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(Yahoo)   The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 can drive itself, while you relax in veal-soft leather seats   (autos.yahoo.com ) divider line
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2013-07-15 08:33:41 PM  
Corinthian leather, amirite?
 
2013-07-15 08:39:23 PM  
It's ugly but ill take one.   Hate driving anymore.
 
2013-07-15 08:44:03 PM  
After reading this article...:
i3.kym-cdn.com

/I'll take two of 'em.
//Hot.
 
2013-07-15 08:45:48 PM  
Does it also feature automatic parallel parking, bumper proximity alerts, and a warning if it senses you falling asleep at the wheel?  Learning how to drive is for the unmoneyed riff-raff.
 
2013-07-15 08:45:58 PM  

Fubegra: Corinthian leather, amirite?


25.media.tumblr.com

/And we're done...
 
2013-07-15 08:46:47 PM  
Can't wait for self-driving cars.  Will be one of the biggest quality of life tech achievements of the century.
 
2013-07-15 08:48:14 PM  
Could you get someone who didn't major in abuse of the English language to write an article on the car?
 
2013-07-15 08:50:29 PM  
Good. That means the flying car I was promised should be here soon.
 
2013-07-15 08:54:04 PM  
Yaaaaay!!!  Now we just have to wait 5 or 6 years for this to trickle down into the more plebeian cars I might one day be able to afford...

I cannot wait.  At the very least I hope to have one of these before I'm to the "scenic drive through the farmer's market" stage.
 
2013-07-15 08:56:14 PM  
Is that real leather or Mercedes leather?
 
2013-07-15 09:02:37 PM  

JosephFinn: Is that real leather or Mercedes leather?


Blasphemy
 
2013-07-15 09:03:09 PM  
BSOD takes on an immediate and chilling intimacy.
 
2013-07-15 09:11:50 PM  

TheSwizz: After reading this article...:
[i3.kym-cdn.com image 268x268]


Yeah, no kidding. Thanks for clicking on our article, viewer! You came for information? Bwhahaha. We shall now drive you away (*) with unnecessarily prolix verbiage and incomprehensible vocabulary thingies! What, are you still here? WALL OF TEXT TO FOLLOW.

* see what I did there
 
2013-07-15 09:15:36 PM  

plcow: Can't wait for self-driving cars.  Will be one of the biggest quality of life tech achievements of the century.


They're already here, more or less.  There's several semi-regular autonomous vehicle competitions, including the DARPA Grand Challenge, and we aren't talking about simple competitions where it's just "drive down the block".  The 2004 and 2005 DARPA challenges were 150 mile courses over rough terrain in the Mojave Desert, full of switchbacks and hard turns and bouncy dirt roads and whatnot.  The 2007 challenge was an Urban test complete with simulated traffic, streetlights, turn signals, and other insanity.  In all of those the majority of the vehicles completed the challenge without significant error.

At this point it's just a matter of getting the operating tech below the workable price threshold while still being reliable and durable.  The methods are there - object recognition, laser profile mapping, thermal imaging, so on - and they are established.  At this point it's just a matter of getting the tech down to a size and cost that works for a passenger vehicle.

That... and getting the law to catch up with technology yet again.  Oh, and getting people over the part where their car is making judgement calls.
 
2013-07-15 09:16:14 PM  

Precision Boobery: Does it also feature automatic parallel parking, bumper proximity alerts, and a warning if it senses you falling asleep at the wheel?  Learning how to drive is for the unmoneyed riff-raff.


Yes,

But I can't believe that they said that little about a SELF-DRIVING car.  It is one of the greatest technological achievements of this century and the first thing they did was turn it off.  They need to stop taking these cars to the car buffs as they care nothing about this.  Bring it to a regular driver who will love every second of not being behind the wheel.
 
2013-07-15 09:22:36 PM  

Fubegra: Corinthian leather, amirite?


Corinth is famous for its leather!
 
2013-07-15 09:39:46 PM  

plcow: Can't wait for self-driving cars.  Will be one of the biggest quality of life tech achievements of the century.


Fark that.  Give me beaming technology.
 
2013-07-15 09:49:10 PM  
Too bad it's in a Mercedes.

True story: One of my coworkers drove one of his Mercedes (he has three) to work today. The air conditioner mysteriously stopped working when he went to lunch (it's in the upper 90's in DC this week, so that's bad). He called the dealer and they literally told him to leave his lights on and drain his battery all the way down, then have someone jump start him and that would fix it. He was skeptical and googled it, and his findings corroborated what the mechanic told him. I told him that sounded dumb, and he should just pull the battery cable instead of potentially damaging his battery. Turns out the battery is under one of the seats in the car, and not so easy to get at.

