Are you ready to share the road with driverless cars? Would your commute be better with a computer behind the controls? Are you ready to hand over the wheel? Electronic Design's Bill Wong asked a variety of unmanned systems experts at AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2012.
Hosted by: Bill Wong Videography by: Curtis Ellzey Edited by: Curtis Ellzey
johnfr80504 commented on February 05, 2013
Frankly it would be a cold day in hell before I would buy such a vehicle. As a mechatronics engineer that develops systems and software I don't see any computer program being capable of anticipating all the possible scenarios on an open road. There is no computer in the world that has even 1% of the processing power of the human brain. The computer is only as smart as the programmers writing the software. While we may be able to program a system that is very good at avoiding rear end crashes, I don't see us being capable of developing programs that adapt to the 1,000's of unknowns encountered on a typical road.
bwong789 commented on December 03, 2012
We didn't just put in the answers that were positive. That is just what we got. On the other hand, the show where we asked the question is a bit biased. They also tend to have a good understanding of the capabilities of these systems. Even if we wind up with driverless cars they will probably be optional at least for our lifetime.
BernieK commented on November 29, 2012
The video presentation appears biased in that not one interviewee was against the concept of driverless cars. There are a significant number of drivers who derive much satisfaction from automobile driving, including gear shifting, use of downshifting with double clutching for engine braking, etc. There exist many variants regarding personal preferences in cars, from boxes on wheels which are looked upon as a hated necessity, to those that take pride in owning and driving high performance vehicles. Approaching age 70, I've owned high performance cars all of my life, and would sorely miss the opportunity to exercise the freedom to drive on roads we all have paid for. Moreover, there will always be the specter of the unforeseen occurring, e.g. and animal running across the road (out of sensor range), failure resulting from electromechanical failure from the considerable complexity required for driverless cars, traffic tie-ups from one failed vehicle which cannot be pushed off the road due to its complexity, etc. The are many considerations in that context.
What about riding of motorcycles? It is a popular activity. Will it end as another freedom lost in this day of "pit and pendulum" tightening of restraining walls? Buyers of Harley-Davidson products, for example, will easily pay $20K+ for certain models they enjoy. Let those for whom road travel is a necessary evil have their driverless cars, but in a way such that driver-controlled cars and other vehicles are not prevented from constraint and sharing of the roadway.
ATE already commented on November 28, 2012
"Revolutionize the driving experience"! What Orwellian doublespeak! We're talking about forbidding people from driving their own cars.
John Doe commented on November 28, 2012
I think they can be an improvement or a curse, depends on planning. I think if we have specific infrastructure and laws in place it can improve things. If not could be lots of frustration and blocking up traffic which would set back the whole idea. If its well planned and tested I think this would be great boon to everyone.
We are long over due for infra structure upgrade in US, and with our high unemployment this is an excellent way to invest in and improve our country. Ideally we improve safety, economy, convenience, maybe even increase capacity on roads. We should also optimize roads and traffic patterns along with this this could be the next big thing for the US to lead the world.
I am doubtful however as leadership and forward thinking seems to be lacking here in government and private sector.
Timewarper commented on September 05, 2012
Timewarper commented on September 05, 2012
Driverless cars now!!!! Not only revolutionizing the driving experience. But this would revolutionize the interior structure of the car, as with adjustable surround seating for a more family passenger orientation of seating (a roundtaable) allowing for passenger family interaction w/elctronic gaming,etc. Or allowing business ability to work, therby whiling away time in a useful and contrusctive manner in transit. This would only add to increased relaxation, interaction, business productivity, etc.
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