By Ron Wilson, Editor-in-Chief, Altera Corporation
July 22, 2014
The rain shower begins near twilight, just as drivers were turning on their headlamps. Soon the wet pavement throws back a kaleidoscope of reflections from car lights, streetlights, shop signs, and the dying sun. The road seems cloaked in ambiguity as natural light fades, but the artificial glows of night are still unrevealing.
Through the gloom and the smear of last-season’s windshield wipers, you think you see a shadow figure step from the curb into your lane. Conscious—dimly—of the unlit car in your blind spot, you edge into the center lane as you fumble for the turn-signal stalk. And then you first sense the presence of your car’s advanced active-safety system.
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