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(IoT World)   There's a new driverless taxi service that just started in San Francisco. No, not that company. Not them either. Just read TFA   (iotworldtoday.com) divider line
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2022-07-05 11:12:56 PM  
oh, GM

\ DRTFA subby
\\ neener, neener
\\\ as needed
 
2022-07-05 11:14:43 PM  
Since Cruise was my first guess due to this story breaking weeks ago, I'm confused by the headline.
 
2022-07-05 11:15:32 PM  

AnudderFreakinFarker: oh, GM

\ DRTFA subby
\\ neener, neener
\\\ as needed


Edgelord Elon will be inconsolable.

/GM uses LiDAR
 
2022-07-05 11:28:30 PM  
how long till we get johnny cab?
 
2022-07-05 11:29:28 PM  
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This is the first one I thought of.
 
2022-07-05 11:49:50 PM  
I'd be interested under the following conditions:

1. The service area wasn't limited to a very centralized urban area,
2. In the age of COVID, monkeypox, and increasing psychopathy, I don't want to "ride share" with anyone except my dog.
 
2022-07-06 12:47:12 AM  

JRoo: [Fark user image 634x328]
This is the first one I thought of.


5 posts till Johnnycab. Fark, I am disappoint.
 
2022-07-06 12:50:42 AM  
$8+ for a ride less than 1.5miles? GTFO.
 
2022-07-06 1:07:58 AM  
I was told that there would never be driverless cars in my lifetime. I want my money back.
 
2022-07-06 1:09:38 AM  

JRoo: [Fark user image 634x328]
This is the first one I thought of.


Fun, somewhat mindblowing fact that I only recently learned:

The Johnny Cab driver was voiced by Robert Picardo.  I don't know if it was also designed to resemble him or if that was just a coincidence, but I'm leaning towards coincidence.  That doesn't seem like the kind of thing they'd have bothered to do back in 1990.
 
2022-07-06 1:58:24 AM  
I'm guessing they finally nailed the legislation on the matter, and if your driverless cab hits and kills someone, the passenger is at fault since they contracted the service and agreed to the TOS on their phones.
 
2022-07-06 2:04:22 AM  

loudboy: $8+ for a ride less than 1.5miles? GTFO.


0.90c per mile sounds pretty good. Not so sure about how to calculate in the 0.40c/minute, though.

Seems like it would be worthwhile if you had to travel a reasonable distance.

Auckland is more than $4/KM ($3.97USD/mile), but there's no time component (unless they're waiting), with a $3USD base fee.
 
2022-07-06 2:44:17 AM  

Caelistis: I'd be interested under the following conditions:

1. The service area wasn't limited to a very centralized urban area,
2. In the age of COVID, monkeypox, and increasing psychopathy, I don't want to "ride share" with anyone except my dog.


1. At the moment, the service area DOES NOT INCLUDE: Financial District, North Beach, China Town, most of SOMA and area around Oracle Park/Chase Center, no Mission all the way to the Castro. Everything west of the Castro is A-OK.

2. At the end of your ride, the AV goes back to garage for a thorough cleaning. There is no ride share other than the guest you choose to bring with you.

It also goes from Point A to Point B. That is, you can't take it from Point A to Point B, pick up your guest and continue on to Point C.
 
2022-07-06 2:47:25 AM  

dyhchong: I'm guessing they finally nailed the legislation on the matter, and if your driverless cab hits and kills someone, the passenger is at fault since they contracted the service and agreed to the TOS on their phones.


Why would the passenger be at fault? If a passenger is in a Uber and it hits someone, the driver is at fault (if it is indeed the driver's fault). Cruise would be at fault if the vehicle hits someone, and it can be proven that it was the vehicle's fault. There are videos that will show what happened just prior to and during the accident.

And it will never be the vehicle's fault. Don't be stupid.
 
