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I could be wrong here, but I'm pretty sure it is illegal to ride horses on roads. I've certainly never seen anyone riding a horse down the freeway. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Once a certain critical mass of users hits then I expect it will become illegal to self drive on taxpayer funded roads. The 99% of the people who are in autonomous cars won't be willing to have their lives put in danger by the 1% who want to drive themselves. The efficiencies that will come with autonomous vehicles will need 100% adoption as well to really come into their own. Things like autonomous cars driving at 200kph down a highway won't be possible if there are manual drivers mixed into the traffic. We won't be able to do away with traffic lights and have road lanes that automatically change direction with changing traffic patterns if there are still manual drivers on the road.

I expect insurance costs will be the main driving force for adoption, but that it will remain legal to manually drive for a good long while until adoption reaches some critical mass, at which point it will become illegal to self drive on taxpayer funded roads.

At that point people will be able to go to a track to self drive. Similarly to how people now have to ride their horses off the roadways.

That was exactly my point.

Incidentally, you can ride horses on certain roads, it depends on the classification and local laws. Obviously not a good idea on highways / freeways.
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I could be wrong here, but I'm pretty sure it is illegal to ride horses on roads. I've certainly never seen anyone riding a horse down the freeway.

Once a certain critical mass of users hits then I expect it will become illegal to self drive on taxpayer funded roads. The 99% of the people who are in autonomous cars won't be willing to have their lives put in danger by the 1% who want to drive themselves. The efficiencies that will come with autonomous vehicles will need 100% adoption as well to really come into their own. Things like autonomous cars driving at 200kph down a highway won't be possible if there are manual drivers mixed into the traffic. We won't be able to do away with traffic lights and have road lanes that automatically change direction with changing traffic patterns if there are still manual drivers on the road.

I expect insurance costs will be the main driving force for adoption, but that it will remain legal to manually drive for a good long while until adoption reaches some critical mass, at which point it will become illegal to self drive on taxpayer funded roads.

At that point people will be able to go to a track to self drive. Similarly to how people now have to ride their horses off the roadways.

what a dull future

its going to be great sitting in an advertising space on my way to work, not to mention the hot-mic, webcam to the security services, facebook and google servers ..

these tech companies really seem to hate people being people and not mindless assets
Edited by Pip Boy - 10/19/15 at 3:30pm
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I'll just continue being a person and host some swag tea parties in my car while my car drives itself thumb.gif
Edited by ccRicers - 10/19/15 at 3:38pm
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I don't think a change to autonomous cars is some evil dystopian future of mindless drones being driven around. It's just a natural progression of technology. If we ever develop practical personal flying technology it will make roads entirely obsolete and nobody would complain about wanting to drive around then. If we ever develop teleportation technologies (ala star teks transporter beam) it will do away with vehicles altogether, and it wouldn't be a terrible change then either.
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That was exactly my point.

Incidentally, you can ride horses on certain roads, it depends on the classification and local laws. Obviously not a good idea on highways / freeways.

My bad, thought you were being sarcastic heh. Apologies.
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My bad, thought you were being sarcastic heh. Apologies.

I'm never sarcastic in the news section.
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I don't think a change to autonomous cars is some evil dystopian future of mindless drones being driven around. It's just a natural progression of technology. If we ever develop practical personal flying technology it will make roads entirely obsolete and nobody would complain about wanting to drive around then. If we ever develop teleportation technologies (ala star teks transporter beam) it will do away with vehicles altogether, and it wouldn't be a terrible change then either.
My bad, thought you were being sarcastic heh. Apologies.

I can handle sarcastic..... Or something.

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But wait...... That's now a thing of the past!

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Need your wireless home security system hacked and accessed by hackers, thieves or even the government ( Or God-knows-what... Aliens? ) for your most personal items to go out the door for quick and E-Z profit at the local pawnshop or if you're lucky, even to be used as evidence against you for anything they can come up with?
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I mean it's better than VR for this... Right?
We can handle that!

Feel the need to have a phone conversation recorded and tagged as being "Suspect" under the Homeland Security Act because you're having a bad day and want your not-so-favorite politician to just kick it while having the uncontrollable urge to describe how you'd do it in graphic detail?
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Operators are standing by right now to program these self-driven vehicles to make the trip to your doorstep and best of all, you don't even HAVE to place an order for it - We absolutely insist on sending these wonderful wheeled marvels out and about your neighboorhood for recording every last bit it can get without you ever knowing it!

We would say "Order now" but that's already been done for you.... So you don't have to!
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You know things like this make me wonder... It's intent is apparently good but we know how things can easily be perverted for another purpose provided the "Good Intent" isn't a cover for such in the first place.
We'll see.
Edited by Kryton - 10/21/15 at 2:28am
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I doubt we'll see massive speed increases. Mechanical failure will always be an issue, a car driving 200kph is a rocket.
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I hope they find a flaw and these things never take off tbh.
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I hope they find a flaw and these things never take off tbh.
Yeah, man. I'm tired of innovation and technology that can improve people's lives. I hope all of it never takes off tbh.
    
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But why does it have to look so god damn ugly?

Just like most electric cars. Its like they dont want anyone to buy them.

I don't think google wanted its self driving car to be intimidating like a Tesla. That might put off some people about voting them to be street legal.
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