Self-driving cars projected to reduce injuries by 90 percent, save $450 billion annually

By Shawn Knight ยท 36 replies
Oct 24, 2013
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  1. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,888   +1,223

    Save $450 billion? You know when we spend money, someone else makes money. Saving $450 billion sounds great, unless you're the owner of a tow-truck business or a body shop.
  2. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 855   +121

    Regulation has never sped the development of technology.
  3. I don't think its going to be one or the other as in a car that is in total control or a human in total control. There is still going to be a need for humans to pay attention. The computer will help to keep a car in its lane and avoid accidents. The driver however will not just simply be able to take a nap in the back seat while driving across the country. They will still need to be monitoring the systems. Being a retired pilot I can tell you todays planes can fly to your destination and even land on their own bit a pilot is still very much needed and used for when conditions are anything less then perfect or when systems fail. There are a ton of fly by wire aircraft (computer controlled) in the skies today that just do not simply fall out of the sky.
  4. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 510   +152

    Read again, I never suggested that maintenance was covered by insurance. I'm offended by the accusation that I would be so naive and stupid to think that. My reference to brake failure is in the context of being a cause to an accident, obviously. The Guest implied that Autonomous Vehicles didn't belong on the road unless they were guaranteed 100% accident free. And because of mechanical failure (like brake system failure) and regardless of who or what is behind the wheel, the need for insurance is not a reflection on the reliability of these vehicles.

    As I believe I so aptly implied, this statement is a bad jump in logic.
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  5. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Evangelist Posts: 553   +57

    I will be more excited for self driving cars if it doesn't just become a "luxury" kind of feature. Imagine this; You work a full time job where public transportation is prohibitively expensive or unavailable and you also don't have convenient access to another driver. Now say you fancy an evening at the pub, well I think we would all agree it would be nice to be able to drink and still get home safely. Well with a self driving car AND a breathalyzer (obviously nothing new) you could require a test before activating "manual mode" not at all times, but perhaps based upon location or a schedule(say 7pm-6am). This would not only provide a convenient option for the driver, but protect others from stupid mistakes.(drunk driving)
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,714   +3,695

    Nah, thats where the smart car comes in, it will detect a driver swerving and take control until they present evidence they are not drunk.
  7. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,923   +756

    Yes, electronics do fail. This is one area where some sort of standardized reliability requirements would help, and as in aircraft, doubly or triply redundant systems would also be an advantage even though it will increase the price.

    Sensors can also be monitored by the brains of the car, and the brains of the car could possibly detect when they are damaged, but not so much so that they no longer work.

    As far as sensors getting covered in mud, there are two solutions to that. 1. Put them in an area of the vehicle that is not as likely to get covered in mud, e.g., the roof. 2. The electromagnetic spectrum is very wide, and some frequencies have a greater ability to penetrate materials since many materials have predictable absorption bands. Some regions of the spectrum may be able to see through a coating of mud. It is not all that difficult for some spectrum regions. For short distances, think mm airport scanners as an example of something that can see through a material that is not transparent in the optical region of the em spectrum.

    Personally, I do not see that sensors are a problem if they are thought through and implemented with safety in mind, and I think safety (as well as convenience) is what any group researching autonomous cars has in mind.

    More problematic is trying to get either people who think they can do anything they want or are in some way ignorant of the dangers to not text, to not use hand's free devices and the like. I don't care how much you educate anyone, there will still be people who are "too smart" or "too dumb" not to do stuff while driving that puts them and all others on the road with them in danger.

    For me, taking the driver out of the equation is the best means. In addition, I think it would be wise to make autonomous vehicles talk to each other. That way, they could coordinate and cooperate between them to maintain safe driving distances. There is nothing like that now given that there are drivers out there who think they own the road and them getting to where they want to go as fast as they can is the most important thing to them.
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  8. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,146   +911

    I Read it again, It's below for reference:
    Guest Said

    And you replied:

    Guest didn't mention anything about breaking down, he said work, if they worked like intended then why do we need insurance? That is what he was querying, you went and replied about cars breaking down, that implies it worked as intended in the first place.

    Anyway don't get me wrong, I bet they have tested them to bits, just like lots of stuff today is tested to death (literally) but fact of the matter is these cars will NOT work in places like the UK, or even Europe as a whole. They just won't, our roads are not only extremely old but also very difficult at times, These silly autonomous cars will either drive incredibly slowly (like max 20mph) or will be going down the wrong way down one way systems, getting confused at massive roundabouts and so forth.

    In America, sure, why not, It's probably easier to install the right stuff on the roads for these cars and your roads are MUCH bigger, more room for error, but I'm sure if these went on sale, their would be plenty that sell, but I bet there are more people who actually enjoy driving and enjoy having control of a machine that can do over 100mph than a computer do it all for you.

    Again I'm not completely against this, I know teenage girls over here that scare the living Jebus out of me how badly they drive, they are the kind of people who will benefit from this, but people like me who prefer to have control of my life when I'm going a decent speed and enjoy driving, no thanks, I would rather stick to good old fashion manual.
  9. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Guru Posts: 306   +73

    And vice versa.
  10. Do a search for the google self driving car. It works right now and as was said above the only real hold up is the cost of the sensor device. They will drive better in snow or ice better than 99% of the current people on the road. They can already detect and react to a child running out in the road and many other threats that you will never see due to the fact that they see in all directs at once and have a sub second reaction time.
    I would expect to see this tech in some high end BMW within 10 years.
  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Yep, follow the money. With technology advancements, someone is going to lose business. If that someone has enough money/power, there will be some resistance (political campaign donations). Another thing along the line of insurance, is think of all the money involved in DUIs. If a car can prevent DUI accidents, suddenly that market goes away (DUI lawyers, county court income, community service hours, whatever else). Lots of consequences to having an accident free environment...
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,714   +3,695

    Damn and our ditches have been so much cleaner, since people have learned how difficult it is to actually clean them. LOL

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