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Self-Driving Cars: 10 More Realistic Names
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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. 
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.
shakeeb
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7/31/2014 | 11:49:32 PM
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@Laurianne – yes the hacking into cars will be a problem soon, I am not sure how car manufacturers will tackle this. 
PedroGonzales
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7/31/2014 | 11:35:09 PM
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I think there are many other issues, as you pointed out, which impact if driveless cars will become reality.  It seems will be a while before they catch on.  I do agree that as computer become greater part of a car, they will be susceptable to computer attacks.
shakeeb
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7/31/2014 | 11:44:43 PM
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@PedroGonzales – Yes if you need to murder someone it's just a matter of hacking into the users car computer system 
Susan_Nunziata
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7/31/2014 | 11:50:57 PM
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@Shakeeb: Watch out if @Pedro suddenly takes out a big life insurance policy on you, my friend...I'll suspect foul play.

;)
PedroGonzales
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8/1/2014 | 10:01:53 AM
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@ susan.  That is really funny.  if that happens you will see me in american scams. oh god.  No thank you, no driveless car for me as well. I will start using public transportation before that happens.
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
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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.
shakeeb
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7/31/2014 | 11:46:44 PM
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@David – Do you think it's a wise decision to send your car to pick up your kids without a human driving it? If it was me I wouldn't want to risk their lives?
David Wagner
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8/1/2014 | 12:34:37 PM
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@Shakeeb- Well, a few things.

1) I trust computers to be better drivers than humans.

2) I trust the school to make sure they get safely in the car.

3) the hours I get back for my life to be a better father when they are home outweigh minor risks. 



I'm sure your opinion as to how dangerous this is depends on how much you trust computers versus people. 
tekedge
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7/31/2014 | 10:33:52 PM
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The size does not matter,in my opinion the risks remain the same.
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.

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.
Susan_Nunziata
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7/31/2014 | 11:47:48 PM
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@H-H: And driverless cars completely freak me out! I mean, cars are practially driverless now with the number of distracted drivers on the roads. But stil...dirverless cars give me the shivers. Maybe part of it is that I actually LIKE to drive, and I don't really get why anyone would want a car that drives itself. Clearly I'm not the target market for these things...
mak63
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8/5/2014 | 11:43:36 PM
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@Susan

I don't really get why anyone would want a car that drives itself. Clearly I'm not the target market for these things...

 I can think of a few scenarios where a driverless car will be useful. How about a student that needs to brush-up before a test, or a business person before a presentation. Me, even though I love to drive, I wouldn't mind a driverless car just to catch-up with the news, read some articles on IW and what not, even read a book.

 
tekedge
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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.
Susan_Nunziata
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7/31/2014 | 11:50:02 PM
Funny & Scary
@Thomas: I'm still giggling over some of your driverless car names, but it never occurred to me in my safe little world that there's a legitimate cause for concern about how these might be turned into weapons. Yikes!

Do you think that concern more than any other will limit the potential for driverless cars to become widely available?
Li Tan
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8/1/2014 | 6:26:41 AM
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In my opinion, all depend on how smart the driverless car is - can it react to emergency situation accordingly? For example here in China, nobody really cares about traffic light. Can self-driving car react properly when there is suddenly someone appearing in front even when the traffic light for car is green? Is the system always reliable?
Thomas Claburn
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8/1/2014 | 12:57:31 PM
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>Do you think that concern more than any other will limit the potential for driverless cars to become widely available?

I think we will gloss over these risks. Then someone will put a suitcase full of explosives into a self-driving car and order it to drive to Times Square or the Pentagon. Then restrictions will be passed and programmers will add routines to make sure there's a live passenger in the car. Then someone will figure out a way to spoof presence. Etc.

I think this will really hit drones more than cars, because a drone + a stick of dynamite will be an irresistable and affordable terror weapon. But cars of course can carry more explosives.


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