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Google's Self-Driving Vehicles Have Completed 300,000 Miles of Testing: Are Autonomous Cars the Next Big Thing?

thezilch 2012/08/07 22:00:00
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Among other advances in world technology, the computer, internet, and smart phones come to mind. Are autonomous cars the next big thing?

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  • Mrkando 2012/08/07 22:04:05
    No
    Mrkando
    +5
    The complications of doing this in the real world are enormousness. With traffic the way it is in most city's adding to that mix cars that drive themselves would be disastrous.

    On the other hand it may actually be safer than people that drive with a cell phone, texting or using a computer. :-)

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  • POWERSHAKER 2012/08/08 13:44:11 (edited)
  • Angelika Insomniac 2012/08/08 12:14:15
    Yes
    Angelika Insomniac
    That ish creeps me out. But I wouldn't have wrecked my car if someone/thing else had been driving, LOL.
  • Red_Horse Angelik... 2012/08/08 14:24:39 (edited)
  • Angelik... Red_Horse 2012/08/08 16:24:16
    Angelika Insomniac
    +1
    I am a control freak...
  • Red_Horse Angelik... 2012/08/08 17:00:35
  • Angelik... Red_Horse 2012/08/09 05:00:35
  • Red_Horse Angelik... 2012/08/09 05:06:08
  • Angelik... Red_Horse 2012/08/09 05:29:07
    Angelika Insomniac
    +1
    Dude, my car is older than my son, LOL.

    I don't care what it looks like as long as it gets me from A to B.

    My SON is embarrassed to be driving the crumpled tin can looking hood that is duct taped & bungee corded down with half a rear bumper, though. ;-p
  • Red_Horse Angelik... 2012/08/09 05:52:06
  • Angelik... Red_Horse 2012/08/09 07:45:44
    Angelika Insomniac
    +1
    Now I have to Google that... You make me jealous with a car from this century, LOL.

    My grandmother's car is so old it is officially an antique so she doesn't have to buy tags anymore! I think it's an 80s Grand Marquis or something.
  • Red_Horse Angelik... 2012/08/09 15:30:26
  • Angelik... Red_Horse 2012/08/10 19:17:59
    Angelika Insomniac
    Exactly! I WANT IT because it's METAL & not plastic, LOL.
  • MW121 2012/08/08 12:13:03
    Yes
    MW121
    I'd love to get one.. I'd get some much more work done.
  • the fuze 2012/08/08 12:10:32
    No
    the fuze
    +1
    I really hope not.
  • 001 2012/08/08 12:03:00
    Yes
    001
    +1
    They already exist so it's about time they adjusted them for private use. With those cars people could even drink and 'drive' and it would only be a problem for their own health.
  • Steve 2012/08/08 11:52:15
    No
    Steve
    +1
    I think it is a great concept, but no where near ready to put into practice. The highway system would have to be changed and the cars produced. I can see it being tried in a very controlled area before any big moves happen.
  • Thecharliejay 2012/08/08 11:38:16
    No
    Thecharliejay
    +1
    Dear god no, That would be so sad no driving when your mad or when your bored. it would take the fun out of road trips
  • 001 Thechar... 2012/08/08 12:04:42
    001
    You still could. It's like a plane with an automatic pilot, you can still fly her if you want but you don't have to. Ideal if you're tired for example.
  • Franklin 001 2012/08/09 14:40:41
    Franklin
    I really don't think you understand how humans and government work ! Once they are in use it will only be a few months before there is law forcing us to let them do all the driving all the time -
  • Drea 2012/08/08 08:49:34
    No
    Drea
    The idea scares me. If someone were able to over ride the controls they could take you anywhere. O_o
  • overzero 2012/08/08 08:08:13
    No
    overzero
    +1
    Not if they follow Google maps!
  • Franklin overzero 2012/08/09 14:41:27
    Franklin
    LOL - to true I have found that if I go by google i am often in the middle of a lake or in the atlantic ocean
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/08/08 08:06:19
    Yes
    MOMMA THOMAS
    HAVE BEEN MAKING THAT PREDICTION FOR DECADES..... NOW ALL THE DING BATS WHO'D PREFER TALKING ON THEIR CELL PHONES MAY NOT CAUSE AS MANY ACCIDENTS.
  • Spooner 2012/08/08 07:19:18
    Yes
    Spooner
    WOuld be great for driving drugs around. If cops stop the car there is onone inside lol
  • Ian 2012/08/08 06:38:35
    No
    Ian
    Its not the car that is fossil free that will solve the problem even if that problem is solved, its the amount of vehicles on the road is the problem.
    How many of you out there HAVE to travel to work, there are a people who have to go to work every day, some of us can work at home a few days of the week i can do work at home for the business without going in to work.
    Just saying it might help.
    Public transport around here is a laugh,its expensive because no one hardy ever uses it so the company that runs it charges a lot so then its self perpetuating.
    The three of us were going for a few drink in the local town, i said that i would catch the bus.Three changes and £7.50 and i would have been in the bus for 1hour 30 minutes to travel 12 miles, i told the woman it would be quicker and cheaper if i cycled,fair play she agreed with me that it was shambolic.
    There has to be more incentives for people to use public transport, i would use it if it was viable to use it,out in Hanover they park outside the city in this massive car park and they jump on the tram which stops at various points on the way in,back in 1994 it was 4 DM which was around a £1 and the car park was about £1.50 all day and they ran every 20 minutes and to the center of Hanover was 7/8 miles so park and ride for ...

