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Old 08-29-2013, 12:12 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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As for who else is on board, Continental is developing a system too. I can't remember if they're working with VW/Audi or independently.

Audi has indicated it intends to roll out a semi-autonomous system in the 2016 A6 that can function up to 37mph.
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:46 AM
 
Location: Mountain Home, ID
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I have mixed feelings about driverless vehicles. On one hand, machines have much better perception (especially at night) and reaction times than humans. You never have to worry about them driving drunk or making bad judgement calls on stopping for red lights. On the other hand, people will have to maintain the systems and make sure they work.

I enjoy the process of getting somewhere more than actual driving. When I'm on a road trip I hate driving because I have to pay more attention to the road in front of me than looking at the beautiful scenery.
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Old 08-30-2013, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Here
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A Ride in the Semi-Autonomous Leaf - Popular Mechanics
Good test drive with a semi-autonomous Leaf. Good criticism as well.
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:06 PM
 
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I like to drive, so a self-driving car does not appeal to me.

Still, that is the direction the world is going, like it or not. The gen Y'ers generally have little passion for driving, see cars in the same light as washing machines and will raise their kids likewise.

In another 15-20 years drivers will become as rare as manual transmissions today, and will probably thought of as something only old people do... if people are allowed to drive on public streets at all.

Give it another 50 years and drivers will be as rare as horse coachmen. Driving itself is doomed to become just a hobby.

Though I am likely not contribute to the thread enough to satisfy OP's high requirements, but Chango, you tripped me to locate the right buyers for those cars:


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Old 08-30-2013, 07:08 PM
 
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Btw, what's wgfo? I can figure f o = foock off, but WG? With grace?
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:03 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Tx
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BMW was working on a system (easily 20 years ago) that required you drive a route once. After that, the car could travel the route including traffic lights on its own.
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:17 AM
 
Location: MN
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The ideal car would be you could drive it yourself and then be able to switch it to auto drive. The first to do that would rake in all the sales and $$$$
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:43 AM
 
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I'd love a car that could stay in the same lane on highways and regulate distance from other cars easily. Would make driving long distances much less fatiguing. Think of it as an autopilot.
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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The ideal car would be you could drive it yourself and then be able to switch it to auto drive. The first to do that would rake in all the sales and $$$$
To the best of my knowledge the systems in development can be enabled or disabled at will by the driver.
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Old 08-31-2013, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I don't know, I don't find this appealing at all. What happens when the technology fails? Plus the more cars "drive for themselves" you will have even more disengaged drivers than you do now who would not know how to react in the slightest emergency.
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