Last post on Oct 27, 2012 at 12:28 PM
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#20 of 39 Re: you'll be glad driverless cars are coming [hpmctorque]
Sep 25, 2012 (8:24 pm)
Very good point - kills revenue gouging streams for both often less than responsible and accountable groups. Big reason why it might not happen.
#22 of 39 Re: you'll be glad driverless cars are coming [fintail]
Sep 27, 2012 (4:38 pm)
I've done lots of long road trips with my family and I'd love to have driverless cars...at least on the interstates. I think it would be great to enter a highway, punch in your exit, then take a nap, watch a movie or just relax. Then take the controls back when exiting.
#23 of 39 Re: you'll be glad driverless cars are coming [bobw3]
Sep 27, 2012 (6:52 pm)
I think it has a time and place, and I have nothing against it really - so long as it doesn't become mandated (and then tracked in a way that would make Orwell cry). And IMO, many "drivers" should have their inputs limited.
#24 of 39 Re: you'll be glad driverless cars are coming [fintail]
Sep 28, 2012 (5:37 am)
Probably 100 years in the future when all transportation is automated, they'll look back to now and wonder why people even wanted to drive their own car.
Sort of like cave men saying it would be crazy not to be able to go out hunting every day to kill their dinner. Why would anyone want to just go to a restaurant and be given food. Cave men would say that the government is taking away people's ability to go out and hunt for food.
Can people hunt today...sure. But it's restricted by time and location. In the future it might be the same for driving. If you drive on public roads then the cars will drive themselves because it improves safety, efficiency, MPG, etc...but for the minority (like hunters) who want to drive for entertainment, then there will be private locations where they can take their vintage cars and drive around.
#25 of 39 Re: you'll be glad driverless cars are coming [bobw3]
Sep 28, 2012 (8:15 am)
In some ways, that is not all bad. I would sacrifice driving inputs on my evening commute, if it would speed things up. There's no fun to be had on those roads in traffic, anyway - especially with the dumbed down local driving dynamic.
But at late evening or on a Sunday, I want to do things myself. I don't know if cavemen got the same enjoyment out of hunting that some of us get from driving. Maybe autonomous cars can be programmed to deal with manually driven vehicles/motorcycles/bicycles - they will have to interact with pedestrians too.
#26 of 39 Re: you'll be glad driverless cars are coming [bobw3]
Sep 28, 2012 (12:00 pm)
That willl be a sad day. I want to drive my car when and where I want to drive it any time any day. Maybe and only maybe during the height of rush hour around a major city. When I am out on the open road whether it be 4 lane interstate or 2 lane country roads I want to dirve a car with horsepower I choose and under my control. Hopefully it will take at least 30 years. If I'm still alive I will be 86 and it won't matter. Then I will just remember the good old days when a man could by a Mustang, Camaro, or Challenger with the most horsepower available without government interference.
#27 of 39 Re: you'll be glad driverless cars are coming [mtnman1]
Sep 28, 2012 (12:46 pm)
I can't imagine it being anything less than a good 30 years. Remember, the people implementing the tech are paid by the hour, and results don't matter.
Today probably will be a "good old days" in terms of performance. New cars lack the style of older cars, but they have unparalleled reliability and ease of maintenance compared to the classic muscle days.
#28 of 39 Re: you'll be glad driverless cars are coming [mtnman1]
Sep 28, 2012 (1:34 pm)
Well let's see, over the past decade the gov has decided to change our light bulbs without asking what we want (and big surprise, the new bulbs don't seem to be performing anywhere near what was promised!), start sticking us with E85 ethanol despite warnings about it hurting our vehicles and driving down our gas mileage, , give more and more of our decision making to insurance companies and god knows what else. Now they want to take over our control of our personal vehicles. The scary part is that this is happening from BOTH damn parties. It's about industry lobbying, money and control. Congress doesn't care about we want except for some lip service at election time. The rest of the time the treat us like they were part of a monarchy coronation and we're under their control and ownership.
#29 of 39 Re: you'll be glad driverless cars are coming [berri]
Sep 28, 2012 (8:35 pm)
Yes, the gold old days of the black air of Pittsburgh or L.A. in the 70s, ddt sprayed on our fields, companies polluting where ever they want, etc...I'm driving a car getting 50mpg with 10 times more reliable than anything made in the 70s and a lot safer...I love it!