Will we see a real self driving car in our life time?

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  1. shortbus

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    And that gets back to the, "all cars must be self driving" for it to really work. Throw one car or one train still under human control into the mix and all bets are off.
     
  2. Glenn Holland

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    In our automatic train control system, a "noncommunicating" train (that is not responding to the network) will default the following train to stay back a rather large distance. That adds a delay in service, but it maintains safe following distance.

    However, if that were applied to SFCs, the following vehicle would have to be switched to manual driving otherwise, there would be traffic back ups. Reliability of SDC is also a major issue ans with 100s of 1000s of cars are using the freeways everyday, and a couple of failures can lead to monumental back ups.
     
  3. shortbus

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    Let alone the deaths it could cause. But then traffic backups are more important.
     
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    IMHO we see
    But to make them efficient their number should overweight the number of manned cars.
     
  7. bertus

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    Some test track?

     
  8. joeyd999

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    Nice. No potholes.
     
  9. nsaspook

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    Or real drivers.
     
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  13. Glenn Holland

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    Product liability is going to be a big issue and the car maker's insurance companies are going to have the final say in whether or not self driving cars will actually be on the road.

    With conventional human driven cars, the manufacturer's liability is currently limited to alleged defects with the vehicle itself and the vast majority of accidents are due to human error. However in addition to the human error contribution to accidents, the reliability self driving technology will also be brought into question.
     
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    I can always share some videos of my dogs. :D
     
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  17. wayneh

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    I'm glad you didn't say "grandkids". ;)
     
  18. WBahn

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    Given that my daughter's only eleven, I'm sorta, kinda, really hoping I don't have any of those kinds of idiots for some time yet. :D
     
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