Driverless cars are moving fast. Google and Lyft flash us their self-driving-car schemes, and Uber has already put robo-cabs to work in Pittsburgh. But if autonomous cars are going to chauffeur us, we need to regulate them.
Hollywood director Sam Mendes doesn’t usually design high-performance sports cars. But he made an exception for James Bond. Mendes, who directed the latest 007 franchise film (in theaters November 6), worked with legendary auto designer Marek Reichman to create the movie’s signature vehicle: the Aston Martin DB10. Their aesthetic goal: “It had to have the look of the character driving it,” says Reichman, Aston Martin’s chief creative officer. “It had to have a predatory nature.”
Everyday speakers—whether they’re in a cellphone, TV, or radio—scatter sound waves as soon as they leave the cone. A single wave can bounce off dozens of surfaces, slamming into other signals and degrading along the way, before reaching your ear in a muddled mess. Adding to this audio chaos, most midrange TVs only emit sound from rear or downward-facing speakers. So turning them up just doesn’t help. Gamers and TV obsessives often turn to soundbars and directional speakers for relief, but even those don’t offer a true high-fidelity fix.