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  Message Not Read  RE: Vedder shifts his fire onto parking services
   Posted: 3/22/2018 7:30:24 AM 
They were talking about the recent pedestrian accident on the news this morning.

The car in question did have a human "back-up" driver.

Apparently, he was "looking down" , and looked up,right before the car hit the pedestrian.

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  Message Not Read  RE: Vedder shifts his fire onto parking services
   Posted: 3/22/2018 10:08:19 AM 
This technology clearly no where near ready for prime time. The emphasis in the expression artificial intelligence is still on the word artificial.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Vedder shifts his fire onto parking services
   Posted: 3/22/2018 10:36:22 AM 
I wondered,when the radio said the driver was "looking down",if it involved a "smart" phone ?

Last Edited: 3/22/2018 10:37:36 AM by rpbobcat

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  Message Not Read  RE: Vedder shifts his fire onto parking services
   Posted: 3/22/2018 10:49:01 PM 
rpbobcat wrote:
I wondered,when the radio said the driver was "looking down",if it involved a "smart" phone ?


Couldn't see the cellphone on the video, but it certainly looked like he was probably looking at a phone. But the major point to me was that the computer algorithm is certainly flawed. The human backup guy, of course, should have been alert and acted to prevent the accident. As I've said many times, I'm all for computer-assisted cars; I'm fearful about the concept of computer-driven cars. My new hybrid has every computer safety feature known to man, but I drive it, not some computer robot!

Last Edited: 3/22/2018 10:50:37 PM by OhioCatFan


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  Message Not Read  RE: Vedder shifts his fire onto parking services
   Posted: 3/23/2018 6:43:29 AM 
According to an article in today's The Record,experts who saw the video of the accident said the vehicle's radar and laser sensors should have picked up the pedestrian and the vehicle's computers should have "braked" it to avoid hitting the pedestrian.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Vedder shifts his fire onto parking services
   Posted: 3/23/2018 11:32:00 AM 
OhioCatFan wrote:
rpbobcat wrote:
I wondered,when the radio said the driver was "looking down",if it involved a "smart" phone ?


Couldn't see the cellphone on the video, but it certainly looked like he was probably looking at a phone. But the major point to me was that the computer algorithm is certainly flawed. The human backup guy, of course, should have been alert and acted to prevent the accident. As I've said many times, I'm all for computer-assisted cars; I'm fearful about the concept of computer-driven cars. My new hybrid has every computer safety feature known to man, but I drive it, not some computer robot!


I'm curious at what point would you be comfortable with self-driving cars? Do you have a zero tolerance policy for pedestrian deaths? And if so, why are you okay with human drivers? After all, human drivers kill 6,000 pedestrians per year. If that number dropped to 2,000 because of self-driving cars would that be a success in your eyes?


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  Message Not Read  RE: Vedder shifts his fire onto parking services
   Posted: 3/23/2018 12:38:32 PM 
DelBobcat wrote:
OhioCatFan wrote:
rpbobcat wrote:
I wondered,when the radio said the driver was "looking down",if it involved a "smart" phone ?


Couldn't see the cellphone on the video, but it certainly looked like he was probably looking at a phone. But the major point to me was that the computer algorithm is certainly flawed. The human backup guy, of course, should have been alert and acted to prevent the accident. As I've said many times, I'm all for computer-assisted cars; I'm fearful about the concept of computer-driven cars. My new hybrid has every computer safety feature known to man, but I drive it, not some computer robot!


I'm curious at what point would you be comfortable with self-driving cars? Do you have a zero tolerance policy for pedestrian deaths? And if so, why are you okay with human drivers? After all, human drivers kill 6,000 pedestrians per year. If that number dropped to 2,000 because of self-driving cars would that be a success in your eyes?


Let me start out by saying that I'm a little younger then OCF.

I won't speak for him.

But I think whether or not you'll ever be comfortable with a self driving car is generational.

Self driving cars may evolve to a point where they have a measure of acceptance from the public.

That acceptance will increase over time,just like other "radical technologies" that are now,for better or worse, "mainstream".

Personally,I don't think I'll ever feel comfortable with a self driving car.

I've said it before,and I'll say it again.

You can have my steering wheel,when you pry it from my cold dead hands.



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  Message Not Read  RE: Vedder shifts his fire onto parking services
   Posted: 3/23/2018 2:08:53 PM 
DelBobcat wrote:
OhioCatFan wrote:
rpbobcat wrote:
I wondered,when the radio said the driver was "looking down",if it involved a "smart" phone ?


Couldn't see the cellphone on the video, but it certainly looked like he was probably looking at a phone. But the major point to me was that the computer algorithm is certainly flawed. The human backup guy, of course, should have been alert and acted to prevent the accident. As I've said many times, I'm all for computer-assisted cars; I'm fearful about the concept of computer-driven cars. My new hybrid has every computer safety feature known to man, but I drive it, not some computer robot!


