Originally Posted by DuckieHo
....flight paths ARE
as congested as many roads. There is too much
space between aircraft now because we cannot track them in real-time.
There are a few automomous cars driving today
on open roads for testing. Las Vegas (with lots of pedestrians and motorcyclists) has approved of robotic cars so we will see soon.
What probably will happen is that only major highways will begin with robotic cars and eventually spread to smaller streets.
You trust yourself in car driven by inferior systems....
You know Duckie, I've been following the comments here in this thread for a while now but I just can't escape the impression that you get a bit too hung up about trying to compare cars to planes in context of autonomous control v.s. risk.
You should know that people don't take an automated plane to work with their daily commute. It's large volume transportation, with the decent amount of supervision on traffic; the plane is actually one of the most safe vehicles when it comes to death rates.
But this isn't a discussion about planes and cars. To have cars follow the same pattern on regular country roads it takes a whole lot more than autonomous cars and they really can't be packed close together. If something malfunctions and there's no room for evasion due to the density, then say hi to chaos.
When it comes to overall safety, while the robotic cars will be okay at pathfinding and collision detecting, they will never be able to anticipate as well as people can. That's a huge area there to be explored yet. And now what if the software
and or hardware fails? You'll in a sudden have to rely on built in crisis-control?
No way. There are some things that are better left up to competent people rather than 'robots'.
The other point I have a bit of an issue with is how you try to downplay the fun and desire for the need to drive and that people who love that sort of should just give up and forget and deal with the robotic transport. So much waste eh? Watching T.V. instead huh? Yeah. Why I am not driving now?
I'm waking up, writing up this post. Getting ready for work. Will get into the car in a little while, drive around the block and a bit of highway, the long route to work rather than the short route, getting to enjoy sume fun bends in the roads. Another time I don't drive because I play the keyboard. Yes, I love music and the making of tremendously. And sometimes, when I feel like it I go/
drive, opening the door to enter the "freedom capsule" and set myself free. It's an experience. You don't have to understand, but at least respect one's desire and value towards driving.
P.S. Musclecars, all muscles, no handling! Jap power all the way! (Joking
)Edited by MagicBox - 9/19/12 at 12:30am