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Old 09-08-2014, 01:38 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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This whole concept of a self-driving car sounds depressing.
Sounds scarey to me.

If every single car on the road is not self-driving, could I really trust the car I am in to slam on the brakes or swerve if needed?

No.
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Old 09-08-2014, 01:40 PM
 
Location: SC
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I can see the cars piling up already...

All it will take is one person to fall asleep behind the wheel because the "car can handle the driving" and when that car comes to a halt on the road and there is no one alert, will the car just sit there or will it pull over to the side of the road? Suppose it is nigh-time? How long before someone comes out of the dark and slams into that car? And then more after that?

This would be excellent technology IF ALL CARS WERE REQUIRED TO HAVE IT. Until then, is is a recipe for disaster.
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Old 09-08-2014, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Kendall County, TX
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A self-driving car is all fine and dandy ... until the driver next to you cuts you off, forcing your Caddy to brake very abruptly. Both you and the newspaper you were reading, are now soaked with coffee/Big Gulp.

It's a great idea, but I would expect the technology to come from Europe and be tested there first ... not a US automaker (especially not GM).
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Old 09-08-2014, 05:08 PM
 
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One of the first slots I foresee it filling is being the mandatory first car for teenagers. We lose many every year on the back roads. Most because they don't wear seat belts and lose control, ending up in a roll over.
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Old 09-08-2014, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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I can see the cars piling up already...

All it will take is one person to fall asleep behind the wheel because the "car can handle the driving" and when that car comes to a halt on the road and there is no one alert, will the car just sit there or will it pull over to the side of the road? Suppose it is nigh-time? How long before someone comes out of the dark and slams into that car? And then more after that?

This would be excellent technology IF ALL CARS WERE REQUIRED TO HAVE IT. Until then, is is a recipe for disaster.
Excellent, I absolutely agree.
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Old 09-08-2014, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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A self-driving car is all fine and dandy ... until the driver next to you cuts you off, forcing your Caddy to brake very abruptly. Both you and the newspaper you were reading, are now soaked with coffee/Big Gulp.

It's a great idea, but I would expect the technology to come from Europe and be tested there first ... not a US automaker (especially not GM).
So will everyone be reading, texting, watching TV, and who knows what else while the robot car is whizzing them from one place to another?
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Old 09-08-2014, 05:44 PM
 
Location: SC
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One of the first slots I foresee it filling is being the mandatory first car for teenagers. We lose many every year on the back roads. Most because they don't wear seat belts and lose control, ending up in a roll over.
To be effective for teenagers, you will have to be sure they can't turn the system off. Unfortunately, that would also mean that they never really learn how to drive.
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Old 09-08-2014, 05:47 PM
 
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If all cars are going to be automated (and it will happen no matter how loud we yell) it won't matter in the long run.
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Old 09-08-2014, 06:06 PM
 
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So today I had my Android cellphone on navigate. Without warning the phone suddenly rebooted itself and navigation stopped working. Makes me wonder what might happen with a driverless car relying on technology which is full of computer bugs and potential viruses. I understand on a recent test, a driverless car went the wrong direction on a one way street.
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Old 09-08-2014, 07:08 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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So today I had my Android cellphone on navigate. Without warning the phone suddenly rebooted itself and navigation stopped working. Makes me wonder what might happen with a driverless car relying on technology which is full of computer bugs and potential viruses. I understand on a recent test, a driverless car went the wrong direction on a one way street.
Yep. Exactly what I was thinking.

Plus, like ESCORT RIDER, I like to drive.

My main concern, though, has to do with anything that automated and dependent on cells/chips. I have had too many weird things happen with my computers, smart phones, iPad, etc . . . heck, even the microwave caught on fire b/c of a bad motherboard.

A former dishwasher would randomly change to various cycles because of a bad motherboard -- and cut off (and refuse to start).
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