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Old 07-01-2014, 10:48 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Originally Posted by eschaton View Post
My thinking is basically the main reason why parents don't trust their kids with their own cars (and often buy them a "beater") is because teens are usually horrible drivers for the first couple years, and are highly likely to wreck their cars. Self-driving cars eliminate this risk, since no matter who is in the car, it would drive identically.

Of course, teens could use the car to get to wherever they want, which could theoretically worry parents, but keep in mind parents would have two strategies here.

1. They could actually program in a list of "approved locations" that they'll let the car take their child. I'd see this being what parents would generally do with tweens and younger teens.
2. All self-driving cars would have GPS, so parents could always go back and see the ride history of their children and make sure they weren't going anywhere they weren't supposed to.
Get back to us when your kids are driving age.

You have way too much faith in these "self-driving cars" if you think there will never be another auto accident again once society goes all driverless.
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Old 07-01-2014, 11:38 PM
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There will still be accidents as long as a system is designed by humans. But with an automated systems, there is less chance for human error. In most systems that have been patched and coded correctly, they tend to work more efficiently and without nearly as many errors. Automated systems also have a quicker reaction time than humans, which would be great in cars.

If these cars can lower the number of drunk driving accidents on the roads, then I would consider self-driving cars a success. Too many people think that they are good enough to drive, and end up killing themselves and others. An automated car may be able to stop those mistakes.
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Old 07-01-2014, 11:42 PM
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Originally Posted by jetgraphics View Post
IMHO - the automobile will go into steep decline in the coming decades.
Too expensive, too wasteful, and subsidizing it is too much a burden.
Barring a technological breakthrough (i.e. vacuum tube mag-lev trains), good ole steel wheel on steel rail will become the dominant form of land transportation.
You can't beat the laws of Physics.
Rail has a 20:1 advantage over tire on pavement.
Rail isn't going to catch on by then. It's still too spotty to be reliable, and by the time it even looks like it will be a legitimate source of transportation, airlines will either find a way to slow it down, or entice customers with better airfares and routes.

Anyone can beat the laws of physics if you throw enough money at it.
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