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epf
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 6:20:41 AM

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Driving around a college campus can be treacherous. Bikes and scooters zip out of nowhere, distracted students wander into traffic, and stopped cars and speed bumps suddenly appear. It takes a vigilant driver to avoid catastrophe.

Jesse Levinson does not much worry about this when he drives his prototype Volkswagen Touareg around the Stanford University campus here. A computer vision system he helped design keeps an unblinking eye out for pedestrians and cyclists, and automatically slows and stops the car.

Someday soon, few drivers will have to worry about car crashes and collisions, whether on congested roads or on empty highways, technology companies and car manufacturers are betting. But even now, drivers are benefiting from a suite of safety
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sillywagon
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 9:48:26 PM

Bring it on!!! From my experience many drivers have given up responsibility and are accidents just waiting to happen. They need something to drive for them.
mpg611
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 7:58:21 PM

Great concept though hope these computer vision systems dont fail.
Night Owl
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:43:15 PM

Good for Jesse Levinson. Let's see what becomes of this.
csblesson
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 2:43:36 PM

Ok
humblepie
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:24:19 PM

im thrilled for them
335d1
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 12:47:37 PM

As long as it helps the driver and not take them out of the loop.
VDubBill
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 12:21:57 PM

Wonder what happens when the computer decides to avoid a pedestrian but changes direction and takes out a nearby scooter?
molebaby96
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 12:03:08 PM

Good
Skunk63
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 11:10:05 AM

Just another step in shedding responsibility from the individual. How in the world is that progress?
mitt4prez
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:56:04 AM

This is a nice sowing of seed for lawsuits ten odd years down the line.
Ticobird
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:48:43 AM

You should drive on a campus like it is night and Halloween.
Billrusty
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:25:19 AM

discovery02 Dido!!
Pramodsharma
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:08:19 AM

We do multitasking even while driving , and need some device that warns or controls vehicle under such activities.
Discovery02
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:06:22 AM

Pretty soon we won't have to think for ourselves at all. (Even though some folks have a head start on this already.)
EvergreenON
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 9:55:57 AM

Making two things a the same time, both will be a mess
Bernie516
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 9:48:46 AM

The driver should be in full control/responsibility of the vehicle at all times.
dr047
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 9:02:21 AM


Hum 111
SSwathwood
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 8:58:43 AM

Good. Denver drivers could use this, maybe it would curve all the hit and runs.
doeslayersr
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 8:22:58 AM

No thanks, I will drive myself.

As far as dumb pedestrians who wander into traffic with both thumbs a texting on their phone, well the government has not been able to tax or spend enough to solve that problem.

More money is definitely needed. NOT
txequitygas
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 8:11:28 AM

But judge, I was not driving, my car was!
must87searcher
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 8:08:06 AM

What will the insurers think about this?
Evilmaddog
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 8:02:49 AM

computer crash
SUNOIL
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 7:59:53 AM

Slow down and watch where you are going
sabre75
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 7:52:49 AM

Rule 1. Pay attention!
Yooperheart
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 7:48:45 AM

Lets go with the distractions at large.
Pay attention.
Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 7:30:47 AM

At what speed are they talking about on a college campus.... at mine, you could only average about five to ten miles per hour..MAX
Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 7:21:36 AM

Hands full of what??? (grin)
farmboyTN
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 7:14:30 AM

Going to keep my old car and I feel safe in it now.
grandpadon28110
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 6:55:10 AM

When?
MImusicman
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 6:47:46 AM

What about a system malfunction at 70 on the freeway? Not for me
CarefulDriver
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 6:42:03 AM

Interesting.
ddor
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 6:39:39 AM

Ok
epf
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 6:21:06 AM

Not sure I'm ready for this.
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