    Its not the car that is fossil free that will solve the problem even if that problem is solved, its the amount of vehicles on the road is the problem.
    How many of you out there HAVE to travel to work, there are a people who have to go to work every day, some of us can work at home a few days of the week i can do work at home for the business without going in to work.
    Just saying it might help.
    Public transport around here is a laugh,its expensive because no one hardy ever uses it so the company that runs it charges a lot so then its self perpetuating.
    The three of us were going for a few drink in the local town, i said that i would catch the bus.Three changes and £7.50 and i would have been in the bus for 1hour 30 minutes to travel 12 miles, i told the woman it would be quicker and cheaper if i cycled,fair play she agreed with me that it was shambolic.
    There has to be more incentives for people to use public transport, i would use it if it was viable to use it,out in Hanover they park outside the city in this massive car park and they jump on the tram which stops at various points on the way in,back in 1994 it was 4 DM which was around a £1 and the car park was about £1.50 all day and they ran every 20 minutes and to the center of Hanover was 7/8 miles so park and ride for £2.50 all day.
    And people used it because it was viable.
    They would never do that around here, they would make the car park expensive and the mode of transport expensive and then no one would use it, and they all would be scratching their head it the town hall and all in union would say "why dont they use the park and ride it worked in Germany and a load of other places"
    (more)
  • Don Leuty 2012/08/08 05:24:24
    Yes
    Don Leuty
    We are only about 20 years overdue. Someone at NBC should dig up that old Dave Garroway special back in the mid-60s that predicted such would be commonplace by 1995.

    At the rate the Chinese are going, they will beat us to that point with our own money paid with the interest on our debt.
  • sglmom 2012/08/08 05:18:10
    Yes
    sglmom
    +1
    Actually ..
    I have a different opinion on this ..

    For as someone who is now Vision Impaired (Blind) ..
    I wasn't always blind (I did have sight and drove myself) ..
    one of the biggest FRUSTRATIONS is that now I must have help getting from place to place
    (have some wonderful friends and family who do drive me places .. for which I am eternally grateful).

    BUT .. I can say this ..
    I would so LOVE this as an option ..
    so ENJOY the freedom of the road once again ..
    with a Vehicle that can be programmed to drive me from place to place ..
    (and I'm NOT a city-dweller .. I do live and enjoy the RURAL LIFE) ..
    I'd just like to once again ..
    have the FUN of the open road .. be able to travel .. and have my vehicle take me there even as a BLIND person ..
    (independently of others)
  • Andrew 2012/08/08 05:17:27
    No
    Andrew
    No.
  • Marek 2012/08/08 05:16:08
    No
    Marek
    maybe, who knows?
  • ParkMan 2012/08/08 04:45:30
    No
    ParkMan
    I sure hope not! I could not imagine how boring it would be if my car drove me everywhere. I'd hate it!
  • DP 2012/08/08 04:43:18
    No
    DP
    THE ROBOT REVOLUTION IS COMING! PREPARE YOURSELVES!
  • ParkMan DP 2012/08/08 04:46:52
    ParkMan
    +1
    :) I can't help but think of...

    terminator
    terminator
  • DP ParkMan 2012/08/08 04:47:56
    DP
    I know!!! The cars will be running us over soon and we won't be able to do crap about it unless we block out the sun and you know what comes next. "Neo, the world around you is not real yadda yadda yadda."
  • ParkMan DP 2012/08/08 04:53:50 (edited)
    ParkMan
    Yep - and then Agent Smith will show up - gesh!

    Let's just bail on the whole idea while we still can.
  • DP ParkMan 2012/08/08 04:55:06
    DP
    Yes!!! "TO THE STONE AGE WE SHALL GO!" Oh wait, I can't give up my computer.... "TO THE MODERN AGE WE SHALL GO.... AND STAY...... FOREVER!"
  • the fuze ParkMan 2012/08/08 12:11:56
    the fuze
    +1
    Just say "no" to SKYNET.
  • Wayne TH G 333 2012/08/08 04:41:34
    No
    Wayne TH G 333
    There is no way I would ever trust driverless cars!
  • Ian Wayne T... 2012/08/08 06:45:46
    Ian
    They are out there now, and thats with the drivers behind the wheel!
  • WOODMAN34 2012/08/08 04:32:27
    No
    WOODMAN34
    The car was made to rake me where I want to go. Not some computer. Whats the point?
  • Magical Mushroom 2012/08/08 04:30:14
    No
    Magical Mushroom
    +3
    I enjoy driving and I hate new cars.
    enjoy driving

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