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Paul A. Clayton
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The *driver* has no hands!
Paul A. Clayton   10/3/2013 3:11:35 PM
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The driver in this self-driving car has no hands and no thighs. Presumably the driver is "thinking" about how to drive the vehicle. :-)

The human passenger/backup driver appears to be concentrating intently on something directly ahead of the car, perhaps to explode the brain (as in the movie Scanners) of a passenger in a car that is being chased.

More seriously, even some people who buy a car for the experience of driving may use the same car merely for transportation or find some parts of driving less enjoyable. Even BMW buyers are not all interested in actually driving; part of what is being sold is image and the *potential* of an excellent experience. Some people will buy a car for its maximum speed even though there can be no realistic expectation that it will ever be driven near that speed.

Presumably self-driving will be sold somewhat like power-steering, automatic transmission, and (more recently) self-parking is being sold. In some urban environments (or large busy malls), even just providing a kind of valet service might have significant value (there are probably few people who enjoy driving around looking for a parking space and walking from and to the parking space).

It is also possible that in the future incentives would be provided for the use of true automobiles. Such vehicles might increase safety (a benefit to insurance companies and governments that provide emergency services)--earning a payment not unlike insurance rebates from good driving established by monitoring behavior--and improve traffic flow (reducing the need for additional road construction).

Sheetal.Pandey
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Re: is this a joke?
Sheetal.Pandey   10/3/2013 2:00:00 PM
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Its nice tohave a self driving car. Imagine you are tire and can let your car goand pick up food from your favorite restarant. Imagine there is emergency no on is around and your car can take you to the hospital. Alsoon lng drive say from sfo to LA you can let he car self drive while you relax. These self driving cars are possibility in countries with good infrastructure, not forcountries like India where none follows any traffic rules and there are big potholes on every possible road.

betajet
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Ye gods, this seat is uncomfortable
betajet   10/3/2013 1:45:46 PM
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From his "body language", I'd say he's thinking "Ye gods, this seat is uncomfortable.  My legs are starting to cramp up."  The only thing that makes a driver's seat bearable is that you have the task of driving to distract yourself from the discomfort of sitting in an uncomfortable chair for hours on end -- or even tens of minutes.  Most rail seats are much more comfortable -- if you can score one.


JMO/YMMV

Caleb Kraft
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is this a joke?
Caleb Kraft   10/3/2013 1:28:12 PM
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Are they kidding with that question? Man, lets just jump to a future where you can completely avoid the driver's seat and look around for a second.

how about a nice reclining chair with your favorite media in front of you? To introverted? How about being able to relax and enjoy the view without worrying about rear-ending someone? What about being able to have a nice dinner with the family during your morning commute (I drive a van, I can imagine it!).


Yes, I would absolutely pay the same for a personal chauffeur as I would a mid range sports car. I'm not wealthy though, so $100k sounds unattainable for anything.

junko.yoshida
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why looking so stiff?
junko.yoshida   10/3/2013 12:43:25 PM
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The thing that made me laugh about this picture is that this driver just looks horribly stiff!

Here's what he is thinking:

"Where am I supposed to put my hands on???"

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