Sagar Behere

I doubt, therefore I might be

Netherlands diary: wrap up

The wrap up. Follow Sagar's adventures as he hangs around the Netherlands in the days leading up to the Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge.

The past few days went by in a blur. We were really busy and I didn't find time to update this blog with the daily reports. Now that it is all over, I don't have the energy to write it down, so I am going to wrap it up with a few thoughts.

Our performance in the competition was unbelievably good. We who knew how many problems we had faced during development, tend to ...

Netherlands diary: Day 7

Day 7: Before the cock crows. Follow Sagar's adventures as he hangs around the Netherlands in the days leading up to the Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge.

We left the hotel at 4.30am today morning. Drove down to TNO and thence to the DAF test track near Eindhoven. The tests on the track started at 6am and we were quite happy with our performance. It was one of those rare times when after 2 hours of testing, you get out the truck with a big smile and think, "Well, it all just worked. Wonder what we should do now ...

Netherlands diary: Day 6

Day 6: The wake-up call. Follow Sagar's adventures as he hangs around the Netherlands in the days leading up to the Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge.

The day started off with good news and bad news. The good news is that we will get access to the DAF test track to do platooning and run our tests. Finally, we have a decent track to do our tests. The bad news is that the track will only be available from 6am to 8am. Yes, you heard that right, 6am. So we need to assemble at TNO at 5am, which means that ...

Netherlands diary: Day 5

Day 5: Business as usual. Follow Sagar's adventures as he hangs around the Netherlands in the days leading up to the Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge.

The plan for today was to continue with testing and fixing the controller issues identified yesterday. Proper testing and verification of the controller requires a broad, long stretch of road with multiple vehicles in a platoon. This is something we assumed we would have, during this week long preparation phase in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, this is not so. The road provided by TNO is extremely narrow, and not sufficiently long for proper platooning tests ...

Netherlands diary: Day 4

Day 4: Stopping is for losers. Follow Sagar's adventures as he hangs around the Netherlands in the days leading up to the Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge.

Dennis Sundman joined the team today with the statement, "You know you have too little to do, if you start using a mouse." As hardcore geeks go, the team is now complete.

Today we thought we would refine the system and make tiny incremental improvements that would save us a couple of seconds here and there. In order to be first, every second counts. (Okay, okay bad pun. Anyone for seconds?) Therefore, the ...

Netherlands diary: Day 3

Day 3: The Swedish domination. Follow Sagar's adventures as he hangs around the Netherlands in the days leading up to the Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge.

Heretic people work on Sundays too, even though the Hotel Breakfast is not available early in the morning because everyone else is taking it easy. So we trooped out of our rooms and picked up little cardboard boxen filled with random food (a la McDonalds Happy Meal) and ate it in the car on the way to TNO.

The day started off with qualification tests for the event. These are tests that each team ...

Netherlands diary: Day 2

Day 2: The calm before the storm? Follow Sagar's adventures as he hangs around the Netherlands in the days leading up to the Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge.

Saturday started off at 7am with a typical hotel breakfast. The twist was that we also had Dutch pancakes this time. For the unintiated, Dutch pancakes are tiny, fat little things and the only thing you need to know about them is that they taste delicious. You can have them soaked in syrup or with powdered sugar (despite what heretic people will tell you about eating sugar in the morning..)

The rest ...

Netherlands diary: Day 1

Follow Sagar's adventures as he hangs around the Netherlands in the days leading up to the Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge.

The trip to NL started getting eventful even before I boarded the flight. We reached Arlanda a bit later than I had expected, courtesy bus 40 not turning up, but once we had checked in, Simon suggested lunch at a good restaurant he knew in the airport premises. We ordered a 'Burger tallrik' at a steakhouse, settled down and started digging in before a cursory glance at the time led to the revealation that we had either 5 minutes ...

Blueprint

Was in the subway yesterday, listlessly browsing the Internet on my phone, when I came across 'Blueprint', by Manisha Lakhe. I have come across her writings from time to time and often wondered how she writes in a way that resonates so often with my thoughts.

Since it is probably not legal to repost the poem here without her permission, you can read it by clicking here.

Sissel's concert

I am just returning home from a concert by my favouritest female singer, Sissel Kyrkjebø. Am completely, hopelessly starstruck.

The first Sissel song I heard was her singing Pie Jesu. It was at Martin's place and I remember reeling in awe and we both agreed that if ever an angel could sing, it would be like Sissel. After that, I looped her on Spotify for several weeks and when the chance came to hear her live in concert at Stockholm, Martin and I couldn't resist.

What I believed would be a fairly ordinary evening turned out to be ...