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Old 05-27-2014, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Google has announce they are producing 100 to 200 self driving cars without steering wheels, brakes or gas pedals.

This could be the equivalent of the very early 1900's for the automobile, or just a concept that never goes anyplace.

However, I'd bet that within the next 10 or so years we may start to actually see some of this technology become part of automobile production. If so, it could be a real boon for elderly folks now dependent upon public transportation.


Google rolling out its own driverless car
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Old 05-27-2014, 10:30 PM
 
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This would be wonderful.

I want one NOW for my father.
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:09 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Cars today, are so expensive to repair as it is, and I can well-imagine when one of these high-tech cars need repairs eventually!
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:18 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Google has announce they are producing 100 to 200 self driving cars without steering wheels, brakes or gas pedals.



Google rolling out its own driverless car
Without them??
Ones with overrides, I'd consider but haven't enough faith/trust in brand new technology for something that important
( admitting to not reading the article)
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:39 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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For seniors with memory impairment, great development. Someone just needs to program in the destination and return points, and we're good to go.
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Old 05-28-2014, 12:52 PM
 
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It would be fantastic if it not only drove itself but if it came when you whistled. That way I could have it pick me up at the front of the store when I was done shopping.
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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For seniors with memory impairment, great development. Someone just needs to program in the destination and return points, and we're good to go.
Yeah but once you get there will you remember why you went there begin with ?
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Old 05-28-2014, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Articles I've read indicate Google continues to make significant progress concerning object recognition and being able to react to changing environments.

They've logged over 700,000 miles now on these prototype vehicles, and though they are limited to 25 MPH they seem to be performing well.

I know this stuff seems odd, without personal controls. However, I suspect that what will actually happen is that within a few years we will see some of the technologies getting into production cars.

I remember back in the 60's and 70's when I was really into cars, that trade offs between gas mileage and power often came up in car magazine testing. I also remember when the safety standards started to be implemented in the early 70's that cars were anticipated to look like battering rams, and that mileage would suffer. It would be inconceivable from that older perspective to see the type of acceleration, safety and gas mileage that we see today.

So I guess that just because something seems a bit odd to us doesn't mean it won't eventually be commonplace.
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Old 05-28-2014, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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seems like too many variables to trust to a machine.
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Old 05-28-2014, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Stephenville, Texas
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Will it swerve to miss a texting teenager coming head on at 90 mph?
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