The Google Car (Drives Itself)

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by RawBert, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. RawBert macrumors 68000

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    Looks very promising.
    Best thing is, it doesn't require governments investing in new infrastructures that can accommodate this AUTOmobile. It can use existing roads.

    I just pray Microsoft doesn't try copying this. God help us! :eek: ;)
     
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    I remember the CEO of Ford being asked about the future of autonomous vehicles and his answer was that it's not that they can't do that currently but it's more of a case of slowly integrating the technologies so that the public will accept it.

    It's really amazing how far this tech has come in the last decade.
     
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    Well... all the controls would be replaced by a button marked START. Even switching off the car. It would also randomly crash with no warning or reason.
     
  7. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    Yup. And people would simply shrug their shoulders, brush off their scrapes, get back in the car, and keep on driving. A perfectly normal commute.

    Personally, I'd love a system like this. I don't think it would be hard to sell this to the public (once they work out all the obvious issues like safety and reliability). It'd be like having a personal chauffeur all the time. Sure you'd want an override mode so you could take over the wheel and drive yourself, for fun, but your typical boring commute would cease to exist. Let the car fight the downtown traffic for me, while I read a newspaper and sip my coffee!
     
  8. rprebel macrumors 6502

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    Microsoft couldn't pull this off. Nothing they make works without drivers:p
     
  9. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    *rimshot*
     
  10. rprebel macrumors 6502

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    Thank you I'll be here all week.
     
  11. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    So, it wouldn't really be any different than what people are doing now? At least that's what I see on my commute. You know, sip coffee, read the newspaper, text like crazy, shave, put on makeup, etc. Except there's no computer driving now.

    And let's not get too biased. If Apple did this, it would just replace all your gauges with the spinning beach ball of doom. And, of course, your car would have to be made out of brushed aluminum with no options available.
     

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