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  • Shane.Felix's Avatar
    11 posts since May '16
    • Recited by Singaporeans loudly and proudly since 1966, no other national institution outlines our identity and aspirations as clearly as the National Pledge. The values enshrined in the past pushed us to do better, but are our perspectives and motivations still the same today? Take the poll at https://goo.gl/x0VbIS.

  • Neutral-Thinker's Avatar
    717 posts since Dec '10
    • Originally posted by Taxilim88:

      Will we be left behind without driverless taxis?  NO 

      If there going to be equally good replacement jobs if 55,000 purely Singaporean jobs are lost?  NO [Don't think driverless taxis will ever replace all existing taxis.  It will be offered as an alternative alongside standard taxis].

      What could Singaporeans do if more Singaporeans are retrenched and 55,000 purely Singaporean taxi drivers jobs are lost?   ??????

      Who gains from introduction of driverless taxis?   Mostly foreigners.[Not sure about this]

      Who loses from introduction of driverless taxis?   Singaporeans.[Not Singaporean passengers.  They might benefit cos no more winding down windows to ask for destination, no more hiding for calls, no more change shift Chinatown...haha].

      Why till now only trains are the only driverless vehicles being implemented in public places?   Because there are no traffic on their path and they are 100% safe as driverless vehicles.   Even little traffic on the path commercial planes are deemed as not safe without human control.

      Can driverless cars go at 90 km/h safely in all weather?   No [ They do not need to go at 90km/h.  All weather?  Singapore only Sunny and Rainy.  No snow, no typhoons, no hurricanes..so no problem].

      Can driverless cars handle wheel chairs and weak passengers?   No [No problem.  Pax will understand beforehand and will help load themselves].

      Car driverless cars help with luggages?  No [No problem.  Pax can load themselves.  They will understand. You mean currently, the taxi unker got come out and help meh?  hehe].

      Can driverless cars handle problems at parking lot gantry points if there are malfunctions?  No [New IUs don't need car park gantries.  Car parks can be zoned as what is known as Geofencing in the GPS lingo].

      Can driverless cars take simple instructions like stop beside the Green Car after the shelter?  No [If pax knows it is driverless, they will NOT give such instructions in the first place. Will key in the exact drop off point].

      Can driverless cars handle road blockages?  No [Yes.  Technologically possible with advanced sensors].

      Can driverless cars handle all carparks scenarios?  No [As mentioned above].

      Can driverless cars deal with fare evaders?  No [Driverless cars no cash payments. All through credit cards lah like Uber.  Alamak].

      Can driverless cars be easilly trapped on the road or in the carpark?   Yes...you just have to put one cone in front and one cone at the back for it to be trapped.[ Pax are not stupid.  They can come out and remove the cones.  If got no pax on board and on the way to pick up point, at most no show only wat.  Nobody gets hurt. Not like current taxis dun have no show oso...].

      Can driverless cars handle the instructions of marshallers at places like hotels and airports? [Why need marshallers.  Everything is through call booking.  No street hail.  Pax cannot give instructions to marshallers instead?]

      Can driverless cars handle a situation like lane diversion on expressways (two lanes blocked due to accident) ?  [Yes. Technologically possible in the future].

      Can driverless cars handle police road blockages and nagvigate through newly created obstacle paths ?  No [Yes. Technologically possible in the future].

      Will we be left behind without driverless taxis?  NO 

      If there going to be equally good replacement jobs if 55,000 purely Singaporean jobs are lost?  NO [Don't think driverless taxis will ever replace all existing taxis.  It will be offered as an alternative alongside standard taxis].  So let them implement in their countries successfully first before we decide whether to implement driverless cars.  

      What could Singaporeans do if more Singaporeans are retrenched and 55,000 purely Singaporean taxi drivers jobs are lost?   ??????   Think about what white collar Singaporeans could do if they are retrenched (especially those after the age of 45) or their company say I want you to be stationed in Africa or rural parts of Asia (and they resign because want to be closer to family members and not affect kids lives).   Think about potential poverty, selling of current house because unable to service loans, potential increased crime rates, loss of businesses for retail shops, coffeeshops, supermarkets and so on.

      Who gains from introduction of driverless taxis?   Mostly foreigners.[Not sure about this]  Because they manufacture cars in their own countries (or another cheaper country) and R&D mostly in their own countries.    If got R&D in another country, it is mostly for show as they want to penetrate those countries.

      Who loses from introduction of driverless taxis?   Singaporeans.[Not Singaporean passengers.  They might benefit cos no more winding down windows to ask for destination, no more hiding for calls, no more change shift Chinatown...haha].   Remember LTA rule for taxi drivers is "cannot reject customers unless during 'end-shift time' ".  Probably we could stretch a little and reject people going to cemetery during 2am or reject people who seem like could rape or rob us or seems like carrying explosives and that is it.

