Discussion in 'hardware' started by Minimalist, Mar 13, 2017.
Wow. So just drone-style backup drivers? But hey, jobs for unemployed truck drivers
control freaks very 1984 sleep walking in to a nightmare
Not happy about this, but hey.
I wonder who will be "guilty" party in case of an accident.
"Self-Driving Car Technology Foiled By Kangaroos 
Volvo says hopping throws off the vehicles’ animal detection system...
Volvo has confessed that the springy marsupials are throwing off the “Large Animal Detection” systems being developed for self-driving cars the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reports. Those systems are meant to make sure the cars avoid animals along the road, such as deer or cattle.,.."
Volvo should hire Crocodile Dundee
@Vecchio, you made me laugh proper. Thank you.
@mrk have another laugh. Good for the spirit.
Volvo, a moose?
That is not a BEAST.
A kangaroo, that is a BEAST.
Volvo should be testing on rural roads in Canada where I live. Around here, there are more deer killed by vehicle hits than by hunters. And an occasional moose as well, although any car usually gets the worst of that encounter. Those beasts will make a pretty good dent in a diesel locomotive. They don't hop; they charge.
Maybe a little of topic here but just in case some of you get to drive out there here down under.
A bullbar doesn't necessarily protect you. Roos do get trough the windscreen (because they hop) and they can kick those inside the car to death if the impact does not knock them out cold. Off course you may not survive a hit from the roo flying through the windscreen in the first place.
Deer don't hop, but they jump well. It's not uncommon for deer to jump over oncoming cars, Jackie Chan style And for tall SUVs and pickups, come through the windscreen
Yeah, I hope they put signs on them so I can stay far away.
"Autonomous car tests coming to Express Lanes in Va.
WASHINGTON — Cutting-edge connected and autonomous cars are set to run through the 95 and 495 Express Lanes ** for the next three years, including while regular toll-paying drivers and carpoolers are in the lanes...
The focus of these tests is whether caravans of cars or trucks could speed down a highway just inches apart if the vehicles could communicate to each other about the precise speed to travel, and whether those caravans can successfully run in the same lanes as regular traffic..."
** The speed limit on the lanes is 65 mph.
What could possibly go wrong
I used to commute to DC via 495 and the I-95 bottleneck near Quantico, Virginia could be insane. If you go 65 miles per hour in the express lane, what about some serious road-rage and higher risks of accidents as profoundly irritated drivers swerve in and out of lanes trying to avoid you. Not trying to legitimize anything but I routinely did 75 mph and over as did many, many others. I know this route well. Are they sure?
I don't like it. Though it is not common, we already have runaway cars where a computer malfunctions while someone is driving a regular car (Toyota had this problem with some models). Remove all driver input and someone is gonna end up in a bad situation.
"[India] Government won't allow driverless cars on Indian roads:
NEW DELHI: India will not allow driverless cars to ply on its roads, Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari said on Monday.
The minister added that focus of the government is to create more jobs to arrest unemployment. "How can we allow such vehicles when we already have huge number of unemployed people?" Gadkari asked..."
"[Virginia] 'Self-driving car' actually controlled by man dressed up as a car seat...
Virginia residents and tech blogs alike fooled by university ‘research project’ featuring a driver pretending to be part of autonomous vehicle
Tech blogs went crazy over the weekend after a new self-driving car was seen rolling around Arlington, Virginia...
The timing made sense: just a week beforehand, Virginia had authorised the testing of self-driving cars in the state, albeit initially only on closed lanes of two highways, but eventually expanding to “light traffic conditions”. And local university Virginia Tech has been testing autonomous cars – and autonomous drones – in the area....
The car was being driven by a man disguised as a car seat, holding the steering wheel low and leaning far back into his own seat...
...the guy really was associated with Virginia Tech. According to the university’s transportation institute, he was engaged in research about autonomous vehicles, likely gathering data about the reaction of normal drivers to sharing road space with a self-driving car."
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