Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Party Rooster, Jun 25, 2011.
Can't imagine this getting any traction when you factor in the potential lawsuits...
Hate to break it to them but we're a long way from
flying or self driving cars.
they make the Chinese test it out It cant be worst then they drive
Volkswagon has a prototype driver assist system similar to what google is working on. It'll pilot the car between the lanes and slow down and speed up depending on traffic as well as obey speed limits. Pretty decent idea for long range commutes.
As the OP alluded to, none of these concepts will make it to market in this legal climate. People sue all the time over cruise control malfunctions, multiply that by a lot.
No software vendor is going to accept that kind of responsibility.
I wonder if all the cars get a swishy red light on the front.
some failed discovery show about prototypes tested a car like this. it actually performed well and it's only crash was during a very tight turn but it hit the sidewall at 5 mph? it was pretty cool to see that it could be possible to perfect it.
I remember hearing about something similar years ago, using magnets in a special stretch of highway in California. The magnets showed the car where it was in the lane, and sensors in the bumpers allowed it to detect other cars. The special stretch of road was only open to the rigged cars, though, so they werent having to deal with regular traffic.
That technology is used on the 80 through the Sierras (Truckee area) for Caltrans to keep their plows centered on the lanes when they have huge snowdrifts and zero visibility to plow through.
friggen google had me in the middle of a park yesterday when i was in the middle of the delaware bay, im not impressed
Just be grateful, ten years ago teleportation technology existed only in sci-fi stories.
The modern implementation uses video analysis to determine where the asphalt and the lane markers are.
Of course I can see this collapsing if you left a roadway and went into an old shitty parking lot or in an improperly labeled work zone where they've diverted traffic.
I don't think it's meant to replace that, more like a cruise control "on steroids". In the video, they show how if you grab the wheel it disengages the auto-pilot feature, similar to tapping on the brakes on cruise control.