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bobjengr
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ROBOTIC CAR
bobjengr   10/23/2012 5:58:05 PM
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 I would love to know more about the systems that allow this to happen and how apps integrate relative to those systems.   This is an excellent article and falls in line with another I read discussing the use of application software and Wi-Fi packages to program and trouble shoot robots used in manufacturing processes.  One very beneficial advantage would be protecting workers and shutting down machinery in case health issues arose.  This could prevent injury and promote safety.  Great article.  

Nancy Golden
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Re: Bye, bye road rage in the mall parking lot
Nancy Golden   10/23/2012 5:42:52 PM
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mrdon, I agree with your comment about it making society lazy but not just mentally - I often intentionally park my car far away from the entrance in order to get some needed exercise. While having a car park itself can be a blessing for the handicapped or infirmed, I think we are losing too much physical activity to technological advances and our health will suffer because of it...

Thinking_J
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Really?
Thinking_J   10/23/2012 3:50:30 PM
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"As romantic as a car that drives itself sounds,....."

Really? this sounds "romantic" to someone?

Liz... gotta get you out more (smile)

At first blush - self parking sounds nice. But upon review, is just a "band aid" on much bigger problems.

At best, an amusing development of technology... which may lead to something truly useful later.

ChasChas
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Re: Bye, bye road rage in the mall parking lot
ChasChas   10/23/2012 10:41:09 AM
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Bye, bye road rage? I wonder how well it handles another robotic car going for the same parking spot.

gwilki
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gwilki   10/23/2012 10:14:27 AM
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I can see the group of 10 year olds standing at the doors of the mall with their hacked Ipads directing the computers in the cars to collide with each other. Unless and until someone comes up with a computer that cannot be taken over by a bad guy/prankster, I'll settle for dealing with illogical human powered vehicles.

3drob
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Seemed like a good idea at the time.
3drob   10/23/2012 10:03:18 AM
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All is well and good until 50 people dump off their cars into a parking lot with 40 spaces (most full).  You come back an hour later to find a herd of cars circling endlessly around a full parking lot with near empty gas tanks.  Gridlock in the parking lot.

In fact, why even have a parking lot.  Just have a big oval track where the car inserts itself with the rest of the idle cars.  Since all the cars will communicate with each other (how else would they be able to plot against us?) they can all stop moving until one needs to exit, then move in concert to allow that car to reach the exit point.

In all seriousness, since Nissan programmed the car, will they be responsible for accidents/incidents while the car is driving itself?  We are entering a brave new world where causality and responsibility are being blurred.  Until the infrastructural, legal, moral, and social frameworks are in place to deal with robots and humans interacting,  all of this is merely fantasy.

mrdon
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Re: Bye, bye road rage in the mall parking lot
mrdon   10/23/2012 9:48:38 AM
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Computers are cool tools to aid us with mundane task but I rather be in control of my vehicle without the worry of a system malfunction. The key to safe driving is to pay attention to the road. To rely on a computer for driveability is becoming too dependent on technology which makes society lazy and not able to think on their own. A simple example of technology dependency is the TV remote. For alot of folks if their not able to find it the TV is broke as opposed to just turning the channels manually.

btwolfe
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Obvious advantages
btwolfe   10/23/2012 9:42:07 AM
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Autonomous parking takes out of the equation the value of finding the closest parking spot. This would also eliminate the animosity towards those empty handicap spots at the front of the lot.


Don't be surprised when the AVU (American Valets Union) starts lobbying congress to create laws that prohibit this type of technology. This would put their entire industry out of business.

jhankwitz
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Re: Bye, bye road rage in the mall parking lot
jhankwitz   10/23/2012 9:35:56 AM
I think the new term will be "computer gridlock" as driverless cars will not be able to see beyond the nearest car and see other driver intentions by looking them in the eye or seeing them smile, wave, or flip you the sign.

kyleafdotcom
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Re: Bye, bye road rage in the mall parking lot
kyleafdotcom   10/23/2012 9:29:05 AM
As a middle age human, the idea of retirement in a self driving RV is really appealing to me.  Imagine taking a nap while the RV travels to your next destination.  Imagine the RV robotically recharging itself when the batteries are in need.  Imagine not having a 70 or 80 year old human driving the RV down the road.  That is how I see my retirement in 25 or 30 years.  It is an awesome dream, can we make it the reality?

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