Would you ride in a driver-less car?

  LastChip 17:24 16 May 2013
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No catch - the question is in the title.

I was reading some research today and wondered how members here would react to that question.

  Mr Mistoffelees 17:42 16 May 2013

Not sure about that. I am sure though that I would find it very disconcerting, especially if my first experience was out on the public road rather than on a test track.

  spuds 18:00 16 May 2013

Not so much a car, but a war machine being developed by the Americans. A large vehicle that can be guided by satellite, and remotely controlled from far distances.

Not so sure if it was on the BBC's motoring program Top Gear, but James May undertook a test to see if he could outpace the vehicle over various terrains between two given points. Both vehicles reached the destination, using various routes, one governed by satellite and remote's, the other by a human's own on the spot travel calculations.

I think it was referred to "as things to come?".

  bumpkin 18:02 16 May 2013

Yes if the technology had been proven. Not so sure about a plane though which I believe has just been done.

  bumpkin 18:11 16 May 2013

Some kind of over ride would be essential should it malfunction.

  bumpkin 18:37 16 May 2013

If there were 'over-ride' facilities could drivers just jump in and out of control? Recipe for disaster I'm afraid.

No, it would have to be an emergency device only. As you say it would be very difficult to combine those driven and those driver-less. May happen in the future though.

  Woolwell 19:35 16 May 2013

bumpkin - Aircraft without anyone onboard have been around since at least the early 50's and were used as targets. Now drones are used for reconnaissance and bombing. However there is a pilot controlling the aircraft remotely. The recent report about a passenger aircraft over gilded it a bit.

Dockland Light Railway is driver less.

Bit different with cars though as they can vary route too much. However a computer with collision avoidance is likely to be better than some of the idiots I see driving.

  carver 19:43 16 May 2013

"No, it would have to be an emergency device only"

Would that be the 0.5 of a second before you hit the other car head on.

Or would that be just after the screen and voice told you that due to a programming error the road it had just entered is really a train track.

  Bing.alau 19:56 16 May 2013

My car already has an emergency braking system which is supposed to work in town traffic by braking if get too close to the vehicle in front. I've never known it to operate even though it is on. I suppose I am too careful a driver to get too close. I hope I am anyway.

I think we all sit in the passenger seat and apply the phantom brake when someone else is driving. So maybe if the driver-less car had a brake pedal which did nothing but travel up and down with a bit of resistance when applied, we would be happy.

  bumpkin 20:29 16 May 2013

Woolwell, I was referring to modern planes carrying passengers without a pilot if this is going to happen. I would not be comfortable with that scenario. A driver-less car is a different thing, I can drive a car if the auto_guidance fails but I can't fly a plane.

Carver, Not for me to design the safety devices but clearly there would need to be some.

  Aitchbee 20:31 16 May 2013

A driverless car - I seen one 'bout half-a-century ago on TV ... Doctor Pete Brady [The Invisible Man] was at-the-wheel, but I couldn't understand how his passenger [ played by actress Adrienne Corri] could remain so cool, calm and collected!

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