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Driverless cars keep getting closer
Google, Tesla, Uber (partnered with Volvo) and Ford are all working on it.

Uber bringing driverless cars to Pittsburgh.

Ford says within 5 years.

  • Monad
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Just as long as they don't get closer to me

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I wonder how driverless cars deal with the trolly problem.
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  • MikeB
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So will it be illegal to have blood alcohol over xx if you are being "driven" all the way home by one of these marvels?

ETA of course it will, you have to be ready to intervene at any moment (so far in the technology) and you wouldn't be checked by police unless something had gone wrong along the way.  Heh, how does a self-driving car handle a sobriety checkpoint?
  • Last Edit: August 18, 2016, 05:25:06 PM by MikeB

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Simply eliminating the drivers from cars, and keeping everything else about our system the same, will be a disaster. Picture zombie cars -- those with no one in them -- clogging our cities and our roads, because it will be cheaper to keep them moving than to pay for expensive urban parking, and cheaper to bring retail to a customer than to pay rent on a retail store. While the number of vehicle miles driven skyrockets, our transportation infrastructure revenues, dependent on the gas tax, parking, fees, and fines will disappear. Unemployment will spike as professional drivers will be be laid off in droves. It will be a nightmare of pollution, congestion, and social unrest.

The traffic alone will make people curse the technologists who brought AVs to our streets. Right now, our "congested" roads and cities are mostly filled by individuals driving alone in their cars (75 percent of all trips). Just imagine our streets and your frustration when 50 percent of the cars have no people in them at all.

When we don't have to drive them, we'll use our cars more. My 2004 Prius costs me about $1.50 for an hour of run time. It will be cheaper to have my car double-park or circle blocks rather than pay for a parking meter or, heaven forbid, pay for parking in a downtown garage. It'll also be cheaper to have my car pick up pizza or drop off dry cleaning than to tip a delivery person. Endless double-parking and block circling already happens in places where the cost of a human driver is either very cheap (think Delhi) or expense is irrelevant (think about luxury black cars in New York City).

  • ksen
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I'm waiting for posterless messageboards.

  • MikeB
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Simply eliminating the drivers from cars, and keeping everything else about our system the same, will be a disaster. Picture zombie cars -- those with no one in them -- clogging our cities and our roads, because it will be cheaper to keep them moving than to pay for expensive urban parking, and cheaper to bring retail to a customer than to pay rent on a retail store. While the number of vehicle miles driven skyrockets, our transportation infrastructure revenues, dependent on the gas tax, parking, fees, and fines will disappear. Unemployment will spike as professional drivers will be be laid off in droves. It will be a nightmare of pollution, congestion, and social unrest.

The traffic alone will make people curse the technologists who brought AVs to our streets. Right now, our "congested" roads and cities are mostly filled by individuals driving alone in their cars (75 percent of all trips). Just imagine our streets and your frustration when 50 percent of the cars have no people in them at all.

When we don't have to drive them, we'll use our cars more. My 2004 Prius costs me about $1.50 for an hour of run time. It will be cheaper to have my car double-park or circle blocks rather than pay for a parking meter or, heaven forbid, pay for parking in a downtown garage. It'll also be cheaper to have my car pick up pizza or drop off dry cleaning than to tip a delivery person. Endless double-parking and block circling already happens in places where the cost of a human driver is either very cheap (think Delhi) or expense is irrelevant (think about luxury black cars in New York City).

Oh don't worry about that, we will quickly pass laws about letting your car roam driverless and you will receive a huge fine.  Really huge and you will be dragged from work in handcuffs!

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That article is a good read if you don't freak out about the one paragraph that MikeB shared.
  • Last Edit: August 25, 2016, 07:50:00 PM by SkepticTank

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The cost of "fueling" and maintaining electric cars is one tenth that of regular combustion engine cars

:skeptical:

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Our current system for raising money to pay for our transportation infrastructure in the US has been broken for years. The federal gas tax has been stalled at 18.4 cents a gallon since 1993. The US has the second lowest gas tax rate in the world. Our fuel prices are half those experienced by Europeans.
Ok, this is I mostly accept.  So if all the above is true, why haven't electric vehicles taken off in Europe?  The US definitely has to change the way we pay for roads and bridges.  Gas taxes (per mile driven) have been declining forever as vehicles have gotten more efficient and factoring in hybrids and electrics something has to change soon.
  • Last Edit: August 25, 2016, 08:13:12 PM by SkepticTank

  • MikeB
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That article is a good read if you don't freak out about the one paragraph that MikeB shared.

Well oops, I just read quickly what was right there.  :)

  • MikeS
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The cost of "fueling" and maintaining electric cars is one tenth that of regular combustion engine cars

:skeptical:
All else being equal, fuel at $2.00/gallon is ~$15/MMBtu (million Btu's).  Electricity through the wire at the house is $0.10/kWh which is ~$30/MMBtu.
However, Electric car energy efficiency is about 3x better than internal combustion (Carnot cycle) efficiency.

So fuel costs about Two-Thirds for electric versus gasoline.

Maintaining electric cars is a bit more of a stretch for cost.  You could make the case that the body/suspension/drive train costs are the same but the engine/transmission costs  for internal combustion are much higher.  However, the electrical costs are larger for an EV.

I too am skeptical of the claimed 10x savings for fuel/repairs.

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Wow, someone created a website.  Impressive.

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So will it be illegal to have blood alcohol over xx if you are being "driven" all the way home by one of these marvels?

ETA of course it will, you have to be ready to intervene at any moment (so far in the technology) and you wouldn't be checked by police unless something had gone wrong along the way.  Heh, how does a self-driving car handle a sobriety checkpoint?

In Ontario if you are in the same parking lot as your car with your keys in your pocket you can be considered in care and control of your car.  (assuming there is no driver in the car)

  • MikeB
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I hope you are not saying that you can be charged with any crime if you have had drinks, and have your car keys, but had decided not to drive and were waiting to sober up, or waiting for a friend to drive.

If the parking lot is posted "No loitering" then they have you.

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I hope you are not saying that you can be charged with any crime if you have had drinks, and have your car keys, but had decided not to drive and were waiting to sober up, or waiting for a friend to drive.

If the parking lot is posted "No loitering" then they have you.

How would the cop know that you were not just waiting for him to leave?

Personally with DUI going up, I would love to have a law that if you drink, you have to show proof of being able to get home without driving.

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I hope you are not saying that you can be charged with any crime if you have had drinks, and have your car keys, but had decided not to drive and were waiting to sober up, or waiting for a friend to drive.

If the parking lot is posted "No loitering" then they have you.

How would the cop know that you were not just waiting for him to leave?

Personally with DUI going up, I would love to have a law that if you drink, you have to show proof of being able to get home without driving.


In Soviet Russia you are guilty until proven innocent. 

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I hope you are not saying that you can be charged with any crime if you have had drinks, and have your car keys, but had decided not to drive and were waiting to sober up, or waiting for a friend to drive.

If the parking lot is posted "No loitering" then they have you.

How would the cop know that you were not just waiting for him to leave?

Personally with DUI going up, I would love to have a law that if you drink, you have to show proof of being able to get home without driving.


In Soviet Russia you are guilty until proven innocent. 

It's also illegal to have burglary tools here, or bomb making tools.

At what point does someone become guilty of negligence?
Only after something has gone wrong?

  • MikeS
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At a police station near you ....


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