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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    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
    Maps installed are what topologists call path connected. If you choose a particular set of coordinates on the map which correspond to a valid destination then you can get there. This will actually allow us to prevent things like that person who accidentally set it to drive instead of reverse and drove smash into the convenience store.

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    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.
    You're already traceable if you carry a cell phone.

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    Extremely costly. There might have to be some sort of satellite tracking system or some imbedded rails to help control where the vehicles go.
    Like any technology, it will be costly initially but will drop drastically in price within a short period of time.

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    Computer driven cars can be subject to hacking.
    People seem overly concerned about this. There are several preventative measures. As rathi has already pointed out, the navigation system and control system will be separate computer systems.

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    If there is a automobile accident the responsible car owner pays
    I visualize this system as somewhat similar to a cell-phone service and insurance company combined. You've got a company to make sure you have service, combined with insuring the service they provide.

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    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.
    The plan is to have rescue clauses within the code so that other vehicles know how to avoid the accident and creating another.

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    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.
    There are many reasons to still own one. Just like the difference between a POV and a cab, you won't have to pay a mileage fee if you own it. You also won't have to wait for it to arrive for you to get on the road.

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Computer glitches do happen and I would rather trust my life to another person than to a machine.
    The human brain also has potential for glitches, especially the ones due to drinking or aging.
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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
    Where would people keep their wallets?

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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??
    I bet the deer would say it was your fault.

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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    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.
    If you get a call when you half way to work that your kid got violently ill at school, how do you quickly take over and get to where you need to go.

    I think the combination of computer and human interaction is too much to risk.

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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    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.
    If this happens, how will a middle aged man show his cock is bigger than the next guys?

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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    If this happens, how will a middle aged man show his cock is bigger than the next guys?
    ......what?

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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    ......what?
    If everybody has the same type of car, what will the middle aged man drive? Right now he buys a red Corvette. Do you know what I mean now?

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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    I'm not keen on driving, I feel better like a passenger. So, it would be good if some robot can do the driving for me. However, before that we need to get rid of the internal combustion engine and power the vehicles with wireless electricity or battery or something like that. First things first.

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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    Where would people keep their wallets?
    by then there will be no wallets
    all you will require is a slender smart card
    we are negotiating about dividing a pizza and in the meantime israel is eating it
    once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed

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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?
    Is this going to be like the Prieus, where the car costs far more then what you save over years?

    I'm not buying a new 50K car. Sell me a conversion kit for around 2K I can put in my existing vehicle.

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