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home and abroad. Now, it is time for Click.


Would you trust a computer to drive you about?


This week, Click hits the road without touching the wheel. We will


test drive the travellers technology that could fit into


existing vehicles. Is it something that you would trust? It is never


too late to get online, so we will look at ways to make technology


work for all ages. We have the latest tech news from around the


world and we will show you have to find anything you have stuck one of


these two. No matter how much of a tech head


you are, there are some things must have this will not let a computer


do. Of the 60 million new cars bought last year, none of them came


without a steering wheel or similar human control. Several companies


are demonstrating cars which drive themselves. Will they ever make it


Thank you. We will be back in half an hour. The test track and into


the fast lane? City driving is hardly as pleasant


as the open road romanticised in most car ads. Hummus a daily


commute contains breathtaking views and the odd hairpin turn, you might


wish you could drive to work with your eyes closed. But what it


vehicles could drive themselves? Request and location and the card


as the rest. -- Carte does the rest. The most publicised of recent times


comes from Google. It has developed a car that uses mapping data


alongside video cameras and radar. The resulting vehicles can drive on


their own. The company has looked over 300,000 miles so far in its


research. Car makers have already included automated features in some


of their models, like Self parking. Ford's automatic stopping system


works at speed under 40kph. Three radars at the front of the car


detect the speed of the vehicle ahead. The car's on-board computer


makes a judgement and in a collision looks likely, the bricks


will kick in. It takes over. You have no control over the braking


system. It will apply maximum braking force instantly. Parking


and bricking are only two aspect of driving. Imagine being able to let


go completely in the middle of a journey. Relax and take in the


scenery. Imagine driving around here as if your car was on rails.


It would be as easy as catching the right tram. A few miles away, that


is what is being promised for cars. It is here at a top-secret test


track in Sweden that I'm about to get my first hands of experience. -


- hence off. This is eroded train. The project has been running for


the last three years. -- a rogue train. It allows drivers to take


their feet of the paddles and hands of the wheel. Cars travel in


private sink. It is as if the Cup throws out a breadcrumbs with


information on acceleration and steering so the following vehicles


can repeat the same acceleration and steering and follow the exact


track but of the League Cup. does it feel to go hands-free at


60kph? Is it okay to take my hands off the will? There we go. I have


to say, this is an odd experience. Even just turning around to talk


you feels utterly unfamiliar. There is a part of me going, keep your


eye on the road. I found it surprisingly easy to trust the


system what I joined the platoon. In the past a laptop please? You


could do pretty much anything. How would this work in real life? The


road train is not completely autonomous. There is still a driver


at the front. One may indicate or changed lanes, the other cars to


the same. -- when they indicate. When you get to a turn-off, you can


request to leave the platoon, take back the wheel and continue on to


our final destination. Each vehicle saves up to 20% of its feel and to


the aerodynamics. That is unless the technology goes wrong. Should I


be controlling the vehicle at this point? Thank you. Not exactly


relaxing. The technology can't afford to fail. The main challenge


technically is making sure it works under all circumstances. On the


test track, it has been a challenge but on public roads, the challenge


is much bigger. We have to do a lot of verification to understand we


can work with unexpected situations. The once the industry has


straightened up the technology, they have to convince the rest of


us to make it legal. So far, the proposals have enjoyed overwhelming


bipartisan support. There has been a bit of hesitancy and concern,


firstly from the many factoring community out concern for liability.


If the car driving itself as something goes wrong, who is at


fault? We have fault-based liability in most states of the


worst. But it is the driver that is responsible, provided the injured


party can provide some net -- evidence of negligence on the part


of the driver. Now, the machinery takes over, and we turn these cases


into product liability cases more than cases of individual liability


for negligence. This week, the senator's bill was backed. If


approved, it will pass into law with a proviso that a licensed


driver will sit in the driver's seat in case of emergency for --


emergencies. Technology is not the big hurdle. The big hurdle is the


legal, liability and perception issues. General Motors dimmest --


demonstrated similar technology in its concept video last year. Other


companies are playing with the idea of autonomous driving. If all these


can't make this can do it, why can't we buy it? They many


factories have said there was no existing barrier between the


technology available and having these vehicles on the road -- roads.


