POLL: Would you take a ride in a self-driving autopilot car?


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Here’s an interesting looking video showing how a Tesla autopilot ‘sees’ the road.

 

Looks pretty cool! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

But would you be happy to go for a ride - without a driver?

 

Would you take a ride in a self-driving car?


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Once I’m 500% certain of the safety, I am sooooooooooo for this 🙀👍👏👏👏👏. Surely got to be one of the most awesome radical innovations to date. The thought of totally relaxing on a journey, stress free,  BUT being totally alone, in comfort of own, hygienic vehicle, eating and drinking when you want, no one farting and belching on the seat opposite, or worse still, snoring! 🙄🙄🙄🙄. Got to be a no brainer this! Absolute bliss IMO 👍👍👍👏👏👏💕

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I think that the main weakness for self driving vehicles is the human element -autonomous vehicles have to share the roads and spaces that they occupy with humans. People just do the strangest most unpredictable and irrational things!

 

For example I work in a hospital: due to the current CV-19 situation there are stickers on the floor every one meter there are two types of stickers one says to keep two meters apart and the other says to keep to the left and they alternate. The number of people that resolutely walk on the right and tailgate walking through crowded areas is astoundingly high.

 

Any incident involving autonomous vehicles is always sensationalized and many will declare the technology unsafe,  I’m sure if analysed as a percentage  of incidents per km driven or hours etc we’d see a different picture.

 

Unfortunately I don’t think the world is quite ready for them yet. I would be happy to travel in an automated vehicle that shared it’s space exclusively with other automated vehicles. But add human drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to the mix - I’ll pass for now.

Unfortunately I don’t think the world is quite ready for them yet. I would be happy to travel in an automated vehicle that shared it’s space exclusively with other automated vehicles. But add human drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to the mix - I’ll pass for now.

 

Good point @greenstripe 

My bet is that the insurance companies will make it happen. It’ll be so much cheaper to insure an automated car… only the super rich will get to drive their own!

Are the super rich any better drivers though?! :thinking:

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Looks great 👍👍👍

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I’m a bit too much of a control freak. It looks very impressive and I’m not against the technology but it would take an incredible amount of convincing for me at this point.

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You see, I’m the same re control nanny, I’m the same, yet no, with this, .I soooooooooo think it’d be awesome, and the future. I’m eager for it to become the norm, so yes when fully fully fully tested and everyone’s doing it, but I think I’d be eager to use, think it’d be brilliant 👍👍👍👍👏👏👏👏👏👏

Maybe not if it’s an Uber!

https://arstechnica.com/cars/2019/11/how-terrible-software-design-decisions-led-to-ubers-deadly-2018-crash/

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s someone pushing a bicycle! How indecision is even worse for a computer than it is for us humans.

Hey @25 quid  If you’re following the Uber adventures and autopilot stuff check out this blog by Brad Templeton - I think you’d like him. He’s like a ‘Godfather’ of internetty things and self driving cars too :grimacing:

Wow, he’s prolific! 

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No thanks, I think I'll chicken out of that one !! 

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I’d certainly give it a go, but then I’ve been self driving for decades!

 

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No, and I am not interested because there are too many hackers in the world that take great pleasure disrupting the lives of others.

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“Nothing can possibly go wrong Dave”

 

---Hal 9000, 2001 a Space Odyssey

 

But then every day, we experience more and more things that are under “computer control” and connected to the Internet one way or another.

 

America had traffic lights hacked as the system was quite unprotected.

 

Systems have to be built with security in mind from the ground up.

 

One reason I wouldn’t take a version 1 smart meter.

 

I speak from many years experience in electronics and I.T. and am a registered Microsoft Systems Engineer so I’ve seen all three sides of THAT coin :)

 

When you build critical systems whether for vehicles or factories or steel plants or nuclear plants, it’s (or should be) the same focus.

 

Lax security WILL mean a failed product at some point no matter what field it’s in.

 

Personally I have no plan to give the fridge control of the milk :smile:

 

 

 

Interesting stuff @SteveH2707 

 

Personally I have no plan to give the fridge control of the milk :smile:

Serious question - if the fridge had an ‘Apple’ logo on it, would you consider it? (Or, a ‘Windows’ logo. Or, insert other big brand name here)

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If the logo  was Apple it would work seamlessly but you would have to pay to upgrade your milk every three months.

 

If the logo was Microsoft it would work for a while, insist on upgrading the milk for several hours, then say it couldn’t do it and ask if you wanted to empty the fridge and start again or restore some old milk it found at the back.

 

If it was Linux then it would look just like Apple or Microsoft or something you liked better, work quicker and do a quick upgrade for free only when you said it was convenient and take just a few minutes :) Unfortunately many people would be suspicious of this, refuse to try it and buy a cow.

 

… “Try control-alt-delete on the life support console Dave” :-P

 

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😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂LMTO

Are you sure you’re not on the stage?! 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂👍

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lol glad I made you laugh, but I fear that Scrooge would say of me “there’s more of stagnation than of stage about him”

 

I think we should push to get laughing gas to be a by-product of the next pandemic, I’m pretty sure it’s hard to hate or fire a gun when you’re rolling around pi$$ing yourself :P

 

Happy day!

 

 

 

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If the logo  was Apple it would work seamlessly but you would have to pay to upgrade your milk every three months.

If the logo was Microsoft it would work for a while, insist on upgrading the milk for several hours, then say it couldn’t do it and ask if you wanted to empty the fridge and start again or restore some old milk it found at the back.

If it was Linux then it would look just like Apple or Microsoft or something you liked better, work quicker and do a quick upgrade for free only when you said it was convenient and take just a few minutes :) Unfortunately many people would be suspicious of this, refuse to try it and buy a cow.

And if it was Google it would show you adverts for milk? :laughing:

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indeed it would!

and milking stools

and rubber gloves

and tickets for Cowes week

and Pink Floyds Atom Heart Mother

at which point Amazon would get involved

and point you at a “very popular” cd of “Old MacDonald had a Farm” “and other great party hits”

and leather jackets

and also milk which you would need to buy at least £20 of to get the delivery offer!

 

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Spotted this report last night @SteveH2707 (whilst listening to Atom Heart Mother, followed by Meddle :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes: ) that self-driving cars could be on the UK’s motorways by next year! 

the government is considering legalising it for use at speeds of up to 70mph in the slow lanes of motorways, with the cars automatically staying in lane and slowing down for vehicles in front.

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Thought for the day.

 

Doctor Strange wrecked his car whilst listening to Pink Floyd with no AI 

 

… just saying :D

 

 

I must listen to more Mr Floyd soon @Marc

I’ve driven hire cars from Geneva with adaptive cruise control and lane keeping. It really freaks out the passengers when you take your hands off the wheel and it steers round curves and comes to a stop as traffic approaches a roundabout.

It did nag if I didn’t hold the wheel for a while though...

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