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Obama Proposes $4 Billion Budget For Self-Driving Cars
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Technocrati
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1/20/2016 | 11:43:12 PM
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@NJMike  Agreed.  I would just be happy to get an electric car, much less a driverless one.

This money could be better spent - how aboout roads and infrastructure repair for the cars we have now ?  

Maybe even help the homeless.

Broadway0474
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1/20/2016 | 10:21:23 PM
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Pedro, the more I think about driver-less cars, the more I want one --- just from the standpoint of saved effort. It's the best of both worlds of public transit and personal autos --- you are free to come and go as you please, without having to wait for (always late) public transit, while having all of your mind freed up to do work, rest, read, whatever. Once they take care of this issue with drivered cars on the same road, what other objections to driverless cars are there from a user's standpoint?
PedroGonzales
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1/19/2016 | 6:52:46 PM
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@ Broadway.  I agree. I think an incremental approach will be better because it will allow car manufactures and the government to determine and to learn from them.  Also, they can how these cars are responding to the real world.  I wouldn't want for driverless cars to end up the way of electric cars. Sure it is a cool car and it makes you feel good about the environment, but with gas prices being so low people aren't lined up to get such cars.  Would anybody here be interested in purchasing a driverless car if it was made available, any reasons?
Broadway0474
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1/18/2016 | 12:21:39 AM
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@daniel, I am beginning to wonder if for the sake of initial progress, the proponents of self-driving cars should ease them onto the roadways by NOT initially mixing them with people-driving cars. Maybe turn HOV lanes on highways into self-driving car only lanes? Only allow them on residential 25-mph roads elsewhere? What do you think of this incremental approach? Perhaps slightly impractical, but far less dangerous.
danielcawrey
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1/16/2016 | 4:18:47 PM
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These are really interesting developments for the driverless car industry. While the technology has a ton of promise, my major concern is going to be the mixing of drivers and driverless vehicles. I expect there to be a number of problems in this road environment, specifically dealing with how drivers will react unpredictably versus the technology itself. 
moonwatcher
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1/16/2016 | 9:27:50 AM
$4 Billion US tax dollars for driverless cars
What stupidity! Let freaking Google and Amazon do it on their own if they think people actually WANT such vehicles or they would be economically viable. 

Do you really want to give up control of your car to the government? Do you really want to make it possible for them to kill whoever they want, anytime they want, and call it an accident? 

What about hackers, both foreign and domestic?  There is no legitimate reason for every freaking thing to be connected 24/7/365 to some database for control, monitoring or nefarious purposes.

As far as I can tell, the public isn't clamoring for driverless cars, it is being pushed by those who would want to control us and promote socialism at the same time (they want a model of no one owning cars anymore but rather renting them on the fly). Why spend a single dime of tax money on such a thing?  Let the free market work to either show such things up as being dumb ideas, or if embraced by a paying public, to become reality. 
NJ Mike
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1/15/2016 | 3:20:27 PM
Is that billion with a "B"
I hope our Congress has the intelligence to ignore this proposal and let it just go away.  Let private industry, those who will profit from this technology, foot the bill.  This is a serious chunk of change and we have better uses for it. 

I just don't like the idea of driverless cars, as many of us have seen how bugs in code can be tough to uncover and fix.  It is one thing when an application on your computer crashes, nobody gets hurt (unless you put your fist through the monitor).  If I'm going to be driving around in a vehicle at speeds of anywhere from 25 to 65 mph, I want it controled by a human, and same thing for all the other vehicles around it.


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