Carmakers and lawmakers may be confident that they are not far off


but they will have to persuade humans that -- computers are better


at writing than we are. -- at driving.


Could you ever see yourself giving control of your whack into a


computer? Tweet us. Next, a look at the tech news.


Cat that mobile phones will stop working in Kenya from the start of


October. The Communications Commission hopes the move will give


people a better use experienced and protect mobile payment systems from


potential fraud. Worried owners can send a text message with the


check if the model is genuine. Samsung Galaxy Tab -- Galaxy owners


could see their phones returned to backrower settings by clicking on a


specific link. This was demonstrated at a security


conference in Argentina. The researcher who found it said the


fault lies with Samsung's interface. Samsung encouraged users to


download a fix. The measures in addition to


existing restrictions prevent Iranians from accessing many


western sites. It is not the first assault on Google services in Iraq


-- Iran. YouTube has been censored cents bit 2009. All parties say the


restrictions will be in place until further notice.


A new report sporting six cameras has been unveiled in France,


designed to help wine producers maintain their vineyards. Tracking


technology, artificial intelligence and mapping capabilities enable the


robot to move Trudie veneered, recognising plant features,


memorising each vine and pruning is needed. It supplies its owner with


valuable data on the help of the soil, fruit and wine stocks. It can


As we have said, apart from driving you about, there are many areas of


our lives that we are happy to give over to technology. It is easier to


stay in touch with friends and family, do your shopping, Bank of


line. But ironically the generation of people that would benefit the


most from the convenience is also the generation that finds it


hardest to use. -- bank online. But there are some ways to make a


complicated PC with small icons more user-friendly. We have been


Silver service or senior citizens seduced by the allure of the


silicon chip. Perhaps an unfamiliar sight. All the people wrestling


with the finer details of writing an e-mail or making an online


purchase. But as more and more services migrate to the Web, there


is a growing need to educate less techs than the members of society


about computers and technology. Here, all the people are learning


this very skills on a course specifically created for novices. -


- all the people. If you want to go anywhere or


bought tickets for anything, most of it is online. If you are not


online, you are out of everything. I feel as if I am missing out, in


the sense that I feel cut off sometimes. Now, there are times


when I need to be able to use a computer properly. We run classes,


over 100 classes, all over England, helping people learn right from the


very basics of how to use the mouse, through to how to make savings on


my own and operate a bank account or compare prices online. I use the


computer quite a lot and I am OK on word-processing. But there were


things... Everything I know, I have picked up piecemeal. At the has


been structured. So I wanted to get to know the computer properly. And


toured by experts. The in-flight copying and cutting and pasting.


Those things I picked up but I did not know how to do it properly. I


had to ask somebody to help me. -- things like copying. This


particular cause runs for ten weeks. As the students' progress, the


world of technology starts to seem less daunting. I am more confident


in copying, cutting and pasting, things like that, because I have


been taught the correct way to do it. Once you on the computer, there


is no stopping you. Training is an important part of introducing


technology to all the users but is there anything the technology


industry can do to assist? -- elderly users. Operating systems


like windows have accessibility settings, which makes the type


larger oar mac the five parts of the screen. But could ideas like


this be refined into a simpler computing experience? There are a


couple of solutions designed specifically for novices. We will


take a look at a couple of them. First is this. It is called


Simplicity. Simplicity is a complete operating system on a USB


stick and comes with instructions and a disc. But the user will have


to source a computer themselves. Now cut a her instruction manuals


are something you do not see often these days. -- instruction manuals.


