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Re: What is your take on Autonomous Vehicles?
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Posted by Snowmobile [Email] (#686) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Snowmobile) on Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:20:14 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: What is your take on Autonomous Vehicles?, Noel [Profile/Gallery] , Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:01:20
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The most autonomous I have gone is using normal cruise control. I actually don't like it very much, but it is somewhat useful as a way to control speed. I much prefer providing my own throttle and find that connection to the car keeps me more alert. I feel my driving is safer without cruise than with, but with cruise more or less ensures that I don't get a speeding ticket. Some of the places I drive are very inclined to give speeding tickets for minor infractions (as an aside, I have noted far more tailgating and dangerous driving behaviour in locations that strictly enforce speed - eg 2 or 3 cars driving bumper to bumper at the speed limit with no other cars in sight).

I do not use cruise in slippery conditions. An AV might be able to better accommodate slippery conditions than simple cruise. TCS for example is widely used in winter driving, and actually, for the 9-5 is fairly essential, so I guess I have used that "autonomous driving feature"... though I prefer the c900's which drive better in snow with no TCS (or ABS)...

Personally, I enjoy driving cars and though there are exceptions (eg discussion with vvk below), the autonomous aspect seems to appeal most to people who don't (and many people are like that).

I think there are uses though in terms of warning drivers - basically sensors are great for providing useful information, and more information, especially presented appropriately via a HUD is a good thing. I have concerns with reliability of these systems when used to control the car and of people becoming overly reliant on these systems (even things like emergency braking), such that they are inept when said systems fail.

Probably one major advantage of AV's in a highway situation is if they lock into the speed of the vehicle ahead to maintain a proper lead time. Many drivers do not do this properly, and it is a main reason for rear end collisions. I personally feel that this information could be communicated to the driver such that they still have control of the car (or at least have the option to do so). That said, I know many people would rather just read a book and let the car do all of that for them. I personally do not feel that is safe... but neither are the distracted zombie drivers...

So I think the answers to your questions are different for people who are driving enthusiasts vs those who find driving a chore. The latter probably will be all over AV's and the rest of us will avoid them like the plague. Probably most of us here fall in the enthusiast category and so you will get a somewhat biased viewpoint from TSN users I think! I hope anyway!

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