11/18/2011 7:21:12 AM
Autonomous driving? How is that going to work unless all vehicles are so equipped? What computer programming is going to account for a 16 year-old driver doing something stupid to impress a carload of kids? Until all vehicles are driving autonomously, I do not think any can safely anywhere other than a test track.
Rather than spend millions of dollars on electronic toys to amuse the driver, how about spending aome time designing an engine where I can get at the spark plugs. Or a body than can survive a 10mph rear ending without costing thousands to repair.
You may find this hard to believe, but I have been driving for almost 50 years and have never had the need to check e-mails or download a game. video or some fancy app while tooling down the road.
11/18/2011 6:56:07 AM
That’s the thing with Cruise Control–you’re still acting like you’re at the wheel and giving the drive your attention. With autonomous driving, it seems like you’re encouraged to do other things–eat, text, email. That just doesn’t seem right. If you don’t want to drive (as Rob says), take the bus, hop a train, call a cab.
11/17/2011 9:19:01 PM
11/17/2011 3:43:17 PM
The acceptance will come generationally, like most technology acceptance. I may feel uncomfortable about autonomous driving, but my 15-year-old daughter would embrace it quickly. She doesn’t want to drive, she wants to text.
11/17/2011 3:36:36 PM
Cell phones are moving at a quick speed to add functionality and speed. Seems that’s the logical tool, since it leads the mobile world and there is sufficient competition in cell phones to ensure ongoing development.
11/17/2011 2:41:32 PM