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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 they want to take the stress out of commuting.

 

At weekends, they might prefer to drive themselves, but if you've ever seen the weekend traffic in LA or San Francisco, or London come to that, you can understand why they wouldn't.

 

 

People were afraid of the horseless carriage once.

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I don't think it is the future of motoring.

 

It is slightly more gimmicky than eco friendly cars which are expensive and account for fractional percentages of new car sales.

 

Also who is the target audience for driverless cars? Who would be able to afford one?

 

I would agree that some of the research and development can help make better cars for drivers though.

 

I'm not so sure the iom could be the hotbed of development but i'd be interested to know exactly what the enquiry was and at what level.

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 target audience? Old people that can't drive? Kids?

 

I drive. I could think of nothing worse that getting in to a driver less car and not driving. Most people that drive don't sit there thinking "jes' i'd much prefer a driver (less) car to ferry me round". Really?

 

We can go forward 30 years from now and you won't be seeing roads full of driverless cars. What you will see is cars that embrace certain technologies. Be that auto parking (which is really for lazy people that can't park), sensor technology you could apply to keep a distance from the car in front etc.

And the road won't be full of electic cars either because (a) they are too expensive and will remain so and (b) most people enjoy driving cars that are not electric.

 

That's my view too, spot on.

Another thought was, who will be to blame when somebodies driverless car kills someone ( and it will happen).

Most computers develop faults at some point and nobody can deny there are massive problems ahead.

 

By the way. Still waiting for you to explain which parts of my original post were bollocks.

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I don't think it is the future of motoring.

 

It is slightly more gimmicky than eco friendly cars which are expensive and account for fractional percentages of new car sales.

 

Also who is the target audience for driverless cars? Who would be able to afford one?

 

I would agree that some of the research and development can help make better cars for drivers though.

 

I'm not so sure the iom could be the hotbed of development but i'd be interested to know exactly what the enquiry was and at what level.

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 target audience? Old people that can't drive? Kids?

 

I drive. I could think of nothing worse that getting in to a driver less car and not driving. Most people that drive don't sit there thinking "jes' i'd much prefer a driver (less) car to ferry me round". Really?

 

We can go forward 30 years from now and you won't be seeing roads full of driverless cars. What you will see is cars that embrace certain technologies. Be that auto parking (which is really for lazy people that can't park), sensor technology you could apply to keep a distance from the car in front etc.

And the road won't be full of electic cars either because (a) they are too expensive and will remain so and (b) most people enjoy driving cars that are not electric.

 

That's my view too, spot on.

Another thought was, who will be to blame when somebodies driverless car kills someone ( and it will happen).

Most computers develop faults at some point and nobody can deny there are massive problems ahead.

 

By the way. Still waiting for you to explain which parts of my original post were bollocks.

 

 

Not saying there's anything wrong in your views. I just think the whole concept is bollocks and a massive waste of money when half the population is dying of hunger and disease or living in squalor. That's all.

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I don't think it is the future of motoring.

 

It is slightly more gimmicky than eco friendly cars which are expensive and account for fractional percentages of new car sales.

 

Also who is the target audience for driverless cars? Who would be able to afford one?

 

I would agree that some of the research and development can help make better cars for drivers though.

 

I'm not so sure the iom could be the hotbed of development but i'd be interested to know exactly what the enquiry was and at what level.

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 target audience? Old people that can't drive? Kids?

 

I drive. I could think of nothing worse that getting in to a driver less car and not driving. Most people that drive don't sit there thinking "jes' i'd much prefer a driver (less) car to ferry me round". Really?

 

We can go forward 30 years from now and you won't be seeing roads full of driverless cars. What you will see is cars that embrace certain technologies. Be that auto parking (which is really for lazy people that can't park), sensor technology you could apply to keep a distance from the car in front etc.

And the road won't be full of electic cars either because (a) they are too expensive and will remain so and (b) most people enjoy driving cars that are not electric.

 

That's my view too, spot on.

Another thought was, who will be to blame when somebodies driverless car kills someone ( and it will happen).

Most computers develop faults at some point and nobody can deny there are massive problems ahead.

 

By the way. Still waiting for you to explain which parts of my original post were bollocks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don't think it is the future of motoring.

 

It is slightly more gimmicky than eco friendly cars which are expensive and account for fractional percentages of new car sales.

 

Also who is the target audience for driverless cars? Who would be able to afford one?

 

I would agree that some of the research and development can help make better cars for drivers though.

 

I'm not so sure the iom could be the hotbed of development but i'd be interested to know exactly what the enquiry was and at what level.

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 target audience? Old people that can't drive? Kids?

 

I drive. I could think of nothing worse that getting in to a driver less car and not driving. Most people that drive don't sit there thinking "jes' i'd much prefer a driver (less) car to ferry me round". Really?

 

We can go forward 30 years from now and you won't be seeing roads full of driverless cars. What you will see is cars that embrace certain technologies. Be that auto parking (which is really for lazy people that can't park), sensor technology you could apply to keep a distance from the car in front etc.

And the road won't be full of electic cars either because (a) they are too expensive and will remain so and (b) most people enjoy driving cars that are not electric.

 

That's my view too, spot on.

Another thought was, who will be to blame when somebodies driverless car kills someone ( and it will happen).

Most computers develop faults at some point and nobody can deny there are massive problems ahead.

 

By the way. Still waiting for you to explain which parts of my original post were bollocks.

 

 

Not saying there's anything wrong in your views. I just think the whole concept is bollocks and a massive waste of money when half the population is dying of hunger and disease or living in squalor. That's all.

 

Actuallly, that's precisely what you DID say. To wit - there's more bollocks in that post than in some wheelbarrow or other.

So - which bits are the bollocks?

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Oops . . . Google self-driving car hits a bus

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35692845

So the test driver, in the driverless car, thought the bus would stop and it didn't.

So the non driver is still the actual controller of the car if it's down to him to make those decisions. So what's so special about these cars ?

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