I'm curious at what point would you be comfortable with self-driving cars? Do you have a zero tolerance policy for pedestrian deaths? And if so, why are you okay with human drivers? After all, human drivers kill 6,000 pedestrians per year. If that number dropped to 2,000 because of self-driving cars would that be a success in your eyes?


You are assuming that self-driving cars will do a better job and cause fewer deaths than human-driven cars. At least for now, I don't accept that assumption.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Vedder shifts his fire onto parking services
   Posted: 3/23/2018 2:11:27 PM 
Let me add that I expect the advent of computer-assisted cars, with all the new safety features, to dramatically reduce the number of deaths from human-driven cars over the next few years.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Vedder shifts his fire onto parking services
   Posted: 3/25/2018 8:04:26 PM 
OhioCatFan wrote:
This technology clearly no where near ready for prime time. The emphasis in the expression artificial intelligence is still on the word artificial.


Glad that no cars with drivers have never hit anyone, especially when the person hit ignores traffic laws.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Vedder shifts his fire onto parking services
   Posted: 3/26/2018 6:39:08 AM 
BTC's comment on "traffic laws" got me thinking.

I presume self-driving cars will be programmed to follow traffic laws,like speed limits.

So,if I'm in a self driving car on an empty road and the sign says 50 mph,the car does 50mph.

I'm sure no one here has a "heavy foot".
But self driving cars will mean that,for drivers like me who do sometimes go faster then the speed limit, your trip,without traffic, will take longer.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Vedder shifts his fire onto parking services
   Posted: 3/26/2018 10:25:33 AM 
I would imagine such things will be programmable by the owner.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Vedder shifts his fire onto parking services
   Posted: 3/26/2018 11:59:37 AM 
Deciduous Forest Cat wrote:
I would imagine such things will be programmable by the owner.


I'm not sure how it would work.
Having a device that could be programmed to "break the law" opens up all kinds of liability questions.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Vedder shifts his fire onto parking services
   Posted: 3/26/2018 2:01:15 PM 
rpbobcat wrote:
Deciduous Forest Cat wrote:
I would imagine such things will be programmable by the owner.


I'm not sure how it would work.
Having a device that could be programmed to "break the law" opens up all kinds of liability questions.




You mean like every time I set my cruise control? Why do the automakers allow that to happen? Why don't all cars have 70 mph limiters on them?
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  Message Not Read  RE: Vedder shifts his fire onto parking services
   Posted: 3/26/2018 3:41:04 PM 
Deciduous Forest Cat wrote:
rpbobcat wrote:
Deciduous Forest Cat wrote:
I would imagine such things will be programmable by the owner.


I'm not sure how it would work.
Having a device that could be programmed to "break the law" opens up all kinds of liability questions.




You mean like every time I set my cruise control? Why do the automakers allow that to happen? Why don't all cars have 70 mph limiters on them?


According to an atty friend of mine,the issue is the potential liability when the car is programmed to do the driving,not you.

At one time there was a push to put governors on cars to limit speed.

I also don't know if a car's "black box" can be used to prove speeding,especially in an accident.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Vedder shifts his fire onto parking services
   Posted: 3/26/2018 10:01:43 PM 
Deciduous Forest Cat wrote:
I would imagine such things will be programmable by the owner.


Additionally, two things:

1. Speed limits will be higher since human error is no longer an issue.

2. Traffic congestion, which is caused mostly by inefficient behavior on humans' part, will no longer be an issue so everyone will get everywhere faster anyway. No more worries about slow left lane drivers, no more dealing with people that don't know how to zipper merge or who block traffic lanes because they don't want people to "skip" to the front of the line, no more people following too closely and braking abruptly, etc. All those behaviors are what cause traffic congestion.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Vedder shifts his fire onto parking services
   Posted: 3/26/2018 11:26:15 PM 
DelBobcat wrote:
Deciduous Forest Cat wrote:
I would imagine such things will be programmable by the owner.


Additionally, two things:

1. Speed limits will be higher since human error is no longer an issue.

2. Traffic congestion, which is caused mostly by inefficient behavior on humans' part, will no longer be an issue so everyone will get everywhere faster anyway. No more worries about slow left lane drivers, no more dealing with people that don't know how to zipper merge or who block traffic lanes because they don't want people to "skip" to the front of the line, no more people following too closely and braking abruptly, etc. All those behaviors are what cause traffic congestion.


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   Posted: 3/26/2018 11:27:39 PM 
BillyTheCat wrote:
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This technology clearly no where near ready for prime time. The emphasis in the expression artificial intelligence is still on the word artificial.


Glad that no cars with drivers have never hit anyone, especially when the person hit ignores traffic laws.


So? This proves what?


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   Posted: 3/27/2018 6:41:10 AM 
DelBobcat wrote:
Deciduous Forest Cat wrote:
I would imagine such things will be programmable by the owner.


Additionally, two things:

1. Speed limits will be higher since human error is no longer an issue.

2. Traffic congestion, which is caused mostly by inefficient behavior on humans' part, will no longer be an issue so everyone will get everywhere faster anyway. No more worries about slow left lane drivers, no more dealing with people that don't know how to zipper merge or who block traffic lanes because they don't want people to "skip" to the front of the line, no more people following too closely and braking abruptly, etc. All those behaviors are what cause traffic congestion.


