Column: The Future of Self Driving Cars

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Ghost XFX

Nope, not for me. The thought of the government hacking my ride to do their bidding, after all the nasty things I have to say about them, sends a chill up my spine.

Plus, it takes the pleasure of being in control out of my hands. I couldn't possibly allow a CPU decide if I should brake going into a corner and qickly accelerate coming off of it, or just simply round the corner with all the skill of a granny on her way to market.

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FireGarden

Self driving cars are incredible. I can't wait personally!

As others have said I can see governments and insurance companies making it a requirement in the future once the safety is proven. People will only be allowed to drive around designated tracks. Those who see that as terrible, imagine that the cars could offer a driving simulation - so while it is driving you somewhere, the windows will become computer monitors and you will be able to pretend drive in VR. By that time the simulation will be almost indistinguishable from the real thing and you could be driving an F1 car for instance. Much more fun than sitting in a traffic jam!!

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legionera

R.O.B. driving my car? Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

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iheartpcs

The sooner we take driving out of the hands of people and put them in the hands of machines, the better!

(Did I say that right, Mr T-800?)

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HouseFoxx

I don't even trust automatic transmissions all that much with the simple task of being efficient (ever punch it on the highway only to have your car downshift itself into 3rd?).
Like hell I would let a computer control anything, I like driving my own car, not the other way around.

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Slowman

I think self driving cars would be a great idea. Why settle for playing Watch Dogs online when you can play Watch Dogs real life.

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Hawkfriend

why mess with only controlling traffic lights when you can control the cars themselves? why merely stop assailants when you can have them buried under a pile of metal?

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vrmlbasic

Tom Cruise and Will Smith were against self-driving cars. I see the logic to their argument.

Google should put this tech into their infamous SF area buses before unleashing it on the public.

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firefox91

A self-driving car sure would appeal to me. Rush hour traffic sucks around here. I would rather someone else do the driving while I get more sleep on my way to work. Of course it will take a lot of testing before I am willing to let a computer take control of a car.

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macmooda

That is a good point, I could sleep on the way to work!!

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macmooda

I will never have a car that drives me around. I will always drive my self or I won't be driving/buying a car. I just can't trust somebody else's code that much. Kinda a neat idea, just think about the security protocols that will have to be in place for things like this. With everything being wireless and on the web, what is to prevent somebody from remotely controlling the car?? Nope I am good.

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Thrill

I expect that, for a very long time, self-driving cars are going to come with an instantaneous manual override mechanism, like how driving school cars have passenger-side controls for the instructor. So you will sit in the driver's seat and watch the entire time, and take over in an instant if you need to.

Also, self-driving cars aren't going to suddenly appear and do everything by themselves; they will do new things incrementally. We already have cars that can parallel park themselves. The first self-driving cars, I expect, will be on the interstates, since that's relatively easy and pedestrian-free; there are also strong economic incentives to automate interstate commerce. Cities will probably be last.

A self-driving car can also optimize much better than you can for time, or gas mileage (or, hopefully, electric fuel economy), or whatever you tell it to optimize for, taking into account things you don't know or can't even see or feel -- headwinds, car weight, tire traction, traffic 50 miles ahead, etc.

I am very excited about the possibilities, and I expect we will start to see real benefits from automated cars in a decade or so.

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macmooda

You are right in many respects. They could bring extremely good environmentally and economically. I bet you are right also that you will be able to over ride them as well. That is a good point. I would want that ability. At the same time though, call me old fashioned, but I really like to drive around in my old rig. :-) Should be neat to see what comes in the future. Although I am not a major fan of electric cars. Very economical and environmental in some respects but in others, you still have to burn coal or something to get the electricity. We just can't produce enough of it. But in a small town going only 5 miles to work or so, an electric car is awesome. Because of the fuel usage. So they have their ups and downs.

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Blackheart-1220

So, when a car says Google on the side and has no driver, I could throw myself into it and I could sue so i could buy parts to build my dream PC?

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jason2393

So, you're willing to hinder vehicular and technological progress so you can increase your gaming FPS?

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macmooda

Nice. What would you build.

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mattman059

duhhhhhhhhhh

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macmooda

He didn't say any specifics, I asked what would he build as in specs. How is there anything "duhhhhhhhhhh" about that??

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Blackheart-1220

Maximum PC's Dream Machine 2014! :D

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macmooda

Sounds good to me!! :-)