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Old 06-10-2014, 10:12 PM
 
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And all the fools who have to dial and text and put on makeup can do so without endangering the rest of us.
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Old 06-25-2014, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Nescopeck, Penna.
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The Mom of a friend of mine was watching Katie Couric's TV "potboiler" today, and some bouncy-gushy supposed "expert" was predicting commercial production of self-driving vehicles "in five years".

Five years --- really?????????????????

Now I don't doubt that five years from now, there will have been some more progress. maybe enough for a true "pilot program", but under carefully-controlled conditions.

But that's a far cry from the expectations Ms. Couric is building among her tea-time audience. The problem isn't the technical gadgets and software itself -- the problem is one of adapting them to the millions of miles of lightly-used road (much of it poorly maintained), and sparsely settled areas that will have a hard time justifying the programming and related expenses. Setting up a nationwide self-driving network would make building the interstate system, or the cable and cellular network. seem like an afternoon in the sandbox by comparison

To paraphrase Sir Walter Scott

Oh what a tangled web they weave; when the facts don't match what we perceive.

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Old 07-02-2014, 07:16 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Something like 50000 people die in car accidents a year. People suck at driving. This will be a great life saving new technology. I'm sure insurance companies will fight it for as long as they can, because we won't need accident insurance any longer. Also cops and lawyers and judges stand to lose a ton of money, no more traffic court, no speeding tickets.
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Old 07-03-2014, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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I saw this video so I had to post it as the technology is here now!

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Old 07-03-2014, 04:15 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Something like 50000 people die in car accidents a year. People suck at driving. This will be a great life saving new technology. I'm sure insurance companies will fight it for as long as they can, because we won't need accident insurance any longer. Also cops and lawyers and judges stand to lose a ton of money, no more traffic court, no speeding tickets.
Actually the number is closer to 30000, half as a result of being drunk/drugged.

http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812034.pdf
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Old 08-02-2014, 01:56 AM
 
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It is a good idea to make robots, who can drive as a human. I have no doubt on technology, I think everything is possible when it comes to technology and science. Recently I know about a bulb which have a voice recognition device and it can switch when you say vocca switch light, I am impressed by it. If I'll ever have the option then I'll select a robot car drive.
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