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As goes Travis....so goes his dream of a driverless Uber

lakersfan1

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Jinxstone

Well-Known Member
Travis may still be on the board but if he tries to take his old role back the people who sunk $60 billion into the company will pull out.
 

Pchi

Well-Known Member
Driverless cars are as inevitable in the transportation industry as another piece of garbage replacing Travis...
 

pizza guy

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The only way driverless cars will be accepted is if it is gradual. It began with cruise control decades ago. Then antilock brakes and recently many more assist features. What people forget is that the true benefits of self driving cars are only realized when it is a 100% self driving fleet. I drive a well maintained 15 year old car that riders love and could stay on the road another 150k miles. If any of us are still driving Uber when we're replaced by self driving cars then we have bigger problems.
 

Pchi

Well-Known Member
I agree it'll be gradual...

However it pans out or anyway you slice it and dice it, eventually it'll be the norm.....
 

Shea F. Kenny

Active Member
Sure, one driverless car on the road can do millions of miles without incident. What happens when you get a pack of them, all at the same stop light, with all that radar going? Radar doesn't work the same way wireless does. Or, you send a signal to a receiver, and it sends a signal back, and to a specific device. Radar is simply reading a return signal, from a solid object, which was bounced off that object. Radar computers rely upon the strength of that signal, to determine how big it is, and how far away. With all those cars sending a radar signal out, it's likely to make the car think there's an object right in front of it. Which there would be, at a stop light. But the vehicle in front would be putting out a signal, even after it started moving.

Another thing is big venue events, where the police block off streets and direct traffic with hand signals. What if the GPS says to turn right, and the cop is waving turn left? Not all cops use a flashlight or baton. Will they be required to so the vehicle can recognize hand signals? Or carry a special device?

What about left and right turn lanes? Some streets have them, others don't. Will these vehicles be in the proper lane, every time? If not, they could greatly contribute to congestion, and agitation of other drivers.

How about pot holes or "stutter" bumps, especially at night when you can't see them until the last split second? Can the computer analyze a road surface accurately?

How about complex construction zones like Damen and Fullerton where the cars can navigate ok, but at such a slow pace they back up traffic?

People are going to end up hating these things, and the companies that put them on the road! LOL
 
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