W
T
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If I ever have the money to blow on a vanity car, I'll make sure it's a BMW.
 
2013-07-15 09:56:19 PM  
A new self-driving Mercedes you say?

patdollard.com

Just don't piss off the CIA.
 
2013-07-15 10:00:46 PM  

mongbiohazard: Turns out the battery is under one of the seats in the car, and not so easy to get at.

W
T
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If I ever have the money to blow on a vanity car, I'll make sure it's a BMW.


BMW batteries are in the trunk, just FYI
 
2013-07-15 10:23:08 PM  

Thisbymaster: Precision Boobery: Does it also feature automatic parallel parking, bumper proximity alerts, and a warning if it senses you falling asleep at the wheel?  Learning how to drive is for the unmoneyed riff-raff.

Yes,

But I can't believe that they said that little about a SELF-DRIVING car.  It is one of the greatest technological achievements of this century and the first thing they did was turn it off.  They need to stop taking these cars to the car buffs as they care nothing about this.  Bring it to a regular driver who will love every second of not being behind the wheel.


Every detail in your statement is completely wrong. If your mind let you type what you just did your disconnection from reality is total and complete. You hate the act of driving, and call yourself a driver. It's like Ralphie May calling himself a marathon runner.
 
2013-07-15 10:48:15 PM  

Mytch: Could you get someone who didn't major in abuse of the English language to write an article on the car?


This.

Good Lord, that was painful to read.
 
2013-07-15 10:55:52 PM  
Can it slice bread?
 
2013-07-15 11:17:52 PM  

yukichigai: plcow: Can't wait for self-driving cars.  Will be one of the biggest quality of life tech achievements of the century.

They're already here, more or less.  There's several semi-regular autonomous vehicle competitions, including the DARPA Grand Challenge, and we aren't talking about simple competitions where it's just "drive down the block".  The 2004 and 2005 DARPA challenges were 150 mile courses over rough terrain in the Mojave Desert, full of switchbacks and hard turns and bouncy dirt roads and whatnot.  The 2007 challenge was an Urban test complete with simulated traffic, streetlights, turn signals, and other insanity.  In all of those the majority of the vehicles completed the challenge without significant error.

At this point it's just a matter of getting the operating tech below the workable price threshold while still being reliable and durable.  The methods are there - object recognition, laser profile mapping, thermal imaging, so on - and they are established.  At this point it's just a matter of getting the tech down to a size and cost that works for a passenger vehicle.

That... and getting the law to catch up with technology yet again.  Oh, and getting people over the part where their car is making judgement calls.


When the law does catch up, what do you think will happen when a cop missuses their improperly calibrated radar gun and pulls one of these over for 'speeding'?
 
2013-07-15 11:21:00 PM  
Contrariness until the finality of literary punctuation - defined indubitably, yet thoroughly through inferred frantic grammatical expression - expedited within the arthritic mind of this reader the feeling to punch every Mercedes owner in the tit.
 
2013-07-16 12:10:29 AM  
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 can drive itself, while you somebody with enough money to buy one relaxes in veal-soft leather seats

ftfys
 
2013-07-16 12:45:14 AM  
No thanks I'll wait for the Google version. It will be free, but it can only take you to businesses that advertise with Google, and an unmarked van will follow you around at all times.
 
2013-07-16 02:36:08 AM  

yukichigai: plcow: Can't wait for self-driving cars.  Will be one of the biggest quality of life tech achievements of the century.

They're already here, more or less.  There's several semi-regular autonomous vehicle competitions, including the DARPA Grand Challenge, and we aren't talking about simple competitions where it's just "drive down the block".  The 2004 and 2005 DARPA challenges were 150 mile courses over rough terrain in the Mojave Desert, full of switchbacks and hard turns and bouncy dirt roads and whatnot.  The 2007 challenge was an Urban test complete with simulated traffic, streetlights, turn signals, and other insanity.  In all of those the majority of the vehicles completed the challenge without significant error.

At this point it's just a matter of getting the operating tech below the workable price threshold while still being reliable and durable.  The methods are there - object recognition, laser profile mapping, thermal imaging, so on - and they are established.  At this point it's just a matter of getting the tech down to a size and cost that works for a passenger vehicle.

That... and getting the law to catch up with technology yet again.  Oh, and getting people over the part where their car is making judgement calls.


IIRC, the biggest hurdle right now is a legal one. Google's self-driving cars are already pretty economical (the retrofit for a Prius or Lexus SUV is less than the cost of the car). Surely in mass production, the extra cost is akin to say, premium trims.

