Saturday, April 29, 2017

Why the 1% Want Driverless Cars

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If you thought gated communities were bad wait until all roads are authorized access only.  

61 comments:

Lawyerliz said...

Oh, please. The whole country a jail?

Rob Dawg said...

Authorized Citizens Only

Lawyerliz said...

Well, that ll solve immigration, I guess.

Rob Dawg said...

It will keep you out of neighborhoods that successfully lobby to keep you out. It will keep you off the uncongested roads unless you pay more, etc.

Lawyerliz said...

They wouldn't want moi?????

sm_landlord said...

So, only criminals will drive cars.

I got stuck in a traffic jam in Malibu yesterday, so I looked around at some side roads as traffic crawled slowly by. I noticed that more and more of the new mini-communities (and of course, most of the houses) have private roads and gates. I guess that's the way it's going.

TJandTheBear said...

They'd gate Malibu itself if TPTB would let them.

LBD said...

I lived in a gated community for 16 years wasn't bad.

TJandTheBear said...

I don't mind gated communities at all. Toll roads another matter entirely.

Malibu residents do everything they can to keep non-residents off their beaches. It's truly surprising all that money & star-power hasn't managed to completely co-opt the CCC in that regard.

sm_landlord said...

> It's truly surprising all that money & star-power hasn't managed to completely co-opt the CCC in that regard.

Not even on the beach, one of the guys from U2 (The Edge) got 13 years of pain from the CCC trying to build a couple of houses on his property. He finally got his permit, and the CCC finally tossed one of the most problematic people.

Rob Dawg said...

OT for Cinco. The NE draftees average 6'5" and 280 lbs.

Lawyerliz said...

At some point they won't be people any more, but what, gorillas? Raptors?

Lawyerliz said...

Look at the enormous cats on flipboard. Should be owned by football giants

Cinco-X said...

:big-grin: big fast people beat little fast people

Lawyerliz said...

Watered and fertilized roses. Unlike a house which just gets dirty again, roses obligingly grow and produce foliage and pretty roses. Until I get bored with it and they die back

Lawyerliz said...

Good morning. Wakies wakies.

Walt Tucker said...

Good morning Liz,I read that Floridians a pruning green palm fonds for cosmetic reasons and are weakening them to the point that many are dying. Palms have weak root systems and rely more heavily on fonds for nutrients. Weakened palms "pencil"?

LBD said...

Good Morning!

Big rain and snow storm so far stays just south of us, Clouds and wind is all we get.

Wonder how self driving cars do in snow and black ice?

Thomas Stone said...

Okeydokey.

Cinco-X said...

Careful there... If we have in SJWs on the board that should get them going

Lawyerliz said...

We have palmetto which can endure anything, including.being burned almost to a.crisp. I don't like the trimmed palm look
There are cabbage palms which are native and seldom pruned.

dodahman said...

Palms grow like grasses, so the roots are not extensive. I would not call them weak, though.

Good morning all. Party our house today. As close to may day as possible.
SmL, they loves their private roads, until they need repair...
Have a wonderful Sunday.

Rob Dawg said...

Taking advantage of the early cool. Good morning all.

Autonomous vehicles are going to be massively disruptive. On whole to the better but whole buggy whip industries are going to disappear.

But the good stuff. Remember when the ice cream truck came round when you were a kid? What about:
Local veggie truck?
Nordstrom' Rack van?
Now...
The Automatic Optometrist?
Free bone density scans?

Rob Dawg said...

We trim dead fronds for fire safety reasons.

dodahman said...

I find autonomous vehicles and their impact to be totally fascinating. Had not thought about geographic regions being able to 'sway' such vehicles and their usage of roads. mmmmm

I suspect there will be many things that are surprises and major disruptions to be discovered and profited from.

I have some friends that hate the thought, and others that can't wait. Good times...

Rob Dawg said...

Police chasing a vehicle might be able to command the autonomous vehicles in the area to form a tight low speed wall that the perp cannot get around.

Still seniors will remain in their big old suburban houses for far longer as their mobility won't be limited to urban services like transit.

Me? An electric RV with a Yosemite button and a solar roof that stops at a supercharger when it needs to.

dodahman said...

put in your order with Elon. He might build it?

Lawyerliz said...

Last I checked football players had a lifespan of 56. Baseball players same as anybody else male.

EngineerJim said...

>Autonomous vehicles

Autonomous vehicles is something I never expected.
Sorta crept up on us.
Is it really that great an idea, or is it just technology that we can do, so we will do it ?

LBD said...

I like to drive so if I get the chance to hold out I probably will. Wonder if they start out will an optional control to set like cruise control or driver control?

EngineerJim said...

>Wonder if they start out will an optional control to set like cruise control or driver control?

