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Forget Uber, driverless cars are going to change automotive industry

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Forget Uber, driverless cars are going to change automotive industry

Did anyone catch the cbcnews segment on driverless cars? Got me excited about the future of cars

Imagine driverless car everywhere.

Less errors, human error are main cause of crashes. Less crash = less need on firefighters, police, maybe doctors. Not big dent but would affect nonetheless.

No more drunk driving

No need for automotive dealers.

Could be less need to own a car. You use it only 4% of the time from point a to b. Then it stays parked. Auto cars could continue elsewhere.

Free up a lot of parking space, that occupy non used cars

Less ticket fee revenue for cities though

Traffic still going to happen also
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GM is partnering with Lyft for this reason.
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I will adopt when I am 100% comfortable playing on my phone the entire ride. I refuse to pay attention while a computer calls all the shots.
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the actual segment from CBC :


Uber, google, or another company with a fleet of driverless cars or buses redefining public and taxi transport lowering costs for everyone and having unions all over throwing fits.

Imagine being able to have a driverless transport service to your door within 5 min whenever you wanted. Why would you even own a car.

They can even incorporate a car pooling service where the algorithm will pick up several clients along the way who wants to go to the same area, lowering costs and lowering the fare. Or if you want the car to not stop for others and just service you in priority, pay another slightly higher fare.

Less police, less ambulance, less hospital services needed. Less government, less unions, less waste and ultimately lowering all our tax bills.

Can't happen soon enough.
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Caught the tail end of it. I was actually thinking about this last year and came to basically the same conclusion. If my car can drive itself, why does it need to be parked outside my work all day long when I'm not using it? Sure, it's great to have it available to me 100% of the time, but having a car that could drive itself over to family or friends is the kind of thing that opens up cool possibilities. When any car could conceivably be a taxi, you'll see less cars produced but higher utilization out of the ones that are.

I like driving. So far, I'm stubborn enough to stick with a manual transmission. But I've had my car for 15 years now and though I hope to squeeze another 5 or so out of it, I have to start thinking about what I'll get next. Likely something pretty similar (in my case, it's a diesel VW Golf). Maybe by then I'll be comfortable with something fully electric, but either way it'll essentially be similar to all the cars I've known so far. But I have to think that whatever comes after that will be quite different. Or obviously, I won't have to get something.
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Boring.

I feel sorry for the generation of kids that dont get to peel rubber
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Kingmoo wrote:
Jan 7th, 2016 12:52 am
Boring.

I feel sorry for the generation of kids that dont get to peel rubber
+1

And cars follow rules but when it comes to driving you can't have stiff rigid rules... Or you could end up dying, putting others at risk etc
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More autonomous cars, less jobs available.
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Dynasty12345 wrote:
Jan 6th, 2016 11:40 pm
No need for automotive dealers.
A car being self-driving has nothing to do with how people buy it.
Could be less need to own a car. You use it only 4% of the time from point a to b. Then it stays parked. Auto cars could continue elsewhere.

Free up a lot of parking space, that occupy non used cars
A lot of the use is correlated, when you don't need a car, most people don't need it either. Most of the cost of a vehicle also comes from operating it, so all those miles without a passenger could be very well be more expensive then the overall cost of the space for parking.
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So if I'm not actually driving the car, that means I'm absolved of all liability?
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Jan 7th, 2016 7:47 am
So if I'm not actually driving the car, that means I'm absolved of all liability?
Yup, just blame microsoft. ERR #404. :-0
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curious how well it drives under imperfect conditions such as at night in areas with no lights or during rain or snow storms. Or fog.
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Autonomous cars shouldn't be used to commute cause it doesn't solve problems such as traffic and over congested streets. I think autonomous cars are cool, but public transportation, carpooling and UberX like ridesharing services are what's needed to help the transportation paradigm IMO.

That being said, I'd rather drive a car for fun than sit in traffic personally, so I'm all for figuring out a better way to commute.
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Psycho44 wrote:
Jan 7th, 2016 8:44 am
curious how well it drives under imperfect conditions such as at night in areas with no lights or during rain or snow storms. Or fog.
GPS, car to car communication, sensors on road for infrastructure could work for some conditions
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I dont condone drinking and driving but hey if someone else is driving automatically what's the harm lol

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