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Old 06-05-2016, 01:09 PM   #15
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Lots of articles and information on self driving and autonomous cars. About the time they finish the ultra costly light rail system it will be redundant because of the new technology.
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Banish the thought. ?Driving is half the fun!😎
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Old 06-09-2016, 08:47 AM   #17
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Though I enjoy driving to some extent, and would be somewhat nervous riding in something like that at first (there are very few real drivers I can ride with comfortably), I absolutely LOVE the idea of punching in my destination with leg stretching stops every 3-4 hours!

Not that I wish any evil on the airlines (!?!?!), but you have to wonder what the effect of something like this might be on air travel?
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It already here, it's call the train and been around for 150 years.
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You can get a self driving Prevost today, go just about anywhere, and travel with a bunch of new friends. Greyhound!

Or, hire a driver. For the 2 trip a year sunbirds, it really wouldn't be that expensive.

I think the interesting thing to think about, is that coach design would have to change significantly, so that they are more like a tour bus that is also very useable comfortable with the slides in.
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It already here, it's call the train and been around for 150 years.
Fine. Just have it stop by here and pick us up. When it gets here I'll need just a minute to load the dogs, our clothes, food for a week or 10 days, and all the other conveniences we're used to traveling with (like a toad for instance?) BTW, will I have access to that "stuff" any time we like on the road? If so, where do I sign?



You take the train/buss. I'll meet you there, even if I have to drive. I don't know how you can even compare the two travel modes as remotely similar.
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I absolutely LOVE the idea of punching in my destination with leg stretching stops every 3-4 hours!

Punching in destination
Have you read any horror stories about GPS operation lately.
I can't imagine how lost you could be if you were 3-4 hours off course.

What was the quote from Chuck Yeager?
"You've never been really lost , till you've been lost at , mach three."
By the time you figure out where you are , you're not there any more.
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It already here, it's call the train and been around for 150 years.
Once they figure out how to adapt hover technology to trains so that they aren't limited to where the tracks go, I'll agree with you.

The beauty of any form of private transportation is to be able to go where you want when you want. The big game changer in self-driving cars will be something like Uber. The reason people hate taxis is the drivers. If the car is self-driving, would it really matter if you own it or are merely renting for a few minutes?

That of course, doesn't apply to RVs, because it being your own bed is a big part of the appeal for a lot of us (not to much all the other stuff we drag along).
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Punching in destination
Have you read any horror stories about GPS operation lately.
I can't imagine how lost you could be if you were 3-4 hours off course.

What was the quote from Chuck Yeager?
"You've never been really lost , till you've been lost at , mach three."
By the time you figure out where you are , you're not there any more.
Some truth there for sure. I was thinking of just one course when I wrote that. Starts and ends within just a few miles of I-75, with 1100 miles in between.

When not familiar with the route, especially prior to entering and after exiting freeways, our navigator is pretty much double checking every turn with a map. Yes, another of those hard earned lessons now called "experience"! -Al
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Forgot to mention, the stories a short while ago , about hackers being able to shut down the engines on certain models.

How about your autonomous vehicle gets hacked , and directed to the middle of nowhere, shut off and then you get to wait around till the thieves arrive.

You think the owners with the high end coaches , where everything is controlled from a laptop have problems; you ain't seen anything yet.

I've worked on vehicles since , generators and carbs were the standard issue.
I have never seen anything new introduced; on a vehicle; where the design team and engineers thought out and compensated for every possible problem.
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"I can't wait for a self-driving RV" Oh yeah, I always wanted to take a nap as we crossed the Bear Tooth Pass. NOT!
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"I can't wait for a self-driving RV" Oh yeah, I always wanted to take a nap as we crossed the Bear Tooth Pass. NOT!
Now there's something I didn't think of .

Speed limit 70 on a long down hill is your vehicle going to try and do 70 between every slow to 30 corner . I'd really want to be asleep for that section of the trip. Are there going to be collision air bags surrounding the bed ? I hope so.
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In that same vein, maybe crossing the Big Mac (Mackinac) bridge on a windy day? Potential for winter road conditions?

Still love the idea. Not like I can't be prodded into kicking off the auto pilot and driving some of the more interesting parts of a drive. Would likely do that anyway. It's just those long straight stretches of nothing going on where it would be great to get up and take a nap....
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Theoretically all vehicles would be driven in a practical sane manner. No doubt there will be a group who will try to figure out a way they can "soup" up the auto driver to cut in and out through traffic and pass on the shoulder!! LOL
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