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  1. It's not a gimmick. It's mainstream, and all car makers are trying to get it into production asap. It will be available in every car, and everyone who drives is the target audience. Like all car tech, it becomes available first in top of the range stuff and filters downwards. This happens faster and faster. New E Class already has everything it needs. Kia is working on it too, and that's traditionally the budget end of the market, though that is changing. It isn't and won't be mainstream. Some of the technology will of course make it's way into cars and has done. As I said, who is the
  2. It's not a gimmick. It's mainstream, and all car makers are trying to get it into production asap. It will be available in every car, and everyone who drives is the target audience. Like all car tech, it becomes available first in top of the range stuff and filters downwards. This happens faster and faster. New E Class already has everything it needs. Kia is working on it too, and that's traditionally the budget end of the market, though that is changing. It isn't and won't be mainstream. Some of the technology will of course make it's way into cars and has done. As I said, who is the
  3. Too late. It's already mainstream. Target audience? Every commuter in every city in the world. Every day-tripper on the M25 this Easter. The fact that you don't like/understand it doesn't mean it's unattractive to everyone. And what does "embracing certain technologies" mean? Just think of self-driving as cars with really, really clever cruise control. You can buy them now - radar controlled, they maintain station in traffic, and don't crash into the car in front. They stay in lane too, and negotiate bends. People are paying a premium for cars with this stuff on them because
  4. Just more than a bit worrying that we have to fly to the UK to download apps from the Google Play store onto our phones as they have no idea where the IOM is, and yet somehow we trust that Google cars will know exactly where they are and we believe they are 100% safe on Manx roads. It's a bit odd isn't it? Amusing as it is in your post, I think it would be a mistake to confuse the vagaries of Google Play's marketing arrangements with Google's abilities to locate the Isle of Man geographically. I can see my house on Google Earth, so I think they know where I live. .
  5. It's not a gimmick. It's mainstream, and all car makers are trying to get it into production asap. It will be available in every car, and everyone who drives is the target audience. Like all car tech, it becomes available first in top of the range stuff and filters downwards. This happens faster and faster. New E Class already has everything it needs. Kia is working on it too, and that's traditionally the budget end of the market, though that is changing.
  6. Oh, don't worry dilligaf. I've done the research for you: Google's Jonnycab isn't the future of autonomous (self-driving) cars. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/520746/data-shows-googles-robot-cars-are-smoother-safer-drivers-than-you-or-i/ All car makers are working on them and have invested zillions in the tech, which is being installed in normal, everyday cars. http://worldif.economist.com/article/11/what-if-autonomous-vehicles-rule-the-world-from-horseless-to-driverless They have more sensors than the lunar landing module, and recognise animals, people and other cars. ht
  7. Can't agree. There's more bollocks in that post than there is in "The stinking Enigma's" wheelbarrow. Obviously you can inform us all which parts of it are untrue?
  8. Answers to some of the silly questions: Google's Jonnycab isn't the future of autonomous (self-driving) cars. All car makers are working on them and have invested zillions in the tech, which is being installed in normal, everyday cars. They have more sensors than the lunar landing module, and recognise animals, people and other cars. They can drive and park themselves. If you walk in front of a car driving itself, it WILL stop. Not all humans do. 90 per cent of road accidents are caused by human error. Remove the human, and 90 per cent of road accidents would be eliminated. Computers ta
  9. My memory is not what it was but thanks for crediting the Isle of Man with these developments. I assume you do mean the Isle of Man when you say " remember you're living in a country " People on here keep reminding me this is an independent nation. If you don't like it, there's always a boat in the morning, apparently... And if the IoM Govt hadn't done what the UK refused to do and made road racing legal, where would we be now? What sort of capital could we claim to be? So don't let's be afraid of a bit of new technology now. And I don't believe in all the job losses. Driverless cars
  10. Lots of moral, philosophical and eithical problems arise from the introduction of new tecnologies, but in general automation replaces jobs that weren't veryy much fun in the first place. Car factories now use robots to build cars, and the benefit is that modern cars are much better made than old ones were. The downside is all those jobs that were lost. However you could argue that people who were once sweating their cobs off fitting heater boxes to Vauxhall cavaliers at Luton are now working in much more amenable surroundings selling pot plants and DIY gear or coffee and cake etc, If Starbucks
  11. So does the Royal Mail, Fedex and so on. We seem to manage okay, despite the fact that all manner of explosives and other nasties have been successfully delivered over the years. We have driverless trains already. And Cliff, they have cost a few jobs I'm sure, but so does all automation, like ticket machines and check-in desks and so on. Hope you're not suggesting we halt the march of progress in order to preserve certain types of employment over and above others which might arise frpom the application of technological advance?
  12. Benefits of driverless cars: Statistics say 90 per cent of accidents are caused by human error. Eliminate the human from the situation and you eliminate 90 per cent of accidents. For the most part driving = commuting, and is neither enjoyable nor convenmient, just a daunting necessity. Driverless cars change all that. You can work, rest or play and still travel in your own car. Autonomous mode can be switched off. So when the roads are clear, or when you visit a place like the Isle of Man where there are fewer speed retstrictions, you're free to drive for pleasure as much as you wa
  13. Seven times faster than 3g and 95% coverage is what it says on the MT webpage right this moment. If we have unreasonable expectations, whose fault is that? Obviously snail mail is about as fast as 3G where I live, so at least that part could be right.
  14. Thanks. So what does the "E" number mean when my mobile data is on? I could have sworn it used to say G. In terms of speed it goes: G, E, 3G, H, H+, 4G So the EDGE is better than GPRS but ideally you should be receiving 3G or HSPA Sadly you may struggle to get any of the above. 3G is better switched off in our part of Douglas, so you can avoid the disappointment of watching your phone flatten its battery in a couple of hours while it struggles to make contact with the network. 2G (E and H if you prefer) works but rather stone age and pathetically, and often drops out. This morning I
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