The automation of vehicles could prove to have a substantial impact on the environment, although the nature of this impact could be beneficial or harmful depending on several factors. Because automated vehicles are much less likely to get into accidents compared to human-driven vehicles, some precautions built into current models (such as anti-lock brakes or laminated glass) would not be required for self-driving versions. Removing these safety features would also significantly reduce the weight of the vehicle, thus increasing fuel economy and reducing emissions per mile. Self-driving vehicles are also more precise with regard to acceleration and breaking, and this could contribute to reduced emissions. Self-driving cars could also potentially utilize fuel-efficient features such as route mapping that is able to calculate and take the most efficient routes. Despite this potential to reduce emissions, some researchers theorize that an increase of production of self-driving cars could lead to a boom of vehicle ownership and use. This boom could potentially negate any environmental benefits of self-driving cars if a large enough number of people begin driving personal vehicles more frequently.[53]

Dans le test de logiciel, l'automatisation de test est l'utilisation de logiciel spécial (séparée du logiciel étant testé) pour contrôler l'exécution de tests et la comparaison de résultats réels avec des résultats prévus. l'automatisation de test permet des creer des tâches répétitives mais nécessaires dans un processus de test formalisé déjà en place, ou exécute des tests supplémentaires qui seraient difficiles de faire manuellement. L'automatisation de test est la critique avant et après la livraison du produit.

Le code en Ecmascript vous permet d'utiliser l'ensemble des fonctionnalités proposées par la bibliothèque Qt ainsi qu'une trentaine d'objets plus simples à utiliser, voir la page du wiki. Vous pouvez par exemple ouvrir un serveur TCP ou UDP, exécuter des requêtes sur une base de données MySQL ou bien accéder à la base de registres de Windows. Un débogueur est disponible pour vous aider à corriger vos scripts. La documentation du logiciel est disponible en français et en anglais, bien que certaines parties soient en cours de traduction/rédaction.

Selenium IDE est une extension développée pour Firefox par Shinya Kasatani. Il permet d’utiliser Selenium sans passer par un serveur pour l’exécution de scripts Selenium. Il a été développé en JavaScript et a été conçu pour permettre aux testeurs et aux développeurs d’enregistrer des interactions avec le navigateur. Ces interactions peuvent par la suite être rejoué sous la forme de scénario d’interaction pour simuler un processus fonctionnel à tester. Selenium IDE permet d'enregistrer, d'éditer et déboguer les tests. Il n'est pas seulement un outil d'enregistrement : il s'agit d'un environnement de développement intégré (IDE). L'utilisateur peut choisir d'utiliser sa capacité d'enregistrement, ou peut modifier ses scripts à la main s'il le souhaite.
Computers can perform both sequential control and feedback control, and typically a single computer will do both in an industrial application. Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are a type of special purpose microprocessor that replaced many hardware components such as timers and drum sequencers used in relay logic type systems. General purpose process control computers have increasingly replaced stand alone controllers, with a single computer able to perform the operations of hundreds of controllers. Process control computers can process data from a network of PLCs, instruments and controllers in order to implement typical (such as PID) control of many individual variables or, in some cases, to implement complex control algorithms using multiple inputs and mathematical manipulations. They can also analyze data and create real time graphical displays for operators and run reports for operators, engineers and management.
The logic performed by telephone switching relays was the inspiration for the digital computer. The first commercially successful glass bottle blowing machine was an automatic model introduced in 1905.[37] The machine, operated by a two-man crew working 12-hour shifts, could produce 17,280 bottles in 24 hours, compared to 2,880 bottles made by a crew of six men and boys working in a shop for a day. The cost of making bottles by machine was 10 to 12 cents per gross compared to $1.80 per gross by the manual glassblowers and helpers.
I’ve used other automation tools besides VBA. Ubot and iMacros are both excellent, and powerful programs (their own programming languages, really). In some respects they’re easier, and for 99% of web automation tasksg, you really can’t go wrong with either. But I got to where I only used VBA because my programming was getting into Windows API’s and command line calls (Visual Basic is tightly integrated with Windows), plus I often found myself using Excel alongside these programs anyway. I discovered there’s almost nothing VBA can’t do with automating Windows and Internet Explorer (even making IE appear as a different browser), and it seemed to me investing time learning Microsoft’s Visual Basic programming language just made more sense.