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7/22/2013 07:55 PM EDT
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selinz
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Re: I have to doubt the premise
selinz   7/27/2013 5:41:16 PM
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I would certainly rather work on my laptop during my commute (1 hour each way) than worry about driving. On the other hand, I do like listening to my audio books. But the biggest snarls in traffic are often from some stupid fender bender (or worse) and if self driving cars can do nothing other than keep space between the front of the car (i.e. stop and/or speed up), this could be a good thing. Would definitely take some getting used to...

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selinz   7/27/2013 5:42:40 PM
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Along those lines, when I drove by a google "self driving" car, I really wanted to go in front of it and slam on my brakes to see if it would stop in time. Am I the only one who wants some personal data  acquisition?

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Re: I have to doubt the premise
junko.yoshida   7/29/2013 10:34:15 AM
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Would definitely take some getting used to.


selinz, i think that is the whole issue. As easy as "autonomous driving" sounds, my suspicion is that it will require some serious training before rivers can get use to it.

 

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Re: I have to doubt the premise
BarrySweezey   7/29/2013 9:03:22 PM
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The Google car can tell whether the light is red or green.  Emergency vehicles cause the light to change.  It seems like a self-driving vehicle handle, say, a cop car running a red light as well or better than a person can.  The  Google cars have over 500,000 miles on public roads with no accidents.  They're getting better every day.

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Re: I have to doubt the premise
BarrySweezey   7/29/2013 9:08:29 PM
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The Google cars are driving around every day continually making the universe of  unknowns smaller.  If they double their current miles, they'll have demonstrated that they're safer than the average driver.  Without changing the infrastructure.

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