      But as self-employed, we have the rights not to take calls if we deem it is not in our best interest with the understanding that once we have accepted a call, we definitely would have to take it and must drive all the way there before we could cancer it. [ in other words, if don't want to take that call, don't bid for it and let your peers have the chance to take it]  

      Why till now only trains are the only driverless vehicles being implemented in public places?   Because there are no traffic on their path and they are 100% safe as driverless vehicles.   Even little traffic on the path commercial planes are deemed as not safe without human control.

      Can driverless cars go at 90 km/h safely in all weather?   No [ They do not need to go at 90km/h.  All weather?  Singapore only Sunny and Rainy.  No snow, no typhoons, no hurricanes..so no problem].   Our road max speed limit is 90 km/h.   Rain time cut down to 50-80 km/h.   Sometimes heavy rain time go at 30-40 km/h.  Do we want to put Singaporeans at risk or do we prefer them to perfect their technologies first before we even consider investing lots of money into it?   Otherwise the answer in future would be.....right now no choice because we already invested lots of money into it....right now too late to revert back to old system.   So best way is "let them implement in their countries successfully first before we decide whether to implement driverless cars".

      Can driverless cars handle wheel chairs and weak passengers?   No [No problem.  Pax will understand beforehand and will help load themselves].   So why LTA (through Singapore Taxi Academy ) made every taxi driver learn how to handle wheel chairs and even video taped us during examination time.

      Car driverless cars help with luggages?  No [No problem.  Pax can load themselves.  They will understand. You mean currently, the taxi unker got come out and help meh?  hehe].    A lot of times, many taxi drivers got help OK.

      Can driverless cars handle problems at parking lot gantry points if there are malfunctions?  No [New IUs don't need car park gantries.  Car parks can be zoned as what is known as Geofencing in the GPS lingo].  Hello, our country just invested in a lot installing gantries point all over Singapore.  Also a lot shopping mall and offices have spent a lot of money installing such gantries all over Singapore.

      Can driverless cars take simple instructions like stop beside the Green Car after the shelter?  No [If pax knows it is driverless, they will NOT give such instructions in the first place. Will key in the exact drop off point].   It proves that they are not able to handle human requirements (drop off point should be exactly where customers want so that there is minimum walking).

      Can driverless cars handle road blockages?  No [Yes.  Technologically possible with advanced sensors].No currently so let them implement in their countries successfully first before we decide whether to implement driverless cars.    [ This one not matter of sensors, this one a matter of machine very stupid requires a lot of instructions fed to it to be able to handle it.  Marvin Misky could tell you more about this how long it took the CS world to get a machine to be a little bit "intelligent" ]

      Can driverless cars handle all carparks scenarios?  No [As mentioned above]. No currently so let them implement in their countries successfully first before we decide whether to implement driverless cars.

      Can driverless cars deal with fare evaders?  No [Driverless cars no cash payments. All through credid cards lah like Uber.  Alamak].  We Singaporeans prefer to handle using cash.  Our system (which is not foreign Uber system) does not allow us to know before hand how much the cost is.   A person could easilly exit the taxi without paying.

      Can driverless cars be easilly trapped on the road or in the carpark?   Yes...you just have to put one cone in front and one cone at the back for it to be trapped.[ Pax are not stupid.  They can come out and remove the cones.  If got no pax on board and on the way to pick up point, at most no show only wat.  Nobody gets hurt. Not like current taxis dun have no show oso...].  What happens if pretend to hail, driverless taxi stop, then put two cones there?

      Can driverless cars handle the instructions of marshallers at places like hotels and airports? [Why need marshallers.  Everything is through call booking.  No street hail.  Pax cannot give instructions to marshallers instead?]  You go hotel, casino, airport, Marina Bay Cruise center, need to follow instructions of marshallers or not?

      Can driverless cars handle a situation like lane diversion on expressways (two lanes blocked due to accident) ?  [Yes. Technologically possible in the future].  No currently so let them implement in their countries successfully first before we decide whether to implement driverless cars.

      Can driverless cars handle police road blockages and nagvigate through newly created obstacle paths ?  No [Yes. Technologically possible in the future]    No currently so let them implement in their countries successfully first before we decide whether to implement driverless cars.

      Remember you are pushing for humans adjusting to meet machines limitations and machines eliminating humans rather than helping humans.  

      What I am saying is we let those car manufacturing countries that stand to gain from driverless cars implement in their own countries first (since they are the ones that really need driverless cars as their taxi cost are too high and they could make a profit from driverless cars) before we decide whether to implement or not.

      We can survive without a single driverless taxis in Singapore unlike our manufacturing factories that cannot survive without robots.   

