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There are 'dangers' all around- look up the stats on bathtub injuries.

Why not stop working & go on the GOv't dole; stay indoors all the time (and never take a bath).

Computers are far from perfect, also. Look up the stats RE GSP-guided drivers turning onto RR tracks or off a pier into the bay. How about bugs/fixes for new platform launches?

 

IMO, self-driving cars are a (hideously expensive) solution looking for a problem.

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What for? Well, for starters you'd have more time to simply relax or work or look around or do some other pleasant activity. Secondly they'd probably be safer by removing you from the ecuation. Let's face it, none of us is a perfect driver and we do all sort of distracting things,

So from a Marketing / Sales stand point. What can we create to fill a need to make money on. Perfect for those that should not be driving or cannot drive we have a self driven auto.

 

Customer:

 

Blind

Narcoleptic

paralyzed

those not wanting to drive for various reasons.

 

So I can see the ideas and reasons for this, yet we also need to do one thing. Acknowledged that Driving is a PRIVILEGE not a RIGHT!

 

Biggest problem to distracted driving is the politicians who have pushed allowing driver license testing to be done in various languages and giving a person who cannot communicate with the local emergency responders / police the ability to drive when they are not prepared.

 

Driving is a PRIVILEGE you EARN!

 

We need tougher drivers training courses which can install the responsibility of not being distracted by cell phones, movies on entertainment systems, etc in an auto. If you do not want to bother with driving or enjoy it, then take the bus, taxi or get a self driving car.

 

Yet before we push self driving auto's out on the public before their time, we really should look at fixing our system on how you learn to drive and the responsibility that comes along with driving.

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Yes. Driving in the city is awful. There's nothing 'fun' about stop-and-go gridlock, or being caught behind a trail of morons who don't see the left-turn signal. Hell, when driving last week, I was one of hundreds of people stuck on an exit because some driver was too intimidated to merge, despite plenty of gaps in traffic flow. 

 

I'd rather spend time reading or enjoying the scenery. 

 

The faster we remove people who want to be removed from driving, the better. Those who still want to drive will enjoy more efficient roads. Win-win. 

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There are 'dangers' all around- look up the stats on bathtub injuries.

Why not stop working & go on the GOv't dole; stay indoors all the time (and never take a bath).

Computers are far from perfect, also. Look up the stats RE GSP-guided drivers turning onto RR tracks or off a pier into the bay. How about bugs/fixes for new platform launches?

 

IMO, self-driving cars are a (hideously expensive) solution looking for a problem.

There are millions of truck drivers (about 3.5 million ) in the US getting paid over a hundred billions of dollars / year. That's a gargantuan cost that's just begging to be cut from the trucking companies' perspective.

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You kids can take the train or the bus if you cannot be bothered with the task of driving.  Keep your nose in your hand held electronic device and stay off the roads.  You are part of the problem.

I'd buy the version that has a bed instead of seats so I can take a nap while being driven to work. If the GF wants to share a ride that could get even more interesting 8)

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There are 'dangers' all around- look up the stats on bathtub injuries.

Why not stop working & go on the GOv't dole; stay indoors all the time (and never take a bath).

Computers are far from perfect, also. Look up the stats RE GSP-guided drivers turning onto RR tracks or off a pier into the bay. How about bugs/fixes for new platform launches?

 

IMO, self-driving cars are a (hideously expensive) solution looking for a problem.

There are millions of truck drivers (about 3.5 million ) in the US getting paid over a hundred billions of dollars / year. That's a gargantuan cost that's just begging to be cut from the trucking companies' perspective.

IMO, all those trucks took from the railroad industry, and that load needs to return to the RRs for economic reasons.

But I can tell you this; while SD cars are one issue, no way would I like SD 80,000 tractor trailers next to me on the highway.

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^ People don't occupy lanes in traffic, cars do. Idiot-proof cars will still plug lanes and the programming merge logarithm will be much more conservative than the typical driver due to lawyer input, so expect collectively longer merge waits, not shorter.  

 

Yes and no.  Since driverless cars will communicate with each other about upcoming actions, the ability to pack more driverless cars in a 'train' will be possible... giving an aerodynamic boost to the fuel economy.

The question will be... will driven cars 'bully' the driverless cars or will the opposite happen? (such as when you need to fight a train of cars to get over to a off-ramp)

I imagine that due to the conservative programming, you will find a lot of drivers disrepectiing driverless cars... i.e., cutting them off, intruding in on buffer space, etc.  It will kind of be like when you are in a racing game with a bunch of AI driven competitors... I can bully them in the corners and they will yield, giving me a better line or making overtaking easier.  (At least in the GRiD series, I know some games' AI don't care about self-preservation and will just plow into you... Gran Turismo 4, I'm looking at you.)

 

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I love how C&G's resident champions of liberties and 'FURRDOMS' are the first to want automated vehicles and young and/or minority people off the roads. Stop being such communazis. 

 

You kids can take the train or the bus if you cannot be bothered with the task of driving.  Keep your nose in your hand held electronic device and stay off the roads.  You are part of the problem.

 
I have good income. Taking transit is not optimal. I want a personal mode of conveyance where I can stretch out, and not have to engage the road. If I want a safe, reliable mode of transport, I should be allowed to buy it. 

 

My owning an automated car doesn't immediately stop you from having the freedom to own a conventional vehicle. If you want a vehicle that lets you transmit your driving errors into the nearest concrete median, be my guest. It's not a zero-sum game.

 
Automated cars have been a dream since the 1920's. For nearly a century, people have wanted to not drive. We're nearly at that stage and you somehow believe it's the fault of 'kids?' That's dumb. 
 
Some people don't like driving as much as you do.  
 
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Driverless cars wouldn't even be on the radar if we had a decent public transportation system..  People who don't want to drive shouldn't be behind the wheel in the first place.

 

This. US needs a good public transportation system. There is honestly no need for automatons running over town. It is the dream of IT guys who see automobiles as the next automation frontier as the industry tries to find new markets.

 

There is a reason why Apple, Microsoft, Google are getting into this array, as car manufacturing is more than a trillion dollar industry. Their expectations and hopes are that the barriers of entry for traditional automakers for automation is higher than their barriers of entry to propulsion.

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