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uranor

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Empty car convoy
« on: July 04, 2014, 01:29:30 PM »
I wonder what MMM thinks about this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbjdmw8D9-Y

Soon Anti-M might be able to send the car (alone) to pick-up the kids or groceries. This is progress.

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Re: Empty car convoy
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2014, 02:51:59 PM »
It's meant to advertise it as a safety feature. Having seen the results of someone falling asleep behind the wheel I'm very impressed this tech is getting into lower priced cars.

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Re: Empty car convoy
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2014, 03:18:08 PM »
Yeah, it looks like they specifically modified these cars to be able to do this - apparently, these features are normally only enabled when the driver has their hands on the steering wheel, for safety and legal reasons. I'd say it's a cool stunt and an impressive display of technology.

That said, I do look forward to the day that cars can drive themselves without human intervention, because there would very likely be fewer accidents; computers don't become complacent, tired or drunk. If that means some lazy people will send unoccupied cars out on errands, so be it. Unoccupied self-driving cars would even have positive uses - imagine owning an automatic taxi as an investment, for example.

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Re: Empty car convoy
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2014, 03:26:12 PM »
It's meant to advertise it as a safety feature. Having seen the results of someone falling asleep behind the wheel I'm very impressed this tech is getting into lower priced cars.

Agreed, though I think it would be even more useful for distracted drivers.    The absolute most dangerous thing about driving a car, is the other drivers on the road.     It's also the reason that we have such horrific traffic.    People jockeying into position to get 1-3 car lengths ahead is what causes traffic to really slowdown.   

Take drivers out of the equation and driving a car could be a seamless, easy endeavor.    I was an airline pilot and I always found flying a plane for 3 hours to be way less taxing than driving a car for 3 hours.    I would generally hand fly the airplane until I was outside busy airspace and put the autopilot on.    Then I could sit back and monitor systems while I read the paper, studied manuals or updated my approach plates.    Then I'd turn the autopilot off and hand fly the descent and approach.   

On a nice day without bad weather or mechanical problems, I found it to be a relaxing experience.    I'd love to be able to get on the freeway and just turn on the autopilot while I read a book or stared out the window without fear of other drivers or the traffic caused by their erratic movements.