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[–] Jerim79 3 points 123 points (+126|-3) ago 

Seems like they are safe drivers. Not everyone who is a safe driver drives like an old person.

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[–] Fact_Checking_Alien 10 points 63 points (+73|-10) ago  (edited ago)

No, but see, how else will people get places unless they make hostile lane changes, go 40 MPH above the speed limit, nearly run over pedestrians, and have no fucking clue what that magical stick which makes this weird blinking light does?

These cars drive like I do, because I generally don't want to murder somebody with my one-ton deathmobile.

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[–] CyberneticTiger 0 points 41 points (+41|-0) ago 

my one-ton deathmobile

What kind of little hippy vehicle is that? My deathmobile weighs 2.8 tons empty!

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[–] Heimdallr 2 points 19 points (+21|-2) ago 

As someone who routinely drives 40 MPH above the speed limit and changes lanes aggressively in his one-ton deathmobile, this'll probably piss me off until I get comfortable with the fact that I can now sleep or read a book on my snails-pace autonomous drives.

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[–] Fuckery 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I'm pretty sure that blinking light stick magically makes new traffic where you were planning to go. Not really sure how they managed to make that happen or even why they thought it was needed in the first place.

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[–] Einmensch 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

What are you driving? A geo metro? Even compact death mobiles weight 1.5 tons these days.

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[–] twitch1982 4 points 15 points (+19|-4) ago 

Just because you also drive like my grandma, does not make the headline incorrect.

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[–] SuperStar_One 7 points 14 points (+21|-7) ago 

Seriously, it really gets my goat when people act like driving over the speed limit, or driving with any assertiveness whatsoever automatically means you're some negligent act of manslaughter waiting to happen. Some of us actually know how to pilot a motor vehicle. Just because you drive like a bitch doesn't give you any sort of moral high ground.

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[–] AberdolfLincler 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Yeah, I'm pretty sure old people aren't the safest drivers in the world either. They may drive slow, but that doesn't make them safe drivers.

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[–] TheVillain61 ago 

I hate being stuck behind coffin dodgers.

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[–] toodrunktofuck 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Yep, that analogy sucks. In Germany almost any elderly person is deemed unfit to drive because when changing lanes and turning it is required to do look behind you at an 120°+ angle. A glance in the mirrors isn't enough.

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[–] Bic 1 point 64 points (+65|-1) ago  (edited ago)

I can't wait to be able to screw around and do whatever while my car drives itself.

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[–] Bic 0 points 22 points (+22|-0) ago 

Drink, smoke weed, read a book, sleep, watch tv, watch porn, text more than you already do. Oh the possibilities!

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[–] hexydes 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

"Where I live, local government makes a killing from traffic infringements- wonder where theyl find that revenue?"

Yeah, they're wondering that too.

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[–] ninjai 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

BREAKING: Since driverless cars have been out, city contains 40% more alcoholics

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[–] Opposite_Santa 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

buzz killington here - I'm betting some municipalities will try (and maybe succeed) in making laws making it illegal for everyone in the car to be drunk, with the reasoning being something to do with potential problems with the program.

Don't expect them to just give up on that sweet, sweet revenue stream that is ticketing/impounding drunk drivers.

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[–] Greyseeker 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Browse Voat, play Halo 10 on the XBOX zero reverse 720 build 0.018.890665.123. While you're robot love doll tells you how brilliant you are.

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[–] localbum 1 point 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

Kinda want that car to get in a horrible wreck.

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[–] mt25 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I can't wait to drive past these zombie cars with zombies in them checking their phones, and actually enjoying driving. But yes, if you have a job in a city an hour away where you don't want to live, I can imagine you don't like driving up and down 10 hours a week.

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[–] DryerBox ago 

There will probably just always be less traffic in general once cars drive themselves, though.

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[–] TheBlackerMath 0 points 37 points (+37|-0) ago 

My G-ma Drives like she gonna die tomorrow. i refuse to ride with her.

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[–] sumguy 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

Mine drove like she was digital... whatever input, it was all or nothing. Full throttle right up until it was full brake, etc... some of the most frightening car rides ever.

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[–] ezen 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

*binary?

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[–] Chakl 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

That's super scary. That is how alot of terrible inexperienced driver operate.

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[–] ack 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Jesus that's dangerous af.

See if you can limit her to 2nd or 3rd gear or something, that way she can't go too fast.

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[–] 909945? 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Sounds like my bus driver on my morning commute.

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[–] ninjai 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I had this person aggressively fly past me the other day (I'm generally an aggressive driver myself).

This woman had to be 80.

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[–] RonMexico 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Same. My grandma drives it like she stole it. She recently got a speeding ticket also.

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[–] Questionssm 3 points 28 points (+31|-3) ago 

Yay, So google cars sit in the left hand lane go below the speed limit and force the other drivers to pass on the right?

Seriously the future for car enthusiasts is going to suck big time.

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[–] frostache 6 points 39 points (+45|-6) ago 

I think the staggering reduction in road traffic deaths will more than make up for the butt-hurt car enthusiasts.

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[–] Questionssm 4 points 20 points (+24|-4) ago 

Staggering? motor vehicle deaths are at an all time low for records. Deaths and accidents have been on the decline since the early 2000's.

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/general-statistics/fatalityfacts/overview-of-fatality-facts/2013

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[–] 910052? 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I am not sure you will see staggering numbers of reductions. Remember that there are only a very small handful of places where you can implement fully autonomous cars at the moment.

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[–] Orthum 1 point 6 points (+7|-1) ago 

Its going to be different that is for sure. I know a lot of car enthusiasts who are just shitty drivers who like to drive fast and don't care what happens to other drivers. Thus I don't care they have no reason to drive.
But people who drive well, obey the laws and just enjoy their cars, I don't have a problem with.

