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ChrisMurphy
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7/31/2014 | 10:44:23 AM
Public transportation option
Excellent commentary, Tom. Interesting to think of combining 2 of your points -- that cities need mass transit instead of more cars, and Uber thinking about driverless cars. Could driverless vehicles allow for smaller, more efficient and flexible mass transit options? Something akin to a streetcar without all the infrastructure requirement. A political football, for sure, as it would attack both public sector bus driver jobs and private sector taxi jobs. 
David F. Carr
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7/31/2014 | 11:31:41 AM
Ever since the Model T
Self-driving or not, cars are dangerous and some people have been opposed to them since the early days of the infernal combustion engine and the model T. The introduction of new technologies to cars has often been met with opposition - check out this Mental Floss article:

When the Car Radio Was Introduced, People Freaked Out


If folks in Henry Ford's day had been inclined to modern regulation, with a little forethought to all the traffic fatalities that lay in the future, they never would have let the Model T on the road.

Shane M. O'Neill
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7/31/2014 | 1:31:00 PM
Re: Public transportation option
I could certainly get used to an affordable, driverless car picking me up, whether provided by the city or Uber (whatever's cheaper).

But I just hope companies and governments don't phase out human drivers because they're an expense and then rush to ill-equipped driverless cars. It's not going to happen anytime soon. Smartwatches haven't even caight on yet, nevermind self-driving cars. Drivers of all stripes should be employed for the forseeable future. As this article points out with clarity and humor, self-driving cars have many many flaws. I think i'll be a senior citizen by the time they finally take off. I'll be the ideal customer!
 
Laurianne
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7/31/2014 | 2:13:24 PM
Re: Public transportation option
At the recent MIT CIO sysmposium, I listened as experts discussed, calmly, that there will indeed be accidents where people on sidewalks get run over. The question comes down to acceptable risk, was the group opinion. The truth is human drivers crash into sidewalks, too. But Tom's point about hacking worries me the most, quite honestly.
Hospice_Houngbo
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7/31/2014 | 4:20:28 PM
Re: Ever since the Model T
@David:

"Self-driving or not, cars are dangerous"

That's right! But they are the necessary evils we have learnt to live with. Also people always freak out about new things until they understand the advantage of adopting them.
Thomas Claburn
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7/31/2014 | 4:44:22 PM
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>Something akin to a streetcar without all the infrastructure requirement. 

A bus? The trick is having enough of them that people never have to wait long, lack a seat, or find them filthy. Something to aim for anyway.
ChrisMurphy
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7/31/2014 | 4:57:07 PM
Re: Public transportation option
That's a big difference -- without a driver, you could make them smaller and more frequent. 
Thomas Claburn
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7/31/2014 | 5:22:54 PM
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You just need the AI to wait long enough while the slow-moving octagenarian struggles to board. And not to have the bus hydraulically kneel on someone's foot.
David Wagner
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7/31/2014 | 6:37:29 PM
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Personally, I'm calling them "My Personal Chaffeur."

I can't wait. And I'm willing to put up with some bug to enjoy sending the car to pick up my kids at school without having to leave my house and commute to work while playing Candy Crush.
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7/31/2014 | 10:30:46 PM
Self driving cars
Still not comfortable with the idea of sharing the road with a self driven Car.
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