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Old 05-25-17, 05:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Leisesturm
The area in which self-driving cars are not ready for prime time concerns the fuzzy logic of interpretation of ambiguities that human consciousness remains FAR superior at converting into a logical sequence of actions. The mechanics of piloting a driverless vehicle, maneuvering it around obstacles, reacting appropriately to developments are SOLVED. The Tesla car was fully self-driving. They claim it wasn't to protect their assets. Had they used a patented LIDAR array in the sensor suite, the vehicle would have been well able to discern the white truck in the low contrast situation. They have learned a valuable lesson. Cheap out at your peril! LIDAR will be mandatory on all driverless vehicles going forward, and they are now better than 85% of human drivers, and can only improve from there.

But they are terrible at interacting with the homeless guy at the end of the highway overpass and getting meaningful directions when what is in the navquest database fails to match up with reality. There is no earthly way a human driver can intercede in an accident situation in any meaningful way. Accidents happen in microseconds. The best human reaction times are on the order of .5 second. 500 milliseconds. An eternity to an AI, even a primitive one. Laughable to think a human has any advantage where speed of execution of an evasive action is called for. What hubris.

Navy pilots are forbidden to put their $5M dollar aircraft down on carrier decks themselves. As the fighter comes in on final approach the pilot must show both hands in the air to the forward observer in the control tower. They are disciplined if they fail to comply. If the US Navy trusts autonomous systems to land multi-million dollar fighter aircraft in rolling seas on tiny aircraft carrier landing strips, I think we can stop agonizing about the potential for autonomous cars to deal with stop and go traffic!
Not many homeless guys hanging around on flight decks of nuclear carriers though.
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Lets also not forget that the driver less car is far off, but the driver assisted vehicle is already here.

Collision sensors, back up sensors, lane sensors, and soon speed sensors will all gently force US drivers at least to start behaving on the roadways. This tech is becoming mandated to meet US safety standards in cars. And that will make it safer for cyclists.

And for those that say "we dont have to buy these cars"

I do not want to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but look at government programs... Cash for clunkers took a lot of used vehicles out at the push of the auto industry lobbyists. Vermont has adopted a ECU inspection as part of the state safety inspection of the vehicle.
Nobody is going to come right out and say you have to buy one of these modern cars, they will tax, and inspect your old car to the point that it will just make economical sense to get with a new one.
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Originally Posted by mr_bill
Oopsies.... Perhaps Marketeering 101 is needed.

-mr. bill
Consumers didn't want seat belts nor airbags either... consumers wanted cup holders, comfortable seats, and great sound systems... next up, fast wifi and in car video... the latter two don't mix well with actually driving a car.

Consumers are getting mandatory safety devices whether they ask for them or not... give them enough "candy," and they will go along with anything.
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So how long do you figure before bicycles get booted from the automated cars' roads?

When you invite government to solve a problem, you're a fool if you don't think it'll create hundreds more.
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Originally Posted by KD5NRH
So how long do you figure before bicycles get booted from the automated cars' roads?

When you invite government to solve a problem, you're a fool if you don't think it'll create hundreds more.
Well the technology is there right now to easily "see" these lumpy objects that all radiate at 98.6 degrees or so... whether they are on two wheels or two feet... so I just don't see bikes getting booted from roads. I see drivers being booted from behind the wheel.

The roads are safe, the cars are becoming safer... and the key component is taking the distracted decision making away from that flawed operator behind the wheel. Everything else moves at a very slow pace (to a computer) and is easily detectable.

Roads are a public place... it has been the drivers that feel they own the road, that are largely the issue.
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Originally Posted by genec
Roads are a public place... it has been the drivers that feel they own the road, that are largely the issue.
Irrelevant; once the computers are driving, there will be no need for speed limits, etc. How long do you think cyclists' right to slow 100+mph traffic to 12mph will last?
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Old 05-26-17, 09:25 PM
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Irrelevant in the first place, according to Consumer Reports, as at least 50% of their respondants don't believe it will ever work.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/doubts-gr...120002804.html
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Originally Posted by KD5NRH
Irrelevant; once the computers are driving, there will be no need for speed limits, etc. How long do you think cyclists' right to slow 100+mph traffic to 12mph will last?
As long as tractors, pedestrians, children, cattle, and other slow things need to also share that same public space... I honestly do not believe that 100+ MPH speeds will ever be part of dense urban core or residential areas... such speeds (like the Autobahn and high speed rails) are best reserved for controlled access areas.

