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Posted by Snowmobile [Email] (#686) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Snowmobile) on Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:15:12 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Exciting Yet Disruptive, DnstrDan [Profile/Gallery] , Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:01:57
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Isn't that almost the equivalent of cars on a freeway acting in unison... but more efficient. Long established technology that takes up less space than big highways...

Getting to/from the train and one's exact destination can be an issue, especially if going from low/medium density to low/medium density locations, but there are a ton of commuters that just go into the downtown of a city every day. Public transit can often do that more efficiently.

I have an ee background, but I'm nervous about the effectiveness of autonomous vehicles networked together. Some bad connection in 1 car could cause as much or more disruption to the network as one human driver... there would need to be many redundancies. I think back to the Toyota "unintentional acceleration" incident, and in principle a computer could deal with that situation more reliably than the human who was behind the wheel did, but it also depends what goes wrong. It all sounds a little utopian to me.

The MIT article (link below in thread) addresses some of the issues with the trucks. I think for now, it's more of it can take some pressure off the driver, but it is true that this may become a driver for lower pay, longer hours, or whatnot. Truck automation is actually harder than with cars, but it is probably more valuable.
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