2022-07-06 2:48:31 AM  

loudboy: $8+ for a ride less than 1.5miles? GTFO.


For under 1.5 miles, I'd just as soon walk or ride a bike.
 
2022-07-06 2:56:42 AM  

dericwater: loudboy: $8+ for a ride less than 1.5miles? GTFO.

For under 1.5 miles, I'd just as soon walk or ride a bike.


Some people can't
 
2022-07-06 3:01:01 AM  

drjekel_mrhyde: dericwater: loudboy: $8+ for a ride less than 1.5miles? GTFO.

For under 1.5 miles, I'd just as soon walk or ride a bike.

Some people can't


So that justifies Cruise charging an arm and a leg for the ride? You're not going to disrupt any entrenched business by charging the same amount and offering nothing of substantial value. Sure, the first time in a driverless car, it's cool and all that. By your second or third ride, it's just a ride.

I guess the main benefit is that there's no implied tip to add to the fee.
 
2022-07-06 3:58:36 AM  

dericwater: dyhchong: I'm guessing they finally nailed the legislation on the matter, and if your driverless cab hits and kills someone, the passenger is at fault since they contracted the service and agreed to the TOS on their phones.

Why would the passenger be at fault? If a passenger is in a Uber and it hits someone, the driver is at fault (if it is indeed the driver's fault). Cruise would be at fault if the vehicle hits someone, and it can be proven that it was the vehicle's fault. There are videos that will show what happened just prior to and during the accident.

And it will never be the vehicle's fault. Don't be stupid.


Because America is farked with insane rules that favour businesses and there's no driver they can throw under a bus so the company can't blame anyone else, so fark it, blame the customer.
 
2022-07-06 4:12:26 AM  

dyhchong: dericwater: dyhchong: I'm guessing they finally nailed the legislation on the matter, and if your driverless cab hits and kills someone, the passenger is at fault since they contracted the service and agreed to the TOS on their phones.

Why would the passenger be at fault? If a passenger is in a Uber and it hits someone, the driver is at fault (if it is indeed the driver's fault). Cruise would be at fault if the vehicle hits someone, and it can be proven that it was the vehicle's fault. There are videos that will show what happened just prior to and during the accident.

And it will never be the vehicle's fault. Don't be stupid.

Because America is farked with insane rules that favour businesses and there's no driver they can throw under a bus so the company can't blame anyone else, so fark it, blame the customer.


I'd be more concerned about a group having someone step out in front of it and then the rest of them robbing me.

Plus they'd probably end up trashed on the inside by a tweaker and the DA won't care.
 
2022-07-06 4:27:08 AM  

TheGreatGazoo: dyhchong: dericwater: dyhchong: I'm guessing they finally nailed the legislation on the matter, and if your driverless cab hits and kills someone, the passenger is at fault since they contracted the service and agreed to the TOS on their phones.

Why would the passenger be at fault? If a passenger is in a Uber and it hits someone, the driver is at fault (if it is indeed the driver's fault). Cruise would be at fault if the vehicle hits someone, and it can be proven that it was the vehicle's fault. There are videos that will show what happened just prior to and during the accident.

And it will never be the vehicle's fault. Don't be stupid.

Because America is farked with insane rules that favour businesses and there's no driver they can throw under a bus so the company can't blame anyone else, so fark it, blame the customer.

I'd be more concerned about a group having someone step out in front of it and then the rest of them robbing me.

Plus they'd probably end up trashed on the inside by a tweaker and the DA won't care.


There are cameras pointing outwards in all directions and cameras pointing inwards at the passengers. No one's getting away with nothing.
 
2022-07-06 6:48:26 AM  
nsCSB: A few years ago, I put in for a job at a driverless transport company in Rhode Island to be the "person behind the wheel (in case something goes wrong)" in one of their driverless shuttle transport vehicles on a specific route to/from a train station. The recruiter told me to call this number on this date and time for a phone interview. So I did... and left a message on their voicemail. I called again 15 minutes later... and left another voice mail. I called 10 minutes after that... and didn't leave a voicemail that time.

