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Alexander Wolfe
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Re: Not ready to be a backseat driver
Alexander Wolfe   11/22/2011 11:43:14 AM
In that regard (telecommuting), one wonders if the excess computing capacity in the modern vehicle can be put to service for the back-seat passengers. Namely, instead of having them watch DVDs, perhaps those units could instead be removable, touch-screen computers upon which they could do their homework. (Of course, they could just carry tablets and use the car's Wi-Fi.)

itstechpro
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Re: Not ready to be a backseat driver
itstechpro   11/22/2011 11:10:05 AM
What ever happened to telecommuting ?

Beth Stackpole
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Re: Not ready to be a back-seat driver
Beth Stackpole   11/22/2011 11:07:51 AM
I would think if the car is driving itself, video cameras and sensors will be standard features throughout the vehicle and will be able to deliver the video play back of the real story behind the accident. But you raise a really good issue.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Not ready to be a back-seat driver
Rob Spiegel   11/22/2011 10:38:12 AM
NO RATINGS
That's a good one, mrmikel. That brings up a huge question -- what happens when the car breaks the law -- turning too soon or too late in a left-turn situation with oncoming traffic? Those are tough calls under any circumstances. Even if the oncoming driver is at fault, what happens when that driver lies? The driver-less car can tell its side of the story. Or would video cameras be necessary?

mrmikel
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Re: Not ready to be a back-seat driver
mrmikel   11/22/2011 9:27:03 AM
The best part of all is you can say, "Officer, give my car the ticket, I wasn't driving."

Lauren Muskett
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Re: This could increase on-board infotainment
Lauren Muskett   11/22/2011 7:14:13 AM
That's a good point, Rob. The infotainment in cars could increase and will not undergo the discussion of "it is is a distraction" because there are no drivers to distract. I am curious to see how the self driving cars will play a part in car accidents and wonder if it would increase/decrease driver safety.  

Beth Stackpole
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Re: Autonomy of the Auto; has a nice ring to it.
Beth Stackpole   11/22/2011 6:51:04 AM
Eliminating the "rush-n-brake" situation that leads to "stop-n-go" passing--now that has to be THE salient sales pitch that can get skeptics like me rethinking their openness to embrace an autonomous vehicle system. Any one who's crawled in traffic for hours and hours on end will likely feel the same.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Autonomy of the Auto; has a nice ring to it.
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   11/21/2011 11:46:51 PM
They’ve already commercialized the hardest part – parallel parking, now available from the very high-end cars all the way down to the Ford Focus. And as the article eludes, most (if not all) of the remaining sensing technology is already developed and ready.  It was about 2005 I toured the M.I.T. Media center and saw a presentation on the autonomous vehicle in a highway environment.  The constant distance and constant speed sensing completely eliminated the “rush-n-brake” situation that causes stop-n-go in the passing lanes.  I dream of the day when it’s a reality.  2020 seems realistic.

Rob Spiegel
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This could increase on-board infotainment
Rob Spiegel   11/21/2011 12:38:04 PM
Self-driving cars could boost the use of infotainment aboard vehicles. While many of us may see this as a way to work on the way to work, I would imagine the freedom of attention inside the bar would increase the consumption of videos and TV. In a self-driving car, a robust infotainment center would be a must.

Beth Stackpole
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Re: Insurance rate angle?
Beth Stackpole   11/21/2011 10:15:14 AM
That's an interesting point, Alex, and really turns the notion of autonomous driving on its head when you really start to think about it. Of course, the goal is to eliminate driver distraction and increase vehicle safety, which is sort of hard to get your arms when envisioning cars driving themselves down the road. But I suppose as the technology matures and the vision systems, sensors, and embedded software systems become more powerful and refined, driving will likely be a much safer business and perhaps will garner the early adopters some whopping discounts on their insurance premiums.

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