Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by BodyDroppedNikes, Oct 9, 2005.
article here and more info here
and this goes right along with what i have been saying for YEARS
it is in the not to distant future that we will no longer be able to drive our cars, they will drive themselves
it will first be a convienience thing
then it will be a safety thing
then people will no longer have control of their vehicles, because we will be viewed as an "unsafe variable" or some such shit
it has been heading this way for a while now... but the technology is getting closer to allowing it to happen
cruise control systems can now tell when you are getting close to slower traffic and adjust your speed accordingly
perimiter sensors can tell when you are in danger of hitting anything when backing up or parallel parking
GPS can pinpoint your location within 10 feet or so
newer GPS systems (like the ones in the new hondas) have voice recognition and will give you driving directions to virtually any location
so basicly all they need to make available to the public is a system that will steer the car
then its just a matter of perfecting it and making it "safe"
it will be a sad day :cry2:
that shit is COOL!
i want one
good for that scientist
There is NO WAY they could possibly take away the right to drive. With that said, my car will NEVER be driven by a computer. I refuse to drive an auto tranny...why the hell would I let a computer control EVERYTHING?
edit: oh yeah, last year none of the cars finished the race, so I'm guessing this year's course was shitty and really easy
I bet when the day comes that they do drive themselves that insurance rates will start to go up for people who don't have the option tho.
Driving is a privilege, not a right. Never was, never will be.
What E is mentioning that you won't have a choice. You can either walk, take a bus / train, or get in your own car and be transported somewhere by keying in the destination.
I think the best thing you can do at that point is build your car and be a vigilante.
it will be worked in slowly
first it will be an option on higher priced vehicles, then it will filter down to pretty much every other car (just like every other option does)
it will start out as a convienience feature that can be disabled at will (kinda like in iRobot)
as it is proven safer and safer, you will start seeing insurance going down for auto drive cars and going up for manual drive cars
then certain roads will become restricted to auto drive only (kinda like HOV lanes)
gradually more and more roads will become auto drive only, making it very inconvienient to not have an auto drive car
then it will become a game of accident statistics
as the ratio of auto drive car accidents : manual drive car accidents changes it will become rediculously expensive to drive a car yourself due to insurance, taxes, etc
slowly you will see manual drive cars phased out
and the saddest thing is that most people will welcome this, for multiple reasons:
some because they are just fucking lazy and dont like driving any way
some will love the convienience of being able to do other shit durring their comute, like read, watch TV, take a nap, eat, talk on the phone, etc without having to focus on driving
some because they will love the "added safety"
some for the reduction in gridlocked traffic, cars that are driving themselves in a network connected to the other cars around them (kinda like train cars) can drive faster and closer together, meaning more cars in the same space, and lowered travel times
some will love the fact that they can go to the bar and get SHIT FACED and they have a bult in designated driver
people opposed to this will be in the minority, and will be pretty much ignored
eventually it will be such a normal part of life that it will simply be accepted by default, because people wont know any different, the idea of driving your own car will seem as odd as people making their own clothes, or living without electricity
and then, the virus comes........................
and since you know its state or fed run... its going to run M$
These and all the Government's attempts at removing choice from the people are actually humorous to me.
Here is an example. RFID (tracking chip implants)
When these come to market, I'll be first in line to get mine. Because like all Beta programs, the first chip won't work worth a shit, it will be easily hackable, and removable. And when new systems come up - I will have already been on the papers as having volunteered.
Day time running lights. Remember how this pissed people off ? I bet even Brian had said "No fuckin way.. If I want my headlights on, I'll turn them on". Now look who's Subaru has auto-headlights
Airbags with no switch ? Never!
Seatbelt laws! Never
Just like there are ways around day-time running lights (If people even remember that they have them) there will be ways around this technology.
I don't believe they will EVER take man out of the equasion in normal traffic situations. Its just too risky for companies. The first people to die would cause such horrible lawsuits that companies wouldn't last long.
But, It will be a happy and welcome day when I can set the "SUV" on auto-drive and shag/sleep my way to vegas.
Tubing bender, check.
donor body, check.
that is possibly the best reason for having that technology. hmm i wonder if we'll be able to get shitfaced IN the car once they drive themselves?
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