[Technology] Autonomous vehicles

The future is nigh!

  • simTD networks cars and not-cars, sharing data to increase automobile awareness and hopefully reduce accidents.  In Frankfurt, Germany with 120 vehicles from different brands.

  • EU says that by November 2013, cars have to have autonomous breaking.  I wonder how they're dealing with liability when it causes a problem?  Requiring cars to have it so soon is a fascinating proposition.

  • Google expands their self-driving car project, with Googlers now to use going between home and work without a buddy in the car.  Also, adding a new model of car, and acknowledging the need to try out snow.

I look forward to self-driving cars.  My goal had been once to avoid driving in my life time.  I dislike its impact on the environment, car culture, the expense of car ownership, etc.  I'm actually in the process of getting my license, mostly because I don't want to be stranded if my father falls ill and I need to somehow visit him.  However, I still think of autonomous vehicles as helping address some of my issues.  Can we get an efficient network of pod cars that encourage car sharing, to reduce the inefficiency of per-family vehicles?  Intelligent driving to reduce accidents and marginally improve efficiency?  Make them naturally safer so we can reduce the cost of cars themselves and insurance?

I want one shaped as pumpkin.

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