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Nevada Allows Google's Self-Driving Car: Super or Scary?

News 2012/05/10 13:00:00
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Google's been working on patenting a self-driving car for a while, and now it's fully licensed to drive. In Nevada, at least. According the The Associate Press, the car received a license to drive after demonstrating its safe driving on the Las Vegas Strip. For whatever reason, the license requires that two passengers be in the car while it's on auto-pilot, doubling the risk. On the other hand, it's the perfect solution for those worried about Google's Glass project.

DMV director Bruce Breslow explained, "They're designed to avoid distracted driving. When you're on the Strip and there's a huge truck with three scantily clad women on the side, the car only sees a box." Any drawbacks? He adds, "It gets honked at more often because it’s being safe." It sounds like an amazing invention, and so far it hasn't gotten into any accidents, but does a self-driving car sound a little scary to you?


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  • Dan™: Real Change, Not Fals... 2012/05/11 01:56:46 (edited)
    Scary
    Dan™: Real Change, Not False Hope
    +8
    Kinda scary, actually. I love technology, but as anyone who deals with emerging techologies on a daily basis can tell you (and I do), there are always glitches and unforseen problems and scenarios. Always. For something like navigating a high speed vehicle down a road with changing traffic, weather, and road conditions, I'm not comfortable handing the wheel over to a computer yet. Anyone who has experience with GPS navigators knows that they are frequently wrong about routes and other trip data.

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  • Dan™: R... Met 2012/05/11 02:02:09
    Dan™: Real Change, Not False Hope
    +1
    Good point.
  • EllaBella Met 2012/05/11 03:19:00 (edited)
    EllaBella
    +1
    cop: are you drinking
    car: only if you're buying.
  • Scaldar... Met 2012/05/11 10:52:34
    Scaldari Anitoba
    +1
    would the ethanol they put in count as alcohol consumption?
  • Met Scaldar... 2012/05/11 20:00:26
    Met
    You know i thought about that, but then i remembered that strict regulations are in place to make sure it's at or below the legal limit...
  • Apache 2012/05/11 00:25:21
  • Eliot Loney 2012/05/10 23:55:37
    Super
    Eliot Loney
    +1
    My bad back and knees want a car that can drive it`s self.
  • Joe Mama 2012/05/10 23:29:51
    Scary
    Joe Mama
    +2
    There could be some problems if used widespread.
  • Jay Calderone 2012/05/10 23:13:19
    Scary
    Jay Calderone
    +2
    Both...
  • bpf 2012/05/10 22:37:57
    Scary
    bpf
    +3
    The present technology with software and how it's written, tested leaves too many bugs due to human error.
  • Marshall Maxwell 2012/05/10 22:34:56 (edited)
    Scary
    Marshall Maxwell
    +3
    What happens if there is a computer glitch? This will be worst than all those toyota and Lexus vehicles excessive engine idling and bursting into flames.
  • Marshal... Marshal... 2012/05/11 00:50:18
    Marshall Maxwell
    +2
    I wonder if you need a driver's license and insurance to register this car.
  • Freedom... Marshal... 2012/05/11 03:02:43
    Freedom!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    +1
    Yes computers glitch, but they glitch less than we do. And 99.9999999% of those glitches are actually our fault.
  • Beat Magnum True Hero 2012/05/10 22:05:18
    Scary
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    +2
    I actually hate being a passenger and love driving. I have no desire to ever own a self-driving car.
  • RavenWing 2012/05/10 21:55:40
    Scary
    RavenWing
    +3
    Lol I have used Google maps sometimes they have really strange methods of directions lol. Plus I can drive my self thanks!
  • Heptarch 2012/05/10 21:51:28
    Super
    Heptarch
    +1
    Give it about 10-15 years of intensive testing and I'd buy one.
  • Black-Indian Girl 2012/05/10 21:35:24
    Super
    Black-Indian Girl
    +1
    As soon as the technology has been tested, retested, and perfected, I'll give it a try.
  • Jack the Dude 2012/05/10 21:07:13
  • Rebel [SHP] 2012/05/10 21:02:52
    Super
    Rebel [SHP]
    It's the future and it's well tested. I'm not worried at all.
  • Lindsey 2012/05/10 20:52:29
  • Sodaz56 2012/05/10 20:21:52
    Scary
    Sodaz56
    +4
    okay,so lets say the computer malfunctions,then what?
  • Dan™: R... Sodaz56 2012/05/11 02:04:40
    Dan™: Real Change, Not False Hope
    +2
    Three words: Hard Drive Crash.

