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Driverless Cars Survey: 56pct Americans Say They Won't Ride in Them

     
11:53 am on Oct 5, 2017 (gmt 0)

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According a Pew research study, 56% of Amercans responded and said they won't ride in a driverless car.
I wonder how that perception will change over time.

Importantly, the belief is that 81% of those involved in driving for a living is at risk of job loss.

Disruptive technology in action.

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12:05 pm on Oct 5, 2017 (gmt 0)

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As soon as they see how cheap they are, I bet they change their minds. If the choice is being driven by a human driver at $10 or by an bot at $4 I think most will choose the bot. After a period of time when the bots have proved themselves to be safe. More safe than the human driver anyway. There is no reason to believe that airline levels of safety can't be achieved by driverless cars. Indeed, it may well become a moral imperative to stop people driving given the carnage that often results.
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Driverless cars might offer greater options for mobility and independent living for the those can't or choose not to drive. I'm half hoping so anyhow as I age. But that's dependent on the cost, has to be less than owing a car and hopfully less than a driven taxi, etc.

Time will tell.
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I'll give you my Corvette when you pry it from my cold, dead hands!
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I don't think we can, or should, expect to see driverless Corvettes in the immediate future. Or driverless Lamborghinis. Or, or, et cetera. I mean, the act of driving it is the whole point, isn't it? But plenty of driverless Darts and Civics, to say nothing of what my son describes generically as “old-person cars”.*

:: trying and failing to force the picture of a driverless Camaro into my brain ::


* How things change with the decades. To me, an “old-person car” will always mean a large American model, circa 1970.
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Questions related to non-human driven vehicles come down to what the insurance companies agree to insure and at what rates. I also wonder what the trucking industry sees for this new technology in their business. Still, it's the insurance companies that count. What are they saying?
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There are a lot of edge cases that need to be resolved before a driverless car can handle the full range of most people's journeys. Will it insist on dropping you on the public road when your destination is half a mile away down a private drive that isn't in its memory? How will it cope with a steward giving directions in a car park? How will it cope if a number of cars all want to collect their passengers from the same point? How do you tell it that the kids need a toilet break NOW?
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>How will it cope if a number of cars all want to collect their passengers from the same point?

hehe, this made me smile of the opposite. I was using the Pod parking at Heathrow airport on one occasion and when you press the button the call the Pod, you wait until it arrives. By the time it arrived there were a number of other passengers in line. There's more than one Pod per stop, but they run independently.
We were at the front having summoned the Pod. Thankfully, common sense prevailed as the Pods are only big enough for four, and luggage.
One thing that made it easier is the entry point only permits a few people at a time.

I have been to countries (that shall remain nameless) where standing in line is just not done. Only the person with the most pointy elbows gets through to the front. In the first instance I discovered this rule, it was a little old lady that was only about 4ft tall and her elbows were just at the right height, for her. lol

It'll require a whole new way of thinking, and that's not just for standing in line.
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>>Only the person with the most pointy elbows gets through to the front.

And these people seem to like to come to Disney World.
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Hehe, are you a regular visitor Lawman? ;)
5:28 am on Oct 7, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Haven't been for a very long time.
 

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