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California lawmakers want driverless cars legalized within the state

Few will argue with the fact that one of the only ways to eliminate distracted driving is to completely remove the driver from the equation. This is in part what automated, driverless vehicles -- such as the fleet that Google is operating around the country -- promise. The cars are expected to be safer because distracted drivers will no longer be an issue. Google's driverless fleet has racked up 300,000 accident-free miles.
 
Driverless vehicles can also allow those who were unable to drive themselves to get around without having to seek assistance. Other than making the roads safer, driverless cars also promise to decrease congestion and delays on the nation's roadways by eliminating accidents.
 
California is making moves to get these driverless vehicles on its state roads with one California legislator introducing a bill seeking to clarify that driverless cars are street legal. Google continues to be one of the major driving forces behind driverless vehicles, although there are other companies working in the industry.
 
Google believes that it has the computer science knowledge and financial strength to bring driverless cars to reality for Americans. "It's amazing to me that we (even) let humans drive cars," Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said a few years ago.
 
A lot of the technology needed for driverless vehicles is already available, and some vehicles on the streets today have many of the components needed to make this feat possible. Industry Association Auto Alliance represents Toyota, Ford, GM, BMW, and other major automakers. According to Auto Alliance, its members are individually exploring autonomous vehicle technology, and the association says that great strides have been made in the past decade.
 
Ford and GM, for instance, are working on autonomous braking technology that allows the car to bring itself to a complete stop when radar and other sensors the vehicle use sense an impending accident.
 
While some state legislators in California are trying to get the vehicles legalized for road use within the state, other states such as Nevada already allow driverless cars to operate on its roads.

Source: Detroit News



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RE: I drive casue I have to
By Schrag4 on 8/23/2012 1:21:22 PM , Rating: 2
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I know of racing drivers that hate driving on roads - and who could blame them. Yet, you wouldn't call them deficient drivers!


I wouldn't necessarily call "racing drivers" deficient drivers, but I don't think they're necessarily better at driving, either. Can they drive in circles at high speed better than I can? You bet. Do they know when to yield? How to park? How closely to follow other vehicles? Their racing exprience has nothing to do any of those things, in fact it would work against them in some cases (you probably should leave more than 6 inches between your front bumper and the next guy's back bumper).

About the OP's comment - maybe he or she doesn't like sitting in traffic. But if just normal driving among other drivers is what he/she doesn't like, I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest he/she, my mother, and my mother-in-law hate it for the same reason - it scares them because they (mother and in-law) are not particularly good at it. Wouldn't mind some clarification from the OP though.


RE: I drive casue I have to
By Rukkian on 8/23/2012 3:56:38 PM , Rating: 2
Just because somebody does not like the mundane parts of driving (I have a 60 Mile commute on a long, flat, straight boring interstate). I could almost do it in my sleep at this point. While it will not last forever (job is temporary), it is still boring. For commuting to work and back, I would love to sit back and either sleep, watch movies, play video games, etc.

For other times, I actually enjoy driving. There are different situations, and generalizing about somebody's skill is not a great way to start a discussion.

I would love to see some automated cars come out, both for me, and to hopefully remove some of the other idiots on the road that like to do anything but drive (read the newspaper, put on make up, txt, etc). I do not see anybody even trying to make manual driving illegal in my lifetime at least, and any automated car would have to have a self driving feature (ala demolition man, irobot).


RE: I drive casue I have to
By Reclaimer77 on 8/23/2012 4:05:19 PM , Rating: 1
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For commuting to work and back, I would love to sit back and either sleep, watch movies, play video games, etc.


That's what public transportation is for. Sleeping in your vehicle is reckless, plain and simple. Regardless if it's driving itself or not, it cannot possibly be 100% reliable or able to handle every situation that could come up.


RE: I drive casue I have to
By Rukkian on 8/23/2012 4:35:53 PM , Rating: 2
If there was public transporation (other than cabs) I would use it.

While the techology is not there at the moment, in my mind within 10 years computers will be able to handle pretty much any situation better than most drivers.

While some people never loose focus, never take their eyes off the wheel, never get tired at the end of the day, I think that they are the exception as opposed to the rule. There are way too many idiots out there. Just takes some great minds working on a big budget (Which google has both of) and I think it can be figured out.

I respect everybody's right to safely operation their car the way they see fit, and would not want it legislated that you have to use a self drive car, the potential for benefits to everybody is out there.


RE: I drive casue I have to
By Amiga500 on 8/23/2012 6:55:42 PM , Rating: 2
Yes... 'cos public transport will take you door to door when you want.

Seriously man. Your like a Neanderthal in this this story/thread.

Reclaimer like car. Reclaimer no like people who not like car.

You are all about free choice and options - well, there are a lot of people here would like the option of an autopilot that they can choose to use for the more mundane parts of driving - or because they flat out don't like driving or could better use the time.


RE: I drive casue I have to
By Reclaimer77 on 8/23/2012 8:52:15 PM , Rating: 2
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You are all about free choice and options - well, there are a lot of people here would like the option of an autopilot that they can choose to use for the more mundane parts of driving - or because they flat out don't like driving or could better use the time.


If that's all they wanted, I wouldn't mind. But look a little closer at what people are actually saying.

If you want a self driving car, fine. But here are my terms.

1. I will not pay ANY extra fees or penalties or taxes for choosing to drive my own vehicle.

2. I will not be forced into "special" areas or have my freedom of movement limited based on vehicle choice.

I could care less what you people want to do. Just drop all this nonsense about safety and how I should no longer be able to drive my own vehicle, or somehow be marginalized in some way.

YOUR side is politicizing this, not me.


RE: I drive casue I have to
By Amiga500 on 8/24/2012 12:14:12 PM , Rating: 2
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If that's all they wanted, I wouldn't mind. But look a little closer at what people are actually saying.


The sub-heading of the article:
"California lawmakers want driverless cars legalized within the state"

quote:
YOUR side is politicizing this, not me.

Lawmakers are politicians - therefore the issue has to be politicized to make it legal.

Unless you are advocating a change to the US constitution where the President be allowed to change any law as he/she sees fit?


"A politician stumbles over himself... Then they pick it out. They edit it. He runs the clip, and then he makes a funny face, and the whole audience has a Pavlovian response." -- Joe Scarborough on John Stewart over Jim Cramer














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