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    Safer? Investing HUGE in driverless cars....

    So, is the future safer for us bikers? Incredible article

    Every year, more than 1.3 million people die in car accidents worldwide, and more than 50 million are seriously injured. In the US alone, more than 34 thousand die and 2.2 million are injured in over 5 million accidents. 90% of these accidents are caused by human error. Google has declared its intention to reduce accidents by 90% using driverless vehicle technology.
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    Driverless cars won't work, because they will NEVER be able to avoid the unexpected intangibles:

    In the first video notice how the drivers who notice the 747, pull to the side and stop;
    a driverless car will not adapt to that particular hazard!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVL8RifMQ-s


    Just another example of what could happen:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWSVvEWuaU4
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    I seriously doubt that we will see a commercially viable product in 5 years but the technology they help develop has a pretty good place in making drivers safer.

    Honestly, I'd much rather take my chances with vultures and cagers than a car driven by corporate board of directors. Google abandoned their don't be evil philosophy long ago and seriously doubt they have enough brain power or purity of heart to solve all the problems found on the hwy.

    Plus who would want a car that drives itself and pushes pop ads to you every time it executes a turn.
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    We'll see this technology in our lifetimes

    Tapatalk but there has to be a better way
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    Re: Safer? Investing HUGE in driverless cars....

    I'm still amazed by electronic stability control. I bet that has saved lots of lives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1kArghArgh View Post
    ...Honestly, I'd much rather take my chances with vultures and cagers than a car driven by corporate board of directors...
    I'd invest my rear end's virginity to see this come to light. To me the choice is clear; either to trust a computer or Gina Sweet Tits yapping away while on the way to the mall or Joe Ballsack who becomes insulted because my motorcycle is faster than his piece of crap crate.
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    Honestly I'd settle for technology strictly adapted for the highway alone. Honestly I am so tired of traffic on the highway due to morons not understanding the concepts of merging. Or stopping to gawk at an accident. If your car automated the moment you hit the on ramp until your preferred exit I'd be thrilled. This would entail a computer system that would steer, accelerate, and brake your car while on the highway. Think how nice it would be to have traffic traveling at a constant 70-80mph on the highway. Completely fluid merging and exiting at speed. It really wouldn't be all that complicated. With GPS and constant feedback from in road sensors I think a computer system could make the required calculations to speed slow and steer cars to maintain maximum efficiency on a 3 lane highway. Naturally there will be emergency override procedures for human input but it would be recorded and you'd be accountable for any accidents caused or illegal behaviors.
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    Most drivers i see should not have human input in the cars of today!

    I see the tech coming, but don't think it will be mass market so soon. I mean it will kill the Civic after market fart can exhaust industry!

    But if they did it to cars and not motorcycles, the interstate could become like playing Frogger!
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    saw this last night on tv

    http://www.ispot.tv/ad/7o3V/2014-mer...ss-sudden-stop

    pretty impressive technology

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    Travel in of itself needs to be avoided whenever possible. How many people work in an office and could do their jobs just as well from home office with VSI and VOIP. That alone would probably cut down 30-40% on commuter traffic density. Then we can start to slowly incorporate the little nanny features into the vehicles. Face it people. In 50 years your fully automated car will be here. Cars will talk to each other and tell each other that a car ahead need to drastically slow down due to a road hazard way before you could ever see it.
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    Nayers said the same about ABS and traction control not many years ago and now its hard to find a car without it.

    GM is onboard with their own plans and predictions, but of course google will whip them to market-ready.


    http://www.wfaa.com/news/technology/221531721.html


    MILFORD, Michigan (AP) — General Motors says that before the end of this decade it will begin selling cars that can almost drive themselves.

    The automaker says a system, called "Super Cruise" will use radar and a camera to steer cars, keeping them between the lane lines. The radar also will keep cars a safe distance from cars head of them.

    GM and other automakers already offer radar-guided cruise control systems that keep their cars safely behind other traffic. They also have systems that warn drivers if they're drifting out of their lanes. But until recently, GM says engineers haven't been able to steer with computers.

    The GM system uses computers to control electric power steering, keeping the car in its lane. The company says such a car could be on the road in as little as six years.
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