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Forget Uber, driverless cars are going to change automotive industry

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i wonder how well this stuff works in heavy congestion... street traffic. cyclists. picking up passengers at busy intersections, with traffic....
passengers getting off in the middle of the intersection. will be interesting.
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The Nissan demo drives in traffic in London and is very impressive. It does get stuck behind a bus that stops for a break.
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As if single occupant cars roaming the streets weren't bad enough, now there will be zero occupant vehicles to contend with. FanF...ingtastic.
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Who gets sued by staged victims?

Algo will avoid Brampton :)
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All I'm thinking is how much easier it will be to assassinate someone lol.
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Las Vegas has a self driving shuttle bus now, but it was involved in an accident within the first hour
https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/8/1662 ... -first-day



"....The autonomous shuttle was testing today when it was grazed by a delivery truck downtown. The shuttle did what it was supposed to do, in that it’s sensors registered the truck and the shuttle stopped to avoid the accident. Unfortunately the delivery truck did not stop and grazed the front fender of the shuttle. Had the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has the accident would have been avoided. Testing of the shuttle will continue during the 12-month pilot in the downtown Innovation District. The shuttle will remain out of service for the rest of the day. The driver of the truck was cited by Metro...."
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One way I can think of society transitioning into autonomous cars is by first creating an infrastructure for them. For example, start with a block of 2 km radius where all cars are required to be autonomous during a period of time of the day. So as soon as you enter that block, you 'tun on' the autonomous mode.

Keep doing that until the infrastructure can be slowly expanded.

I honestly think it will be a bad idea mixing autonomous cars with bad drivers on the road at the same time. My 2 worthless canadian cents.
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l69norm wrote:
Nov 9th, 2017 7:01 am
Las Vegas has a self driving shuttle bus now, but it was involved in an accident within the first hour
https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/8/1662 ... -first-day

"....The autonomous shuttle was testing today when it was grazed by a delivery truck downtown. The shuttle did what it was supposed to do, in that it’s sensors registered the truck and the shuttle stopped to avoid the accident. Unfortunately the delivery truck did not stop and grazed the front fender of the shuttle. Had the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has the accident would have been avoided. Testing of the shuttle will continue during the 12-month pilot in the downtown Innovation District. The shuttle will remain out of service for the rest of the day. The driver of the truck was cited by Metro...."
The real lesson of that self-driving shuttle’s first-day accident
The shuttle wasn't at fault, but it might have been able to avert the accident.
https://arstechnica.com/cars/2017/11/th ... cident/#p3


On the other side, the shuttle did exactly what it was programmed to do, and that’s a critical point. The self-driving program didn’t account for the vehicle in front unexpectedly backing up. We had about 20 feet of empty street behind us (I looked) and most human drivers would have thrown the car into reverse and used some of that space to get away from the truck. Or at least leaned on the horn and made our presence harder to miss. The shuttle didn’t have those responses in its program.
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George Hotz plans to make this into an everyday technology..soon. ;)

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