Many are hidden in parts of the operating system. If you are a


novice, that could pose a problem. That is where good old fashioned


paper is perhaps more useful. The operating system itself is


massively simplified, originally starting life as an awareness. It


boots up and looks like an on the lip of the screen. There is


oversize type to make it easier to read. Each has the ability to surf


the Web all right documents. The idea behind the operating system is


that it can be plugged into pretty much any computer. Because it is so


simple and stripped down, you do not need a fire-breathing high-end


PC. It should work with lower specification and all the machines


without any problems. -- although machines. When you get it running,


it is pretty straightforward. There are a number of video tutorials.


And of course the manual is there to guide new users through the a


West. But getting started is part of the problem. Simple operations a


rather typical -- OS. The does not include a network options, which


for a novice is not ideal. This is the kind of functionality that


should be found on the main John Phillips green. Simplicity


themselves do recommend the first time set up is performed by


somebody who is reasonably techs savvy. -- found on the main screen.


And they do offer a comprehensive telephone support. This brings us


to a new outfit that had taken a slightly different approach to


Simplicity. They have created a hardware and software solution in


the form of laptops. This is basically a middle of the road


Toshiba notebook. The lack books come in two flavours. 17 and 15


inch. This is the 15th. The keyboard has an overlay, making it


easier to read. Some have been set up for one key operation, taking


the user to e-mail or we can. Upon boot up, the large icons instantly


open particular axe. The experience in a -- in using this machine is


not as smooth as it could be. Setting up an e-mail account is


more complicated than it needs to be. Again, slightly tarnishing the


easy to use, easy to set up ethos which underpins this and ever. Both


of these options have good ideas at the heart but a let down by some


irritating floors. And then you come to the cost. Simplicity is


cheaper but you will need a donor computer. This one is about the


middle of the road laptop with an operating system and is rather


expensive for what it his. Keeping things simple.


They can't be many of us who have not at one time or another have


gone for our phone only to begin a slack Dance of panic. This is


usually followed by a frantic search of your premises and a


desperate cry to your friend to call it. We have covered ways to


find a lost smartphone on this phone but Kate Russell start this


week's Webscape with something that should take the frenzy out of


losing almost anything. Two you wouldn't have to panic


about losing your valuable items if you attack them at Belongings. This


is a global Lost and Found service that uses stickers to mark an item,


allowing you to tap it in a database as yours. In the hope that


somebody on us will find it, lock onto the website and get it back to


you. -- log. Personal users can apply to get sent sheets of


stickers like these ones that are right through the post, free of


charge, but you are encouraged to make additional payment for could


points. Mind up about one week to arrive. When I got them, I started


sticking them all over the things I own. Dan? We would not want you


getting lost, would we? There is a monthly subscription plan for


customers that has a bunch of additional corporate features. The


new register the tax, providing contact details and either of --


even offering a reward using a credit card or PayPal account.


Users are wind-up anonymously so they can organise the return of an


item directly. One of the greatest things about


modern smartphone technology is enhanced personal security. You GPS


data can tell people exactly where you while, even if you can't. This


grabs this idea with both hands, to provide a paid app with your safety


at its core. With so many apps and services like dating roadsides


encourage you asked to step out of the online world and made in 3D


space, I can see a real place for an act like this. -- dating website.


You would hope to never needed and it should open the door to


complacency. But it on that one occasion you do need it, it could


To use it, just take a photo of something that can be identified,


like a licence plate, St side or bar name we will meet somebody. The


photo is stored on the Secure space with your ID, time, date and the


GPS location. If something does go wrong, you're nominated contacts


can request this information gets passed to the police, saving vital


time tracking you down in an If that's all a bit too serious, I


have the purse -- perfect thing - the Monty Python silly walks


generator. This is childish and you -- if you are not a fan often Monty


Python, you probably will not get it. But it's a lot of fun. Who


knows? It may even catch on around To make your own much sillier walk


than that, pick a background and character. My favourite is the


Spanish Inquisition cardinal. Then, mark your moves along the post


timeline and adjust the sliders to suit. Once finished, you can save


and share or e-mail to a friend. It is sure to crack a small smile when


Kate Russell with Webscape. Those links are available at our website.


You can also find previous reports from previous programmes on there.


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