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國際中心/綜合報導北愛爾蘭38歲的貨車司機萊恩米利根(Ryan Milligan)最近得到一份20萬英鎊(約台幣1千萬元)的工作,雇主是美國國家航空航天局(NASA)。NASA請他研究太空天氣(space weather),但他還會繼續開貨車。為什麼會這樣?因為這位開貨車和研究太陽耀斑(閃焰)都是萊恩的興趣、嗜好、專長,為什麼不?看看萊恩的學歷,他一路從學士、碩士、念到博士學位,而從高中到大學之間,他曾「休息」4年去魚廠工作。萊恩高中畢業時,覺得需要休息一下,決定給自己一年的時間,到爸爸的魚廠工作,同時也開開貨車,結果時間過得很快,一轉眼就這樣過了4年。4年後,因為魚廠的生意不好,他開始想要為未來打算,便申請到貝爾法斯特女王大學學習物理和應用數學,獲得學位後,接著又念了碩士。同時間,他還是在開貨車,萊恩說,「開貨車讓我很快樂,但我也一直對太空很感興趣,所以我拿到NASA給的獎學金,去念博士了。」萊恩在美國求學期間,在NASA工作了幾個月,完成學位後到NASA的戈達德太空飛行中心(Goddard Space Flight Center)當了5年助理,他很喜歡NASA的工作,但希望回到北愛爾蘭老家貝爾法斯特繼續生活。NASA愛才心切,也答應萊恩回貝爾法斯特,結果他回到老家,在女王大學開了工作室,用NASA給他的研究基金研究太陽耀斑。女王大學的史馬特(Stephen Smartt)教授說,「過去幾年裡,萊恩做了好多具有國際影響力的研究,NASA給他的工作也讓他名聲越來越大。我很高興他能回母校擔任客座研究員,讓我們與他合作。」如今的萊恩是天文科學學者,但他一如過去,會在假日繼續開貨車。相關新聞圖片請點這裡》天下新鮮事 盡在FUN影音 Description Toggle View View View View View View View View View View View View 1 - 12 / 12 Connected cars, like autonomous cars, are coming. In fact, connected cars will likely arrive first, because the underlying vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology is simpler, cheaper, and enhances the ... 較多Connected cars, like autonomous cars, are coming. In fact, connected cars will likely arrive first, because the underlying vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology is simpler, cheaper, and enhances the effectiveness of self-driving vehicles by allowing them to "talk" to other cars on the road. Given our increasingly connected lives, you'd think that consumers would be comfortable with the impending arrival of connected vehicles. But just to be sure, the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute conducted a survey to quantify drivers' opinions.? To carry out their study, UMTRI's?Brandon Schoettle and Michael Sivak created an online questionnaire that was answered by roughly 1,600 people in the U.S., the U.K., and Australia. Those responses confirmed general enthusiasm for connected vehicles, but also made clear that automakers need to address a few fears going forward. ALSO SEE: Hacking Cars Isn't A Problem Yet, But We're Getting There: Video FINDINGS The good news -- at least for tech fans -- was that 62 percent of UMTRI's respondents said that they had a positive opinion of connected cars, while "about a third" were neutral. A slim minority expressed negative feelings about V2V technology. What's more, roughly 75 percent of participants believed that "connected vehicles will?reduce the number and severity of crashes, improve emergency response times and result in better fuel economy". And, 60 percent expected to see lower vehicle emissions, less congestion, and shorter commutes as a result of V2V technology. U.K. residents were the most optimistic about connected-cars, with 67 percent expressing positive opinions about them and just 4 percent sharing negative opinions. Australians followed, with 63 percent responding positively and 5 percent negatively. Americans were the most skeptical, with just 57 percent (still, a majority) seeing V2V technology as a positive development and 7 percent holding negative views. Despite the naysayers, 86 percent of respondents expressed interest having a connected car in the future. The dark cloud hanging over V2V is hacking: roughly 30 percent of those surveyed ?were "very concerned" about security breaches on individual vehicles and on networks, with many worried that the technology might be used to track their speed and location. An additional 37 percent were "moderately concerned", with around 25 percent "slightly concerned". ? Respondents also worried about failures of connected-vehicle networks, particularly during bad weather. And of course, more than a few thought that V2V technology might become a distraction or that drivers would become overly reliant upon it. PROBLEMS The UMTRI survey isn't without its flaws. For starters, the survey was conducted online, dipping into a pool of respondents who were likely to be at least vaguely comfortable with the internet and computer networks. That could've skewed the survey's results toward positive attitudes about V2V tech.? Much more problematic, however, was the fact that researchers had to do a lot of explaining about what connected cars are. Sadly, only?27 percent of Americans, 22 percent of Australians and 17 percent of those in the U.K. had even heard of connected vehicles. That doesn't necessarily throw the survey's findings into question, but the spin of that explanation -- positive or negative -- could've easily impacted the majority of responses. Are you concerned about V2V technology? Will you be the first on your block to own a connected car, or will you hang back and wait for version 2.0 -- or even 3.0? Share your thoughts in the comments below. ___________________________________________ Follow The Car Connection on?Facebook,?Twitter?and?Google+. 較少 1 / 12 The Car Connection 2014年4月11日週五 台北標準時間上午1時02分 Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Pinterest Close Previous imageNext image

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