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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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  • Kingarthurup 2012/08/08 04:27:50
    No
    Kingarthurup
    +1
    the next big thing is the libtard intelligence ray.... I hope
  • America... Kingart... 2012/08/08 08:37:38
    American☆Atheist
    There is, it is called education.
  • Der Kitabkúzædlhen 2012/08/08 04:07:40
    No
    Der Kitabkúzædlhen
    Not for the general public as of now, but for blind and older people who can't drive themselves, this could be a godsend.

    And maybe in the near future, when the system pops up that lets these cars communicate with each other and the road to avoid accidents and increase efficiency...
  • ♫♪‼Chloey Arddun‼♫♪ 2012/08/08 03:57:55
    No
    ♫♪‼Chloey Arddun‼♫♪
    +2
    OH GOD I HOPE NOT! I'm sorry, but that sounds far from safe.
  • 001 ♫♪‼Chlo... 2012/08/08 12:10:45
    001
    Actually, the ones they've tested so far are absolutely safe, they drive better and smoother than most people do. And a car doesn't get tired or drunk.
  • mikeeonly 2012/08/08 03:42:28
    No
    mikeeonly
    they have t prove it first. Where did all the miles take place and under what conditions?
  • Riobhca 2012/08/08 03:38:56
    No
    Riobhca
    +1
    And what when the technology goes out? What then, when maybe an accident that could have been avoided if lazy humans had not been so willing to trust their lives to this technology.
  • JanHopkins 2012/08/08 03:31:14
    Yes
    JanHopkins
    At least for the wealthy. The rest of us will be out of luck.
  • msjazz79 2012/08/08 03:26:29
    No
    msjazz79
    +2
    I'll wait on hoverboards (Back to the Future 2)
  • doc moto 2012/08/08 02:57:14
    No
    doc moto
    So it was their vehicle that stuck that old lady; good thing you posted this, now they can sue them for eighty trillion samolies!
  • Tracie Richards~PWCM~JLA 2012/08/08 01:27:16
    Yes
    Tracie Richards~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Long road trips, drunk drivers, the possible applications are interesting!
  • American☆Atheist 2012/08/08 01:14:10
    Yes
    American☆Atheist
    The people voting no are probably the same people that would have been against switching form horses to cars.
  • ed 2012/08/08 01:12:11
    No
    ed
    +2
    testing means nothing when none of the testing has been done in a city of crazy drivers .
  • thezilch ed 2012/08/08 03:22:47
    thezilch
    The testing is around the Bay Area; there are numerous accounts of non-Google residents driving alongside these vehicles, while the passengers work on their laptops.
  • ed thezilch 2012/08/08 08:58:57
    ed
    maybe so but I think I will drive my own self and not depend on any vehicle to to it for me.
  • Kigan 2012/08/08 01:02:51
    No
    Kigan
    +1
    The complications and implications are endless, and this is being rushed out as quickly as possible.
  • lee 2012/08/08 00:41:03
    Yes
    lee
    +1
    glad to see my lexus hybrid as the test bed... should be an easy retrofit for my car ;)
  • Reikyrr 2012/08/08 00:40:15
    Yes
    Reikyrr
    Perhaps not the next, but I would like to have a car that does not need an (in my country) super expensive drivers license. But for now I guess I will just have to save up for the drivers license course.
  • Cricket 2012/08/08 00:38:10
    Yes
    Cricket
    It's a matter of HOW LAZIER CAN HUMANS BECOME?!
  • kevracer 2012/08/07 23:32:39 (edited)
    Yes
    kevracer
    much more testing required- last year in America cars traveled over 3 trillion miles- once Google gets over a billion miles of testing I'd consider it
  • thezilch kevracer 2012/08/08 03:27:11
    thezilch
    In 2009, Americans drove 2.9 trillion miles [0] and were involved in 10.8 million traffic accidents [1]. Thus, an American can expect to get in an accident every ~250,000 miles driven -- NYC to LA 90 times. So far, Google's in the lead.

    [0] http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ohim/...
    [1] http://www.census.gov/compend...
  • Bibliophilic 2012/08/07 23:32:16
    Yes
    Bibliophilic
    +1
    Or at least they will be soon. Give it at least 20 years.
  • keeper 2012/08/07 23:22:42
    No
    keeper
    +1
    I don't think so~~
  • the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA 2012/08/07 23:12:03
    No
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    Would not work here it Texas.
  • America... the jud... 2012/08/08 01:13:20
    American☆Atheist
    Because TX hates change?
  • the jud... America... 2012/08/08 01:14:22
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    We drive fast.
  • America... the jud... 2012/08/08 01:16:25
    American☆Atheist
    And have high death rates, also this car could go faster and safer.
  • the jud... America... 2012/08/08 01:19:52
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    I would rather be in control.35 years driving -no majors.
  • America... the jud... 2012/08/08 01:24:03
    American☆Atheist
    +1
    But humans make more mistakes and you can't control other drivers.
  • the jud... America... 2012/08/08 01:27:33
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    True.Very True
  • Michael S. 2012/08/07 23:11:51
    No
    Michael S.
    Say hello to Minority Report? I'm not comfortable with it, and I don't think I'm alone.
  • Cat 2012/08/07 23:07:28
    No
    Cat
    That would scare me.
  • Beat Magnum True Hero 2012/08/07 22:50:11
    No
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    +1
    I hope not. I love driving and hate being a passenger. Give me a quick engine, a manual transmission, and a good suspension and I'll do the rest.
  • 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. :-)
  • WWZ Cap... Mrkando 2012/08/07 23:21:35
    WWZ Captain
    +1
    I agree with your post verbatim. I'm just gonna copy & paste it, and give you a credit !
  • lee WWZ Cap... 2012/08/08 00:48:29
    lee
    you should read the article too then...
  • WWZ Cap... lee 2012/08/08 01:32:15
    WWZ Captain
    ya know...the great thing about having common sense, and using applied logic ? I don't need any studies or articles (written by the people with the most to lose, may I add) to tell me when something just sounds like a really BAD idea.
  • lee WWZ Cap... 2012/08/08 01:36:18
    lee
    i don't really care how it "sounds" to you, i'm only pointing out that that you have obvoiusly not read the article.
  • lee Mrkando 2012/08/08 00:48:13
    lee
    Says right in the article that they work in real world traffic....

    Our vehicles, of which about a dozen are on the road at any given time, have now completed more than 300,000 miles of testing. They’ve covered a wide range of traffic conditions, and there hasn’t been a single accident under computer control.

    not "disastrous" at all apparently...
  • Mrkando lee 2012/08/08 01:28:29
    Mrkando
    +1
    So regardless of what the article says would you like to be driving down a freeway and have two or three of these around you? I would have to know a lot more about them than I do to feel like anyone was in control.

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