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Cabe Atwell
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Re: An affordable robotcar?
Cabe Atwell   5/3/2013 2:44:19 PM
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Despite what Rob said about Americans wanting to be in control of their autos, I personally think the autonomous car will take off. I see us all hoping into our cars and letting it drive us where we want to go safely. Like taking the taxi, a computer based personal driver.

I once spent 3 hours a day driving to a job. That's 60 hours wasted each month. I wish I could have done something else during that time.

I know... sleep while the car drive you to work!

WOW – that right there is the only reason needed for autonomous adoption.

C

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Re: An affordable robotcar?
Rob Spiegel   5/6/2013 11:01:22 AM
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Cabe, to some extent, I think this may be a generational issue. Young adults may be more willing to relinquish driving than older adults who still put a high premium on car ownership. Older Americans have a close personal relationship with their cars. Younger adults may view cars as simply a mode of transportation.

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RobotCar
apresher   5/6/2013 4:33:53 PM
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Rob, I think it's a generational issue as well. But overall, the key to driverless vehicles is the user controls (ability to override the system, especially in the beginning until drivers gain confidence) and cost.  I know that the RobotCar is a trendsetter in predicting a low cost adder per vehicle but I look at other systems current in cars, and it just seems like this can't be a low cost for consumers (especially in the beginning). And then there's the threat of lawsuits and litigations from the inevitable crashes ... a whole other story.

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Re: RobotCar
Cabe Atwell   5/10/2013 4:03:10 PM
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Just so you know Rob and Apresher, cars are still loved by the younger gen. Especially the male population. I know so many people with "tuner cars" and motocycles. They all love manual control too. However, when it comes to the daily commute, they have their beaters.

Or in the future, their robot cars, I am sure.

C

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