I would think that would always be an option.

sm_landlord said...

Fully autonomous road vehicles, particularly automobiles, are still quite a way in the future. Even ignoring the numerous technical problems, a new legal framework must be developed to handle liability issues. And then there is the small issue of potential misuse, such as self-delivering bombs, fleeing robbers free to shoot at pursuers while the getaway car drives itself, etc.

LBD said...

Cars have satellite communications now and it would not be hard to shut down vehicles used while committing a crime. Big Brothers issue to be resolved easily for public safety.

Rob Dawg said...

Autonomous vehicles are the disc brakes and seat belts of the next decade. Not plural.

I am glad to see people are FINALLY seeing what I've been talking about for a very long time. Kill a rival, set the controls and the corpse shows up at the address of another rival.

Why do you think i talked about authorization?

Gets worse. You think "taxis" had a lock? Try to be a delivery service if you aren't Amazon or UPS. Locked out.

And don't forget the municipalities and states are scrambling to tap new cash as fuel taxes look to be going way down.

EngineerJim said...

In addition to what sm_ll said, the replacement of car and truck drivers will eliminate a huge number of jobs. Sure there will be new jobs created, but I wonder how many. Self-drving vehicles is a replacement technology. It does nothing (or very little) to improve life as far as I can tell. It's different than the introduction of the internet that didn't directly replace anything.

Kind of related, I remember an article from a few months ago that talked about some of the jobs they now have in Japan. They have people that direct traffic, (basically human signs). Would it be better to have a human sign job or no job at all?

Rob Dawg said...

Jim, last time you went to a big library to do a patent search?

EngineerJim said...

>Jim, last time you went to a big library to do a patent search?

Sure, over a period of time a lot of things have change because of the internet. But the internet per se wasn't a replacement technology.

Mike said...

Personally..I'm looking forward to the day where I don't have to own a car..and an autonomously driven car is always just 5 mins away with a click of the keyboard/swipe of the smartphone..

I feel so..."progressive"!!!

Lawyerliz said...

In the 50sand 60s Heinlein predicted a lot of things. Some things that I never expected to come true did--what he called.host mothers. Some I thought would--colonies on the moon, didn't. You just can't tell. He profited house cleaning tobots. All we got was roombas

Lawyerliz said...

Predicted

Rob Dawg said...

It will be great to be able to pool ownership of specialty vehicles. And hey, think of the parking savings without every vehicle needing immediate egress.

Mike said...

autonomous delivery trucks...running 10 pm to 5 am...then getting off the road during "regular hours" would be a huge win

sm_landlord said...

> autonomous delivery trucks...running 10 pm to 5 am...then getting off the road during "regular hours" would be a huge win

That would be great if they were also self-unloading.

Mike said...

they can leave their loads and go back to hq before the rest of us have to go to work..

nothing pisses me off more than sitting behind a semi on the freeway at 8:00 am..

Rob Dawg said...

Great joke to have a couple cubic yards of manure delivered at 3AM.

Lawyerliz said...

Could they spread it too?

Lawyerliz said...

I have another turtle, a smaller one, burrowing under a rose bush on the other side of the front porch.

Rob Dawg said...

iYardBot will take it from there.

Lawyerliz said...

I think we just had a launch. The bed started quivering slightly. Or, a very small earthquake.

Lawyerliz said...

Good morning!!

Cinco-X said...

Jeez Liz... What the average lifespan of guys that are over 6'6"? I'll bet you find that isn't all that long either

Cinco-X said...

Agreed... But it would still be nice to recover that commute time

Lawyerliz said...

Followed by a sonic boom several minutest later. A piece returning.
Wakies wakies, parts of the country who never wakes up to a launch, poor things.

LBD said...

Good Morning!

Up early to have breakfast with a friend passing through town, feels like the middle of the night. Especially when the dogs don't wake me up. ;O

Lawyerliz said...

You know we have the big turtle in the back and the one I rescued. Could it be We have too many turtles?

LBD said...

No, No care required and they don't run away. They don't even run. Cute, what's not to like? :)

Lawyerliz said...

Well they sorta run. They destroyed a part of a brick patio. I'll let you know how much the repairs are. They tried to burrow into the foundation. They are cute and I like them. Even the cat likes them. She just sniffs at them. So far I've managed to rescue the ones who got into the pool. But I dread a dead turtle in the pool. 10 or 20 burrowing turtles are too much of a good thing. Not there yet.

Rob Dawg said...

There's awake and then there's awake. Sorry the morning post didn't get scheduled. I'll get out there in a bit put it up.

Lawyerliz said...

Planted a pepper where a clump of sawgrass was

Lawyerliz said...

LoTs more sawgrass, I wish turtles ate it.

Cinco-X said...

Guten Morgen...