Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Do you need a license for a driverless car?

quote [ Google has revealed footage of a self-driving vehicle with no steering wheel or pedals, announcing that it expects to roll out its first pilot scheme on public roads in "the next couple of years".

A video of the first non-Google employees trying out one of the tech giant's self-driving car prototypes shows a vehicle with no steering wheel, accelerator or brake pedal, which is operated by pushing a button. ]

I think the best thing about google mobile is the potential for NO PARKING!

I can only imagine what Google will do with all your travel information; more tracking of your movements. Still..... I really need that car.
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[by ethanos@5:31pmGMT]


Ankylosaur said @ 7:51pm GMT on 28th May [Score:2 Funny]
I'll wait for the Bing car. Sure it doesn't go as many places, but it has a pretty photo of a sunset on the dash.
cb361 said @ 10:16pm GMT on 28th May [Score:1 Good]
steele said @ 11:25pm GMT on 28th May
Butchers hate him!
mechavolt said @ 1:04am GMT on 29th May
5 Things You Should Know About Human Flesh
cakkafracle said @ 11:33pm GMT on 28th May
aww look at his tiny penis
rndmnmbr said @ 5:11pm GMT on 29th May [Score:1 WTF]
An aside: holy shit balls it absolutely sucks to have your vehicle stolen. May 15th I was debt-free, $1000 in the black on my bank account, and making plans to spend a little money and make my living situation more comfortable. Today, I am broke, $1500 in debt to the bank, considering selling stuff to continue to eat, and still going to be waiting for another two weeks before I have a vehicle to drive.

I mean, I can almost understand stealing a vehicle if your target has full coverage insurance and you need to feed a drug addiction, because an addiction is a monstrous thing, but to steal it just to go joyriding, and when you're done, drain the oil and deliberately trash the engine, then tow it back to the parking space it was stolen from... why? Just why? What did you get out of a wanton act of destruction like that?

At least they were arrested for it.
mechanical contrivance said @ 5:13pm GMT on 29th May
Some people like to destroy things.
foobar said @ 5:50pm GMT on 29th May
They had it towed back?
rndmnmbr said @ 6:20pm GMT on 29th May [Score:2 WTF]
They towed it themselves. And were arrested in the process.
mechanical contrivance said @ 7:43pm GMT on 29th May
I guess next time they won't tow it back.
HoZay said @ 8:17pm GMT on 29th May
Maybe they've learned something from this.
cb361 said @ 6:05pm GMT on 29th May
Some people are just shits.
ComposerNate said @ 9:03am GMT on 1st Jun [Score:1 Funsightful]
No mention that it's electric. Boogie-woogie-woogie.
robotroadkill said @ 7:26pm GMT on 28th May
If only it didn't have a koala face...
vintuk said @ 7:28pm GMT on 28th May
i thought we would have johnny cabs first!

Bruceski said @ 9:06pm GMT on 28th May
I'm all for self-driving cars, but I'd like one with a manual option. I find driving to be quite mentally relaxing if I'm in the right mood, and wouldn't want to have to keep a second car around for that option.

Also a 25mph car would take me forever to get to the places I actually drive to, but I realize it's a prototype.
foobar said @ 5:01am GMT on 29th May [Score:2 Good]
I can't wait for them to be mainstream not so much for myself, but because I want to force everyone else on the road to use them.
Mr. Langosta said @ 9:12pm GMT on 28th May
The should take lessons from Doc Brown:

The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?
conception said @ 9:45pm GMT on 28th May
On one hand, this is amazing and I want to be a part of this.

On the other, watching an SUV that ran a red light come barreling towards you and you can do naught but hit a little button is terrifying.
arrowhen said @ 6:26pm GMT on 29th May
The obvious solution is to mount a laser powerful enough to vaporize any meatbag piloted death jalopy that strays too close.
Abdul Alhazred said @ 6:36pm GMT on 29th May
A laser that powerful would have to carry an energy source with enough power to light up a small city for a few hours, and be able to discharge it in a fraction of a second. Would you really want to ride around with a small nuclear bomb in your car?

