poot_rootbeer: Human-operated cars won't have disappeared, but they will be restricted from driving on select highways that have been converted for high-speed high-density automated traffic operations.
Tr0mBoNe: That means in 5 years the new S-Class will drive itself and have no pedals. Otherwise you wont get it to trickle down to the normal manufacturers in that time.
DrSansabeltNoShiatSlacks: Good, then I can resume drinking & driving.
Mentalpatient87: Something occurred to me. What if you set your driverless car for a destination and just got out? Will this be an easy way to summon your car like the Batmobile or unlawful in case something needs to be addressed on the drive?/probably the latter
Lando Lincoln: poot_rootbeer: Human-operated cars won't have disappeared, but they will be restricted from driving on select highways that have been converted for high-speed high-density automated traffic operations.Woe to the person that ventures onto the human-controlled highway, where the only people driving on them will be old people that refuse to adapt to technology.The automated highways will ultimately be safer, but when something goes wrong, the crashes will be stupendously horrific.
Mugato: How is that unlikely? They already have cars that will stop for you if you're about to rear end someone, cameras all around the car and GPS that (ideally) knows where you are and where you're going. 20 years is a long time. I wouldn't say they won't have steering wheels or pedals though, you would still want to switch to manual at times. That'd be the only unlikely part.
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crotchgrabber: Now think about car bombs
Smoky Dragon Dish: The issue isn't whether or not cars will drive themselves. The article says that cars will not be made with steering wheels and pedals.
Mentalpatient87: crotchgrabber: Now think about car bombsOh yeah, that. Kinda scary to think that someone could load up a car full of explosives and send it on its way without even risking themselves. Then again, we're kind of vulnerable most of the time to random attacks. I'm surprised a spree shooter never took advantage of a crowded stoplight.
crotchgrabber: Mentalpatient87: Something occurred to me. What if you set your driverless car for a destination and just got out? Will this be an easy way to summon your car like the Batmobile or unlawful in case something needs to be addressed on the drive?/probably the latterNow think about car bombs.
skozlaw: Smoky Dragon Dish: The issue isn't whether or not cars will drive themselves. The article says that cars will not be made with steering wheels and pedals.Well, yea, I mean... sure... if you ignore like.. the third sentence in TFA that says "They won't need any of these things because they will be driving themselves."
Watubi: Any technology that relies on converting existing or new infrastructure is doomed to failure.
Smoky Dragon Dish: But, I don't think most people would be on board with a car that is impossible to control manually.
GoldDude: If such fully-autonomous cars ever do become a reality, then there would be no need for owners to have a driver's licence, would there? Which would make these perfect cars for people that shouldn't be driving. And once those idiots are off the road, the rest of us will do fine!
mcreadyblue: Would they just park the car and get out?Or throw the bomb in the back of a passing pickup truck?Or rent a Ryder Truck?
skozlaw: The only major problem with self-driving cars is that not all of them are self-driving.I always get a kick out of the people that freak about the idea of not actually controlling the car, though. "What if something goes wrong!? What if there's a programming error!?"What if that happens now? Your engine is already 90% digitally controlled. Hell, in some cars the brakes are already practically the only human input that aren't taken as a suggestion anymore. When you press the pedal you're just sort of telling the car "I'd like to go faster now", you're not really controlling the airflow into the engine, the ECU is doing it to try and maximize efficiency. In a lot of cars even the steering is heavily managed by computers, particularly at higher speeds, that are constantly making adjustments, applying the brakes to certain wheels and generally correcting for all your fark-ups.Driving, at least in the practical sense, is a purely mathematical problem, and you will never be better than a custom-built calculator at anything that's all math. The machine can calculate the physics faster, it can make more accurate calculations faster, and it can react waaaaaay faster.Humans are, simply put, the single biggest safety hazard when it comes to driving. Removing them can only make cars safer and more efficient.
NewWorldDan: There are a lot of things that need to be done on a strictly visual reference. Obeying a cop directing traffic. Construction detours.
crotchgrabber: Now think about car bombs.
NewWorldDan: Making them work on the existing roads, and in the worst possible weather, with trucks and crappy drivers sharing the road is a different story.
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