Saturday, August 20, 2011

Will Self-driving Cars Make All of Us Obsolete?

BMW has made a splash with a self-driving car which learns racetracks and takes the "drivers" around for a few laps. The car is a standard E90 chassis with an advanced GPS system and software specially designed to work with the car controls. An experienced driver takes a few laps first, so the software would learn the track map and off you go! People who have "driven" it claim the experience is not as realistic as playing Gran Turismo. I think they are just jaded... Really, does everyone else out there think that track driving as we know it will soon be over? Top Gear's video is funny as always but I detect a lot of skepticism in Jeremy Clarkson's self-driving shenanigan. Maybe we'll still be going to track days but we'll just sit in our self-driving cars and experience how Michael Schumacher would drive the track instead?

5 comments:

  1. I'd be more interested in a car that bled its own brakes, or changed its own oil.

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  2. Just put it in Autox mode hope it's better than you.

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  3. Wonder if it would ever stop in the middle of the course and request a re-run for a cone that's out of place?

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  4. It probably wouldn't ask for a rerun, but I'd bet it wouldn't stop for a confused/scared/slow cone shagged either! "I wasn't driving, the car was..." -Are you then an accessory to vehicular manslaughter, or free to go while the car gets hard time in a parts yard?

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  5. Imagine the liability for the manufacturer when something like that happens and the car doesn't do what it was expected to...

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