autonomous cars - the future of motoring is driverless

Discussion in 'transport' started by roryer, Jun 13, 2014.

  1. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    Looks really cool. Much more interesting than F1
     
  2. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    I'll stick to watching robots race. Oh, thats thats what it is!
     
  3. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    I see google have had a bump with a bus which isn't bad considering the miles they have done. The insurance claim could have been interesting had it not been corporate.
     
  4. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    They should get a move on and deploy these things already. They clearly have a better track record than humans on safe driving - save for one or two minor collisions which will no doubt be analysed for improvement tweaks.
     
  5. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    It's going to make crossing the road so much easier :D
     
  6. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

  7. 8115

    8115 sitting down is bad for you

    This is on the radio again now, what a load of shit. I've been on a car I didn't have to drive already today, it's called a bus. Classic case of solving a problem people didn't know they had.
     
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  8. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Different solutions for different problems.

    Public buses suit a purpose and are fine for people on budgets in big cities with limited parking and dense traffic.

    Outside of cities, the lack of a car is a pain. For those who don't or can't drive, a driverless car makes total sense. I'm thinking old people mainly, but there's also disabled people, young people, incapacitated people, tired people. Not to mention people who just fucking hate the stress of driving and would like to kick back and let something else take over.
     
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  9. 8115

    8115 sitting down is bad for you

    I like driving. I guess the potential to dramatically reduce accidents is one thing going for it.
     
  10. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    God yes. A four hour car drive with two small children in the back fills me with dread. But if the familty could sit down face to face and just relax while the robot got us there? Sign me right up.
     
  11. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Also, we can live out our Knight Rider fantasies and pretend we're Michael Knight on a mission in our driverless black Pontiac Trans Am... er. ahem.
     
  12. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    I like driving also, but if in the future there was the possibility to switch from manual, human driver mode, to auto mode and have my vehicle drive me home when I was tired, I might go for it.
     
  13. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    I know of many elderly people who struggle to operate a cordless phone. They would never cope with operating a driver less car. Someone would have to do it for them.
     
  14. kabbes

    kabbes "A top 400 poster"

    Depends how complex it is. It could potentially be as simple as using your voice to tell it where to go.
     
  15. NoXion

    NoXion It's been 600 years...

    Personally I think the stereotype of the technologically clueless oldsters is becoming increasingly baseless. It certainly will become so in the near future.
     
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  16. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    By the time autonomous cars become ubiquitous, 'the elderly' will be familiar with the internet like never before. If it doesn't get a move on, they might even be - gasp - you!
     
  17. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank We kill the flame

    Will driverless Audis come with software that accurately mimics the driving behaviour of a complete and utter shitcunt?
     
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  18. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    I'm not convinced by the elderly arguement; some are very able and many are less than able, especially as arthritis or something like parkinsons sets in.
     
  19. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Erm, home james, hic :)
     
  20. BigTom

    BigTom Well-Known Member

    They would be even less able to drive a car though. Some who can't drive (eg poor eyesight) will be able to use autonomous cars, I doubt anyone who couldn't use an autonomous car fur the kind of reasons you've stated would be able to drive a manual car.
     
  21. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

  22. Cid

    Cid 慢慢走

    How surprising that news of progress should come from an area where major savings could be made by eliminating drivers. I look forward to driverless vehicles really, but the predictable operation of capital is always somewhat depressing.
     
  23. gosub

    gosub ~#

  24. NoXion

    NoXion It's been 600 years...

    The operator of the vehicle, obviously. Which in this case would be the company.
     
  25. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

  26. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    For now.
     
  27. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    For a very long time yet.
     
  28. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

  29. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Yep, this was mentioned earlier in the thread.

    Would you get into a machine that has been programmed to kill you under certain circumstances?

    Don't think so. It doesn't matter that the stats would point to you still being less likely to crash/die. Because in spite of stats, every single person that gets behind the wheel of a car thinks it won't happen to them, crashes are something that happens to other people.
     
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  30. Chilli.s

    Chilli.s changed the little words

    Lets face it, its impossible. People wont drive at speed limits anyway so they sure aint gonna sit in cars tootling along at 20mph wachin all the non automated wizz past them.
     

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