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Editorial: It seems to us - A driverless bus, waiting for spring, a moose and cow tech

The new driverless vehicles don’t exactly conjure images of “Low Rider,” the 1975 song by American funk band War. But the vehicles still conjure images of cool or, to some, “crazy” to others. Expect one of those vehicles of the future to pull up in the parking lot at University at Buffalo North Campus this summer.

The two-year driverless bus research project begins by late April. The object is to study the operation and challenges of running a driverless bus. The 12-passenger bus is known as, “Olli.” Here’s one challenge wary folks from the old-school can think of … besides having no driver, it has no steering wheel. Something the electric bus has in common with the old song: “Low rider don’t use no gas now; Low rider don’t drive too fast…” Please.

Anybody else ready for spring?

Yes, the calendar says it arrived nearly three weeks ago, but someone forgot to tell the Great Snowmaker. Friday’s accumulation was certainly small enough, but it was sufficient to prove, once again, T.S. Eliot’s pointed observation that April is the cruelest month.

It surely was for local baseball fans. The Buffalo Bisons’ season opener in Rochester was postponed Friday because of snow.

We’ll know how serious a delay this is in a couple of weeks when, by common agreement, the forsythia should be blooming.

That’s when it’s spring.

For the benefit of anyone who hadn’t already figured this out and might be tempted to kick a moose: Don’t.

KTVA-TV in Alaska reported this week that a man walking in the woods north of Anchorage came upon a cow moose and its calf. For reasons only the man can explain, he kicked the moose. The moose, no doubt to his surprise, kicked back. More specifically, it stomped on his foot.

Fortunately, he wasn’t severely injured, but the encounter nevertheless offered a teachable moment to Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters: “I am not a biologist,” she said, “but as a lifelong Alaskan, I would advise people not to go around kicking moose.”

Now you know.

And speaking of unusual treatment of large animals, did you hear about the bovine Fitbits? It’s true. Elsie and her cow companions don’t use them to monitor their own sleep or exercise habits, but their owners do. With them, they can tell when a member of the herd might need medical attention or is in the mood for a little bull session, if you know what we mean.

Not all farmers think it’s necessary and some just don’t want to. “I can’t draw, paint or anything else,” said Mark Rodgers, a Georgia dairy farmer, “but I can watch cows.”

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