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Old 10-05-2015, 11:07 PM
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Initial emotion would be fear of the unknown - will the car crash without me being able to prevent it?

Once/if autonomous cars become common with a good safety record, my question would be: "why do I have this autonomous car? I could have taken the train."

The autonomous car would provide privacy and more room for your own stuff than mass transit, but would eliminate the joy of driving (human control). Unfortunately that would prob. be the safest route, given human road rage and accident statistics.
BIG differences between autonomous car and train:

1. Car goes from exactly where you are to exactly where you want to go, point to point.

2. Car goes when you're ready, no hurrying to catch it, no waiting for it.

3. Security and privacy: no strangers in your car.
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Old 10-05-2015, 11:35 PM
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There's that but it's more a sense that there would be "nobody in control", particularly not me. I pride myself on being a significantly above average driver, having been a military chauffeur, a racing driver, a highway safety instructor and also an instructor in terrorism countermeasures for government and industry bigwigs and their chauffeurs.

As you might expect, I take driving very seriously. I'll always trust myself more than I will a collection of ones and zeros.

Would you trust your thoughts to a car that turns off your voice when it moves? Can you think through moving? For a minute? For decades?
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Old 10-05-2015, 11:47 PM
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Would you trust your thoughts to a car that turns off your voice when it moves? Can you think through moving? For a minute? For decades?
Say what?
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Old 10-06-2015, 08:27 AM
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BIG differences between autonomous car and train:

1. Car goes from exactly where you are to exactly where you want to go, point to point.

2. Car goes when you're ready, no hurrying to catch it, no waiting for it.

3. Security and privacy: no strangers in your car.
Yes indeed. I will be interested to see how mainstream they become.

Will those with the means have an autonomous car for the daily, mind numbing commute and a "traditional" automobile for weekend/pleasure driving?

Will there be legal ramifications/new regulations to address operating system "software glitches?" Accident? The car did it. Check the log. I wonder how insurance companies will adjust? Prob. favorably if the accident rates go down as expected.

System security? How easy to hack? You know someone will try.
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Old 10-06-2015, 08:44 AM
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I love to drive. I can only imagine that owning an autonomous vehicle would be as fun as riding a bus.

Zzzzzzzzzz...............
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Old 10-06-2015, 08:52 AM
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I love to drive. I can only imagine that owning an autonomous vehicle would be as fun as riding a bus.

Zzzzzzzzzz...............
Me, too. If, in the distant future, the choices for commuting on main thoroughfares during peak hours become restricted to either autonomous vehicles or mass transit, I would take the bus/train.
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Old 10-06-2015, 09:30 AM
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Meh. Driving is fun for 15 minutes.

I predict vans with beds and other amenities will become very popular.
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Old 10-06-2015, 09:51 AM
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Meh. Driving is fun for 15 minutes.

I predict vans with beds and other amenities will become very popular.
The 70s all over again!

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Old 10-06-2015, 10:04 AM
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The 70s all over again!

That's a small bus made into a non-mobile crib. That gear would be all over after a moving vehicle had made one right and one left.

Still, illustrates the concept....
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Old 10-06-2015, 11:48 AM
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I commute 110 miles round trip. I would love to be in the back seat reading or sleeping while my car drove itself.
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