Edi­tor’s let­ter

Australian T3 - - CONTENTS - Rob Ed­wards, Edi­tor Email: rob.ed­wards@fu­turenet.com

The au­ton­o­mous car is a sta­ple of film and tele­vi­sion. For decades, K.I.T.T., the Bat­mo­bile, Her­bie the Love Bug and To­tal Re­call’s Johnny Cabs - to name a few - have teased our imag­i­na­tions with what the fu­ture might hold. Well, thanks to some in­cred­i­ble new tech from the likes of Audi, these self-driv­ing marvels are closer to your drive­way than ever be­fore.

March 2014 / Is­sue 158

You can for­get about Google’s Prius. The stan­dard for the self-driv­ing car is now set by Audi’s driver­less A7. Sleek and classy, it’s a seam­less blend of clas­sic Audi looks and rev­o­lu­tion­ary tech­nol­ogy. The A7 is the first driver­less car we ac­tu­ally want, free from hideous roof-mounted guid­ance equip­ment and turn­ing heads for all the right rea­sons. For more in­for­ma­tion on what Audi and, in­deed, the en­tire mo­tor­ing in­dus­try have in store head over to p37. The driver­less fu­ture is look­ing bright.

On a more de­press­ing note, while we all en­joy the lat­est ad­vance­ments in tech via nifty gad­gets like smart­phones and re­mote-con­trolled drones (p18), it’s a sad fact that the sin­gle great­est force be­hind all of this progress is war. Yes, noth­ing brings out the great­est in hu­man in­ge­nu­ity like the urge to kill one an­other. This month T3 in­ves­ti­gates the mil­i­tary ori­gins of tech that most of us use on a daily ba­sis. Plus, we take a look at the gear that will soon be step­ping out of the fog of war and into our ev­ery­day lives.

One ex­am­ple of that fu­tur­is­tic mil­i­tary sheen is Ap­ple’s Mac Pro. Look­ing like Darth Vader’s com­put­ing com­pan­ion of choice, Cu­per­tino’s lat­est piece of kit is des­tined to be­come an icon of de­sign, loved my some and loathed by oth­ers. Per­haps un­sur­pris­ingly, we’re in the love camp, but it’s hard not to pause when you see that price. As a re­sult, the Mac Pro is not some­thing we can rec­om­mend to ev­ery­body, but for more de­tails check out the full re­view on p63.

Fi­nally, we all need to get away now and then to main­tain our san­ity, so check out the best tech-tas­tic hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions and kit from p44.

En­joy the is­sue.

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