/12/05 at 03:44