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_hm
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Increased Alcohol level limit?
_hm   10/4/2013 4:40:16 AM
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With this advancement in technology and all possible protection against collision, will the allowed limit for Alcohol be increased?

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Re: The *driver* has no hands!
junko.yoshida   10/4/2013 1:16:25 AM
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Paul, I think you are absolutely right about this.

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

I think what is going to happen is that carmakers will identify the unpleasant part of driving (as you said, looking for a place to park, etc.) and find a way to let the self-driving car do it. 

It's the only way to sell so-called self-driving cars, in my humble opinion.

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Re: Ye gods, this seat is uncomfortable
junko.yoshida   10/4/2013 12:19:10 AM
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@betajet, hear, hear!

Driving does distract drivers from thinking about how uncomfortable it is to sit behind the wheel for so long!

 

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Re: Anti, antisocial behavior
junko.yoshida   10/4/2013 12:15:37 AM
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Les_stater, you wrote:

I drive from Chicago to Boston... and back, four times a year. Sometimes drive straigt through and sometimes stay one night at a hotel. Either case it can get monotonous and sometimes dangerous.


Man, I don't envy you at all. I am so scared to drive in Boston!

But i hear you. In a scenario you mentioned - a long drive on a highway, self-driving cars totally make sense!

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Re: why looking so stiff?
junko.yoshida   10/4/2013 12:12:06 AM
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@Bert, another thing I loved about your comment here...

Does anyone doubt that when cars first came on the scene, there were some luddites who were asking how a car could ever match the majesty of a great horse?


In fact, I have heard an engineering prof. in Japan comparing smart cars with a horse. Taming a smart car is like taming a smart horse...he said.

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Re: Why driver looks in front and not sleepnig?
junko.yoshida   10/4/2013 12:08:17 AM
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@_hm, you'd think that of course.

But Geneva Convetion treaty requires that drivers "shall at all times be able to control their vehicles," and provisions against reckless driving usually require "the conscious and intentional operation of a motor vehicle."

Hence, no reading, no having breakfast with a family (like Caleb suggested), no watching a movie for the driver...

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Re: why looking so stiff?
junko.yoshida   10/4/2013 12:05:01 AM
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@Bert, you wrote:

"Oooooh, man that was close!" Or, "What the ... I would never have done that!"


That is soooo right! I love that!

_hm
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Why driver looks in front and not sleepnig?
_hm   10/3/2013 7:00:33 PM
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Why is he looking in front? Driver can as well sleep or do some other productive work. Also, car may not need big windows, it can be fully covered to rest better.

 

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Anti, antisocial behavior
Les_Slater   10/3/2013 5:26:22 PM
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I enjoy driving... to a point. I drive from Chicago to Boston... and back, four times a year. Sometimes drive straigt through and sometimes stay one night at a hotel. Either case it can get monotonous and sometimes dangerous.

When traffic gets congested around rush hours drivers can get aggressive and piss other drivers off... and sometimes they respond, in kind. Driving under these conditions is tense. I would love a vehicle that could respond rationally, being much more aware of surroundings... and being able to appropriately respond in a few miliseconds instead of tenths of seconds, at best if driver is optimally alert.

Even if only one vehicle along a significant stretch of road had this capability it would help.

If all vehicles had this capability the capacity of highways would more than double, and with greater safety too. All it would take is dedicating one lane, of three lanes, exclusively to such vehicals to double the trafic capacity.

The later scenerio would require V2V and V2I and a high performace vehicle, in addition to whatever sensors and controls were on board.

As to being a boon to insurance companise, it would really undermine the 'neccessity' for them.

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Re: why looking so stiff?
Bert22306   10/3/2013 3:39:21 PM
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He's so stiff because he's cringing constantly. "Oooooh, man that was close!" Or, "What the ... I would never have done that!"

But I don't see this change to self driving cars, which will no doubt be very gradual at best, to be all that new of a phenomenon. Luddites have always sounded the same -- unimaginative.

Does anyone doubt that when cars first came on the scene, there were some luddites who were asking how a car could ever match the majesty of a great horse?

I think that ludditedness (is that a word, Junko? You're the writer) is antithetical to engineering. 

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