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vnewman2
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5/20/2016 | 6:25:46 PM
Re: What happens if...?
@jastroff: Are you serious?
jastroff
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jastroff,
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5/20/2016 | 5:56:19 PM
Re: What happens if...?
Not to worry. Google just announced they want to make the front of the cars stickey, so if you get hit by a car, you literally STICK to the front of it, and don't get thrown.

Well, that's out-of-the-box thinking with some merit. But I hope the car doesn't hit a wall, or another car...you would be a human sandwich
jastroff
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5/20/2016 | 5:53:53 PM
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Great point

>> this job sounds both boring and incredibly dangerous all at once.
Michelle
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5/20/2016 | 5:52:38 PM
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I'm really curious about the working conditions for these drivers/testers. I assume they will have a test plan to run during each shift. I wonder how Google intends to keep testers engaged during the whole shift. This job sounds both boring and incredibly dangerous all at once.
vnewman2
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5/20/2016 | 1:03:42 PM
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And, of course, as we all know, no matter how much testing/reporting/feedback is completed before making this available to the masses - something Google never expected WILL happen.  It's just a matter of time.
jastroff
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5/20/2016 | 9:54:51 AM
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This is all a very interesting line of development, but without datapoints and other evidence, it's really impossible to predict timelines. 

There is an economic argument as well; unless self-driving cars are very cheap, people who still can only afford high mileage used cars, you know, people with less money than the middle class, will keep driving those for some time. 

>> At some point not far from now, traditional driving schools will cease to exist simply because there will not be market for their service.

 

I suspect not in your lifetime or mine.

>> New drivers will not be interested in traditional drving, unless they do it as a hobby,

Do you have consumer surveys on this? Would like to see them.

>> Most new drivers will have self-driving cars.

Haven't seen one prediction that says this.

When the technology fails, do people still have to know how to park? Break? Pass on the left? 

What is clear is that with state and federal laws, insurance issues, and technology issues, the adoption curve here is long, and will be implemented in some places and not others. Further complicating the issues is a mix of regaulr and self-driving vehicles sharing roadways, something that may limit where self-driving cars can safely operate.
Susan Fourtané
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5/20/2016 | 6:55:06 AM
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NIck, car safety depends on these test drivers. If they are not going to do their job lives could be compromised in the future, accidents might occur because some test drivers were napping and reading instead of noting car behavior on the road. They have some responsibility there. If they want to nap and read they should not apply for the job. It would be irresponsible. -Susan
Susan Fourtané
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5/20/2016 | 6:43:47 AM
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Whoopty, I don't think listening to podcasts when the only thing you actually have to do is sitting there paying attention to how the car performs, and most likely taking notes to later on fill out the reports is in place. How much would you expect the pay to be if $20/hour seems low to you? -Susan
Susan Fourtané
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5/20/2016 | 6:37:04 AM
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jastroff, <"Also, will driving schools which teach traditional driving soon have to add instruction in "driverless driving"? This is a new market requiring new skills."> At some point not far from now, traditional driving schools will cease to exist simply because there will not be market for their service. New drivers will not be interested in traditional drving, unless they do it as a hobby, and something to experience a retro way of interacting with a vehicle. Most new drivers will have self-driving cars. So, driving schools and driving instructors will have to change their line of work, just as so many others. Or, maybe having old-driving skills will be a requirement even if you own a self-driving car, just in case you have to take control of the vehicle. -Susan
Shed_Dweller
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5/19/2016 | 11:56:48 PM
$20 per hr and must have a degree?
They are only paying $20 per hour and the applicants must be degree qualified graduates..

Who will flip the burgers at McDs for 12 months, if Google steals all their arts graduates..?

 
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