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Here is an article regarding technology that might allow us, within a fairly near future to have self driving cars. These cars would recognise routes you've already taken and be able to replicate them, and the car would drive itself. 

 

What do you think? 

 

Would you feel safe in a car that was driving itself? 



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Pretty sure I saw these on Top Gear a few years ago. I dunno, a lot of people would prefer just to drive themselves. Nice feeling of control.



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Pretty sure I saw these on Top Gear a few years ago. I dunno, a lot of people would prefer just to drive themselves. Nice feeling of control.

 

With these the driver can regain control by simply tapping the break pedal. 

 

So do you think it's gimmicky? 



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This scares me, People would become incredibly lazy if this was the norm in the future. Granted, It's safe but The next generation would be less and less responsible and would probably end up like those fat people on Wall-E.


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I like driving, having a computer do it seems boring. 



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I like driving, having a computer do it seems boring. 

 

This seemed to be one of the main arguments. Lots of people get a lot of pleasure from driving... 



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Well yeah, why not? It would reduce crashes, drunk driving and you would be able to do something else while driving, sleep for example. But still it doesn't remove the facts I hate about cars, pollution and laziness.


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Well yeah, why not? It would reduce crashes, drunk driving and you would be able to do something else while driving, sleep for example. But still it doesn't remove the facts I hate about cars, pollution and laziness.

 

You're not allowed to sleep! The driver still has to be alert in case they need to take control of the vehicle. It would still be illegal to be negligent behind the wheel. 



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You're not allowed to sleep! The driver still has to be alert in case they need to take control of the vehicle. It would still be illegal to be negligent behind the wheel. 

Whoops, didn't read the article! I read one before that envisaged all of the cars to be fully automatic, not even wheels and they'd do 300 km/h. In that case it would do. :lol:



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I saw one on youtube once. There was that near blind man and a car sponsored by Google.



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That could be a really good reason for these cars. Get those who are less able out and about. 



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I like driving too much to give my car over to a computer. If I want a self-driving car, I'd just hire a limo driver. :)
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I'd rather drive with me making the decisions.



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I wouldn't feel safe in a car that drove itself, no matter how safe it was. It seems like a bit of a pointless idea really, other than helping out people who aren't able to drive otherwise. But I guess it'd be worth it for that.



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If the technology was sufficiently developed to adapt to traffic, it'd actually be a lot safer to have computers to the driving instead of more flawed humans. But I can also see many people enjoying driving who wouldn't or would rarely use it, and on the other hand it would let lots of people get lazy with driving and their driving skills would deteriorate because they don't practice driving very often anymore. Not to mention the bigger danger of a driver falling asleep because he doesn't have to actively do anything, just sit and pay attention. 

 

Plus the car almost literally taking the wheel is kind of an unsettling thought because we are so used to controlling our own cars, even if for example planes are flown almost completely by autopilot a lot of the times. 



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Here is an article regarding technology that might allow us, within a fairly near future to have self driving cars. These cars would recognise routes you've already taken and be able to replicate them, and the car would drive itself. 

 

What do you think? 

 

Would you feel safe in a car that was driving itself? 

Putting on my systems engineer hat (I do this for a living, y'know) -- one thing that's always in the front of my mind when I'm building anything new is weighing the likelihood of a catastrophic failure against the cost if the failure occurs, and against the cost of engineering to reduce the failure risk to an "acceptable" level.  Yeah, I'm a geek, so sue me.  geek.gif  Anyway, with all of this in mind, a self-driving car using today's technology? Given the high risk of serious property damage and death when something goes wrong and a bunch of vehicles going 60+ MPH slam into each other?  We know what happens when this kind of thing happens with human-controlled cars.  Now we're seriously thinking about handing this off to some bug-ridden computer system?  Bad, bad, bad, BAD idea. :pinch:



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/has irrational fear of computers taking over and crashing one into another.
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I think it wouldn't be the smartest idea, because if you still have to pay attention to the road in case an accident is about to happen, you might as well just be driving.



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I'd enjoy it. I love driving, but if this became the norm in the future I'd feel much safer. That would mean basic rules like USING THE FUCKING TURN SIGNAL would be relevant to every one. Or staying one car distance away, no speeding past in the right lane. Tons of rules that almost wreck me daily because I actually drive according to the rules of the road, whereas my peers just willy nilly fucking turn their car -__-



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The world is getting lazy 



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I think it wouldn't be the smartest idea, because if you still have to pay attention to the road in case an accident is about to happen, you might as well just be driving.

 

This was my point when we debated it on the radio. If you have to seem like your driving, the only thing you're not doing is putting your hands on the steering wheel, basically. Big deal. 



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We know what happens when this kind of thing happens with human-controlled cars.  Now we're seriously thinking about handing this off to some bug-ridden computer system?  Bad, bad, bad, BAD idea. :pinch:

^This. Bad enough we have sat navs that think rivers are streets, what if you're car accidentally drives you into one? :o We're passive enough as it is I think, this would just make it worse.

 

It just sounds like it would turn out like some sort of sci fi movie where the cars turn on their owners etc. :ermm: (Not that would actually happen but you know what I mean, hopefully)



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Seems pretty pointless and also not very safe. Besides I already think automatic gearboxes are cheating, this seems way too far :lol:



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But you'd still have to take control of the car again at traffic lights etc, right? You might as well just drive all by yourself, then. I see way too many holes and problems with a car that drives itself.



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Aself-driving car would be a dream come true for me.

 

I hate driving and I don't like cars.



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But you'd still have to take control of the car again at traffic lights etc, right? You might as well just drive all by yourself, then. I see way too many holes and problems with a car that drives itself.

 

I don't know. If it can recognise signal changes...? :/ Seems a bit risky for my liking. 



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I don't know. If it can recognise signal changes...? :/ Seems a bit risky for my liking. 

My point exactly.

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You could run over someone you hated and then blame it on the car! 


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theoretically, it's brilliant, it can help disabled people have more independence as such but it's no where near being ready for full use...

 

Driving is an adaptive act, and right now no technology can cope quick enough to deal with that. If you're letting the car be in control, you're more likely not to be concentrating and then not ready to interfere when necessary... And as said, it'd just be an excuse to drive as you please and then blame the car. 

 

Imo, it's a concept car, and, like the muscle powered car, great concept, but lacks practicality when it comes down to us. 


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Too dangerous.

 

Also, I love driving too much to let the car do it without me.





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