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Would You Ride in a Self-Driving Car?

Christine Lusey 2011/06/28 19:00:00
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If you're driving around in Las Vegas and see someone reading a newspaper instead of watching the road, don't worry! It's legal!

A new bill passed in Nevada requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to draft rules for "autonomous vehicles," like Google’s automated Prius and Audi TT.

It'll be a while before you can sleep-drive to work, though. The legislation takes effect in March 2012, but before then lots of regulations and guidelines need to be worked out.

Check out the video below for a test ride:

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  • JackSchitt 2011/06/28 22:56:01
    No way
    JackSchitt
    +7
    I'm taking my car to the shop this week because at this time:

    The passenger side seat motor isn't working
    The driver's side power mirror makes this weird noise and moves in "jumps"
    The cruise control is hit-or-miss.

    The more electronic crap I get on a car.... the more trouble I have. I would NEVER trust my life to a machine like that.

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  • big dipper 2011/06/30 19:11:56
    Yes, sounds like fun
    big dipper
    Have the car drive you while you and your woman make out in the back seat. What will they think of next? ;)
  • Sheled Umlal 2011/06/29 23:16:02
    No way
    Sheled Umlal
    Dude, if it ain't good enough for Will Smith, it ain't good enough for me.
    dude smith
  • Aeder 2011/06/29 18:57:23
    Yes, sounds like fun
    Aeder
    +1
    Even if that thing had a 15% chance of randomly crashing into walls, it would still drive better than 95% of people. And at least if this somehow has the ability to crash at least I know it won't be due to the driver idiocy which is a hundred times more infuriating.
  • Eastexn25 2011/06/29 18:25:06
    No way
    Eastexn25
    No, especially if it was a Toyota!! I work in electronics and robotic control. I am not betting my life on it.
  • bettyboop 2011/06/29 18:18:35
    Yes, sounds like fun
    bettyboop
    +1
    This would cut down on drunk driving, teen reckless driving, senior citizen blind driving and a whole lot of other issues. If I had a car that could drive itself I would travel more.
  • Jane 2011/06/29 18:06:27
    Yes, sounds like fun
    Jane
    This is the era in which we fly hundred of metres above the around, at ridiculous speeds, sitting still in such a place for hours on end, less than a metre away from the clouds.
    Is a self-driving car any worse?
  • Michaela 2011/06/29 18:03:58
    No way
    Michaela
    Um, I don't trust technology enough yet... lol.
  • SisterGypsy 2011/06/29 17:55:02
    No way
    SisterGypsy
    Hell no. I don't trust technology enough to keep all my important info kept in my phone(nor am I stupid enough to do so) but to ride in a car run by a computer? Eff that.
  • WeNeedAMiracle 2011/06/29 17:29:06
    Yes, sounds like fun
    WeNeedAMiracle
    +1
    But look at the camera. It looks like a psycho pat is driving that car.
  • bob 2011/06/29 17:06:38
    Yes, sounds like fun
    bob
    +1
    Mr. Toads wild ride, let go
  • mblack 2011/06/29 16:52:05
    Yes, sounds like fun
    mblack
    +2
    only on city streets and if the car manufacturer would accept liability when I'm not driving.
  • Guinness 2011/06/29 16:32:28
    Yes, sounds like fun
    Guinness
    +1
    naw hey id drive it.
  • ☠ Cheryl ☮ 2011/06/29 16:02:22
    No way
    ☠ Cheryl ☮
    +1
    To new, new stuff has bugs in it, to many possibilities for it to malfunction. With no one to take over in case of emergency....I think I'll pass at this point in time.
  • JJ 2011/06/29 15:45:31
    No way
    JJ
    +1
    Only if I was behind the wheel...just in case. I don't much like all the electronics behind any car,but I'll admit, I have wonder about a car that could drive you to...lets say another state safley, but without a lot of gizmos attached.
  • Andre 2011/06/29 15:40:31
    No way
    Andre
    +1
    Part, the major part, of traveling in a car is the driving (YES, even in Los Angeles) so do not take that away !!!! And, apart from that, I do not see any advantage in that.
  • tech1510 2011/06/29 15:39:05
    Yes, sounds like fun
    tech1510
    People have to realize that all it really is is a sou
  • Natasha 2011/06/29 15:12:11
    No way
    Natasha
    What the hell?! :)
  • Sister Jean 2011/06/29 15:04:20
    No way
    Sister Jean
    huh?
  • Adam 2011/06/29 14:55:15
    No way
    Adam
    +2
    If it's accuracy is anything like GPS, then it may just drive me to a crackhouse when I want to go back to school
  • JCD aka "biz" 2011/06/29 14:41:42
    Yes, sounds like fun
    JCD aka "biz"
    +2
    I would have, when I was young, but only if I could have told the car to stop when it spots a gorgeous young lady.
  • synful90 2011/06/29 14:34:15
    No way
    synful90
    +3
    no this scares the bajeezus out of me. knowing my luck the thing would take off on a joy ride and i couldn't stop it then.. scares bajeezus luck joy ride funny car crash
  • "H" 2011/06/29 14:24:53
    No way
    "H"
    +6
    I only like jalopies...i tend to like the idea of steering the wheel, not some robotic arm and new fangled make shift robotic legs...i mean is the robot anatomically correct? In that case, I might give it a whirl
  • Deviant "H" 2011/06/29 14:36:26
  • BJAY 2011/06/29 14:10:23
    Yes, sounds like fun
    BJAY
    +1
    Then I could actually text!!
  • Miesha 2011/06/29 14:01:18
    Yes, sounds like fun
    Miesha
    +1
    its alot safer that driving in a cab or with someone else. google software hasnt had a single accident in over 100,000 miles and thousands of hrs ot testing.
  • Jaguar 2011/06/29 13:30:46
    No way
    Jaguar
    +1
    Just imagine if a fuse blew or a wire shorted out... Doesn't bare thinking about....
  • RicardoCabeza 2011/06/29 12:55:21
    No way
    RicardoCabeza
    This would be like getting married to an American woman.
  • Kigan 2011/06/29 12:32:43
    No way
    Kigan
    +1
    Not a chance.

