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nraacct

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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 8:44:29 AM

N the future, your car will drive itself. And thank goodness for that.

Forget electric vehicles, forget hydrogen fuel-cell experiments, forget about F1-style Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems adapted from spidery racecars and affixed to the ol' family crossover. The Next Big Thing isn't going to be a radical change to the internal combustion engine - that will come, but at a glacial creep.

Instead, the next revolution to hit the automobile will be autonomy: flying cars are out of the question, but autopilot is on the way. In fact, it's pretty much already here.
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52MPG
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 8:22:52 AM

It is just a matter of time.
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SNOWMI
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 9:56:01 PM

Don't trust it. I would drive myself instead of having a robot drive.
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mpg611
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 6:06:59 PM

Oh please dont give ideas to the Democrats and Republicans.
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dave27johnson
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 3:52:21 PM

Inevitable.
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TruthMatters
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:25:33 PM

yea, but..who programmed them robots?
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rippertoo
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 11:42:16 AM

Drivers around here are nothing to brag about. They seem to be bored with driving responsibilities so they are doing everything except paying attention.
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blupupher
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 10:26:52 AM

I just don't trust technology that much yet.
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Dennis783
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 10:14:23 AM

I'll drive my own car
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MrDeath666
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 9:37:39 AM

I think a robot wrote this article.
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remay
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 9:17:54 AM

As long as they don't start getting emotions!
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el_fr
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 9:05:02 AM

In many cases, yeah
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mrpc90
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 8:28:06 AM

Some people who are out there on the roads and driving, shouldn't be.
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zwsn01
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 8:18:07 AM

As long as you don't give them cell phones, they have got to be better that the people I see driving.
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mabrams184
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 7:58:24 AM

Still many bugs to be worked out.
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Sparky19038
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 7:57:31 AM

It does sound like a great idea, but the reality is that security is almost always an afterthought, or buggy, and there will always be malicious individuals seeking to take advantage of that.

On the good side:
Automated cars, cooperating with each other, will be able to travel faster, merge politely, avoid congestion, reduce accidents, allow us humans to get more work done, or get more sleep, among other benefits.

On the bad side:
Some will "mod" their car to make it less cooperative, and more obnoxious - like they are in human form.
Worse:
Someone else will hack the control system, and, during morning rush, when there is a pack of a thousand cars, speeding along at 100 mph, turn a car hard left from the right lane, causing carnage. I won't even go into the computer problems that could cause trouble.

So, count me among those who fantasize about how nice it would be to say, "car, take me home" and drift off to sleep or some other activity, but knows that the reality is too perilous to ever take that chance. My hope is that the automated cars will be restricted to their own roadways, so that I can avoid the disaster that I guarantee will come.
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medic6133
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 7:48:46 AM

I'd feel a ton safer with a robot behind the wheel instead of my teenage daughter.
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leeac
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 6:53:53 AM

I want a car that drives itself.
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GasPriceHelp4u
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 6:48:35 AM

Now that is one scary thought!!!
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epf
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 6:45:21 AM

That's because they can stay focused.
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skippypa
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 5:18:11 AM

Ok
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TIGERPAW46
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 3:03:36 AM

Sure they have allowed some partial electronic controlled vehicles on the road already. Some use on some roadways with auto drive. The Gov. will allow anything sometimes until it backfires. Why should they care it's just population control. Getting too crowded in the USA & on the Earth anyway, right?
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TIGERPAW46
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 2:57:41 AM

Not with all the recurrent electronic failures. electronics can assist but you always need a human to interpret & make corrections for errors or failures. It always happens. I've worked with some of the most sophisticated computer systems available since 1972. Redundancy helps but they will always have a falt somewhere at some time, Just like we humans. Yet they may do some things better for awhile, but not all things all times.

Consider this, why don't we let computers land & take off airplanes? Too risky that's why. Why do $150 million + or - Military aircraft crash, like the F-22 despite the most advanced technology by the best companies known.

How about all the auto recalls, like cars accelerating out of control, etc, etc. Somebody has to be monitoring the controls. They hire people in the factories to watch the gages & alarms when something malfunctions.

There are programming errors. Random unexplained glitches & electrical power variations that cause mishaps along with component failures. Yes use the surveillance equipment but don't rely on it totally.
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Ahking
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 2:49:11 AM

buy a car, get a robot.
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Bigtex09
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 2:35:13 AM

one can argue this
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nomad228
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 2:32:14 AM

not gonna happen,we all know manmade computerized stuff breaks down falls apart.to much of a risk for injuries,death.sort of like when the jet piolts stuck their jet on auto and almost crshed into the airport. what's thtaa movie with HAL,good mornign dave your gonna die. : ) hahahahaha let's put this way i hope i am dead and gone beofr eour gov'ment allows robots to drive cars on the roads anywhere in the united states.
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VDubBill
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 2:31:18 AM

I hear that robots don't have Facebook pages that constantly need updating.
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PontiacFan
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 2:23:56 AM

Good thing I'm a cyborg... best of both worlds.
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Ray_10589
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 2:22:01 AM

no surprise ....
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UseLessGasFolks
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 2:21:54 AM


hopefully they will save gas by not driving like the maniac behind the wheel.
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speedys
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 2:20:15 AM

I am sure it will be very expensive.
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sagnat
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 2:20:01 AM

If GPS systems are any indication I doubt a robot (computer with GPS) will be better than a human.
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iFueler
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 2:14:07 AM

Interesting if true...
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Retowered
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 2:12:53 AM

Better than those texting and driving anyway.
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nwsynthetics
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 2:11:50 AM

Good. I can get me a robot to drive me down to California in one shot. Ah! Sleepy time.
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jorod55
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 2:10:40 AM

As long as its not texting while driving.
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rosyLI
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 2:10:32 AM

Anything is better than some drivers!
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dirt girl
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 2:10:24 AM

Don't want a smart phone or a smart car. I prefer my electronics to be dumb and less expensive.
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SnickersDog
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 2:05:11 AM

Cool
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unclenorman
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 2:00:24 AM

Equip all cars with R2D2.
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BobD2009
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:57:22 AM

Some drivers are terrible.
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abk
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:55:31 AM

IRobot cars.
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yakstar
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:53:06 AM

what next? monkees drive better than humans?
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REKEY
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:46:19 AM

Better than those texting and driving anyway.
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jellybelly72
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:45:45 AM

No thank you! It would be programmed by some idiot that don't know who to drive. I'm not one to do as I'm told. Don't play well with others that are dumb!
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Samo1961
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:42:48 AM

Not so sure about that.
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Panama Red
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:42:39 AM

Who pays if these robots don't work?
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badharley
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:42:28 AM

Let a computer to drive for me no way.
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Buickdriver7
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:41:46 AM

I will never buy one!!
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ace07
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:40:10 AM

ok.
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Bruno44
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:39:24 AM

Star Trek is returning.
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