    Oops!
  • Joey 2012/05/10 20:17:41
    Super
    Joey
    I want one. I hate driving and this would be so cool. I could go on long road trips while doing work.
  • bob 2012/05/10 20:11:19
    Super
    bob
    +2
    one thing less to worry about
  • realist 2012/05/10 19:53:56
    Super
    realist
    +1
    safer than most drivers.
  • Dan™: R... realist 2012/05/11 02:05:52
    Dan™: Real Change, Not False Hope
    +1
    Maybe. Maybe not. Ever had a hard drive crash?
  • Saul Bo... Dan™: R... 2012/05/11 03:08:32
    Saul Borbón-Dos Sicilias
    +1
    You do know that you can take control of the car anytime you want right? Just click in a button and the car is in your hands. And if the button for some reason or other don't work there is a lever you manually pull that will automatically eject the hard drive.
  • Dan™: R... Saul Bo... 2012/05/11 03:19:37
    Dan™: Real Change, Not False Hope
    Well that's nice.
  • ~Adrien~ 2012/05/10 19:50:03
    Super
    ~Adrien~
    +2
    Only if I could control it when I wanted to, and put it on auto-pilot at my discretion. ;)
  • Opal ~Adrien~ 2012/05/10 20:57:50
    Opal
    +2
    that's what i think too
  • Dan™: R... ~Adrien~ 2012/05/11 02:07:12
    Dan™: Real Change, Not False Hope
    +2
    Agreed. Must have a manual override option before I'd buy one.
  • El Prez 2012/05/10 19:37:09
    Super
    El Prez
    +2
    Why not try it out in the desert?
  • Opal El Prez 2012/05/10 20:58:17
  • Yaati 2012/05/10 19:29:23
    Scary
    Yaati
    +2
    Super scary!

    I do NOT wanna be in that thing when it malfunctions!

    Maybe in ten years when the technology has been further perfected...
  • El Prez Yaati 2012/05/11 00:08:51
    El Prez
    +1
    Good idea not to get into one then!! You should not go where you are not comfortable. There are plenty of people who will like the "experiment". Hang in there for the "perfected" one.
  • Groundskeeper Willy 2012/05/10 19:12:53
    Scary
    Groundskeeper Willy
    +4
    Well, how bout that. I can just picture it. it will be used to deal with DUI's . Get a DUI get your car retrofited with Google Drive® No more DUI's,
    I bet some drunks are looking forward to that.
  • Sister Jean 2012/05/10 19:08:00
    Super
    Sister Jean
  • sglmom 2012/05/10 19:02:19
    Super
    sglmom
    +3
    Actually ..
    as someone now blind ..
    I'm excited at this development ..
    for it would provide the ability of those with disabilities ..
    to MAINTAIN the same level of independence I enjoyed
    BEFORE The blindness happened ..
    (YES .. I MISS being able to go out and about whenever I wanted .. withOUT relying on someone else to get me there)

    Now put that into a Truck/SUV Body so I can be truly independent in many more ways ..
    and yes, that would be great indeed (IF the cost was within my budget)
  • Sister ... sglmom 2012/05/10 19:08:28
  • Ben 2012/05/10 18:37:36
    Super
    Ben
    +2
    An artificial intelligence's main purpose in life is to pay attention to the road is going to be much safer than the average dumbass out there in rush hour traffic.
  • glass_butterfly ~YSU~ 2012/05/10 18:21:40
    Scary
    glass_butterfly ~YSU~
    +7
    Next stop...
    Skynet

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