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Google's Self-Driving Cars Have No Steering Wheel
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ChrisMurphy
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5/28/2014 | 5:51:13 PM
Self Driving
This looks like bad news for cab drivers, more than bad news for drivers in general. it's perfect for congested metro areas. Uber meets Zip.  
Ariella
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5/28/2014 | 7:42:24 PM
Re: City Driving?
@Spock they'll need programming in defensive driving. At least there's no concern about drunk, drowsy, or otherwise incapacited driving for these cars. 
Thomas Claburn
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5/28/2014 | 7:43:01 PM
Re: What about winter driving?
I expect Google's self-driving cars to follow the Segway hype cycle. In other words, they'll remain a niche commodity for decades to come.
Shane M. O'Neill
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5/29/2014 | 10:56:20 AM
I want the wheel
I have to agree with Tom's conclusion about the yearning to take the wheel yourself. A big part of the joy of driving is actually driving the car: maneuvering, switching lanes, speeding up. It's fun. I don't see the Google Car becoming anything more than a glorified scooter used for very short trips.
Thomas Claburn
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5/29/2014 | 12:32:38 PM
Re: Those that kill
>Old people, teenagers and alcoholics kill on the road. With self driving cars these dangers will go away. 

That assumes the law makes it mandatory to use these cars if you're a teen or elderly. Somehow I don't see that happening.
Lorna Garey
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5/29/2014 | 3:23:31 PM
Parking
What is the plan when they say the car will negate searching for a parking spot? That it will just continue to circle the city block the whole time you're in a show or restaurant? Seems like at some point it will have to park itself, in a place where someone will not block it in. I can visualize coming out of a shop, summoning my car with my Android app, and it's blocked in by some double-parking delivery driver. 
Alison_Diana
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5/29/2014 | 4:32:24 PM
Re: Those that kill
I'm getting a motorbike.
Susan Fourtané
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5/31/2014 | 2:31:38 AM
Re: What about winter driving?
anon ... 

These cars are going to be full of sensors. I am pretty sure winter driving is being covered.

You mention well trained drivers, however, the majority of drivers don't belong to that category.

Research shows that the higher percent of accidents are caused by human error. Self-driving cars can make roads safer. 

-Susan
Susan Fourtané
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5/31/2014 | 7:45:53 AM
Re: Legal Conundrum
randerson, 

" ... Doesn't matter how good the sensor system is, you can't avoid the laws of physics."

I am pretty sure the sensor system of your self-driving car will be better than your reaction time and reflex system. Again, most accidents are caused by human error.

-Susan 


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