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Author Topic: Britain gives go-ahead to test driverless cars on roads  (Read 1307 times)

crabby3

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Britain gives go-ahead to test driverless cars on roads
« on: February 11, 2015, 08:38:48 AM »
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"Britons will from next summer be joined on the roads by driverless cars, after the government gave the go-ahead for the vehicles to be tested on public roads in a bid to encourage companies developing the technology to invest in the country."

Full story -  http://www.msn.com/e...ar-AA9eyPh?ocid=iehp

I presume the US has had this for decades... ever since the CB radio craze?  :'(  Not much difference between no driver and one that's preoccupied.

That's a big 10-4 .. Good bu-CRASH!

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Re: Britain gives go-ahead to test driverless cars on roads
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2015, 09:01:25 AM »
Probably no worse or more risky than our current practice of allowing brain-dead humans to operate a motor vehicle. At least if the US driving scene is anything to go by.  ;)

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Re: Britain gives go-ahead to test driverless cars on roads
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2015, 11:45:37 AM »
Probably no worse or more risky than our current practice of allowing brain-dead humans to operate a motor vehicle. At least if the US driving scene is anything to go by.  ;)

It could also produce some interesting instances of road rage.  Someone cuts off the car.  The car runs the offender off the road in retaliation.  Do they in-car-sir-ate the automaton?  The vehicle has to serve 5 years or 50,000 miles.. whichever comes first.

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Re: Britain gives go-ahead to test driverless cars on roads
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2015, 01:43:15 PM »
It could also produce some interesting instances of road rage.  Someone cuts off the car.

Hay, can we get a robotic arm to automatically extend a middle finger any time the ABS is tripped for longer than 700ms??

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Re: Britain gives go-ahead to test driverless cars on roads
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2015, 02:03:18 PM »
It could also produce some interesting instances of road rage.  Someone cuts off the car.

Hay, can we get a robotic arm to automatically extend a middle finger any time the ABS is tripped for longer than 700ms??

I was thinking more along the lines of Phasers. If I'm in a good mood I just might mess up his tinted glass with a low power volley(equivalent of set to stun.)  But otherwise a destruct power setting may be in order.  This has the benefit the auto will be totally vaporized and I won't have to change lanes to "pass" the dude. ;)

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Re: Britain gives go-ahead to test driverless cars on roads
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2015, 02:09:26 PM »
As if driving through London wasn't difficult enough already...and now they are putting these strange ass looking pods on the roads...yeah...can't see anything going wrong there  ;D

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Re: Britain gives go-ahead to test driverless cars on roads
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2015, 11:33:31 PM »
Unless the driverless car can tailgate the car in front by no more than 10 meters at speeds of 0-160km/h+, (less if it's a driverless white van), and not use indicators then they'll never be useful to the UK public.

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