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You Won't Need a Driver's License by 2040: Cool or Crazy?

Chris D 2012/09/19 17:00:00
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Self-driving cars are on the way and some experts predict that "autonomous" cars will account for 75 percent of the traffic on the roads by 2040. It sounds funky to me, but it might be nice to have your car drive you home after a night out at the pub! What do you think?

CNN.COM reports:
The timeline for autonomous cars hitting the road en masse keeps getting closer. GM's Cadillac division expects to produce partially autonomous cars at a large scale by 2015, and the automaker also predicts it will have fully autonomous cars available by the end of the decade. Audi and BMW have also shown self-driving car concepts, with the former working with Stanford to pilot a modified TT up Pikes Peak.

Meanwhile, Google is ripping along at its own rapid pace with a fleet of fully autonomous Toyota Prius hybrids that have logged over 300,000 miles. And the company has pushed through legislation that legalizes self-driving cars in Nevada. California is close behind, and Google has also been busy lobbying joyriding lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

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Read More: http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/18/tech/innovation/ieee...

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  • wolf sloan 2012/09/19 21:59:12
    Crazy
    wolf sloan
    +12
    More likely,we won't need a driver's license by then is because some group will claim that it is racist to ask to see one.

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  • Dub 2012/09/22 05:59:09
  • Anonymous Loner 2012/09/21 22:01:12
    Crazy
    Anonymous Loner
    Even if cars end up self driving, I still would prefer driving one myself. I'd fear that the car I'm in would end up off course, then it'll crash, and I'll die. I'm a bit paranoid.
  • lolitalovely 2012/09/21 19:44:35
    Crazy
    lolitalovely
    The Google GPS still gets knocked off course sometimes. At this point it's not a good solution for me. It could be nice though.
  • avery johnson 2012/09/21 19:40:46
    Crazy
    avery johnson
    gear heads worst nightmare
  • Dan 2012/09/21 18:41:35
    Cool
    Dan
    +1
    What will we do with all of the extra time that used to be spent at the DMV.
  • nerak611 Dan 2012/09/23 05:36:48
    nerak611
    +1
    Plant daisies and watch them grow!!!!
  • Beat Magnum True Hero 2012/09/21 18:13:07 (edited)
    Crazy
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    +2
    I'll be the 25% that has full manual control of the car. I love the act of operating a vehicle. I wouldn't have much fun sitting there letting a computer drive for me. An autonomous car is a petrolhead's worse nightmare.
  • Dale G 2012/09/21 17:22:28
    Crazy
    Dale G
    +2
    Wonder how longit will take for the cars to develop road rage?????
  • Stephen 2012/09/21 16:20:04
    Cool
    Stephen
    I want one.
  • Riobhca 2012/09/21 14:57:48 (edited)
    Cool
    Riobhca
    +1
    I can see plenty of potential problems, but it no doubt would be good for those who can't drive due to disabilities. It might give them more independence.
  • synful90 2012/09/21 12:19:15
    Crazy
    synful90
    +1
    that'd be awesome if cars drove themselves i would just worry about the computers having some malfunction or error. i hate doing winter driving so if this thing could do it for me it'd be a dream come true. also less human error on the roadways. i don't think a license makes a difference . we have some of the worst drivers up here and they shockingly all have their licenses. i always think the dmv is handing them out like candy to people lol! i'll be an old fart by 2040 but i look forward to seeing the future of transportation.
  • DDogbreath 2012/09/21 12:17:42
    Crazy
    DDogbreath
    +1
    What if you feel like hauling ass?
  • Katt 2012/09/21 06:24:04 (edited)
    Crazy
    Katt
    +2
    The way most people drive today I'm amazed they have a license. Good for those that can't drive.