(This is why my kids hate watching Batman/Star Wars/anything with energy weapons with me. I'm a buzzkill. But at least I wait until after the movie to comment on these things...)
arrowhen said @ 7:17pm GMT on 29th May
Good point. Small rocket launchers would be safer.
Abdul Alhazred said @ 8:15am GMT on 30th May
I made this commentary one afternoon to my son regarding light sabers. Liam Neeson uses his to cut through a foot of steel. Based on how much energy is needed to heat steel from room temperature to vaporizing, the energy contained in that little flashlight-sized gizmo has to be enough to flatten a large area if it discharged all at once. I don't think I'd want to carry that around on my ass, much less take the chance of a blaster shot or a swipe from another light saber rupturing it.

Quoth my son: "God damn it, Dad, it's just a movie!"
De_Wr0ng said @ 8:10pm GMT on 29th May
mechavolt said @ 9:45pm GMT on 28th May
Oh man! At this rate, these will be commercially available by the time I'll need one!
doctorgeek said @ 12:15am GMT on 29th May
Huge advancements in robotics here, which begs the question: Does this in anyway increase my chances of having sex with a Megan Fox Android in my lifetime?
mechanical contrivance said @ 1:28am GMT on 29th May
If you buy a driverless car and name it Megan Fox, sure.

Also, not to be pedantic, but make sure you get a gynoid or you'll be very disappointed.
Marcel said @ 1:36am GMT on 29th May
I could make a joke about Johnny Cabs and hacks and Bing and the BSOD having an entirely new meaning, but I really wanted to say that I envision a future where almost no one has a license to drive a car manually because it would be considered too dangerous. Very few people would own a car at all, merely calling for one when needed. A driver's license would be like a pilot's license today, given after specialized training and for specific purposes.
Marcel said @ 2:32pm GMT on 29th May
But in my (anti)utopian future the soccer mom's car would also be driverless. If something went wrong the cars would just stop. I think many people have a reaction to this similar to the way people feel about commercial air travel. It's much safer but they are uncomfortable because they have no control.
Marcel said @ 2:39pm GMT on 29th May
That was supposed to be a reply to Abdul Alhazred. Also can somebody tell me why I always get logged off after I make a post? I set it to keep me logged in until I log out.
rndmnmbr said @ 5:02pm GMT on 29th May
Disable Sensible Facial. It's not compatible with the new site.
arrowhen said @ 5:04pm GMT on 29th May
Try clearing your cookies, too.
mechanical contrivance said @ 5:11pm GMT on 29th May
And update Shockwave.
arrowhen said @ 5:34pm GMT on 29th May
Have you tried turning it off and back on again?
Spyike said @ 8:00pm GMT on 29th May
Or constructing additional pylons?
Abdul Alhazred said @ 6:33pm GMT on 29th May
The difference is that in a plane (or a bus or a train) you have a human at the controls, not a computer. Being something of a pessimist, I always look at it as planning for the worst and hoping for the best. I like to have an ultimate safety system that's not tied into the electronics.

In engineering school one of the profs, a former GM guy, told us how there was a movement toward going to completely electronic systems in cars. The steering would be controlled by servos tied into sensors on the steering wheel, the brakes would be electronic and so on. The thought scared the shit out of me. I know a man who got locked into his Corvette because the door latches were electronic and the computer locked up on him. I know about it because I was the guy who got him out of there. It was a 90 degree plus day in Virginia, and he was in bad shape when I got him out. After I used his key to manually unlock the door, at which point his key fob began to work again, along with the rest of the systems.

But I suppose that if these driverless cars are going less than 25 mph on separate roadways, there would be a limit to how much trouble they could get into...
mechanical contrivance said @ 7:41pm GMT on 29th May
Some trains in Japan operate without a conductor.
Abdul Alhazred said @ 8:28am GMT on 29th May
I dunno, man. If the system fries and does something bad. I think I would really want an emergency override to a steering wheel mechanically connected to the tires and a brake pedal with hydraulics directly to the brakes.

I've been in a "driverless car" before that drove me around Masdar in Abu Dhabi and it was very cool, but that was on a closed track without SUVs driven by soccer moms jacked up on lattes.
ComposerNate said @ 9:02am GMT on 1st Jun
They will next add manual controls and then test first in California, which needs it the most.
De_Wr0ng said @ 8:07pm GMT on 29th May
I prefer we keep the squirrels for now

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