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1/20/2015 03:40 AM EST
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Caseem0830
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Re: Key Failure Mode for Simple Self Driving Cars
Caseem0830   1/30/2015 12:20:58 AM
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The future of technology will last as long as there is life. But i think the greatets challenge that technology will face is  cost of technology and affordabilty by the customers. Mixing these two will pose a challenge. And i think that will be the role of industrial engineers to fix. The news from Ford is very encouraging . One of the questions will be on the length of auto drive, will it be compareable to what we see in the planes?

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Re: Key Failure Mode for Simple Self Driving Cars
Caseem0830   1/30/2015 12:20:53 AM
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The future of technology will last as long as there is life. But i think the greatets challenge that technology will face is  cost of technology and affordabilty by the customers. Mixing these two will pose a challenge. And i think that will be the role of industrial engineers to fix. The news from Ford is very encouraging . One of the questions will be on the length of auto drive, will it be compareable to what we see in the planes?

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Re: Key Failure Mode for Simple Self Driving Cars
R_Colin_Johnson   1/25/2015 2:53:17 PM
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DrQuine: you must be an industrial designer to think of such an elegant solution--namely, a protecive clear cylindrical globe rotated. All I could think of was a tiny windshield-type wiper a la high-end cars I can't affford use. Keep on thinking, that seems to be what you do best!

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Re: Key Failure Mode for Simple Self Driving Cards
DrQuine   1/25/2015 11:25:43 AM
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A possible mechanism for quickly cleaning the camera lens when splashed in mud would be for the camera to be protected by a protective clear cylindrical or (or globe) cover that when obscured with mud could be rotated away and provide a clear replacement portion while the soiled portion was sprayed with water and wiped clean. I thought of this last week when reflecting on the problem.

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Re: electronic doodadery in search of a problem
R_Colin_Johnson   1/22/2015 5:04:42 PM
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dt_hayden: Its like you're reading my mind! That's the first thing I thought of too. But where I live there is no place to park except on the street and you have to plug the parking meter starting at 7 a.m., so the hypothetical guy would have to get a second taxi super-early to beat the meter maid in the morning he needs to sleep-it-off. Nevertheless, two taxi rides would definately be cheaper than a self-driving car. (Just an unrelated anecdote: When I lived in Conn. and worked in Manhattan, if I fell asleep on the last train to Conn. I'd end up in Mass. with a $250 cab ride to get home in Conn.--which happened more than once, but not due to alcohol, just overwork.) You are entirely right about taking a taxi or even two being cheaper than a self-driving car. Thanks for the contribution.

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Re: electronic doodadery in search of a problem
dt_hayden   1/22/2015 4:51:02 PM
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Is that a reasonable alternative to a taxi?  Seems quite an investment to have on hand for such occasional use.

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Re: So...
R_Colin_Johnson   1/22/2015 4:46:56 PM
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ethelfxm: Good point about self-driving cars driving their owners home.

Of course, it would be better to cure the driver's addiction to over doing it, but having his vehicle safely drive him home is preferable him driving himself! Thanks again for the excellent addtion to our dialog.

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ethelfxm   1/22/2015 9:00:17 AM
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When these things become mainstream, will "drunk" driving become acceptable? Like, pass out in the back seat and let the car take you home?

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too scary for me!
MWagner_MA   1/22/2015 7:28:13 AM
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When I read the title I found two of the most scary terms when used together "Ford" and "Self driving".  I wouldn't even consider a standard Ford, let alone one that is supposed to be able to drive its self.  I gave up on Ford at the Explorer debacle.  I had wheel bearing failures at less than 70K miles, and now my neighbor 10years later with similar problems with a Ford Edge.  Clearly they don't learn from mistakes and are not up to the reliability requirements of self driving vehicle.

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Re: Expensive radar and lidar?
alex_m1   1/22/2015 3:37:01 AM
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Colin: no finger in no pie, just curiosity, and some belief that if this tech works as advertised , it could have a huge impact on so many things.

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