      Even the universities that want higher university ranking could afford not to research into this sector as our country does not have the industry to support this industry.   And this R&D takes money from the people that generates the money and eliminates these that generates the money (COE, rental GST, personal income tax, tax from 5 companies' profits with a hugh amount coming from taxi rental).  Remember the unversity ranking thing is only an intangible benefit and not a real benefit.

      Edited by Neutral-Thinker 04 May `16, 12:01PM
  • SBS8002T's Avatar
    133 posts since Feb '16
    • Service 74A Buona Vista Terminal - King Albert Park MRT (buses will downroute from King Albert Park MRT towards Buona Vista after completing a trip of 74A)

      Supplements Svc 74 between Buona Vista MRT and Dover MRT and from Dover MRT to Ngee Ann Poly and SIM

      With SWT 74A, I think Svc 74 can operate on a full DD fleet with 74A operating at 10-15mins frequency (full SD with 1-2 DDs, 74e SDs will operate as 74A before/after performing a trip of 74e)

      I've often noticed a very huge crowd at Dover MRT during AM peak (towards SIM/NP) and after school hours where SP students go back to their homes (notably after 3pm) and I feel that Svc 74A can help to boost the frequency.

      Edited by SBS8002T 04 May `16, 11:55AM
  • bowah's Avatar
    15,665 posts since Jun '10
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    15,665 posts since Jun '10
    • Driveless or any other new technology shall create it own value chain of jobs, eg driverless shall create programming jobs, driverless car repair jobs, driveless GPS pod maintenance and servicing jobs which are higher skill jobs that require higher knowledge and skill, and that is where upgrading and skilfuture come into the picture.

      And with a diminishing of local population, that fit well into training our locals (the youngs one, not us hor, we lau kok kok liao, train smlj also no use) into the innovation economy that will outdate the 70s’ industrial and 90’s knowledge economy.

      And with it, less manpower are required, and that fit into the reduction of foreign dependency. Robotics and automation is not new, you can see it changes and happening day by day. Just like you drive taxi today, from nets to ezlink to credit cards..and the next day you go ATM…you notice that you do not even need to face a human. And it is 24hrs, and you can also do internet banking transfer with just the tip of yr finger.

      Finance industrial is one such industrial that is doing it, and you can see that they are retrenching thousands of ah nehs and foreign expat day by day, so if you wonder why today foreign ah neh are not so proud, because they are also under threat as banks go into internet banking and automation.

      Uber is the world largest transport provider without even a car

      Alibaba and it subsidiary taobao is the world biggest retail but do not own a single store and goods

      ABN is the world biggest tour and hotel/residential booking, but do not even own a single room nor any tour agent.

      Edited by bowah 04 May `16, 11:39AM
  • lemon1974's Avatar
    8,298 posts since Dec '04
    • Suspected

      SBS6412G SBS6414B
      (AMDEP 136) --> (AMDEP 138)
      *** at least for the time being before 136 went over to go-ahead

      SBS6002G SBS6658P
      (AMDEP 138) ---> (AMDEP 136)

      6412/6414 on 138 for the past 1-2 weeks, while 6002/6658 are on 136...

  • lemon1974's Avatar
    8,298 posts since Dec '04
    • Originally posted by SBS2656X:

      SBS2797Y IS already weekend perm, but someone removed it on SgW citing "it's done by random buses"...

      it is best not to put weekend perm for SBST buses.......

  • SMB145B's Avatar
    1,670 posts since Dec '12
    • Why Bukit Batok will be red

      26.4 + 15 (SDP swing from PAP) + 10 (reversal effect of SG50) = 51.4 

      but if we are to add in those that benefit Chee

      perhaps can hit 60%

      Hougang By-election 2012

      WP 62.1% (-2.7%)

      PAP 37.9%

      Punggol By-election 2013

      WP 54.5% (+10.8%)

      PAP 43.7%

      General Election 2015 (Bukit Batok SMC) (reference for 2016 by-election)

      SDP 26.4% 

      PAP 73.0%
  • SBS8002T's Avatar
    133 posts since Feb '16
    • Accident on JW Street 63 today, svc 179, 192, 241, 256 and 258 all diverted, first spotted it around 10:40am when I walked to the MRT to take the train to Joo Koon

      SBS3722G (suspected on 258) and 1 taxi got into an accident at the Pioneer Road North junction, suspected that the accident (based on observation) is when the bus and taxi were about to turn into Street 63 when the taxi and bus collide. All buses calling at Blk 649A bus stop were all diverted (for 258, it will skip 3 bus stops starting from Blk 649A)

      The taxi's front was damaged quite badly, I did not observe if is there any damage to SBS3722G

      Edit: All services resumed normal routing at 11:31hrs

      Edited by SBS8002T 04 May `16, 11:35AM
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  • Neutral-Thinker's Avatar
    717 posts since Dec '10
    • Originally posted by Taxilim88:

      My first hard disk drive was a Seagate ST-225 or something.  Only 2MB capacity.  lolololol...

