Discussion in 'Motorized Vehicles' started by J.Dre, Aug 5, 2014.
Cadillac promises self-driving cars by 2015 | ExtremeTech
It's not that really surprising. Cars that have adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic braking, you essentially can use all driver aids and drive autonomously.
I'd rather drive myself, thank you very much.
Yup. Self-driving car, alright, but only if I am behind the wheel and can take over whenever I want/need to. For all the fancy systems available, there will be a case where they don't work well and where a human operator will be required, so there needs to be a manual override available.
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Not to mention that driving yourself is just more fun (imo). If I wanted someone/something else to drive me, I'd take mass transit.
The only problem is that the car on my next lane is not self driving.
Well, of course. It overrides as soon as you do something like grab the steering wheel, similar to how cruise control turns off as you brake.
The perspective I see of this is far in the future, perhaps 10-20 years from now, where self-driven vehicles are actually safer and more efficient than human drivers. Imagine there being no more traffic jams in large cities due to idiot drivers, and the fact that computers are programmed to find the most efficient route to your destination. They will be able to recognize traffic lights or stops before you do with GPS technology, and take alternate routes with best estimated times of arrival at play. Imagine a 20%+ decrease in vehicle prone accidents, annually, due to driver mistakes. Maybe drinking and driving will no longer be a concern 20 years from now? Or at least, much less of one.
That's what I see. But, to be honest, I would miss being able to drive myself. Although, future generations will be born into this new technology and it won't even be of concern to them, whether they can drive or not.
Self driving would be good for long road trips (we constantly take road trips to NJ, VA, etc). But for daily driving? Get me my stick shift car!
Relevant article. And, in Slashdot tradition, the editors are terrible at their jobs.
Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway - Slashdot
LOL, now that's stupid.
They just need a feature that tells the car to pullover. It shouldn't be too hard with the lane-watch systems already implemented.
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