    Hopefully by 2040 we'll have hover cars
  • Jarod Kochman 2012/09/21 05:16:39
  • Pronatalist Pronatalist 2012/09/21 02:24:35
    Cool
    Pronatalist Pronatalist
    +1
    So when do the "free energy" cars come out?

    free energy
  • NotTargetMaterial 2012/09/21 01:48:23
    Crazy
    NotTargetMaterial
    +4
    Some of us enjoy operating a motor vehicle.
  • Pyro-82 2012/09/21 01:11:26
    Cool
    Pyro-82
    +1
    I like having the option, but driving can be annoying in general, even worse if you have motion sickness.
  • Gigglez 2012/09/21 00:32:41
    Cool
    Gigglez
    +1
    kewl and crazy but all together it's amazing:)
  • Swampdog PWCM 2012/09/21 00:09:47
    Crazy
    Swampdog PWCM
    +3
    What about people who love their classic rides and won't have all the new gizmos for 'self protection'?
  • moomoof 2012/09/20 23:42:38
    Crazy
    moomoof
    +1
    I'll be dead! woooo
  • Shadow Wolf 2012/09/20 22:51:25 (edited)
    Crazy
    Shadow Wolf
    +2
    so are u guys saying a 14 year old can drive a car without a license?? and damn americans are getting lazier and lazier...letting the car drive itself???? wtf??
  • ikeknight 2012/09/20 22:01:31
    Cool
    ikeknight
    +3
    I think traffic will move smoother and there will be less traffic accidents.
  • nightcrawler2005 2012/09/20 21:48:16
    Cool
    nightcrawler2005
    +2
    Hell I'll be 86 that year so self driving cars will be great.
  • TasselLady 2012/09/20 21:15:17
    Cool
    TasselLady
    But unfortunately I don't see it happening.
  • mikeeonly 2012/09/20 20:33:34
    Crazy
    mikeeonly
    +1
    I'll probably be dead by then anyway
  • Executor 2012/09/20 20:26:49
  • Pronata... Executor 2012/09/21 02:11:09
    Pronatalist Pronatalist
    +1
    So now cars will finally use their turn signals?
  • joseph.davis.9081 2012/09/20 20:21:29
    Crazy
    joseph.davis.9081
    +1
    Accidents.......accidents everywhere!
  • DP 2012/09/20 19:56:10
    Crazy
    DP
    +2
    THE ROBOT REVOLUTION IS BEGINNING.
    PREPARE MY BRETHREN.
    IT'S THE FUTURE.
  • Sailor Jerry [Proud Liberta... 2012/09/20 19:30:51
    Crazy
    Sailor Jerry [Proud Libertarian]
    +1
    our current system is messed up enough.
  • johnnyg 2012/09/20 19:19:58
    Cool
    johnnyg
    +1
    I don't believe it. The state will not eliminate a money grab from us.
  • MercuryZero 2012/09/20 19:05:31
    Crazy
    MercuryZero
    +2
    We're all going to die.
  • Chelsea :) 2012/09/20 18:56:45
    Crazy
    Chelsea :)
    +1
    WTF O.o
  • Ron in Oregon 2012/09/20 18:47:55
    Cool
    Ron in Oregon
    +2
    They will just implant a chip in your neck and scan you as you drive by the cop car.
  • Kigan 2012/09/20 18:47:31
    Crazy
    Kigan
    +1
    FAR too many things a computer can't account for.

    You need to be able to take over the car when the unexpected occurs. Not if, when. We are still talking about computers.
  • Pronata... Kigan 2012/09/21 04:13:16
    Pronatalist Pronatalist
    +1
    Oh, you mean like when MyCrudSoft Windoze crashes?

    They already have programs that can detect program crashes, and reboot automatically. And as I have seen in the movies, I do believe reboots could occur practically INSTANTANEOUSLY. However, any program crashes would likely be logged, for some serious "investigation," as that should NOT be allowed to happen much, with self-drive cars. Programs that are not stable, should not be allowed to drive, even more so, than today's moron drivers, who somehow got a license from the incompetent, ever-bumbling government.

    self drive car error
  • Pronata... Kigan 2012/09/21 04:44:47 (edited)
    Pronatalist Pronatalist
    +2
    I finally found an old picture, that somehow seems relevant.

    Expired
  • GaolBlaze 2012/09/20 18:42:12
    Crazy
    GaolBlaze
    +1
    Crazy, lazy, all the same. Not only must we drive everywhere, but now we're too lazy to do even just that? It's ridiculous, and I hope no-one goes for it.
  • zionosphere 2012/09/20 18:19:21
    Crazy
    zionosphere
    +1
    I'll take an automated missile defense system, but pass on the robot chauffeur. Mountain roads, black ice, car-jackers... yeah, I choose to captain my own ship, thank you very much.
  • Greatkibble 2012/09/20 17:33:32
    Cool
    Greatkibble
    +1
    Do I have to wait till 2040?? I'll probably be dead by then.

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