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(Reuters)   German auto parts manufacturer now working with Google to create cars that can get into horrific accidents without the need for human intervention   (in.reuters.com) divider line 14
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2013-08-22 09:45:59 AM  
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2013-08-22 10:09:09 AM  
What possible use would there be for self driving cars? If you don't want to drive, take a damn cab/bus.
 
2013-08-22 10:09:33 AM  

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I watched a minivan drive straight into an intersection today in the through lane, slam on his brakes, and make a sudden, hard left turn nearly into the passenger side of the car in front of me which was turning left through the intersection.

That guy had to go into the left lane of the road he was turning onto to avoid the minivan which caused him to cut off a guy who was trying to use that lane. He then had to come back into the original lane he wanted in front of me so I had to slow down for him which slowed traffic into the intersection and trapped two cars in it as the light turned.

At the next turn, the idiot in the minivan turned right onto a four-lane road. He initially turned "mostly" into the left lane, then cut the SAME GUY off by suddenly veering hard into the right lane. Again without any warning. The guy in the car he cut off AGAIN had to swerve, this time in front of me in the left lane and I had to slam on my brakes. I nearly got rear-ended. As I got close to the minivan I looked over to yell at him and the asshole had his face buried in a phone.

This is what I consider a pretty normal commute to work.

I really find it very hard to believe computer-driven cars could possibly be worse than what we currently have.
 
2013-08-22 10:54:46 AM  

ReapTheChaos: What possible use would there be for self driving cars? If you don't want to drive, take a damn cab/bus.


Well, I could just put my kid in the car and let it drive her to her charter school (12 miles away, no bus). I could order groceries and send my car to pick them up. Pizza delivery would be cheaper and faster and not require a tip. Drone vehicles would really be awesome.

I just don't see self driving cars being a reality in the next 10 years and probably a while longer. They've got the easy cases dealt with, but until they can navigate construction detours 100% and obey a cop directing traffic, it just isn't going to happen. The car needs to be able to drive and navigate without GPS. You still need to have someone at the wheel that can take over, although autopilot for long road trips would really be nice.
 
2013-08-22 10:56:35 AM  
They should have asked Toyota instead of Google.
/obvious
 
2013-08-22 11:22:52 AM  

skozlaw: I really find it very hard to believe computer-driven cars could possibly be worse than what we currently have.


I suspect that computer driven cars will result in fewer accidents, but the accidents that do occur will be spectacular!
 
2013-08-22 11:51:51 AM  
Yes, because Germans are known for their terrible engineering skills.

/what Hindenburg?
 
2013-08-22 02:06:42 PM  
If this means that the majority of cars on the road will go when the light is green, merge properly, and keep up a reasonable speed, then I'm all for it.

Then again, I live in the DC area.
 
2013-08-22 02:30:38 PM  

Millennium: If this means that the majority of cars on the road will go when the light is green, merge properly, and keep up a reasonable speed, then I'm all for it.


I love to drive....kinda a hobby of mine.  I also ride motorcycles.   My special lady-friend was wondering why I am all excited about the 2014 Merc E class getting limited self-driving options.  She seems to think it will cause accidents.  I think however, if one person is google driving, it means one less person who is talking on the phone and putting on makeup.  People cause accidents....robots malfunction.   If you want a google driving option, you prolly aren't a very good driver.  Not to mention the holy grail: EVERYONE USING TURN SIGNALS!
 
2013-08-22 02:34:18 PM  

ReapTheChaos: What possible use would there be for self driving cars? If you don't want to drive, take a damn cab/bus.


Are you kidding? I'd love for my car to chauffeur me around while I sleep in the backseat. I'll be one of the guys who camps out to get one of these babies. Hell, I'll take long road trips for the hell of it, drive and enjoy the countryside, then let Otto take over when it gets tedious so I can nap or read a good book.
 
2013-08-22 06:19:55 PM  

ReapTheChaos: What possible use would there be for self driving cars? If you don't want to drive, take a damn cab/bus.


And how much of the cab/bus fair goes to pay for the driver? Wouldn't it be worth eliminating that cost?
 
2013-08-22 09:52:21 PM  

ReapTheChaos: What possible use would there be for self driving cars? If you don't want to drive, take a damn cab/bus.


I think self driving cars will be revolutionary to driving.  It's already been shown that if only 10% of cars are controlled by computers, it would greatly reduce traffic jams caused by people slowing down too much when the driver in front of them does.  You'll be able to improve the flow of traffic, increase the speeds of cars in congested areas, and reduce accidents.  Even if people want to claim they are better drivers than computers, there are so many distractions in cars today with phones, kids, and gps.  While there would still be some accidents and people hate giving up the feeling of control, accidents should go way down because even if you think you are a good driver, most of the others are texting while driving or on the phone, or simply don't know how to drive.  And the biggest benefit, no more drunk drivers.  Have too much to drink?  No problem, just be able to tell your car coherently to take you home and then pass out at the wheel and wake up in your driveway.
 
2013-08-22 11:58:04 PM  
The question you really have to ask yourself is do you trust a self driving car over a 17 year old valley girl?  How about my 94 year old grandfather?  Some lady who is late for work putting on makeup while she drives (or to be equal opportunity, some guy reading his newspaper on his way to work)?
 
2013-08-23 08:55:51 AM  

ReapTheChaos: What possible use would there be for self driving cars? If you don't want to drive, take a damn cab/bus.


Because the reason people commute in a car is because they so enjoy the actual holding the steering wheel part.

People who hire a private chauffeur is also a myth. Rich people who don't enjoy holding a steering wheel are well known to use public transport.
 
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