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  • Cars that drive themselves-Is this ever feasable?

    I have heard somewhere that the technology exists for a car to drive whereever yo uwant it to go by itself.

    I am legally blind and can't see well enough to drive at all. A vehicle like this would give me more freedom and independence.
    Am I the only person that would want something like this?


    Originally posted by aashee
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    Re: Cars that drive themselves-Is this ever feasable?

    I'd be afraid of the idiots who are driving crashing into me.

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    • #3
      Re: Cars that drive themselves-Is this ever feasable?

      The technology isn't all the way there yet in that it doesn't do realtime traffic...at least I don't think it does. There was a great Nova Special narrated by John Lithgow about the Darpa Challenge where AI-controlled cars drove themselves through a dessert obstacle course...and at one point the winner passed one of the other cars...maybe the tech is closer than I think. And yes, this would be bloody awesome!

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      • #4
        Re: Cars that drive themselves-Is this ever feasable?

        I'd be afraid of a failure and it shooting off the side of a mountain






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        • #5
          Re: Cars that drive themselves-Is this ever feasable?

          Well, if you consider that the technology already exists for boats and aircraft via GPS and autopilots, it could work. But cars would be another issue. As already mentioned, the "other" drivers would be an issue, as well as temporary road work/closures, detours, breakdowns, collisions being tended to, etc...

          I think it will be a long time before we see it for cars. A LONG time....

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          • #6
            Re: Cars that drive themselves-Is this ever feasable?

            Yeah I am afraid that you are right about that, PirateMickey.
            Originally posted by aashee
            We are 100% grade A Disney Dorks.

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            • #7
              Re: Cars that drive themselves-Is this ever feasable?

              Originally posted by PirateMickey
              Well, if you consider that the technology already exists for boats and aircraft via GPS and autopilots, it could work. But cars would be another issue. As already mentioned, the "other" drivers would be an issue, as well as temporary road work/closures, detours, breakdowns, collisions being tended to, etc...

              I think it will be a long time before we see it for cars. A LONG time....
              Plus boats and planes do not drive on roads. Planes are still landed by hand. Ever use a GPS in your car? Plenty of times it will think you are off the road.

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