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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
9/8/2017 11:11:54 AM
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Re: One "Humble "Suggestion....
You don't think anyone would want to pedal on a "stationary bike" that autonomously drove itself to where you wanted to go? :)

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Ariella
Ariella
9/8/2017 8:18:36 AM
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Re: One "Humble "Suggestion....
@mhhf1ve you mean a motorized bike or one that still needed human power for pedaling? It would be odd to still have to pedal but have the bike decide where to go. Now if it's an autonomous motorcyle, it would likely not be too popular because the riders rarely abide by the strict rules of the road. They do ride between lanes to get ahead of traffic, for example, something that autonmous driving programming would probably disallow.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
9/7/2017 10:40:34 PM
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Re: One "Humble "Suggestion....
If autonomous software actually becomes common, maybe we'll also have autonomous bikes? I think there was one autonomous motorcycle entry in the DARPA Grand Challenge that started the autonomous car boom...

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
9/7/2017 10:33:22 PM
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Re: One "Humble "Suggestion....
I think it was Kevin Kelly who said no technology ever dies. There are only a few examples where a tool was so toxic/dangerous that it was never used again after being invented. E.g. Radioactive paint for clock hands.... So I'm sure dumb cars will exist for as long as civilization does. But AVs will likely take over someday when they get smart enough.

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Ariella
Ariella
9/7/2017 10:00:25 PM
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Re: One "Humble "Suggestion....
@mhhf1ve I'm not sure that will happen -- at least not in the next 75 years. Even when cars replaced horses, people were still the ones driving. And even forms of transportation that could have been supplanted by technology -- like bicyles -- are still around and even used for commuting at present. 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
9/7/2017 9:18:45 PM
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Re: One "Humble "Suggestion....
Ok, but even people who own Ferraris drive them on closed tracks and not on public roads when they want to really have fun. I imagine the same thing that happened to horses will happen to traditional cars -- they will still be used but mostly for recreational purposes.

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Ariella
Ariella
9/7/2017 5:37:25 PM
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Re: One "Humble "Suggestion....
@mhhf1ve Some people enjoy the experience of driving. Certainly, someone who buys something like a Ferrari probably is not just thinking about the safest ride possible but the most fun ride possible -- with him/herself in control of it.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
9/7/2017 5:18:57 PM
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Re: One "Humble "Suggestion....
Assuming autonomous cars are as safe as human drivers (i.e., not perfect but causing less than x deaths per mile driven), who wouldn't prefer an AV to driving themselves? Add on that AVs might obviate the need to own the whole car entirely, and it could be much cheaper and more efficient to let robots take us everywhere.

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Ariella
Ariella
9/7/2017 2:49:53 PM
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Re: One "Humble "Suggestion....
@mhhf1ve  < All autonomous cars on the road is probably safer than some mix of human and robots.... > Agreed, and I know that at least one of my kids would prefer to be driven in an autonomous car to driving herself.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
9/7/2017 2:46:59 PM
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Re: One "Humble "Suggestion....
Heh. I'd certainly take a free ride in an autonomous car right now.. when there are still professional drivers behind the wheel that can at least try to take over if something goes wrong.

I don't know if I'd trust a long-distance trip, though... and there would have to be a LOT more data showing that autonomous cars are better before it becomes legal, anyway.

These tests are all baby steps, but I think it'll work someday. Maybe humans won't be allowed to drive in our lifetime? All autonomous cars on the road is probably safer than some mix of human and robots.... 

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