      Don't think too much about driverless taxis lah...with technology advancing, old economies like retail shops will go and along with it, millions of jobs. What's 55,000 taxi driver jobs?

      Retail shops at HDB would not disappear because ordinary Singaporeans want retail shops to survive.

      If everything is online, then we would be in trouble as everything is controlled by some people who could not handle viruses and backdoor bugs planted in OS.

      When more jobs disappear, more would want to drive taxis.

      The bottomline is those pushing for driverless taxis are unable to generate as many new good jobs for Singaporeans in Singapore.  

      If they are somehow able to generate equivalence amount of good jobs, it has to be shared with FTs which means more than 100,000 new good service sector (even more if you talk about Marine sector, construction sector or manufacturing sector) jobs need to be generated.

  • SMB3095S's Avatar
    270 posts since Dec '14
    • Originally posted by carbikebus:

      Hope those 4 SG A95s will goes to Amdep to improve svc 851 fleets.Can transfer 6 svc 851 A22s to Wldep.

      Still haven't know which depots are they in for these 4 SG MAN A95s. 

  • Taxilim88's Avatar
    954 posts since Mar '13
    • My first hard disk drive was a Seagate ST-225 or something.  Only 2MB capacity.  lolololol...

      Don't think too much about driverless taxis lah...with technology advancing, old economies like retail shops will go and along with it, millions of jobs. What's 55,000 taxi driver jobs?

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    • 偶尔,过不一样的生活
      到寺院听听钟声,吹吹风,和菩萨说说话,摆脱世俗五颜六色的混乱,有時候,我们需要一个安静的地方,和自己对话。

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    • 刚被救回的甲鱼在佛前流泪忏悔,感动无数人! Touching! Must watch!

      http://chuansong.me/n/299137236863

      法师在佛前诵经,并且让甲鱼们忏悔自己的罪业时,这只甲鱼抬起头瞪大眼睛似乎已经听懂了。法师念着佛号,不停地念。当法师念到希望你弃恶扬善时,这只甲鱼看起来特别激动抬起头眼泪不断的流下来。

      法师轻柔的说,在这里好好的忏悔吧!甲鱼激动得身体不断的在动。法师用佛号不断加持给它⋯⋯

      很多看到这一幕的人都热泪盈眶,特别的感动,特别的有感触,动物与人是一样的,只是它无法用语言表达!

      众生在业力面前就如同一片风中的落叶,身不由己。连自己的身体最后都不是自己的。虽然心中的佛性被业力蒙蔽,但是因缘具足时会被唤醒。这个因缘就是需要遇到那个和它拥有宿世因缘的人,因为有缘才能再续前缘⋯⋯

      人身难得,我们能够遇到佛法都是有宿世因缘,才会来救度我们。愿我们能够珍惜暇满人身,日日夜夜之中行正法,彼生越过三有之大海。

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    1,694 posts since Sep '09
    • This world is progressing towards an economy driven by robots and artificial intelligence (AI). Embrace it we must. Reject it we must not.

      Already we have sex robots that can provide warmth (through batteries) and some speech.

      Even our MDT technology has advanced. Rickshaw era no MDT. Then came the radio and walkie talkie.

      Our humble Creative 99 PC is long gone. I used to own it. I still remember 20 yrs ago, there were shops in funan and peninsula and sim lim selling pirated software on 5.25" floppy disks. Now no more.

      Not forgetting our police. Last time wear shorts and chase people with sticks. Now they wear long pants and learn how to take cover.

      You worried about driverless cabs? What if robots started taking over the classrooms? What about the soldiers and police and fighter pilots being replaced by advanced robots in 20 years?

      What if the day comes when geylang no longer needs thai or prc pros because the robot can do everything a girl can do on bed plus operate 24/7?

      Fear is the path to the dark side.. Fear leads to anger.. Anger leads to hate.. Hate leads to suffering.. 

      Remember the movie - The attack of the clones - from star wars. Mankind are already exploring other habitable earth-like planets. Whatever u see on the silver screen is a prophecy. It will all come true. The day will come when robot clones are used in space wars, not just wars on earth.

      When this day comes, many many traditional jobs will go. Remember the dinosaur called T. rex? So big so strong so powerful. It went extinct because it cannot adapt to a changing planet.

       

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      你心灵的世界越简单,你很容易自在与快乐..

      Simplicity of your inner world will make easier for you to be happy and free.

      Edited by Dawnfirstlight 04 May `16, 9:50AM
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