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#1    J. K.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 10:10 PM

www.ibtimes.com said:

It's time for the next big automotive revolution.

A century ago, the horse-drawn carriage became obsolete. Within the last decade, GPS technology rendered paper maps useless.And if the electric movement gets going in earnest, gasoline may one day be a thing of the past.

Next on the chopping block: the need for human drivers.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 10:17 PM

Hi,I am in the U.K. and see loads of cars on the motorways,but very few have human drivers,as they are mostly no brain Zombies,its worse than being on the front line in Afghanland,very scary....cheers

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 11:01 PM

This will create a whole new specialty in law.  Imagine the good once it's perfected.  No more need for anyone to get a DUI or for careless collisions of any kind.  The one immediate downside I see is for truck drivers and cabbies.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 01:53 PM

Traffic tickets and fees bring a large number of revenue to the government.  I can see this being squashed if it catches on, regardless if its a good thing.


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Posted 18 February 2012 - 04:15 PM

This scares me...


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Posted 18 February 2012 - 06:35 PM

Lol @ the people looking at solely the benefits. I agree King Fluffs, its a little scary. No control over vehicle = the car or who ever controls it has authority. Imagine in a police state or something -.-


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Posted 19 February 2012 - 05:35 AM

unless they run on petrol the govenment simple wont allow there use so as long as the do everything should be fine


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Posted 19 February 2012 - 07:03 AM

I thought they already had driverless vehicules in the States: they're called trains

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 05:09 AM

I know here in Colorado we have way WAY too many driverless cars. All the people whom flock here from California on our roadways. Do they not teach you how to drive out west? :)


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Posted 21 February 2012 - 06:23 AM

Even though youre not driving, you would still be responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the vehicle..so things could get a bit iffy legally in the event of an accident..as things are now with insurance.

If there was any internet involved in the navigation or control of the vehicle could hackers resist the temptation to cause mayhem or disruption?

I dont think I would like not being in control having driven all my life, though if I was born into it...of course that would be all you knew so you would have to get used to it.
Once we create machines who can think for us and maintain themselves we will probably evolve into brain dead marshmallows..


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Posted 22 February 2012 - 04:31 AM

Top Gear had a story on this. I think Jeremy Clarkson's views stuck with me. He said something like:

The problem with driverless cars is that cars still require maintenance and we have backyard mechanics. I can just see some bloke called Keith figuring "I can do this service" Next thing you know "Keith" Is hurtling down the highway straight at your vehicle with no control......


It's sounds a bit funny, but makes for a sobering scenario.

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 07:43 PM

View Postpsyche101, on 22 February 2012 - 04:31 AM, said:

Top Gear had a story on this. I think Jeremy Clarkson's views stuck with me. He said something like:

The problem with driverless cars is that cars still require maintenance and we have backyard mechanics. I can just see some bloke called Keith figuring "I can do this service" Next thing you know "Keith" Is hurtling down the highway straight at your vehicle with no control......


It's sounds a bit funny, but makes for a sobering scenario.

Even scarier, how long will it take for someone to create a phone app that takes over control of those cars...

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:37 PM

View Postspud the mackem, on 17 February 2012 - 10:17 PM, said:

Hi,I am in the U.K. and see loads of cars on the motorways,but very few have human drivers,as they are mostly no brain Zombies,its worse than being on the front line in Afghanland,very scary....cheers

Here, too. No one seems to know what an indicator light is for... :rolleyes:

View PostColoradoParanormal, on 21 February 2012 - 05:09 AM, said:

I know here in Colorado we have way WAY too many driverless cars. All the people whom flock here from California on our roadways. Do they not teach you how to drive out west? :)

I think it's push down on the gas pedal, close your eyes and go. :P

View Postjules99, on 21 February 2012 - 06:23 AM, said:

If there was any internet involved in the navigation or control of the vehicle could hackers resist the temptation to cause mayhem or disruption?

I dont think I would like not being in control having driven all my life, though if I was born into it...of course that would be all you knew so you would have to get used to it.
Once we create machines who can think for us and maintain themselves we will probably evolve into brain dead marshmallows..

Aren't more and more cars connected to the internet anyway, at least for directions? I've never heard of hackers going nuts and misdirecting people. Seems to me that hackers do things only to benefit themselves and I don't see how causing mayhem or disruption would benefit them. Unless you're the bad guys in Live Free or Die Hard. And I don't suppose you use much public transportation or fly anywhere, do you?

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 11:33 PM

View PostJ. K., on 22 February 2012 - 07:43 PM, said:

Even scarier, how long will it take for someone to create a phone app that takes over control of those cars...
If you believe their press, Iran took control of a multimillion dollar US drone and landed it - maybe with a wee bit of help from the Russians.  So electronically hijacking a car would probably be easy - ish.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 12:28 AM

View PostJ. K., on 22 February 2012 - 07:43 PM, said:

Even scarier, how long will it take for someone to create a phone app that takes over control of those cars...


That is a good point, I would bet hackers would love to tell some of these cars where they feel they should be travelling. You might get in to go to work one day, and pull up at some rally or something.

That is if Keith does not get you along the way!

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