Driverless cars are coming!

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  1. Jimbo69ny

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    Exactly! Really, if I were designing them, I wouldn't even put seats in. Small, self-driving, light, cheap, unsafe, carts would be ideal for picking up groceries and other errands, and have the benefit of saving all the time normally spent driving. Send 'the car' out to pick up beer. Send 'the car' to the post office. And the roads become safer as well, since these things would be designed with all crumple zones, no passenger to protect, so protect everything else instead. Meanwhile since it is doing all the cargo hauling, passenger cars could be optimized for moving people efficiently and safely.
     
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    Wait till it gets into an accident and someone gets hurt.
     
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    The article says they have logged 300,000 miles and not one accident.
     
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    cntrl/alt/delete should fix it
     
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    It is pretty clear where liability lies when a self-driving car is at fault in an accident. Would the insurance on a self-driving car thus be much lower? Since Toyota or Google will be the defendant in the court case.

    Around here, a large number of items on the police report are people driving with a suspended license. These are drivers who are so bad that they have had their license revoked, but still need to get to work, so drive anyways. Imagine if we could just require that they have a self-driving car instead. If the concept works at all, these cars will be better drivers than the absolute worst drivers (sort of, by definition). So we would all be safer by cutting off the tail of the bell curve of drivers.
     
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    Just pointing out that Google's test driverless car is a Prius.
     
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    Added a link to two videos in the first post. I gotta say, it would be a little nerve racking sitting in that test car as it drove itself.
     
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    Google has at least eight test cars (other sources say a dozen) and most are Prius.
     
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    Starting with a Prius makes a lot of sense. You are starting with a drive-by-wire system and just adding automation. Imagine trying to do the same with a 1970s vintage manual transmission, mechanical linkage car.
     
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    glad it's google. if it was microsoft, there would be a crash every day.:p
     
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    I'm sure the whole reason Google is doing this, is to track you and where you're going your car to serve you better advertising, possibly on the road and one of their driverless rolling billboards LOL
     
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    Considering that some of them are already operating driverless, it's just another incremental step. :)
     
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    This should go in the News section.
     
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    Im sure there will be purists like many of us who actually enjoy driving. Yet I for one would love to be able to be in the passenger seat reading the news paper while my car drives me to work. Some day the time may come that this is a possibility. Google is such an amazing company! I cant believe they are going to be the ones to forge the way for this awesome technology!
     
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    and you won't get cited for having an open bottle in your car:D
     
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    yez?
     
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    and don't forget......you can text and ride without being cited too!:coffee:
     
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