First Ground Up Driverless Vehicle To Be On Road in 2015

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  1. Dec 23, 2014 #1 of 663
    Drucifer

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    yosoyellobo

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    I would sign up tomorrow if Google assume most of the responsibility in the form of insurance.
     
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    satcrazy

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    Great...
    This makes everyone a backseat driver?
     
  4. Dec 26, 2014 #4 of 663
    Drucifer

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    I'm fine with that as I enjoy looking out the windows.
     
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    I have never been able to read in a moving vehicle so I hope I could watch movies otherwise it be sleeping and listening to music.
     
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    Laxguy

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    Maybe I'm too much of a control freak, but I don't see myself using it even when/if/as it becomes widespread.

    Funny- I initially read "ground-up" as in going through one of those huge metal shredding machines.
     
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    Why would this vehicle be ground up? Well I guess there is one reason because the design is so ugly. Only thing to do is to grind this vehicle up.


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    Put one of those out on I-95 at rush hour and it will be sure to be "ground up" on the road by a semi in no time.
     
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    It would be interesting to see how they are planing to deal with drivers road rage and unruly drivers.
     
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    Stewart Vernon

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    They could program a road-rage mode where the computer will respond with tailgating maneuvers and other antagonistic behaviors to make the human drivers feel comfortable. They could also build outward facing displays into the windows so images of the computer flipping people off can be displayed as well :)
     
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    From Dictionary.com:

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    I'm not comfortable with the concept of an autonomous car, which as near as I can tell means "subject to its own laws" and "not subject to control from outside", you know, sort of "functioning as an independent organism." But then again, I have been accused of being paranoid about some technology.
     
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    Honestly, I'm more comfortable with the car driving itself than distracted drivers and such.
     
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    Tom Robertson

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    Google's statistics have been phenomenal. Some multiple millions of miles driven and something like 20 accidents--all the fault of the other driver. (Most of them where the google car was rear-ended or side hit.)

    I'm ready--sign me up too. :)

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    Drucifer

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    For most of my driving I would like the vehicle to do the driving.
     
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    Drucifer

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    I read somewhere, that there is a tractor-trailer now being tested on real roads.
     
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    James Long

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    Previous driverless vehicles have been conversions ... take an existing car and equip it with special controls. That car (and others) are designed to be driverless from the day they are first assembled. Not conversions.
     
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    inkahauts

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    You know they've had se driving cars for many years in movies and such. And they have often needed track marks and such in roads to make then work in scifi movies. But in reality they won't need anything at all to be done to our exsist get roads. Kinda crazy when you think about it really.
     
  20. Oct 15, 2015 #20 of 663
    phrelin

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    I'm ok with a car "driving itself" in the sense that means we get auto braking, accelerating and decelerating based on conditions, self-parking, and steering a pre-established track. But when tech folks start talking about an "autonomous" car I think of...

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    ... which gives me a moment's pause. [​IMG]

    The discussion here turned to who is going to regulate those "autonomous" vehicles which branched out into insurance based on an article about what a European manufacturer wants from American government.

    What I see is the auto industry aligning itself with the tech industry to lobby Congress to take "on-the-road" regulations away from the states. Among other things owners now obtain liability insurance for their cars and are ultimately liable. If a self-driving algorithm fails perhaps the federal safety standards will lead to a recall but I would hate to depend on getting money out of an auto manufacturer's insurer as regulated by Congress.

    As I have said many times, I may be paranoid but that doesn't mean they aren't out to get me. In this case we have an executive from Volvo, a European company and maker of Mack Trucks, on behalf of the auto industry floating the idea that America is at risk of losing its lead position because "car makers face inconsistent rules from state to state, which makes it harder to roll out their technology."

    What I hope is that the use of the word "autonomous" was just a language problem, but forgive me if I am suspicious of multi-national corporations with $$$$ in their eyes fantasizing about their technology.

    And I won't even get into what information the tracking systems will feed directly to government agencies or your friendly neighborhood car dealer. And then, of course, there is what hackers will do followed by the "we've fixed the problem" a day or two late. We've already seen the "oops" situation in current American car computer technology.
     

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