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Automatic driving: The technology is (almost) ready, BMW says

1/24/2011 02:35 PM EST
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M_S
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M_S   2/3/2011 3:36:42 PM
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If the driver has to be ready to take over in case of system failure, this would be problematic. When not driving, what keeps the driver from being bored & distracted or falling asleep?

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LarryM99   1/27/2011 10:28:19 PM
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I've actually seen autonomous cars driving around here in San Diego. I think that the technology is actually fairly close. What isn't ready is the fine print in the legal agreements that you would have to sign before any car company would put this option in a production car. Larry N.

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DrQuine   1/25/2011 11:36:41 PM
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There was been a lot of talk late last year about the seven Google technology autonomous driven cars in the San Francisco Bay Area which have already logged 140,000 miles (using a hands-off human driver as a safety feature). How does the BMW technology compare in functionality and maturity?

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martinm_de   1/25/2011 8:25:03 AM
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It's a dream: get into the car, enter the destination, then pick a good book or a journal and stop reading when reaching the destination.

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Neetin   1/25/2011 8:07:51 AM
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Sensing the Driver's state of consciousness for triggering the emergency stop should be a complex challenge, involving biomedical as well as ethical questions. Momentary distractions by odd road-signs or other interesting artifacts should not land one on the curbside surrounded by para-medics!

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Etmax   1/25/2011 1:47:29 AM
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I think the emergency stop system is probably the safest option at the moment, as a crash is inevitable in this case, so the control system likely can't do any worse. Seems like something for a high end BMW, Benz or Lexus.

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chanj0   1/24/2011 6:07:18 PM
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In Europe, driving to most people is for fun. In North America, driving to most people is inevitable. Automatic driving is good for long commuters and for people, like professional drivers, who are required to drive across countries. The article has a couple valid points such as highway safety and flow of traffic. Automatic driving, if mature and safe, will help people moving around better. However, the perceived safety is the biggest road-block of acceptance. It may take years for a community to accept.

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