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    My driving skills have not improved with age. I need self driving cars right now!

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    Self driving cars could turn out to be very useful to the visually and physically impaired.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scifan57 View Post
    Self driving cars could turn out to be very useful to the visually and physically impaired.
    They'd change the lives of many. Check out these crash stats, for example:

    http://www.census.gov/compendia/stat...es/12s1103.pdf

    Consider the number of people injured and/or maimed or killed every year. If we all had self-driving cars, drunken driving wouldn't be a factor. Young drivers, elderly drivers, inattentive drivers, etc., wouldn't be a concern. We'd have less gridlock and higher productivity.

    Such cars would be a game changer.

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    Such a car would have to be connected to an integrated traffic management system to be truly effective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scifan57 View Post
    Such a car would have to be connected to an integrated traffic management system to be truly effective.
    That would maximize efficiency, but even self-driving cars lacking that (which I think way, way off, considering lack of government money) would be better able to regulate traffic, leading to less gridlock. Accidents also would be far fewer, another reason there'd be less traffic.

    Consider all the erratic driving habits of people, eliminated by self-driving cars.

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    I would think that the insurance companies would be very interested in a system that would help reduce insurance payouts for accident related damage to vehicles and injuries to drivers and occupants of the those vehicles. Maybe they would be interested in helping fund the development of automated traffic control systems for self driving cars?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scifan57 View Post
    I would think that the insurance companies would be very interested in a system that would help reduce insurance payouts for accident related damage to vehicles and injuries to drivers and occupants of the those vehicles. Maybe they would be interested in helping fund the development of automated traffic control systems for self driving cars?
    Insurance companies make money overall because of us buying policies and not making them pay out. If risk were considerably lowered, I'd expect to pay considerably less, too. Not sure they'd automatically want to support self-driving cars. If risk were really low, maybe many would skip insurance altogether?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scifan57

    Remember the 1950's predictions that by the 1960's we would all be using flying cars and Jet packs?
    I had a school boy crush on Judy Jetson. What can I say. It was the 60s.

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    Just picked this up at a grocery store.



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    I was disappointed CAPRICA failed to move beyond one season. It was well written and presented. There was a hard core following but no mass market appealing because
    it wasn't action heavy like BSG.

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