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[–] SuperStar_One 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Because it's either one or the other, right? How about people who drive well and don't obey the laws? Or people who do obey the laws, but are criminally under-aware and are a danger to themselves and others? I'll take a speeding and aggressive WRX driver over a daydreaming and clueless Prius driver any day if we're generalizing here.

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[–] MachoGeek 1 point 5 points (+6|-1) ago 

I have never read anything regarding Google's autonomous vehicles that would support or suggest your assertion that they would either occupy the left lane routinely or travel below the speed limit. A more reasonable expectation based on Google's approach would be that they: 1) Would in fact avoid occupying the left lane except to move around slower/stopped vehicles in its current lane. 2) Travel at precisely the posted speed limit whenever conditions permit.

Regarding car enthusiasts, if/when autonomous vehicles hit critical mass, yes it will certainly suck for them.

Personally, I look forward to a time when all vehicles are autonomous. The benefits far outweigh any drawback.

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[–] Questionssm 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Can't say I feel the same. Its bad enough there are millions on the road that think of their car as an appliance and fully neglect servicing them. When they actually become one it will be a sad day.

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[–] hexydes 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Yeah, I don't get the car enthusiast argument. Is it actually "fun" to drive your car around the city? Or mindlessly on the highway? That is very boring driving. Why not subscribe to a self-driving car service, and let that service do the boring parts for you? A bunch of boutique "car enthusiast" options will eventually open up, where there will be a five-mile loop track, you can pick your choice of sport/muscle car, rent it by the hour, and drive around the track. Do that instead.

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[–] 910036? 1 point 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

Not only car enthusiast... Lane etiquette is there for safety reasons, not necessarily for driving enthusiasts.

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[–] reconstructedcaribou 1 point 22 points (+23|-1) ago 

Without traffic slowdowns caused by human error, commute times might be the same or even improve: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Suugn-p5C1M

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[–] sergeantslate 1 point 8 points (+9|-1) ago 

I wouldn't be surprised. I imagine a good portion of accidents and slowdowns are caused by a few impatient shitty drivers.

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[–] heili 1 point 1 point (+2|-1) ago 

Getting somewhere 50 miles away at 55 mph will always be slower than getting there at 80 mph.

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[–] harebrane ago 

Just the removal of the "asshole sitting at a green light texting obliviously" factor would really speed things up.

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[–] gruix ago 

See more details in a MIT study about this kind of "jamitons".

And also how someone could erase those traffic waves by modifying the way he was driving.

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[–] 123_456 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

You're in luck, sir, because you will actually get to your destination more quickly! But that would be pretty rad if you could catch a few Z's while getting to work. You'd be way more energized.

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[–] harebrane ago 

I want to take it even further. I long for the day when I can get in my car with a couple new books loaded on my tablet, and a comfortable travel pillow. I'll read a few chapters, and drift off to a gentle sleep as the car drives itself, and then wake up in Virgina at my buddy's house, having started in NY.
Vacations are gonna be awesome.

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[–] DownBloat 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I'm all for more difficult driving license requirements, some people absolutely do not act like they know what they are doing on the road.

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[–] 123_456 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Where I'm from acquiring a license is very difficult. You have to take three separate tests, spread out over a few years. But people just do enough to pass the test, and then go back to their shitty habits usually. So, I don't see the point of making it such a pain in the ass. It's just a cash grab.

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[–] LeadHead 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

As for 2) I know this will be a big question... Law Enforecemnt loves the current situation because it almost always allowed them the excuse to pull someone over for any reason. The little towns and cities with speed traps will not be happy. The town I live in has 60% of its budget dedicated to law enforcement... Let that sink in... 60% of all tax income is used to run the police department. Can you imagine how much money is on the line here? Let alone the insurance industry! They will lose billions if people are not held responsible for accidents while in a self driving car.

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[–] lagadu 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I would imagine a person will have to get some sort of special licensing to prove they're safe enough to drive themselves.

This already exists, it's called a driving license.

edit: and if you rent a limo you can get it on with your wife right now ;)

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[–] Arsine 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Oh, you mean that little plastic thing with the four year old picture that they give you for proving you know the general area of the gas pedal?

They give those things out to anyone, maybe they should actually make the test challenging and get all those people who drive like trash off the road.

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[–] taxation_is_slavery 2 points 8 points (+10|-2) ago 

And they don't stop for police or abide by road worker signs and signals. They freak out if a garbage bag floats across the road. Most horrifying of all, they are curated by the NSA and will eventually be used as an assassination weapon.

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[–] 123_456 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

This is why it's still a work in progress. Technology doesn't stand still, you know. You complain about something like it is always going to be the same. That's just not the case.

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[–] taxation_is_slavery 1 point -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

Some problems require intelligence to solve, eg. a truck is parked in the lane, will Google's car break traffic rules to go around and signal to oncoming traffic it is accepting their right of way acquiescence? Nope, never will. The self driving will be limited to freeways with a licensed driver behind the controls just like using cruise control.

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[–] nyxnissa 1 point 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

they are curated by the NSA and will eventually be used as an assassination weapon

I'd argue that google[or any company that owns and sells these cars] would be extremely pressured to keep everything encrypted. Whether or not a three letter agency gets access to any part of that would be up for debate. Also any deviation from normal routine/responses from cars that could indicate that they have been manipulated would cause huge outcry and prompt people to not use or buy them, especially people who could be targeted.

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[–] Bigglesworth45 1 point 5 points (+6|-1) ago 

I don't care. Just bring on the self driving cars. I am sick of driving my self.

ALL HAIL GOOGLE.

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