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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Mathematician View Post
    My Accord has this feature, which IMHO isn't a high-end car. With the cars monitoring this, notification could be sent to an authority figure through the network for enforcement.
    why would we continue to own private vehicles with this system
    eventually, we could summon the device at will. no need to keep one parked out back waiting for us to use it
    all would need to meet the same performance criteria, other than manifest capacity
    that sameness would facilitate fleet maintenance
    mass transit ... but for the individuals
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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    why would we continue to own private vehicles with this system
    eventually, we could summon the device at will. no need to keep one parked out back waiting for us to use it
    all would need to meet the same performance criteria, other than manifest capacity
    that sameness would facilitate fleet maintenance
    mass transit ... but for the individuals
    The two standard options will be left for the consumer; you can own one or pay per ride.
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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    I really like to drive, it's one of the things I do best!
    I may go over the speed limit, but I have never been in an accident where it's been my fault---I hit a deer once and someone rear-ended me.....but I'm a pretty good driver. And I like being in control. No thanks to a self driving car. Hell why not just get a chauffeur??

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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Biggest problem I see is you hook a car up to a network, and there's the chance it'll be hacked. Other than that, great idea.
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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Biggest problem I see is you hook a car up to a network, and there's the chance it'll be hacked. Other than that, great idea.

    Geeez, that's some **** now!
    People can hack into your computers, but someday, they may be able to hack into your car???!?!!?!?!
    Talk about starting off the day in a bad mood, waking up and find your car hacked into ~LoL~

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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    I really don't like the idea.

    I enjoy driving and I'm damn good at it never getting into an accident in the fourteen years I have been doing it almost everyday that was my fault.

    My biggest problem with it is the only way this could work is if everyone was forced into these kind cars. My other problem with it many would call stupid but they need a GPS unit to work and I'm against the idea of them.

    The hacking problem would also suck now that spud mentioned it. lol

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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by AriesAngel View Post
    I really like to drive, it's one of the things I do best!
    I may go over the speed limit, but I have never been in an accident where it's been my fault---I hit a deer once and someone rear-ended me.....but I'm a pretty good driver. And I like being in control. No thanks to a self driving car. Hell why not just get a chauffeur??
    Yeah but how many wrecks have you caused? Ever look in your rear view mirror?

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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Biggest problem I see is you hook a car up to a network, and there's the chance it'll be hacked. Other than that, great idea.
    You can separate the networked components from the critical driving components. Every modern car already has vital components like the brakes and engine controlled by computers anyway. A lot of modern cars also have networked features like onstar or integrated cell phone capability. However, the networked components are kept separate to prevent hacking from becoming a catastrophe.

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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Mathematician View Post
    As an applied mathematician and computer scientist, I am curious what percentage of the public would accept the conversion from using human-driven automobiles to self-driving automobiles. The necessary technology is clearly realistic. Let's assume, for the sake of simplicity, that the cost will be relatively the same. Here is just an initial list of benefits of my proposal:
    1. Prevention of DUI
    2. Prevention of accidents due to poor driving skills
    3. Prevention of traffic jams
    4. Potential to increase speed limits
    5. Freedom to focus on other things (child, eating, work, etc.)
    6. Auto-navigation

    Some of these even have benefits as a consequence, such as improved fuel efficiency as a result of fewer/no traffic jams. What support or opposition does anyone wish to provide?
    I can think of some reasons to not ban regular automobiles-

    Freedom to drive where ever you want I imagine that in order for that system to work everything has to be preprogramed

    Freedom to drive where ever you want without the government knowing where you are driving because I imagine such a system would require some sort of massive GPS system.

    Extremely costly. There might have to be some sort of satellite tracking system or some imbedded rails to help control where the vehicles go.

    Computer driven cars can be subject to hacking.

    If there is a automobile accident the responsible car owner pays

    If there is a accident then I am sure that the whole system does not have to be stopped to find out what bugged caused it.

    Banning regular automobiles might cause a drop in POV ownership. What would be the point in owning a car you can't drive yourself, you might as well just call a cab take the bus or some other form of public transportation.

    Computer glitches do happen and I would rather trust my life to another person than to a machine.
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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Any thoughts on how this'll change the car industry? Would there still be different models/brands of cars? Or since there'll all automatic, one major mainframe that controls said cars would manufacture such cars? No, I can see one mainframe that controls the cars yet see different car makers who make sure the car "recievers" stand in lockstep with the mainframe that controls said cars.

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