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Volvo's self-drive 'convoy' hits the Spanish motorway

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by stevethrower, May 29, 2012.

  1. stevethrower

    stevethrower Got Sig?

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  2. NuttyJim

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    Once skynet is up and running this will no longer be a problem
     
  3. lajikal

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    The whole notion of traveling somewhere other than sightseeing/exploring is getting real old and retarded.
     
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    Right. Because no one needs to get to work, or travel for any reason.
    :rolleyes:
     
  5. Mother Shucker

    Mother Shucker I'm over here now.

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    In the future, there is no need for doctors.
     
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    Pffft, 19 feet apart. It should be 19 inches apart to maximize the draft.
     
  7. whiskeyguy

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    So these "slave" cars mimic a lead car? What happens if the driver in the lead car crashes?
     
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    19 feet. Never work here. Some asshole will
    pull into that space. Hell, they try and do it when
    the space is 2 feet smaller than their cars.
     
  9. Stig

    Stig Wackbag's New Favorite Heel

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    Relaxation, followed by shock and alarm, and then injury and/or death.
     
  10. Hudson

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    Didn't they test them a few years ago in the California desert or something?
    I'd like to take a ride in one of these:
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    The DOT will probably force some sort of lighting or signal to mark which vehicles are running in the train, and make it a moving violation if caught interfering with the train.
    I can only imagine what Massholes will do to these trains on the highway.
     
  12. Norm Stansfield

    Norm Stansfield 私は亀が好きだ。

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    Those were Google's self driving cars.
     
  13. Hoffman

    Hoffman Guess who's back? Hoffman's back

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    ...and that was several weeks ago.
     
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    noo asshats..it was a year or two ago...sensors in the road......I think Ford did it?
     
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    [video=youtube;hlr-WgusR8Q]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hlr-WgusR8Q#![/video]
     
  19. CougarHunter

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    As someone that doesn't even like automatic transmissions, I don't like the looks of this.....
     
  20. VMS

    VMS Victim of high standards and low personal skills.

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    Eh. They've been testing this stuff in one form or the other for a fairly long time. Virginia Tech built a Smart Road back in '99/2000 that had sensors built into the road, both for robot cars and for testing road conditions.

    People have been playing around with various auto-drive systems for years. The technology isn't really all that startling: it's just getting over the regulatory hurdles and easing the public's fears.
     
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    Yeah that was on a baja off-road track. They've also been testing this one.
     
  22. MayrMeninoCrash

    MayrMeninoCrash Liberal Psycopath

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    Caltrans has been using a system in the Sierras that automatically guides their plows in heavy snowstorms using magnets embedded in the roadway. According to this article, it's been in service since 2000.

    http://www.path.berkeley.edu/PATH/Research/blower/
     
  23. Hate & Discontent

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    I remember years ago (probably around 2000-2002) hearing about tests on a freeway in California of that same system, and seeing video of 3-4 cars in a convoy. Interesting to see that it actually got used for something.
     

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