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Google's Self-Driving Cars Have No Steering Wheel
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ChrisBrazendale
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5/28/2014 | 4:57:59 PM
Looks terrible
If that's the future of transport you can keep it. And based on some bad experiences I have had with GPS - they are hardly infallible - I can see lots of problems. It kind of makes sense, in that google seems to want to make cars as awful as their software!
TeaPartyCitizen
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5/28/2014 | 5:09:13 PM
Those that kill
Old people, teenagers and alcoholics kill on the road. With self driving cars these dangers will go away. 
anon8414999999
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5/28/2014 | 5:38:47 PM
What about winter driving?
Hah... Unless these things can accuratly calculate a patch of black ice in the winter, or know exactly what do do if you hit a patch of ice either down hill or uphill, they will be completely useless. Nothing trumps a well trained driver when it comes to winter driving. I should know. I've been driving in Alaska for over 10 years. 
JimP906
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5/28/2014 | 5:40:33 PM
Goog's self driving cars
Wow! Sharpe lookin car!

HAHAHAHAHA

she...at
SpocktheCuriousBovine
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5/28/2014 | 5:50:55 PM
City Driving?
I will never want to give up a quiet drive in the country or down a seaside winding road...but if these cars get me downtown while allowing me to catch-up on email or digest an interesting read...GREAT!


My concern is 'avoidance'....How about a circumstance where someone driving 20KmH over the speed limit - blows away a late amber or red light.  Are these units better than humans for being aware of *that* type of threat?   I ask because I have avoided several such accidents over the years....mainly by having *NO* faith in stoplights for stopping aggresive drivers from pushing limits well into the danger zone.

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ChrisMurphy
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5/28/2014 | 5:51:13 PM
Self Driving
This looks like bad news for cab drivers, more than bad news for drivers in general. it's perfect for congested metro areas. Uber meets Zip.  
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5/28/2014 | 7:42:24 PM
Re: City Driving?
@Spock they'll need programming in defensive driving. At least there's no concern about drunk, drowsy, or otherwise incapacited driving for these cars. 
Thomas Claburn
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5/28/2014 | 7:43:01 PM
Re: What about winter driving?
I expect Google's self-driving cars to follow the Segway hype cycle. In other words, they'll remain a niche commodity for decades to come.
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5/29/2014 | 7:27:22 AM
Re: What about winter driving?
I can see them becoming very attractive for ride sharing and for taxi services but I also see traditional taxi services fighting them all way to production.  Ride sharing is becoming popular in urban areas where parking comes at a premium and most things are within walking distance but people want a car to use on weekends or longer trips.  Since the cars are street legal and you won't be running people over on the sidewalks I can see them selling better than the Segway.  They are a progression of a current technology that people are comfortable with so it's not quite the same.   If the price was right I would buy one just for my commute so that I could work in the car or catch a nap on the way home.
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5/29/2014 | 8:30:17 AM
Legal Conundrum
The only way this would be safe is if all vehicles are self driving. That is going to require government fiat to require it, can you say obamacar?  Who is going to be held responsible when my obamacar runs over my neighbors 3 year old, running into the street to get their toy? Doesn't matter how good the sensor system is, you can't avoid the laws of physics.
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