Self driving cars

Ren

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What do you guys think, are self driving cars ever going to be common place? Man I hope not.

I saw some article today bout this:

New York City commuters spend an average of 59 hours a year stuck in traffic, costing them an extra $1,281 annually.

In a study that came out in January 2013, researchers at The Earth Institute at Columbia University proposed a scheme that could alleviate much of that congestion by replacing New York's fleet of 13,000 yellow cabs with 9,000 data-optimized, self-driving cars (via The New York Times).

Under the proposal, customers would hail driverless cabs through a smartphone app that communicates with a centralized control system. This data-optimized system would decrease wait times and increase the utilization rate of cars, resulting in lower costs and greater efficiency.

Currently, Manhattan's 1.6 million residents make roughly 410,000 trips per day by taxi. During peak traffic hours, more than 300 cab trips are initiated every minute, covering an average of two miles in 11 minutes, according to the study, which was led by Lawrence D. Burns, former VP for research and development at General Motors.

Since yellow cabs cannot be pre-booked and must be hailed on the street, many taxis remain unoccupied even during peak hours, inflating operating costs to $4 per mile. The Columbia proposal claims the use of a driverless fleet would have an estimated cost per mile of just $0.50.

In addition to cost savings, the study claims that self-driving cabs could cut average wait times for customers from the current five minutes down to about 36 seconds by more effectively concentrating the fleet in areas of high demand.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-...e-new-yorks-traffic-woes-2014-6#ixzz3KsxA9d3o

 

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That would suck. Another thing that would be automated and completely de-personalized in this world. :thumbsdown:

I welcome automated driving for use in bumper-to-bumper type commuting traffic and for certain safety features like automated braking to avoid collisions or backing up into someone or something. But that's the extent it should be.
 

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Companies are going to keep developing this whether we like it or not. Whether lawmakers allow fully autonomous cars (like ones without steering wheels) on the road is another matter.
 

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That would suck. Another thing that would be automated and completely de-personalized in this world. :thumbsdown:

I welcome automated driving for use in bumper-to-bumper type commuting traffic and for certain safety features like automated braking to avoid collisions or backing up into someone or something. But that's the extent it should be.
That's not all they're going to do. They'll also be able to drive you around the track lol No more:drive:

Seen this? Automated RS7 driving on the track

 

 
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