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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    It's potentially too easily controlled by the government. Want to stop a protest at City Hall? Make it so that nobody can get there.


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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    It's potentially too easily controlled by the government. Want to stop a protest at City Hall? Make it so that nobody can get there.
    We can implement it with a balance of private sector and government similar to the transportation currently in place.
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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Mathematician View Post
    Under what circumstances would you want/need to do so?
    A certain percentage of people will always want to be "away from it all" - out in the sticks - if these still exist in the year 2100. To have an automatic car and road will be non-feasible.....in the year 21000 ??? a different story.

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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    I fear that a move to self-driving automobiles will be like a honey-pot for hackers and those with some hacking skills who are intent on causing accidents. If someone with bad intent gains control of either a centralized system or other people's decentralized cars, then all hell will break loose. What do you have in mind to maintain system integrity?
    I think the most practical system would be to keep control of the vehicle on the local machine, but coordinate traffic shaping on the network. So our car is driving along and wants to get off at the next exit. It informs the herd, and the car on the right says it will reduce speed to create a gap to change lanes. However, the car on the right has been infected by the malicious hacker and maintains speed. Our car prepares to switch lanes by checking with a sensor sweep before attempting a maneuver. If an obstacle is detected, the car won't budge regardless of what the network says.
    Hackers could probably cause traffic jams, but accidents could be minimized.

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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    It's potentially too easily controlled by the government. Want to stop a protest at City Hall? Make it so that nobody can get there.
    Who says the government can't do that already? It isn't exactly difficult to set up roadblocks.

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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?
    It will go great up till the first several hundred car pile up.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    It will go great up till the first several hundred car pile up.
    The damage sounds similar to one plane crash.

    Comparing the expected probability of such an accident to that of an accident now, you can still reasonably expect fewer lives lost overall.
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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Mathematician View Post
    The damage sounds similar to one plane crash.

    Comparing the expected probability of such an accident to that of an accident now, you can still reasonably expect fewer lives lost overall.
    Perhaps with refinement. But in the end, computers don't beat humans.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    A certain percentage of people will always want to be "away from it all" - out in the sticks - if these still exist in the year 2100. To have an automatic car and road will be non-feasible.....in the year 21000 ??? a different story.
    probably take a while to establish in remote locales
    but for hi traffic areas, this is the future
    no need to own a vehicle
    call for one to pick you up and pay per ride ... a taxi drone
    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 Ikari View Post
    Perhaps with refinement. But in the end, computers don't beat humans.
    Tell that to IBM's Watson...
    "With me everything turns into mathematics."
    "It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well."
    "It is truth very certain that, when it is not in one's power to determine what is true, we ought to follow what is more probable." -- Rene Descartes

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