But,this supposed utopia can only happen if all vehicles are self driving.

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   Posted: 3/27/2018 10:17:08 AM 
Frankly I think the self-driving thing is fools gold. It's taking the focus off of making public transportation more accessible and more efficient as a people mover. Meanwhile, it doesn't matter if the cars are electric or gas, our highways will continue to expand, require more infrastructure dollars, more upkeep, more tolls...meanwhile, more runoff, more pollution. It won't be long until everything is blacktop.
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   Posted: 3/27/2018 10:32:08 AM 
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more runoff, more pollution. It won't be long until everything is blacktop.


Actually no,at least in New Jersey.

Even if we increase impervious area,we have to reduce the amount of runoff from what currently exists.
It called "storm water management".

As far as pollution,we also have to include a Water Quality System to remove 80% of the Total Suspended Solids from the runoff.

We also have to "recharge" Groundwater,so we replenish the aquifer.




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   Posted: 3/28/2018 12:32:18 PM 
rpbobcat wrote:
Deciduous Forest Cat wrote:

more runoff, more pollution. It won't be long until everything is blacktop.


Actually no,at least in New Jersey.

Even if we increase impervious area,we have to reduce the amount of runoff from what currently exists.
It called "storm water management".

As far as pollution,we also have to include a Water Quality System to remove 80% of the Total Suspended Solids from the runoff.

We also have to "recharge" Groundwater,so we replenish the aquifer.



We both know that stormwater management facilities often fail. I think we have made worlds of progress in this regard but we're still operating on a lot of faulty assumptions when it comes to the science and practice of stormwater management.


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   Posted: 3/28/2018 12:46:26 PM 
rpbobcat wrote:
DelBobcat wrote:
Deciduous Forest Cat wrote:
I would imagine such things will be programmable by the owner.


Additionally, two things:

1. Speed limits will be higher since human error is no longer an issue.

2. Traffic congestion, which is caused mostly by inefficient behavior on humans' part, will no longer be an issue so everyone will get everywhere faster anyway. No more worries about slow left lane drivers, no more dealing with people that don't know how to zipper merge or who block traffic lanes because they don't want people to "skip" to the front of the line, no more people following too closely and braking abruptly, etc. All those behaviors are what cause traffic congestion.


But,this supposed utopia can only happen if all vehicles are self driving.



True. And I don't actually think that it'll be a utopia. I think there are plenty of issues with self-driving cars. But I think two things are apparent:

1. They will eventually be much safer than human driven cars.

2. They move us very much toward a world where congestion is a thing of the past.

Now there are all kinds of concerns like the fact that they could lead to even more sprawling development patterns, we'll need more places to store them, they may supplant more sustainable modes of transportation, etc. But I do think the two points above will be solid benefits.

Last Edited: 3/28/2018 12:46:50 PM by DelBobcat


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   Posted: 3/28/2018 2:07:56 PM 
This is a video of the events leading up to the fatal collision of an Uber self-driving car in Arizona.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtTB8hTgHbM

Normal humans have no chance to avoid this type of accident. No one can see that coming. Loading up a car with various sensors is the best chance to help prevent fluke collisions like that.


I've seen crazier things happen.

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   Posted: 3/28/2018 2:11:44 PM 
DelBobcat wrote:
rpbobcat wrote:
DelBobcat wrote:
Deciduous Forest Cat wrote:
I would imagine such things will be programmable by the owner.


Additionally, two things:

1. Speed limits will be higher since human error is no longer an issue.

2. Traffic congestion, which is caused mostly by inefficient behavior on humans' part, will no longer be an issue so everyone will get everywhere faster anyway. No more worries about slow left lane drivers, no more dealing with people that don't know how to zipper merge or who block traffic lanes because they don't want people to "skip" to the front of the line, no more people following too closely and braking abruptly, etc. All those behaviors are what cause traffic congestion.


But,this supposed utopia can only happen if all vehicles are self driving.



True. And I don't actually think that it'll be a utopia. I think there are plenty of issues with self-driving cars. But I think two things are apparent:

1. They will eventually be much safer than human driven cars.

2. They move us very much toward a world where congestion is a thing of the past.

Now there are all kinds of concerns like the fact that they could lead to even more sprawling development patterns, we'll need more places to store them, they may supplant more sustainable modes of transportation, etc. But I do think the two points above will be solid benefits.


"2. They move us very much toward a world where congestion is a thing of the past."
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I believe that this is a fantasyland view of things. We can't currently keep up infrastructure-wise with the population and traffic growth (but let's give billionaires and millionaires tax cuts) and it's going to get much worse before the advent of self-driving cars dominating traffic becomes a reality. Does anyone think that in our lifetimes all traffic will be automated? Congestion will happen any time there is more traffic than road. Accidents might be reduced and it might reduce road rage since you can just look at your phone and let google do the work, but that's about it.

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