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Old 12-20-2013, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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I have a friend who test drives for a car magazine, and was recently driving a car in Michigan. He said with all the snow and all the tracks made in the snow that the lane departure warning was going nuts. This got me thinking about how self driving cars would work in northern states in the winter. I'm sure a system like this would be used on such cars. Would sever weather conditions like snow make it that these cars wouldn't be able to function by them selves?
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Old 12-20-2013, 01:38 PM
 
Location: U.S.A.
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We have already touched on self driving cars extensively in another thread. The problem you mention is one of thousands for which there currently is no solution. The stamp of approval for self driving cars is several decades out. Much more work left for the onboard tech. and a hell of a lot of road infrastructure needs to be designed and implemented to provide an information network for safe and efficient traffic flow. Anything short of that will make self driving vehicles more inherently dangerous than conventional vehicles already are. Many of you will here will not live to see the day, is my guess.
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Old 12-20-2013, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Here
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I have a friend who test drives for a car magazine, and was recently driving a car in Michigan. He said with all the snow and all the tracks made in the snow that the lane departure warning was going nuts. This got me thinking about how self driving cars would work in northern states in the winter. I'm sure a system like this would be used on such cars. Would sever weather conditions like snow make it that these cars wouldn't be able to function by them selves?
Lane departure relies on road markings and also only operates at certain speeds.

self-driving cars may rely on these, but also rely on technologies designed to communicate with other vehicles, infrastructure on the road, mapping, and other technologies. I assure you they wouldn't be put on the road if they were more dangerous than vehicles today, considering how tightly regulated safety has become and is becoming.



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We have already touched on self driving cars extensively in another thread. The problem you mention is one of thousands for which there currently is no solution. The stamp of approval for self driving cars is several decades out. Much more work left for the onboard tech. and a hell of a lot of road infrastructure needs to be designed and implemented to provide an information network for safe and efficient traffic flow. Anything short of that will make self driving vehicles more inherently dangerous than conventional vehicles already are. Many of you will here will not live to see the day, is my guess.
I'm late 20s and I envision that self driving vehicles will be legal and commonplace within 30 years of now. Hopefully city-data is still here so I can say "hah, in yo' face!" Of course, at the same time, I'll be crying inside, as I prefer driving myself lol.



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One thing I do see as being a problem is IF and that's a big IF there are accidents, they will be highlighted and blasted throughout media and people will of course overreact, despite looking at the facts and statistics that will show the trend downwards on accidents and crash injuries/fatalities that self-driving will usher in.
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Old 12-20-2013, 06:31 PM
 
Location: U.S.A.
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I'm late 20s and I envision that self driving vehicles will be legal and commonplace within 30 years of now. Hopefully city-data is still here so I can say "hah, in yo' face!" Of course, at the same time, I'll be crying inside, as I prefer driving myself lol.
LOL... I suspect that you will be here to say that, yes. I will be here as well to say I wasn't referring to your age group. From my observations most of the users here are mid 40s and beyond. I envision anywhere from 30 to 50 years if it happens at all. Our federal and state governments have lot of other BS they need to sort out before they start revamping our road infrastructures, especially if there is no financial gain.
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Old 12-20-2013, 07:01 PM
 
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Humans can barely drive cars, especially in snow, and we want them to drive themselves?
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Old 12-20-2013, 07:02 PM
 
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We have already touched on self driving cars extensively in another thread. The problem you mention is one of thousands for which there currently is no solution. The stamp of approval for self driving cars is several decades out. Much more work left for the onboard tech. and a hell of a lot of road infrastructure needs to be designed and implemented to provide an information network for safe and efficient traffic flow. Anything short of that will make self driving vehicles more inherently dangerous than conventional vehicles already are. Many of you will here will not live to see the day, is my guess.

Lux, we did. It's only about 7 years away. Not decades.

The Leaf drove on Japanís Sagami Expressway in Kanagawa prefecture, southwest of Tokyo. Nissan vice chairman Toshiyuki Shiga and the prefectureís Governor, Yuji Kuroiwa, rode in the car during the test, which marked a major step toward Nissanís goal of selling self-driving cars to consumers by 2020.

Nissan Sets Goal of Introducing First Self-Driving Cars by 2020 - Bloomberg

And it was around for such a long time. Amazing..

In 1953, RCA Labs successfully built a miniature car that was guided and contolled by wires that were laid in a pattern on a laboratory floor. The system sparked the imagination of Leland M. Hancock, traffic engineer in the Nebraska Department of Roads, and of his director, L. N. Ress, state engineer. The decision was made to experiment with the system in actual highway installations. In 1958, a full size system was successfully demonstrated by RCA Labs and the State of Nebraska on a 400-foot strip of public highway just outside Lincoln, Neb.

Autonomous car - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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