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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Sure as hell don't. Never been in an accident that wasn't my fault either. Nor have I had a speeding ticket in nearly 20 years.

    Computers are great, there's a lot you can do with them. Over reliance on them will not bring us to a better place, however.
    Are you against the commercial planes that essentially fly themselves? Pilots are there to make sure if something goes wrong they can correct it, same can be done with cars. There are VERY few instances of those failing as far as I know. Only one that I can remember hearing about and that was Air France and even then we aren't sure what happened. That same route has been flown hundreds of thousands times since then with no serious problems.

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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Mathematician View Post
    I think you're forgetting that it's not just you who can kill you on the road right now.
    Im very much aware of that...

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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Sure as hell don't. Never been in an accident that wasn't my fault either. Nor have I had a speeding ticket in nearly 20 years.
    Unfortunately for you and everyone else, you aren't the only driver on the road...and if you count yourself among the 80% of people who think they're a better-than-average driver, chances are your driving skills aren't as good as you think they are anyway.

    Computers are great, there's a lot you can do with them. Over reliance on them will not bring us to a better place, however.
    You keep repeating this claim and have not provided any explanation why this is so.
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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    I was just thinking about this yesterday.

    I was making a left turn and the water department had torn up half the street.

    How would a self driven car handle that situation?

    I had to drive on the wrong side to get around the construction.

    I don't think you can replace a human thinking driver.

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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    I was just thinking about this yesterday.

    I was making a left turn and the water department had torn up half the street.

    How would a self driven car handle that situation?

    I had to drive on the wrong side to get around the construction.

    I don't think you can replace a human thinking driver.
    Similar to how GPS can stay up-to-date on the current traffic status, anything which requires detours (some or all lanes) would not be hard to maintain within the navigation network system. This includes construction, accidents, etc.

    This will also let several types of workers do more productive work. There'd be no more construction workers standing there holding the slow/stop sign. This would also drastically reduce the attention cops would devote to the road. No more focus on speeding, DUI, reckless driving, or other traffic violations would be necessary.
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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    I was just thinking about this yesterday.

    I was making a left turn and the water department had torn up half the street.

    How would a self driven car handle that situation?

    I had to drive on the wrong side to get around the construction.

    I don't think you can replace a human thinking driver.
    Actually it would handle the situation fairly well. Any self driving car would include video cameras to view the environment around it (360 degrees) the computer would visually pick up the torn up road and should stop.

    Darpa I believe has a competition for self driving vehicles and put a large number in a town like environment some did rather well, others not so much. The technology is quite a few years away (10), and I doubt it will be introduced in the US firsr (to litigation happy)
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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    Actually it would handle the situation fairly well. Any self driving car would include video cameras to view the environment around it (360 degrees) the computer would visually pick up the torn up road and should stop.
    What would happen, though, if there was a trap designed to look like a normal road, maybe a large crater/hole with an asphalt-colored tarp covering it.

    I wonder if the car would be effective in detecting and detouring in that scenario.
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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by David D. View Post
    What would happen, though, if there was a trap designed to look like a normal road, maybe a large crater/hole with an asphalt-colored tarp covering it.

    I wonder if the car would be effective in detecting and detouring in that scenario.
    What would happen to a normal driver in such a situation. A driver paying partial attention would suffer the same fate would they not
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    Re: Self-driving automobiles

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Unfortunately for you and everyone else, you aren't the only driver on the road...and if you count yourself among the 80% of people who think they're a better-than-average driver, chances are your driving skills aren't as good as you think they are anyway.



    You keep repeating this claim and have not provided any explanation why this is so.
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