Speed limits will still exist, but will likely be variable, and conveyed electronically, vice statically posted.
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Originally Posted by KD5NRH
So how long do you figure before bicycles get booted from the automated cars' roads?
Bikes won't be losing any ground (or roads). They might disallowed on specific roads, like freeways, just as they are now.

When you invite government to solve a problem, you're a fool if you don't think it'll create hundreds more.
People have taken quite well to driving and biking on government roads. Yes, there are many new problems, but I don't see government roads going away anytime soon.
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Originally Posted by KD5NRH
So how long do you figure before bicycles get booted from the automated cars' roads?

When you invite government to solve a problem, you're a fool if you don't think it'll create hundreds more.
I want to take this little bit of conversation a bit further...

I suspect that self driving cars will change the whole driving landscape... It is unlikely that in the future of say 25 years distant one would even own a car... more likely you will have a lease card and will "call" what ever vehicle you need at the time... single passenger commuter, multi passenger wagon, or even small truck. You will likely subscribe to certain regular routes for commuting.

But I suspect that people will still want a very personal spontaneous method to run to a friends' house or a local shop... and this is where the bicycle fits in quite nicely. Perhaps with more focus on "Complete Streets" and with true law abiding/road sharing vehicles, the "fear" of cycling might dissipate for the average person, and cycling and walking will become more common place, as in many areas of Europe. But, hey, I am an optimist.
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Originally Posted by Rollfast
Irrelevant in the first place, according to Consumer Reports, as at least 50% of their respondants don't believe it will ever work.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/doubts-gr...120002804.html
Not long ago people didn't see the point of owning a computer. It's perfectly reasonable for people to be skeptical of something until the advantages of it become difficult to deny. Cars, airplanes, mobile phones, etc. all went through this phase.
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Originally Posted by tyrion
Not long ago people didn't see the point of owning a computer. It's perfectly reasonable for people to be skeptical of something until the advantages of it become difficult to deny. Cars, airplanes, mobile phones, etc. all went through this phase.
People couldn't afford those things when they first came out, not that they didn't want them.
When something goes wrong with a cellphone or PC it can't kill you.
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Where Robot Cars (Robocars) Can Really Take Us
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Originally Posted by Daniel4
How will it be any worse than today when human driven cars can't recognize any of these either?

Programming these decisions will remove the human-factor of judgement in which every driver in a collision thought his judgement was better than everybody else's, including the law.

Do robot cars get drunk then?
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Originally Posted by tyrion
Not long ago people didn't see the point of owning a computer. It's perfectly reasonable for people to be skeptical of something until the advantages of it become difficult to deny. Cars, airplanes, mobile phones, etc. all went through this phase.

I still don't see the point in owning a cellphone. Also because I can afford FOOD and stuff.
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Originally Posted by genec
I want to take this little bit of conversation a bit further...

I suspect that self driving cars will change the whole driving landscape... It is unlikely that in the future of say 25 years distant one would even own a car... more likely you will have a lease card and will "call" what ever vehicle you need at the time... single passenger commuter, multi passenger wagon, or even small truck. You will likely subscribe to certain regular routes for commuting.

But I suspect that people will still want a very personal spontaneous method to run to a friends' house or a local shop... and this is where the bicycle fits in quite nicely. Perhaps with more focus on "Complete Streets" and with true law abiding/road sharing vehicles, the "fear" of cycling might dissipate for the average person, and cycling and walking will become more common place, as in many areas of Europe. But, hey, I am an optimist.


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Originally Posted by Rollfast
Do robot cars get drunk then?
Nor would they run red or amber lights and stop signs, speed, weave, push, all those things that cause human drivers to cause collisions because they are illegal. So the advantage would be allowing owners of self-driving cars to still use their cars to get home safely without jeopardizing other road users.
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Originally Posted by northernlights
When something goes wrong with a cellphone or PC it can't kill you.
Why is bad driving an acceptable norm?
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I've been sharing the road with Google's (now Waymo's) test cars for about a year now. They've always given me plenty of room. Yes, these are the ones with a tech behind the wheel to intervene if the car can't deal with something, but they behave far less erratically than the human-controlled cars on the road.