I contacted the recruiter saying there was no response from them and that I left two voicemails. The following day, the recruiter called back and apologised, then told me the hiring manager (whom I was trying to get in touch last time) will call me on this specific date and time. That specific date and time came and went with no callback.

That evening, after business hours, I contacted the recruiter once again saying there was no call from the company. The following day, the recruiter called again apologising and said the hiring manager was busy because of some incident that happened at the company that needed their attention (or words to that effect).

I told the recruiter I was no longer interested in the position, mainly because if I was told to appear for an interview at a specific time and date and not show up, my chances of getting a job there would fall to near zero. If I was, miraculously, given another chance to show for a 5-minute interview, and I ghosted again, I would NOT get hired at that company. If they couldn't set aside five minutes on a busy day to interview a prospective employee, that tells me all I need to know about that company.

/nsCSB
 
2022-07-06 8:37:30 AM  
I can see it now:  The driverless taxi goes haywire and gives you the "Bullitt" car chase scene experience instead. Could be fun.
 
2022-07-06 9:59:54 AM  
Back in the day, we had DRIVERS' ED and everyone took it because it was fun, an easy A, it reduced your insurance, and you saw some fun and gross movies... this was before Friday the 13th.

And a State Trooper would come in for one class and just scare the hell out of everyone, talk about seatbelts, and debate that one guy who claimed that seatbelts kill you and alcohol is not really so debilitating. The Trooper made it absolutely clear. CARS KILL PEOPLE. They are a case of dynamite with the speed and mass of a wrecking ball turned loose in the hands of 16 year old idiots. We had test questions about the destructive power of automobiles because that was the main point of the 10 week course.

Cut to 2022, and people have been hypnotized or something. Last week a Tesla tried to turn in front of a 16th Street Mall trolley in downtown Denver with 30 to 150 people aboard, and one Tesla "driver" crapped his pants. Shrug. Nobody cares. Everyone is just a Disney lemming. Also last week, 8 cars lost control in San Francisco and all just collected downtown for some reason. Nobody cares.

Ok? Fine? Really? So here is a question. Is the NHTSA going to decide that things are moving along too fast BEFORE, or AFTER the first crash that kills 3 children and 4 adults? Or the car which mows down a crowd of pedestrians of various races? Just asking. Personally, if mayhem and killing are going to advance science and development in this area, it is probably worth it. But would everyone really agree with me? I doubt it.

After all, they banned JARTS. Are deaths from autopilot worse than the lack of gun control? The collapse of health policy? The Supreme Court? I don' t know. I just never expected that the stuff I learned in Drivers' Ed would ever be obsolete while we still have private automobiles running around.

/ I was friends with the Trooper's son AND with the kid who smoked pot daily and debated Mr. Trooper, so I particularly enjoyed the discussion.
 
2022-07-06 10:01:15 AM  
Pretty sure somebody needs to put some rules together just so everyone knows whom to sue. I mean. At the very least.
 
2022-07-06 1:28:28 PM  

Nick Nostril: I can see it now:  The driverless taxi goes haywire and gives you the "Bullitt" car chase scene experience instead. Could be fun.


That would be a cool thing to do. Going at most 25 mph, and closer to 15mph as it nears the start or end of the incline (ie, at intersections). Imagine one driverless chasing another, but going exactly at 25 and being considerate to pedestrians and other moving objects.
 
2022-07-06 2:21:17 PM  
Yeah, I'm not paying $8 per mile to ride in Christine.
 
2022-07-06 3:20:18 PM  
dericwater:There are cameras pointing outwards in all directions and cameras pointing inwards at the passengers. No one's getting away with nothing.

In San Francisco?  Someone could burn the car down with a passenger inside and they'd be out in 3 hours with a signature bond.
 
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