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Host: Scott LaMar

Smart Talk: Transportation's future; Vets struggling with finances

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jul 23, 2014 3:50 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, July 24, 2014:

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A driverless Mercedes concept car

It may not be long before cars will be able to drive themselves and will no longer need human operators.

It may sound like a plot for a science fiction or futuristic movie but vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications technology is on the horizon. There are many potential benefits, like reducing traffic, preventing crashes, and saving gasoline.

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Albert Sarvis,Director of the Geospatial Technology Center at Harrisburg University

On Thursday’s Smart Talk, Albert Sarvis, the Director of the Geospatial Technology Center at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology will discuss emerging science and technologies, as well as the up-and-coming issues facing the transportation industry.

Also on Smart Talk Thursday, did you know that 25% of military families have a credit card balance of more than $10,000? How about that 50% of the families carry debt month to month?

We will discuss the financial instability of many veterans and their families as well as the ways and resources that are available to help service members, veterans, and their families improve their financial situation.

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Doug Hassenbein, Keith M. Donnell Sr., and Nicholas "Chip" Gilliland

Appearing on program is Doug Hassenbein, Assistant Investor and Education Coordinator of the PA Department of Banking and Securities, Keith M. Donnell Sr., Personal Financial Counselor at the PA Joint Family Support Assistance Program, Nicholas "Chip" Gilliland, Chief of the Reintegration and Outreach Division of PA’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Office of Veterans, and Stephanie Grimes, Support Coordinator and founding member of the PA Military Finance Alliance.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-07-24 08:16

    John Newman from Carlisle:

    If cars of the future do not have steering wheels, then I assume a destination address will have to be entered.
    So my questions are
    1) how will i be able to cruise the town at night or cruise along the coastline ?
    2) how will i instruct the vehicle to park under a shaded tree in summer ?
    3) navigating to a gas pump ?
    4) traveling to neighborhood yard sales where there would be no specific address to input.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-07-24 08:41

    Bill Weis from Lancaster:

    Toyota is a great company that has had the Prius out for several years now but they still haven't added a simple switch to the Prius that can sustain the battery.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-07-24 08:42

    Jim from Elizabethtown:

    I'm concerned about automated cars' ability to hack into the system.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-07-24 08:45

    Steve in Harrisburg emails:

    My question is whether there is a consumer demand for these "self driving" cars?
    Many people enjoy driving their vehicles. As was expressed by a previous caller, just taking a meandering cruise through the countryside and parking under a shady tree, this is something that will be taken away from individuals by the implementation of this technology.
    Thank you,

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-07-24 08:54

    Thomas Hauck from Manheim Township emails:

    i have to comment, first when it comes to rail, there is hardly any friction on steel on steel. passenger and freight is moved at much less expense per mile then any other form of transportation, and when it comes to rail, the total physical plant is owned by shareholders, not the government.