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Of all the technological changes Drone Wars: How UAV Tech Is Transforming the Future of War Drone Wars: How UAV Tech Is Transforming the Future of War A revolution is taking place right now on the battlefields of the world: wars are fought increasingly by drones. Read More we have to look forward to, one of the most exciting is self-driving cars How Self-Driving Cars Work: The Nuts and Bolts Behind Google's Autonomous Car Program How Self-Driving Cars Work: The Nuts and Bolts Behind Google's Autonomous Car Program Being able to commute back and forth to work while sleeping, eating, or catching up on your favorite blogs is a concept that is equally appealing and seemingly far-off and too futuristic to actually happen. Read More . Anyone who’s ever had a long commute How to Turn Your Commute Into a Time of Productivity How to Turn Your Commute Into a Time of Productivity Read More can tell you that driving all the time is a huge pain.

So why can’t we just go out and buy self-driving cars right now? We know plenty of companies out there are testing cars that we don’t have to drive, so what’s keeping us from owning one? That’s exactly the question the infographic below answers. Sadly, it looks like we’re going to need a bit of patience.

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  1. CyberRanger
    March 8, 2016 at 5:58 am

    1) Why? Because of attorneys. Car companies will not want to entirely liable for your safety. If your self driving car crashes into someone, the car company will be liable. Liability will make them too much $$$$ to own.

    2) Why? Because shit happens. Self driving cars follow the rules of the road perfectly & people don't. Weird things happen that programmers cannot anticipate. Then see #1.

    3) Why? Because when enough self driving cars exist, some will eventually do the same thing as GPSs & driving off somewhere they shouldn't. Again, see #1.

  2. A41202813GMAIL ..
    March 8, 2016 at 5:53 am

    I Would Be Too Damn Concern To Even Think About Sleeping.

    The Last Time I Drove A Car With Automatic Acceleration And Breaking, One Question Was Constantly Worrying Me - Will It Let Me Brake Suddenly, If I Need To ?


  3. edward helldane
    March 8, 2016 at 5:52 am

    4-way stop: remove 4 way stops, replace with roundabouts (this will be additionally beneficial when auto-cars start talking to each other, as they can plan their speed into the roundabout early after talking to other cars).

    Collision Avoidance Scenarios: Obviously human life takes presidence over wild or domesticated animals. Cars should attempt to slow or stop when possible regardless of obstruction. And they should prioritize the safety of unprotected pedestrians/cyclists over passengers of motorized steel contraptions (yeah, I mean swerve and crash into oncoming traffic to avoid running over a bicyclist who just got knocked into the road by the car door of a recently parked vehicle: airbags/seat-belts provide a better chance of survival than nothing/helmets).

    Crosswalks: If there are tech devices, peds should obey them, but be aware of vehicle movement; same as with human drivers. If there are no devices, peds have the right of way and should cross, but pay attention to vehicle movement; same as with human drivers.

    Keeping humans alert: Why? Humans are horrible drivers. If anything design future cars to facilitate relaxation and napping. If auto-cars need to pull over cause they can't drive themselves for some reason, then they should pull over; just like human drivers, when they are tired.

    There's no logical reason auto-cars can't use the same rules and external communication tools as human drivers, but in a more efficient manner. They can also use tools human can't, like various other sensors (radar, lardar, sonar, multiple cameras at multiple angles, wireless communications with traffic control mechanism and other auto-cars).

    Auto-cars are already better drivers than humans, and they have the potential to be several times better drivers than even the best human with the best tools; simply because they are singularly focused and don't fall asleep.

    I predict that all cars in the US will be mandated to be self-driven by 2025, or have special permits (for historical cars or specialized work vehicles, for example).

  4. Read and Share
    March 8, 2016 at 3:22 am

    Keep driver awake and alert? To me, the whole point of wanting a self-driving car is so I can surf or watch video, eat and drink, and then sleep!

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