I'm so used to seeing the Waymo Lexus SUV's driving around that, whenever I see a regular RX, it looks strange without all the cameras and LIDAR dome.
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Originally Posted by Daniel4
Why is bad driving an acceptable norm?
Who said it is besides you? Note: it does not become so just because you keep repeating this statement.
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Safety issues aside, I wonder how driverless tech will impact the aesthetics of the car. And aerodynamics. You got all these camera and radar gizmos sticking out of the roof, it does not look pretty. Automakers spend billions to make their cars look good, as well as on wind-tunnel testing and aerodynamic design. Because people want to drive a nice-looking car and all those extra doodads sticking out of it doesn't help. The system could be streamlined to a certain extent but it's not easy to do. In order to have a clear view of everything around it the radar has to be mounted high up on the roof. So trying to streamline it may compromise safety.
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Originally Posted by northernlights
Safety issues aside, I wonder how driverless tech will impact the aesthetics of the car. And aerodynamics. You got all these camera and radar gizmos sticking out of the roof, it does not look pretty. Automakers spend billions to make their cars look good, as well as on wind-tunnel testing and aerodynamic design. Because people want to drive a nice-looking car and all those extra doodads sticking out of it doesn't help. The system could be streamlined to a certain extent but it's not easy to do. In order to have a clear view of everything around it the radar has to be mounted high up on the roof. So trying to streamline it may compromise safety.
Take a look at the Tesla... it is as close to a production driverless car as exists today... It isn't ugly.

The cars with all the extra bits on the roof and all... those are prototypes... They are constantly updating both the hardware and software to optimize the vehicle. Just like they ALL also have a tech that rides shotgun on the computers... So expect the tech and the funky stuff on the roof to go away in say 10 years or so... AFTER legislation allows for true self driving cars to be on the road... that too is still in the way.

Now let's delve into this even further... what do you really care about the looks of the vehicle that takes you from A to B? Most likely you won't buy one... you will likely lease a ride for a particular purpose... so this whole "my self esteem depends on how cool and good looking my car is" attitude should just fade away... as people realize it's just friggin' transportation man... not a lifestyle statement.
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Originally Posted by genec
Take a look at the Tesla... it is as close to a production driverless car as exists today... It isn't ugly.
Tesla cars are great at what they can currently do, but they are not driverless.


Originally Posted by genec

Now let's delve into this even further... what do you really care about the looks of the vehicle that takes you from A to B? Most likely you won't buy one... you will likely lease a ride for a particular purpose... so this whole "my self esteem depends on how cool and good looking my car is" attitude should just fade away... as people realize it's just friggin' transportation man... not a lifestyle statement.
In theory appearance shouldn't matter. But in reality it does.
Most people don't want to drive something (or have it drive you) that looks like a UFO.

Even when it comes to cellphones and computers, people want something that looks nice.
Companies don't spend billions to make their products look good for nothing.

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Originally Posted by northernlights
Tesla cars are great at what they can currently do, but they are not driverless.
unfortunately, by calling the augmented cruise control "autopilot" Tesla is encouraging people to just let the car drive. For example, see the guy that died in one while watching a movie. There was an article I was going to link here where the Tesla is said to be lethal to cyclists. We haven't seen any crashes though. Seattle should be ground zero for that.
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Originally Posted by genec
Now let's delve into this even further... what do you really care about the looks of the vehicle that takes you from A to B? Most likely you won't buy one... you will likely lease a ride for a particular purpose... so this whole "my self esteem depends on how cool and good looking my car is" attitude should just fade away... as people realize it's just friggin' transportation man... not a lifestyle statement.
Yes, personal ownership makes no sense if the car can drive off and continue being useful to someone else, at all times, barring maintenance downtime. 95% of a human-driven car's life is spent uselessly sitting there, wasting space. Think about all the space we waste parking cars, all the resources we waste replacing things that fail from age, not use. Having your own self-driving car will seem like a ridiculous luxury.
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