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[bloomberg] Uber Expands Driverless-Car Push With Deal for 24,000 Volvos

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Uber Technologies Inc. agreed to buy 24,000 sport utility vehicles from Volvo Cars to form a fleet of driverless autos, a signal that the company remains committed to autonomous cars under newly appointed Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi.

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Some people think we won't see self-driving vehicles in our lifetime. Well, welcome to the future.
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self-driving cars are good, they're at least safer than a drunk driver.
or half-asleep drivers.
Edited by epic1337 - 11/21/17 at 5:13am
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I have a friend who works in San Francisco and tests a self driving car service. He's confident in the ability to operate in dense city environments but says it's because the roads are maintained. Once you go out of the cities and towards roads that aren't as defined, the self-driving aspect loses a lot of its sensing abilities.
    
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After recently becoming the owner of a V60 T6, I approve of this. Love the car, if it could drive itself during my mundane commute, it'd be that much better.
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Good luck on roads that aren't picture perfect, 4 seasons weather and perfect manhattan grid etc. Yet to see a driverless car actually presented on common roads instead of a test track or nice modern clean city streets. Will see how that great AI deals with holes in roads, varying surfaces, blind corners everywhere, no signs, no lines on roads, misleading lines on roads, no GPS etc. ... Making AI drive in perfect roads is not that difficult but making it safe to be deployed on all kinds of roads is. Hell some countries don't even have paved roads but dirt roads and so on. Not everyone lives in road perfect California cities.
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Originally Posted by JackCY View Post

Good luck on roads that aren't picture perfect, 4 seasons weather and perfect manhattan grid etc. Yet to see a driverless car actually presented on common roads instead of a test track or nice modern clean city streets. Will see how that great AI deals with holes in roads, varying surfaces, blind corners everywhere, no signs, no lines on roads, misleading lines on roads, no GPS etc. ... Making AI drive in perfect roads is not that difficult but making it safe to be deployed on all kinds of roads is. Hell some countries don't even have paved roads but dirt roads and so on. Not everyone lives in road perfect California cities.

Well, considering what they are capable of now, and we seem to only be at the infancy of this machine learning/ deep learning push from a hardware perspective... I think that these hurdles can be overcome relatively soon from a decision making standpoint. However; I don't know enough about how the sensors work, and dirtying them, or driving through snow, rain, dirt etc. does seem like it would mess something up.
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I will believe its the future when they can drive in a Michigan blizzard with potholes, low visibility and icetastic roads.
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Putting people out of a job. If it wasn't for people, where would Uber be now? The future is here, and robots will be taking over. Oh, I don't want to hear that the job market will stabalize. Governments around the world are not starting to pay people living wages to sit at home for no reason. They know that this next technological leap will end emplyability as we know it.
 
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Governments around the world are not starting to pay people living wages to sit at home for no reason. They know that this next technological leap will end emplyability as we know it.

Actually, they do.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_income_around_the_world
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Yes, but where are the personal jetpacks, flying cars. and real hoverboards?
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