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Old 09-17-2014, 09:12 AM
 
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Don't know what model car you rented but ca 2014 backup cameras are seriously superior to rear-view mirrors. So much so that they should be mandatory if they're not already.
My 2009 car doesn't have a backup camera, DH's 2015 model does and it's the feature I most envy.
All new cars sold in the US must have a backup camera in them by 2018.
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:59 AM
 
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I agree. I have a backup cam and the screen it displays on is a very small tv size 8" diameter. It does not mean I disregard the three other mirrors in the car. It just actually allows me to fully enter backwards to a parking spot and not hitting the wall, tree, car, cement car stop, or other hazard getting to within inches if I desire.

As for the complete dependance on a driverless car it will be a few years yet. Understand that this is still in development. Let's say for the sake of argument 10 years hence that you are faced with the very real possiblility of having to give up your independence to drive or given the resource to purchase your independence I for one would choose the latter. It is especially important to anyone that lives in a small city with limitted public transportation and would have to depend on friend or the expensive alternative of taxis and cabs. This would be to get to and from the market or church or a favorite haunt. Most of that would be local. Should you desire to travel a greater distance then of course you would not want to depend on that.
Why not? If a car can get you around town it can get you to an interstate, and that driving is easier than city traffic. There's no reason a map for the city you are traveling to won't be as accurate as the one you live in.
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Old 09-17-2014, 10:04 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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This control freak, worry-wart sensible driver who is aware that mirrors don't cover blind spots has never even trusted his rear-view mirror, or side mirrors, and imagine the horrified look on my face behind the wheel of one of these high-tech cars!!!
Fixed that for ya' ...
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Old 09-17-2014, 10:08 AM
 
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Back up camera + small child behind car = child not run over.

Very simple equation.
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Old 09-17-2014, 10:09 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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I don't think I'd completely rely on any "self-driving" car, the same way I wouldn't step onto an "automatic-pilot" aircraft that didn't also have a competent pilot aboard.

When I'm old and driving gets more difficult, having a "self-driving" car might extend the length of time I feel safe driving. But at some point I will no longer be a 'competent pilot' of even a "self-driving" car and at that point I hope I'll have sense enough to give it up.
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Old 09-17-2014, 10:12 AM
 
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I don't think I'd completely rely on any "self-driving" car, the same way I wouldn't step onto an "automatic-pilot" aircraft that didn't also have a competent pilot aboard.

When I'm old and driving gets more difficult, having a "self-driving" car might extend the length of time I feel safe driving. But at some point I will no longer be a 'competent pilot' of even a "self-driving" car and at that point I hope I'll have sense enough to give it up.
I hope that by the time I'm that old the technology will be reliable enough that it can be trusted.
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Old 09-17-2014, 12:09 PM
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Location: Hudson Valley, NY
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I'd be happy if they develop a car that prevents some of our senior citizens in town from turning left in the traffic circles.
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Old 09-18-2014, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Hiding from Antifa?
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Bah Humbug. I'll ride a skateboard before driving one of these techie toys. I like to be and feel in control, and my now nearly ten year old automobile, deliberately chosen at the time for it's lack of so called features which I considered useless and unnecessary, does NOT have any of the following:
Gps.
Cruise control.
Power windows.
Power remote keyless door locks.
Power or heated seats.
Power sunroof.
Power anything not mentioned.
Add to the list, resale value.
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Old 09-18-2014, 06:23 AM
 
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I prefer my hands on the wheel.
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