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MikeP688
MikeP688
9/30/2014 | 4:33:09 PM
Re: Glimpsing the Self-Driving Car
What is clear is that how we're doing things today is insanity.    Google, to its' credit, has given a roadmap of what can be possible when it first began its' quest.     Look at the evolution of the electric car--anyone remember the EV1?   Look at now what Tesla is doing.   It is also quite striking to me, though, that the AT&T Rep was not too enthusiasitc.   IT seems to me that such should be welcome w/open arms.    

 
brooks7
brooks7
9/17/2014 | 10:19:06 AM
Re: Glimpsing the Self-Driving Car
We already have this kind of government paid for transport systems in ciities....busses, trains and subways.  Its called Mass Transit.

You are making an assumption that a government will provide a car for everyone exactly when they want it and where they need it.  That seems completely unlikely.  Rideshare sites and capabilities are not new.  

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jabailo
jabailo
9/17/2014 | 10:09:39 AM
Re: Glimpsing the Self-Driving Car
Could be a combination of organizations...maybe Transit Authorities, or mabye ridesharing services like Uber will convert to automated vehicles for hire, or traditional rentals like Enterprise.

It could be a "price fixe" that is payed by monthly subscription for all transportation-transit, or, using a smartphone, pay as you go, per mile, per hour.  Maybe the "last mile" golf carts would be something you own, or your apartment complex owns.   You would be zoned in neighborhoods to only be able to drive the golf carts-cars.   Google's fully automated car, which they've displayed in test situations, has no pedals and no steering, somewhat already resembles the golf cart car.  The larger standard cars would be available at depots,park 'n' rides.

In some cities, like Copenhagen, they are now writting transit apps which integrate small vans and on demand ridesharing as part of a trip.

 

 
DanJones
DanJones
9/17/2014 | 9:34:46 AM
Re: Glimpsing the Self-Driving Car
Again, if you don't own these vehicles who pays?
DanJones
DanJones
9/17/2014 | 9:32:26 AM
Re: Glimpsing the Self-Driving Car
That seems, er, optimistic to me. US local government isn't paying to fix crucial infrastructure right now (bridges), why would it pay for this massive upgrade?
jabailo
jabailo
9/16/2014 | 4:24:31 PM
Re: Glimpsing the Self-Driving Car
Another consideration is ownership.  With a fully automated car, it can be part of a generic transit system.

How does this help the issue of driving around the neighborhood.

Well with needing a person to drive a car, the person also has to own the car.  That means that you have to use the same vehicle for transporting yourself to work, for transporting an extra peson when on a date, when transporting children to sports practice or when ferrying a package from the mall.

Amazon is already having an effect on the last one, since now many of us get our packages delivered in a UPS truck.  That part of transportation is already "automatic".   

So how about the neighborhood?  Well, who says you have to use the same vehicle for each road type?  I mean cars are designed like tanks because they have to be able to go 65mph and withstand crashes.   But do I need all that hardware on local streets?    So, suppose I would start off from my house with a spongey little golf cart with a 15mph max speed.   After that when I get to the main boulevard, I transfer into a larger, speedier craft like a small car.  Then for intra-city I jump on an express bus.   And finally I take a maglev over highway distances.   When I return home, I use these vehicles in reverse order!

 

 
danielcawrey
danielcawrey
9/16/2014 | 3:51:27 PM
Re: Glimpsing the Self-Driving Car
I would assume the government would pay for the upgrades to the road. Isn't that what the gas taxes are for?

Of course, we're using less gas over time, since many cars are becoming either hybrid or electric. 
DanJones
DanJones
9/16/2014 | 3:50:23 PM
Re: Glimpsing the Self-Driving Car
In New York we call that the L train!
brooks7
brooks7
9/16/2014 | 2:13:17 PM
Re: Glimpsing the Self-Driving Car
Self-driving cars underground...Subways?

 

seven

 
jabailo
jabailo
9/16/2014 | 1:49:57 PM
Re: Glimpsing the Self-Driving Car
With fully automated cars, you can do all sorts of cool things.

For example, as mentioned, they would not require sunlight if they use a combination of electromagnetic radiation.   You could have them travel in underground tunnels in total darkness, since a human would not have to see to steer them.

 

 
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