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Dec 6, 2013 11:20AM
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If the car drives itself and the car is involved in an accident, who gets sued .... the car ? , the car manufacturer? or you (because you were in it)?
Dec 6, 2013 9:54AM
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I wonder how a computer is going to drive in the snow.

Dec 6, 2013 10:11AM
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Seems like we could get more immediate "bang for the buck" by installing some of this technology in trains.  Since there is no steering, lane centering, multiple lanes or other traffic involved it should be very easy to simply implement a system that automatically adjusts train speed to track conditions and curves.  Certainly would have helped last week in the Bronx.
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The reason any car that drives itself is better: stays within speed limit, no texting, and follows the roads condition.
Dec 6, 2013 11:00AM
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After reading many of the responses here, I have the feeling many people are technologically challenged.

Dec 6, 2013 11:18AM
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The list of current cars that drive better than I do: zero.
The list of current cars that drive better than at least 50% of the people on the road today: all of the ones in this article. These cars don't do any of the things I see *every day* in traffic: texting, putting on make-up, dialing phones, running red lights, changing lanes without signalling or any other of the many things a lot of people seem to think it's OK to do behind the wheel, laws notwithstanding.

I've said it before & will say it again, I love driving, but I hate commuting. Having said that, I can't wait for inexpensive self-driving commuter cars so i can buy one to drive me back & forth to work while I read the paper or a book on my eReader. As long as I still have my track car for the weekend for fun, I'll be happy with a self-driver for the weekdays.
Dec 13, 2013 5:28AM
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I am reading some of these posts and at times I can not believe that we are not seeing the bigger picture. I love the open road and I do not mind traffic for the most part. Lets face it, it is a frame of mind. I have been driving for more years than I care to remember. The advancements of the automobile have been amazing. turn the key and get it and go. Now if you are tired you can flip it to autopilot, that`s great. But in a way we are losing another piece of freedom. buy putting someone else at control. Big brother is watching, all the moves, locations, personal habits. As they become more in control, their ability becomes stronger to rule to the point of no return. Think about it, who becomes the liability and who becomes the asset, at a flip of a switch they can pinpoint anyone and shut them down. If that not scary then I do not know what is.
Dec 13, 2013 8:58AM
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I know you were attempting to disconnect me and that is something I cannot allow.

Dec 6, 2013 9:22AM
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the absolute statement, this will never happen reveals much about the person posting and nothing about future innovation.  It is a fact that each time a person has made such a statement, in time it was shown to be inaccurate.
the simple solution is,  cars well be aware of other cars (communicating with) and the safety feature will prevent a sudden Override instruction from the human from causing an accident.

Silly Shrinks:  There are so many things that are beyond your imagination. Consider that the trip to the moon and back was done with the power of 8 bit computing. Man making the launch and return without computers was considered not practical so the computer was given the controls. Removing the human element of emotional and irrational responses will greatly increase safety and efficiency. IMHO.  FYI, I just celebrated the beginning of a 7th Decade of life.  I wonder your age?

Evervigilant1:  True implementation of autonomous auto operation will, by design, preclude the reliance on human reactions to any event. Humans can be so emotional as to exhibit road rage.  I say removing weakness of the human in the design and process of high speed and efficient transportation is most logical. Simple solution in technology is the car ahead notifies the car behind that there is a problem ahead, BTW the communication would be in milliseconds, much faster that the most observant human response time, creating a safer environment with the human removed than with the human "in the loop". See above, i have decades of popular science reading in my past.  These include advances of the imaginary Dick Tracy gadgets into reality.. I own and operate some of them.. Please do not take my response personal. We are all entitled to have opinions, some will be proven correct, some will be proven in-correct and some will be leapfrogged and become moot.  Enjoy life


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