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Google to build its own self-driving cars


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#1    UM-Bot

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 08:38 PM

The search giant is set to begin manufacturing its own custom cars instead of adapting existing ones.

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Google's remarkable automated vehicles have advanced to such an extent that the company is now going to start building its own original design for the cars with the hope of seeing them undergo wide scale testing within as little as one year.

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 09:00 PM

Ugh...this is it; the beginning of the end for the driving experience as we know it..


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Posted 28 May 2014 - 09:48 PM

There is a potential in this, no doubt. But clearly there are pros and cons. First off, it would likely made the road overall much safer, I mean no more distracted drivers and such which are the cause of many accidents and death. There would probably be no more car insurances to pay with these vehicules. I mean you can't be held responsible for the car's mistake at that point, the fault comes down to the manifacturers.

However, technology are not perfect. Softwares may bug or be compromised somehow, potentially causing big troubles. Also, there may be some legitimate concerns about your privacy. I mean all of your itinaries, destinations will be likely recorded and accessible by these tech giants and spy agencies. That's something to consider and all are not comfortable with this.

Edited by sam_comm, 28 May 2014 - 09:55 PM.


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Posted 28 May 2014 - 10:12 PM

I suppose this is not surprising as Google has been buying up robotics companies. I believe the most recent was Boston Dynamics the creator of the BigDog self-propelled quadruped. They obviously have the capital to go through the growth expenses of producing 25 mph cars. For now, I will relish the remaining automotive moments I have with my manual transmission, steering wheel equipped vehicle.


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Posted 28 May 2014 - 10:40 PM

View Posthighdesert50, on 28 May 2014 - 10:12 PM, said:

I will relish the remaining automotive moments I have with my manual transmission, steering wheel equipped vehicle.

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I can't stand automatics let alone 'self driving cars', but I see them as an inevitability eventually. I hope they do not become compulsory for a long long time.

Edited by Junior Chubb, 28 May 2014 - 10:40 PM.

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 10:40 PM

The computer locking up will take in a whole new meaning at 75 mile an hour. I think it the price is going to be prohibitive. I would be surprised if I see it in my life time.

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 11:08 PM

I'd love to have one, personally.  I take some long trips with no one else in the car... it'd be lovely to have a nap and let something else worry about the traffic.


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Posted 28 May 2014 - 11:49 PM

no way could i sleep while this thing is driving


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Posted 29 May 2014 - 12:13 AM

I would love this.  A taxi without a know-all gabby driver.  Heaven.


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Posted 29 May 2014 - 08:47 AM

So Google can create self driving cars resulting in less money from fines and infringments. But try take oil out of the equation... OOOO watch out Toyota, you naughty.


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Posted 29 May 2014 - 09:35 AM

I was reading about this one thing it will do since it will not be prone to human error, i.e speeding, running red lights etc... it will cripple law enforcement agencies dependent on revenue that such human error creates via tickets and associated fines.


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Posted 29 May 2014 - 11:32 AM

i think all cars should have such a max speed to prevent accidents..

Edited by TheGreatBeliever, 29 May 2014 - 11:36 AM.


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Posted 29 May 2014 - 12:14 PM

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 01:55 PM

View Posthighdesert50, on 28 May 2014 - 10:12 PM, said:

For now, I will relish the remaining automotive moments I have with my manual transmission, steering wheel equipped vehicle.

Here here brother. This morning on my way to work I paid special attention to the visceral feeling of mechanical shift linkages, road feel translating through the wheel into my palms, the throaty sound of the motor entering it's powerband....the whole driving experience as we know it may well be entering it's final day...

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 03:09 PM

View Postpbarosso, on 28 May 2014 - 11:49 PM, said:

no way could i sleep while this thing is driving
So you sleep when you drive now? :innocent:





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