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  • ..........mandatory collision avoidance system,..........

    Didn't that used to be called a "driver" back in the old days ?
  • The only piece of new equipment needed is a cellphone signal jammer in each car.
  • that sounds bad . like it suddenly jerks the wheel out of your hands.
  • Elvis_Bogart: The only piece of new equipment needed is a cellphone signal jammer in each car.


    Are you going to tie women's hands to the wheel so they don't apply make-up while doing 80 in the center lane?
  • colinspooky: ..........mandatory collision avoidance system,..........

    Didn't that used to be called a "driver" back in the old days ?


    When were these good old days before car accidents? Back when we had horse and buggies?
  • "If we had this equipment, we could theoretically eliminate 60% of the highway accidents," board member Robert Sumwalt said. That is the share of highway accidents involving rear-end collisions, lane-change maneuvers and vehicles running off the road.

    I have faith in my fellow Americans that we can re-up our level of distracted driving and reduce that number.
  • Adding more safety equipment is at odds with adding more fuel economy.
  • Wait...weren't automakers going bankrupt?

    I thought we had to bail them out.....
  • FirstNationalBastard: Are you going to tie women's hands to the wheel so they don't apply make-up while doing 80 in the center lane on the shoulder?

  • Carth: colinspooky: ..........mandatory collision avoidance system,..........

    Didn't that used to be called a "driver" back in the old days ?

    When were these good old days before car accidents? Back when we had horse and buggies?


    Ignoramus.
  • Rapmaster2000: "If we had this equipment, we could theoretically eliminate 60% of the highway accidents," board member Robert Sumwalt said. That is the share of highway accidents involving rear-end collisions, lane-change maneuvers and vehicles running off the road.

    I have faith in my fellow Americans that we can re-up our level of distracted driving and reduce that number.


    And Im sure it will be the most reliable piece of equipment on the car with nary a recall. Coulda used one at the end of sept, stupid old man running a stop sign.
  • Elvis_Bogart: The only piece of new equipment needed is a cellphone signal jammer in each car.


    Which works great until you need to call 911 or AAA and your signal is jammed by passing cars.
  • sithon: that sounds bad . like it suddenly jerks the wheel out of your hands.


    Well. If you were going to crash the car. Maybe you need to have the wheel jerked away from you. If only for the sake of whatever or whoever you're about to hit.

    Purists resist vehicle automation. I ask why we're not there already? Cell phone use. Tail gating. Road rage. Not using signals. Vehicular manslaughter. DUIs. I don't care if you're an expert driver who can ace the time trials at Laguna Seca. Back in reality, a great many people have proven themselves incapable of piloting a vehicle. You encounter them on the road every day, and some day one of them might kill you because they stubbornly insisted they could pilot a machine better than a computer.

    I understand not implicitly trusting a computer to do everything. See: people who receive multiple thousand dollar electric bills, Y2K, that time when 2 Pac's hologram became sentient and the company had to go out of business to cover it up. However. People have already shown how they handle vehicles, and it's poorly. Let's give the computers a spin.
  • This is going to need to be a very advanced system as avoiding 1 collision most times involves getting into another.
  • It will add cost, and it won't make a difference. See: Risk Homeostasis.
  • This text is now purple: FirstNationalBastard: Are you going to tie women's hands to the wheel so they don't apply make-up while doing 80 in the center lane on the shoulder farking everywhere while on a cellphone?

  • If it will also stream porn when it isn't helping me avoid a collision, I'm okay with this.
  • Explodo: Adding more safety equipment is at odds with adding more fuel economy.


    Moving a 2-ton steel box requires just a little more energy than electrifying a few circuit boards.
  • bittermang: sithon: that sounds bad . like it suddenly jerks the wheel out of your hands.

    Well. If you were going to crash the car. Maybe you need to have the wheel jerked away from you. If only for the sake of whatever or whoever you're about to hit.

    Purists resist vehicle automation. I ask why we're not there already? Cell phone use. Tail gating. Road rage. Not using signals. Vehicular manslaughter. DUIs. I don't care if you're an expert driver who can ace the time trials at Laguna Seca. Back in reality, a great many people have proven themselves incapable of piloting a vehicle. You encounter them on the road every day, and some day one of them might kill you because they stubbornly insisted they could pilot a machine better than a computer.

    I understand not implicitly trusting a computer to do everything. See: people who receive multiple thousand dollar electric bills, Y2K, that time when 2 Pac's hologram became sentient and the company had to go out of business to cover it up. However. People have already shown how they handle vehicles, and it's poorly. Let's give the computers a spin.


    This. We have around 30,000 deaths a year due to auto accidents. If that many Americans died in a year due to a terrorist attack we'd be spending billions to stop it from ever happening again.
  • Maybe we should just make an auto pilot system for cars.

    / it would potentially reduce accidents by 1,000,000%
  • I'm all for sensors in the front of the car that keep people from rear-ending, auto-adjust cruise control, and back off the accelerator when a car gets too close for the speed it's going.

    It would make everyone's commute more pleasant, excepting that guy who has to be three inches of everyone's bumper.

    Vibrating the seat or wheel when you try to turn into another car or drift off the road is nice as well.

    Face it, computers are just better drivers than people. Google's car has proven it, and now the only technical problem is shrinking it. It's no longer a matter of if, but when.
  • netcentric: Wait...weren't automakers going bankrupt?

    I thought we had to bail them out.....


    Didn't you hear? GM is alive in the hands of the unions and in debt to US tax payers and Chrysler paid back their gov't bailout with a gov't grant.

    But we got Bin Laden!
  • dittybopper: It will add cost, and it won't make a difference. See: Risk Homeostasis.


    Except some cars already have them and they do work. They make you less likely to get into a car accident and less likely to be injured in those that do happen.
  • Carth: bittermang: sithon: that sounds bad . like it suddenly jerks the wheel out of your hands.

    Well. If you were going to crash the car. Maybe you need to have the wheel jerked away from you. If only for the sake of whatever or whoever you're about to hit.

    Purists resist vehicle automation. I ask why we're not there already? Cell phone use. Tail gating. Road rage. Not using signals. Vehicular manslaughter. DUIs. I don't care if you're an expert driver who can ace the time trials at Laguna Seca. Back in reality, a great many people have proven themselves incapable of piloting a vehicle. You encounter them on the road every day, and some day one of them might kill you because they stubbornly insisted they could pilot a machine better than a computer.

    I understand not implicitly trusting a computer to do everything. See: people who receive multiple thousand dollar electric bills, Y2K, that time when 2 Pac's hologram became sentient and the company had to go out of business to cover it up. However. People have already shown how they handle vehicles, and it's poorly. Let's give the computers a spin.

    This. We have around 30,000 deaths a year due to auto accidents. If that many Americans died in a year due to a terrorist attack we'd be spending billions to stop it from ever happening again.


    If only a tenth of that number died in a terrorist attack, we'd definitely spend billions and declare a war on automobile accidents.
  • I was hoping that new car prices were going to jump by $5k!
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