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Old 09-08-2014, 05:18 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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"General Motors Co. (GM), the largest U.S. automaker, will introduce a Cadillac model in two years that can travel on the highway without the driver holding the steering wheel or putting a foot on a pedal. The 2017 Cadillac model will feature “Super Cruise” technology that takes control of steering, acceleration and braking at highway speeds of 70 miles per hour or in stop-and-go congested traffic, Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra said yesterday in a speech at the Intelligent Transport System World Congress in Detroit. GM declined to release the name of the model that will carry the feature."

GM to Introduce Hands-Free Driving in Cadillac Model - Bloomberg

Since we all heard about this (self-driving cars) before, the reason it jumped out at me now is how soon it will be available, if you consider that a 2017 model will probably be available in the Fall of 2016. We might actually see one that can self-drive on local roads and not just on the highway, in our lifetime. Do you realize what kind of freedom that will give seniors and the relief it will give to their adult children when seniors are no longer able to drive?

I actually had a bit of a laugh when I saw it was a Cadillac model remembering my youth and the association Cadillacs had with elderly folks back then.
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Old 09-08-2014, 05:43 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Good idea. Many seniors forget they're behind the wheel anyway.
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Old 09-08-2014, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I have zero enthusiasm. There will be problems - teething problems, as with any new technology. The more stuff gets automated, the more problems there are with it. Brave New World, here we come. I am SO glad I will be dead before I am forced to adopt a self-driving car. One of the great pleasures in life - driving - is about to be taken away. It is a tragedy, not a "rescue".
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Old 09-08-2014, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I have zero enthusiasm. There will be problems - teething problems, as with any new technology. The more stuff gets automated, the more problems there are with it. Brave New World, here we come. I am SO glad I will be dead before I am forced to adopt a self-driving car. One of the great pleasures in life - driving - is about to be taken away. It is a tragedy, not a "rescue".
Yes there will be problems but there are problems with all drivers too. The question is which will be safer? In the long run I think the car will be safer
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Old 09-08-2014, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Yes there will be problems but there are problems with all drivers too. The question is which will be safer? In the long run I think the car will be safer

That as they say is the crux of the matter. Cadillac and many of the top end manufactures have many safety features already installed like HUD's and side warning for lane changing or objects coming into view. Mostly they are warning but some are active like those that put brakes on long before you could pick your foot up off the accelerator. I for one hope I will be around to see that and even own one because I remember my mom giving up her car because she didnt feel safe. It would be nice to not have to give up independance when I turn 85 or 90. Yes there are many that still drive at that age but most do not.
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Yes there will be problems but there are problems with all drivers too. The question is which will be safer? In the long run I think the car will be safer
There has to be a benefit for drunk drivers, too. Assuming some of them drive drunk because they don't want to leave their car overnight wherever they were drinking, they'll be able to go home in their own car once the technology includes more than highway driving.
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Sacramento
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I have zero enthusiasm. There will be problems - teething problems, as with any new technology. The more stuff gets automated, the more problems there are with it. Brave New World, here we come. I am SO glad I will be dead before I am forced to adopt a self-driving car. One of the great pleasures in life - driving - is about to be taken away. It is a tragedy, not a "rescue".
I greatly enjoy driving too, but can see this being a significant benefit for a lot of folks who no longer are capable of driving. This gives them a lot more freedom to get around than waiting for public transit.

Hopefully something like this will be optional to engage, much like cruise control in today's vehicles.
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Old 09-08-2014, 11:19 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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I'm not going to trust the company that let people die behind the wheel because of a freaking ignition switch that cost maybe fifty bucks. I'm with ER all the way.

It's like airbags; when they appear in F1 and Nascar then I will be convinced.
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Old 09-08-2014, 11:39 AM
 
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There has to be a benefit for drunk drivers, too. Assuming some of them drive drunk because they don't want to leave their car overnight wherever they were drinking, they'll be able to go home in their own car once the technology includes more than highway driving.

I've heard this on several forums, but self driving cars will not change DUI laws.
There will still be some operator control and if you are drunk, you will be arrested.

P.S. Right now, in most states, you can be arrested for being in a parked vehicle with
the engine turned off. If you are in possession of the key, you are "in control" of the vehicle.
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Old 09-08-2014, 01:22 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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This whole concept of a self-driving car sounds depressing. Many of us enjoy driving. Will we continue to have that option if we prefer?
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