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junko.yoshida
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Is this a "marketing plot"?
junko.yoshida   7/1/2013 8:05:36 AM
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Autonomous driving seems too alien (and risky) to most consumers (I assume) and it is a hard sell.

But autonomous parking is something being pitched by the auto industry as "convenience." Debating "safety" takes time, but selling "convenience"? It's easy. There, I see their marketing plot. Am I alone thinking that way?

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Go Car-less?
kfield   7/1/2013 9:17:56 AM
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When I first moved to Boston I found it unnerving how do many drivers don't make eye contact, when say you're both trying to inch into the same lane of traffic. So I can only imagine how much a leap of faith it would be to trust a driverless car would do the right thing. And as for the parking situation, my solution? Ditch the car!!!

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Re: Go Car-less?
junko.yoshida   7/1/2013 9:23:33 AM
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Ha, ha, Karen. I move my dwellings often. My motivation (and goal) has always been: "ditch the car"!

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Re: Is this a "marketing plot"?
kelleydferg   7/1/2013 12:56:51 PM
Convenience, especially in cities, will be a deciding factor. I am certainly intrigued by google cars and this concept as well. I wonder if it will just be commonplace in 10 years. 

I, too, live in Boston. I am nor sure the technology will address the "saved spots" via chairs and cones. Technology does not trump the locals! 

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Re: Go Car-less?
MeasurementBlues   7/1/2013 1:32:50 PM
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>When I first moved to Boston I found it unnerving how do many drivers don't make eye contact

You make eye contact, you lose.

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Re: Is this a "marketing plot"?
MeasurementBlues   7/1/2013 1:40:49 PM
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>I, too, live in Boston. I am nor sure the technology will address the "saved spots" via chairs and cones. Technology does not trump the locals!

For those ouside Boston, Kelley is referring to a practice of placing cones, chairs, trash barrels, and other large items in parking spaces after people take the time to dig out their cars from snow.

In Southie, grabbing a parking space before the snow falls is the new broken beach chair

Cars Vandalized In Boston After Drivers Moved Parking Space Savers

Where I live, there's no overnight on street parking allowed ever so you either have space, rent space, or use public transportation. We don;t ahve the need to save street parking becuase it doesn't exist.

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Re: Is this a "marketing plot"?
junko.yoshida   7/1/2013 1:45:35 PM
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10 years is a stretch. But astute business owners might start making sure that their parking lots come with a smart infrastructure, for sure, I hope. 

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DavidMichael   7/1/2013 3:20:15 PM
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My expecations are that long distance freeway/motorway driving would be the first opportunity to implement autonomous driving - before automatic parking.

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junko.yoshida   7/1/2013 3:33:45 PM
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That was also my original expectation...but then, the said "convenience" angle does help sell "autonomous driving" concept, as far as its marketing is concerned. No?

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Can a Car Find a Parking Spot by Itself?
DrQuine   7/1/2013 11:14:24 PM
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I learned to drive in Boston and got a lot of practice parking (my record was 32 round trips to get into a small parking space). Driving in circles looking for a spot provided a lot of time to reflect upon issues associated with parking. I wonder how the computerized parking system will address 2 issues. 1/ A large box needs to be lifted out out of the passenger side and a small person needs to get out of the driver's side.  Therefore, how do I park off center in the stall. 2/ There is a sinkhole in the middle of the automatically selected parking place from the reservation system.

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