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Google Self-Driving Cars Get Smarter
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jgherbert
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jgherbert,
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4/30/2014 | 12:36:25 AM
Re: Commuting is a waste of life.

"People will be too busy browsing the Internet, playing games, watching a movie, etc. while relaxing in the vehicle. Commuting is a waste of life."

 

Yes, it is. I think it will be a while though before we relax in these vehicles. As a driver I am often uncomfortable as a passenger because other drivers don't drive the way I do (they make different decisions, move the car differently, have different margins of safety, etc.) Others have said though that letting the car drive itself is a huge control issue. 

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I give,
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4/29/2014 | 9:09:31 PM
How will people be trained to be proper?
Behaving with a degree of propriety has been on the wane for the past several decades.  

I mean would you ever fly in an airlplane that is on autopilot at 30,000 feet?  What are those pilots there for anyway?  The passengers would never stand for it.

Plus, why would anyone want to buy bread made in some factory somewhere when they can do it at home with flour, water, eggs and yeast?  
Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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4/29/2014 | 4:21:38 PM
Re: Food for thought
Re: Lawyers. That's easy, they'll just sue Google. And I see a very lucrative market for expert witnesses who can read logs.
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asksqn,
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4/29/2014 | 4:11:03 PM
Food for thought
The hostility against tech companies in SF aside (due 100% to socio-economic differences) let's imagine a world where self driving cars are the norm.  Just how will the legal industry adapt when there won't be an easy target to blame for fenderbenders.  
NJ Mike
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NJ Mike,
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4/29/2014 | 3:43:09 PM
Re: Do you want self-driving cars on the road with you?
The same older people who can't figure out how to use a cell phone?
RobPreston
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4/29/2014 | 2:37:40 PM
Re: Do you want self-driving cars on the road with you?
Wow, this is really moving from the realm of sci-fi to reality. Jeff Bezos's vision for drones today is where driverless cars were just two years ago: Will never happen. Perceptions change fast as the technology evolves.
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Ariella,
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4/29/2014 | 11:20:25 AM
Re: Do you want self-driving cars on the road with you?
@Drew yes, it would be great for kids or even adults who are nervous about driving.
Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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4/29/2014 | 10:58:44 AM
Re: Do you want self-driving cars on the road with you?
I'm not interested in having a self-driving car, but I imagine my kids might like it. It would be an easy transition from being driven around by parents to being driven around by computer, leaving them free to read, text, space out, whatever.

Also, I could see self-driving cars being popular with older people who might not qualify for a license but still want to get out for Dr. visits, socializing, etc.
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Ariella,
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4/29/2014 | 9:39:04 AM
Re: Do you want self-driving cars on the road with you?
@SaneIT If that's the practice in your area, I'd think the town would want to put up those cameras -- guaranteed revenue! As for self-driving cars, I agree, they would likely be an improvement on many of the drivers currently on the road.
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SaneIT,
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4/29/2014 | 7:38:26 AM
Re: Do you want self-driving cars on the road with you?
Being in Central FL I'm laughing and cringing at the same time.  I remember when I first moved down here and someone freaked out because I moved as soon as the light turned green.  They were afraid that we were going to get hit because "everyone" runs red lights.  I've realized how true this is in some areas now and always give a look before crossing an intersection right after a light change.  I'm of the opinion that some people around here should be forced to buy a robot driven car because they don't belong on the road otherwise.  
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