I don't see direct consumer sales of these future cars happening. Instead, what I see is the automation of companies like Lyft, Uber, and traditional taxi services using fleets of these vehicles. They will be a perfect fit for this purpose and will prove to be hugely successful in this niche.
In retirement, I think some of the time goes in walking the dog and keeping fit. Was I fit when at work? No.
Am I fitter in retirement yes, because I have time to walk and exercise the dog, Cycle to the shops and swim. I think I may be fit enough now to wean myself of the blood pressure medication that working full time got me onto.
Come on driverless car spoil my aim to reach 100 years of age. The next 30 years will be fun spreading mayhem across the likes of EE-Times and other blog sites.
@David: From my long experience of the card readers in the London Transport Oyster system. They have to be near the reader, but thats only so you get a clean and fast signal. In respect of mutiple cards responding together they can do that and in the case of the Oyster system I have know an Oyster card and a debit card both pay for the same journey if offered in a wallet at the same time. They can be seen as two transactions. Though the powers that be will say this can not happen.
One wheeze our city boys like to do is cut out the Oyster chip from the card and glue it to a finger nail or item of hand clothing which looks very smart when you just wave your hand over the reader but a bit of a dork when your credit on the chip runs out.
@Crusty... "I have exactly the same problem. How did I find time to go to work and do projects before I retired?"
My answer is that I don't. Or not nearly as much personal stuff as I would liike to. I don't understand these guys who wonder what they will do when they retire. I still will not have enough hours in the day.....
@Crusty I am with you on the RFID cards. The banks should offer you the option of whether you want the RFID enabled or not. I will admit I do use it, and it is very convenient, but I would rather be without it and have to put the PIN in, even though it takes slightly longer.
Do you or anyone else have any figures on how close you have to be to "Steal" your card info? The cards have to be within about half an inch of the chip readers for them to work, so I would have thought you could not steal the info at much more than this distance. Also if you have several cards in your wallet, wouldn't they all respond together and interfere with each other? Any RFID experts out there??
@elizabethsimon: It seems to me that in years gone by, I used to have more time for "after work" activities...
I have exactly the same problem. How did I find time to go to work and do projects before I retired?
At least I now only have to worry about the driverless Google car running me over, because the inteligent implants in me are signalling the car that I am a life expired component. LOL
Anyway I have half the problem of my kitchen reflow oven made. I just need time to programme the soldering profiles and get it to learn how to achieve them. But before I do that I need to finish off the ceiling in the bathroom and fit the new sink water heater in the en-suite, and get the car serviced.
Perhaps I do need a Google car? At least it would drive it'self to the garage and get serviced without my intervention.
OMG I have become a convert to the Google driverless car and see what it does now. I accept it and it immediatly starts spending my money without telling me. AGH!!!!!!!!
It sounds like an interesting project. Unfortunately I already have more ideas for projects than I have time to do them in. It seems to me that in years gone by, I used to have more time for "after work" activities...
I don't mind the chips that I know about and approve the use of. Its the other ones that bother me.
We are largely in-synch Junko...but if we can use this new mode of transportation why would we want to own a car?...the car will become luxury item that you will be able to purchase for hundreds of thousands of dollars and will require in 50 years a special permit to drive...every common man will use driveless ways of transportation (Google cars, trains, and pilot-less planes) and would not even entertain the thought of owning a car...Kris
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