Driverless cars: The solution to traffic problems


By tovarichpeter   Follow   Fri, 16 Nov 2012, 8:26pm   548 views   6 comments
In South San Francisco CA 94080   Watch (0)   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/11/16/will-driverless-cars-dominate-our-future/

Sent from my iPad

Viewing Comments 1-6 of 6     Last »     See most liked comments

  1. Bellingham Bill


    Follow
    Befriend
    75 threads
    3,160 comments
    Bellingham, WA

    1   8:29pm Fri 16 Nov 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike  

    yup. Gonna be awesome and save us TONS of energy, time, you name it.

    Well, except freedom on the road. Gonna lose all of that, unfortunately.

    Combined with an RV it would offer the rather odd mode of travelling overnight as needed and generally only daycamping.

    Then again, an 8hr slog is pretty far for an RV, whilst sleeping or no.

  2. APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch


    Follow
    Befriend (27)
    394 threads
    10,818 comments

    2   3:35am Sat 17 Nov 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike  

    This is a great idea!

    If the car drives itself, you're free to drink and shoot at the other cars!

  3. zzyzzx


    Follow
    Befriend (10)
    803 threads
    6,880 comments
    Baltimore, MD

    3   3:01pm Sun 18 Nov 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    I wonder how this driverless car will do in the snow.

  4. curious2


    Follow
    Befriend (4)
    115 threads
    4,345 comments

    4   3:18pm Sun 18 Nov 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    zzyzzx says

    how this driverless car will do in the snow.

    Good question - it's a significant issue, and will require further development. I think autonomous cars will be a huge advance for many reasons, but so far the testing has been in ideal climates like Silicon Valley. They've made amazing progress dealing with traffic and road signs, but they still need to clear some hurdles including snow and construction. There may be a transition period, where the first autonomous cars may require the driver to take over in some circumstances, until further breakthroughs enable the software to deal with those conditions.

  5. Kevin


    Follow
    Befriend
    41 threads
    2,655 comments

    5   4:36pm Sun 18 Nov 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    Bellingham Bill says

    yup. Gonna be awesome and save us TONS of energy, time, you name it.

    Well, except freedom on the road. Gonna lose all of that, unfortunately.

    Combined with an RV it would offer the rather odd mode of travelling overnight as needed and generally only daycamping.

    Then again, an 8hr slog is pretty far for an RV, whilst sleeping or no.

    You don't have to lose freedom.

    The most basic, likely to appear in the next 5 years step in driverless cars are highway autopilot modes. That's more or less what the leading developments are pointing to today.

    Eventually we'll see the 'autopilot' stuff expanded to be allowed on city streets as driving improves, but an override will remain.

    Maybe in 20 or 30 years we'll see cars without any manual controls at all, but I'm doubtful. Even if the tech is a proven success, far too many people are paranoid about not having control.

  6. thomaswong.1986


    Follow
    Befriend
    27 threads
    6,131 comments

    6   7:53pm Mon 19 Nov 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    Kevin says

    Maybe in 20 or 30 years we'll see cars without any manual controls at all, but I'm doubtful. Even if the tech is a proven success, far too many people are paranoid about not having control.

    or it might go for some other product / service...

    as was the case of the refrigerator....

    John Gorrie, an American doctor from Florida, invented the first mechanical refrigeration unit in 1841—based on Evans' original invention to make ice in—to cool air for yellow fever patients.

    Our original intentions regarding product innovation is not so clear throughout history...

tovarichpeter is moderator of this thread.

Email

Username

Watch comments by email
Home   Tips and Tricks   Questions or suggestions? Mail p@patrick.net   Thank you for your kind donations

Page took 58 milliseconds to create.