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7/31/2014
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Thomas Claburn
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Self-Driving Cars: 10 More Realistic Names

The UK wants to ready its roads for self-driving cars. But "self-driving car" overstates what these machines can do -- and omits possible dangers.

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mak63
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8/5/2014 | 11:43:36 PM
Re: Ever since the Model T
@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.

 
Thomas Claburn
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8/1/2014 | 12:57:31 PM
Re: Funny & Scary
>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.
David Wagner
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8/1/2014 | 12:34:37 PM
Re: Public transportation option
@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. 
PedroGonzales
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8/1/2014 | 10:01:53 AM
Re: Public transportation option
@ 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.
Li Tan
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8/1/2014 | 6:26:41 AM
Re: Funny & Scary
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?
Susan_Nunziata
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7/31/2014 | 11:50:57 PM
Re: Public transportation option
@Shakeeb: Watch out if @Pedro suddenly takes out a big life insurance policy on you, my friend...I'll suspect foul play.

;)
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?
shakeeb
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7/31/2014 | 11:49:32 PM
Re: Public transportation option
@Laurianne – yes the hacking into cars will be a problem soon, I am not sure how car manufacturers will tackle this. 
Susan_Nunziata
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7/31/2014 | 11:47:48 PM
Re: Ever since the Model T
@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...
shakeeb
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7/31/2014 | 11:46:44 PM
Re: Public transportation option
@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?
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