Even the need for that giant camera up top is being circumvented with some of the new research.

However, it is still mostly illegal to have one in most states unless you get a special permit. Even though in all relevant metrics, self-driving cars are way safer than people, there's still an irrational fear and also a complication of liability. Who do you blame in an accident in that 0.001% of cases where the self-driving car actually crashes? Google? Toyota? The owner?
 
2013-07-16 08:38:07 AM  
Even if given the costs, if self-driven cars live up their claims the government would be better off subsidizing them to get them within everyone's reach.  Less traffic through court, far fewer incidents requiring emergency aid, far fewer medical expenses, etc.  Though I wouldn't expect to see them in the US until half of Europe and the Pacific Rim are already using them.
 
2013-07-16 09:26:15 AM  

gozar_the_destroyer: yukichigai: plcow: Can't wait for self-driving cars.  Will be one of the biggest quality of life tech achievements of the century.

They're already here, more or less.  There's several semi-regular autonomous vehicle competitions, including the DARPA Grand Challenge, and we aren't talking about simple competitions where it's just "drive down the block".  The 2004 and 2005 DARPA challenges were 150 mile courses over rough terrain in the Mojave Desert, full of switchbacks and hard turns and bouncy dirt roads and whatnot.  The 2007 challenge was an Urban test complete with simulated traffic, streetlights, turn signals, and other insanity.  In all of those the majority of the vehicles completed the challenge without significant error.

At this point it's just a matter of getting the operating tech below the workable price threshold while still being reliable and durable.  The methods are there - object recognition, laser profile mapping, thermal imaging, so on - and they are established.  At this point it's just a matter of getting the tech down to a size and cost that works for a passenger vehicle.

That... and getting the law to catch up with technology yet again.  Oh, and getting people over the part where their car is making judgement calls.

When the law does catch up, what do you think will happen when a cop missuses their improperly calibrated radar gun and pulls one of these over for 'speeding'?


I'm pretty sure that if a car is using computers and sensors to navigate, it will have a detailed and accurate digital log of everywhere it has been, and the velocity at any given time.  From there it is just a matter of convincing a judge that the sensors and computers in the car (both of which have human lives dependent on them) are more accurate than a cop with a radar gun.
 
2013-07-16 10:23:37 AM  
smooth as a veal cutlet?
 
2013-07-16 10:27:35 AM  
EngSoc: Cutting the balls off of everything.

Will it chew my food too?
 
2013-07-16 11:57:05 AM  
Well the 2012 model helps you drive home drunk ...
It has the option to slow you down when approaching an object in front of you to fast ...
It has lane assist for when you fall asleep at the wheel ... it keeps you in between the lines pretty well ... or when you think it will keep you centered you can let go of the wheel.

Not that I am speaking from experience ... my close friend has this car ... yeah.
 
2013-07-16 12:08:33 PM  

mongbiohazard: Too bad it's in a Mercedes.
 I told him that sounded dumb, and he should just pull the battery cable instead of potentially damaging his battery. Turns out the battery is under one of the seats in the car, and not so easy to get at.


If the battery is difficult to access, how did he jump it after?
 
2013-07-16 05:39:16 PM  
One of the things that should be implemented to reduce problems is have the car drive schedule itself / drive itself to it's own maintenance appointments.  This would be a part of the contract for using the self driving mechanism and would help ensure (hopefully) against mechanical failures causing problems.

I only say it needs to schedule it itself because I suck at remembering to do those sorts of things for my car.
 
2013-07-16 05:42:20 PM  

imgod2u: Who do you blame in an accident in that 0.001% of cases where the self-driving car actually crashes? Google? Toyota? The owner?


Why don't we use the same process we do for other crashes of complex and highly automated vehicles -- call the NTSB and let them assign blame and make recommendations for changes in design, programming and operating procedures to help avoid similar failures in the future.
 
2013-07-16 05:51:12 PM  

gozar_the_destroyer: When the law does catch up, what do you think will happen when a cop missuses their improperly calibrated radar gun and pulls one of these over for 'speeding'?


A) What makes you think the car will let you speed (or that "speed limit" will be a useful concept in automated cars)?
B) Why would I pay a human cop to do a computer's job? If you press the "I want to speed" button the car rolls d20 and registers you for a ticket automatically if the roll beats your stealth rating. The state gets the same revenue and they no longer have to pay traffic cops.
 
2013-07-17 12:53:24 AM  

animal900: If the battery is difficult to access, how did he jump it after?


Cars with weird battery locations (like the 1993 5-series, which had the battery under the rear seat) have jumping posts located under the hood, where you'd expect the battery to be.
 
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