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He's been charged with dangerous driving in a self-driving car ... oh the irony!

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Also funny that when the police switched on their lights, all the other traffic moved over, allowing the Tesla to accelerate due to a clear road in front. I thought the Tesla had road sign recognition to read the speed, which is 110km/h just there, perhaps a programing glitch in reading the signs as mph? Smile Sounds like an angle that a lawyer would use in court.

In the summer it isn't a very challenging road for the autopilot system to deal with, not many more than 20 bends in the 300km from Calgary to Edmonton. In the winter on that same stretch of road it is quite common to see Teslas traveling at 70km/h on a dry but cool road, as the batteries are severely limited in range at -20°C or lower, so it is a struggle to make the distance between Calgary and Edmonton, or risk trying to find an available supercharger with only 4 in Red Deer, the halfway point.

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I believe that once driverless cars become a reality, you will not own one!

They will all be used like Uber stylee electric taxis. Called on demand to pick you up and take you where you want, then trundle back to their charging garage waiting for the next customer call.

No other system of usage makes sense.

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Yes and I think we're half way there as few people own a car outright anymore, they rent them long term using the various finance options.  There is quite a big step left, no longer being able to make a statement by the car you drive, though I suppose we'll be able to call to be driven in a BMW or Rolls rather than a mere Ford.  I wonder how much real difference will remain between marques, will we see the return of "Vanden Plas cars" with different trim levels/badges on the same underpinnings?

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Uber ... electric taxis.
That was always the Uber business model target.

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This is an interesting article

Time To Democratise Safety

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I have just got back from a visit to the Uk which included a 4 days in Devon just East of Plymouth.

If they can get a driverless car to manage the narrow high hedged lanes around there I would be very surprised.  Most driverers eemed to struggle with it.

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Many of us have been saying this for ages. 

Half of the country is like that. How does the driverless car navigate the potholes, what does it do when it meets another driverless car coming down the same single lane road the other way? Lots of other unfathomable situations. Happens to me and countless others on a daily basis. 

Of course, they might manage to get small shuttles operating in towns and cities with maintained, pre designed for autonomy, networks. A non problem solved there, as the car is the worst solution of all for city transport in the first place. 

Frankly, I think it'll end up like that, a minority of situations using a solution that they don't actually need and the rest of the planet carrying on as we are. One of the biggest cons of the era. 

It does seem so easy to fool people into paying for what they don't need or want. 

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I agree Scott. Some engineering/software vanity in there too. 

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How does the driverless car navigate the potholes,

They have cameras and if they were to miss spotting one they'll report back that they crashed through it and the map will be instantly updated so other cars will avoid the pothole.  Better solution than a human driver where everyone has to spot the pothole.  (If it's a really bad one that damages the suspension maybe it could reverse back over it and sit there broadcasting a distress signal so other vehicles don't suffer the same fate.)

what does it do when it meets another driverless car coming down the same single lane road the other way?

Why would it?  The cars can record their planned route with a central control and if that situation is going to occur one of the cars can use a different route or simply wait briefly at a previous passing point.  Again, a better solution than a human blundering on until they meet a car coming the other way and then having to reverse,

You are limited by thinking of a driverless car operating solely as a replacement for a human driver; think of them more like a mobile phone where each one is constantly interacting with all other phones in the same area.  Now take it a step further and retrofit human-driven vehicles with a similar system (simply an enhanced satnav, Waze+ if you like) and driverless cars will be able to avoid them entirely or give them a wide berth so the unreliable human does not endanger the passengers in the driverless car 
Readit  Of course we will lose the largely illusory freedom to drive where we want (most journeys are simply following the satnav already), once you have planned a route you'll have to follow it and may be diverted along the way.  If you really insist on using that cracking B road in your 7 then you can do that but you may be charged for the privilege if it causes disruption to others; the good news is you won't get stuck behind a caravan for 5 miles of double white lines Thumb Up

Another plus point: emergency vehicles.  Again like phones where the airways can be cleared, roads could be cleared so the ambulance could travel at what at present would be unsafe speeds in the knowledge there are no
oncoming vehicles and they're not going to encounter Mrs Miggins dithering whether she should pull over even though she'll block the road if she does.

A variant of that that's also of interest to 7 owners, pay to close say the Evo Triangle for an hour and allow 7s to blat round it without speed limits Driving Biglaugh