    Movies that have taught us what happens when this starts aside, I prefer being in control of my car and where it is going.

    I don't ever plan to give that up to a car that drives itself. I just don't trust technology that much, and I never will.
  • the fuze 2011/06/29 12:29:18 (edited)
    No way
    the fuze
    +2
    I don't even know where to begin with this one...

    I love driving too much, I don't need anyone "controlling" me, I already have electronics issues with my current vehicle (windows, power-locks, etc...) wouldn't trust the computer to keep the car in line, don't need anyone to know all of the places I'm going, I could go on and on.

    It's probably light-years down the road but if it takes off, how long until I am forced to buy one, or give up my non-controlled car and get put on public transportation?

    Also, where will law enforcement get it's revenues from? Because I'm sure the cars will all drive the speed limit, stop at all appropriate times etc... They won't have anyone to pull over!

    AND, I would never own anything that is controlled by google... they have too much power as it is.
  • hmgmcrmy 2011/06/29 12:17:48
    No way
    hmgmcrmy
    +1
    It's a possibility if they work out all of the kinks, but for now, I'll stick to riding with an actual person driving.
  • Miesha hmgmcrmy 2011/06/29 14:04:38
    Miesha
    +1
    They have. There hasnt been a single crash or accident caused by the software. And this is with over 100,000 miles and thousands of hrs of testing in the city. Its a better driver than you.
  • hmgmcrmy Miesha 2011/06/29 14:06:43
    hmgmcrmy
    +1
    I'd say there's a lot of people that are better drivers than me! I didn't know those facts though. Thanks for that!
  • Rore73 2011/06/29 12:08:00
    Yes, sounds like fun
    Rore73
    +1
    It wouldn't be anything new to me - My wife and I often argue about who's driving as we go down the road.
  • srini 2011/06/29 11:46:56
    No way
    srini
    +1
    I've been in a few taxis which gave me close-enough-for-government-work experience to that.
  • T1 2011/06/29 11:16:30
    No way
    T1
    +1
    have been in several cars piloted by women i would have sworn were driverless.....
  • Tigger Too 2011/06/29 10:41:53
  • tech1510 Tigger Too 2011/06/29 15:37:05
    tech1510
    +1
    They would sue you because California treats it is if it were cruise control, with the driver having full responsibility as at any time they have to be Abel to over ride the system
  • Tigger Too tech1510 2011/06/29 23:39:38
  • tech1510 Tigger Too 2011/08/02 00:22:50
    tech1510
    +1
    However as more cars like this become available I am sure laws will change to accommodate them for technical malfunctions etc.
  • Thierry 2011/06/29 10:33:22
    Yes, sounds like fun
    Thierry
    +1
    yep, i would like to ride it

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