landsurfer wrote:Nice ... a lot more than i could afford .... but nice.
Thanks,l'm liking it
kwackers wrote:Got some bad news for you, long before semi-autonomous vehicles drivers were already switching off. People are easily distracted - and that's *everyone*, me, you and everyone on here is distracted at some point whilst driving, it's just how we work.
kwackers wrote:The rest of your post is the usual anti autonomous nonsense. We're nothing like decades away from full automation.
Consider that a decade ago cars struggled following the lines in the road, today the best are driving and parking quite happily and that includes navigating around pedestrians and cyclists.
We've come that far in ten years and the systems are improving exponentially and so quickly that improvements are being rolled out over the air almost weekly to existing vehicles. Imagine that, the cars become better drivers on a weekly basis!
Bmblbzzz wrote:peetee wrote: Cars are so cosseting these days that I don’t think the average driver has any idea how their presence, speed and positioning affects other un-cocooned road users. Most of the situations that appear threatening to us as cyclists (and, largely for pedestrians too) ie speed, speed of approach, proximity, tyre and engine noise are being filtered and diluted by the vehicle so when challenged the driver considers themselves without fault. “I gave you loads of room” “What you moaning about? I didn’t hit you, did I?” Excessive speed is commonplace. Not just in absolute terms such as speed limits, but such that the dynamics of vehicles create the expectation that higher average speed is possible in most situations and when delays and obstructions occur drivers are less inclined to deal with them in a calm, measured and considerate manner; cars are getting faster but horses and cyclist are not.
I very much agree with this. The 'cosseting effect' is all the more serious for having crept up in degrees and for seeming desirable. Who wants an uncomfy car?
Given that I work in transport, it isn't - it's a series of tests and considerations that need to be made before FULL autonomy can be considered. By FULL, I mean the point at which EVERY car on the road is talking to all the other cars and the road system and the "driver" is essentially just sitting there reading the paper. There are situations (like having an autonomous lane on motorways) that could come much quicker but autonomous only works to its full potential when everything is working on that same grid. Not a mix of auto and driver-controlled, especially not one where auto ones are programmed to obey the law and a driver-controlled vehicle can "bully" it.