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    Dame_Enda Dame_Enda is offline
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    Driverless cars are coming

    The US House is considering expediting the rollout of driverless cars.

    UK trials of them have been going on since 2015, and Ministers say a driving-license will not be required to drive them, though the trials may require a qualified driver to accompany the passenger.

    So how should Ireland regulate driver-less cars? Should people be allowed use them without requirement to get a driving test?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dame_Enda View Post
    Driverless cars are coming
    Well get out of the way then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dame_Enda View Post
    The US House is considering expediting the rollout of driverless cars.

    UK trials of them have been going on since 2015, and Ministers say a driving-license will not be required to drive them, though the trials may require a qualified driver to accompany the passenger.

    So how should Ireland regulate driver-less cars? Should people be allowed use them without requirement to get a driving test?
    I'd imagine there will be a switch off autopilot function if the computer is having issues and a human driver could take over. In that case a qualified driver would be needed.... Will be interesting to see how this development unfolds
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    Anything that takes more women drivers off the road has to be welcomed, but probably a good bit down the line before we see them here.
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    A total ban would be good.
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    Pittsburgh if full of driver less Ubers ( Volvo) - but they do have technicians in place to take over - had problems initially with the "Pittsburgh left". For me can't happen soon enough think about the reduction in cars required and how cheap would Uber be without paying a driver. Of course the downsides are less jobs - apparently 3 million truck drivers in the US alone.
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    The Irish way - derived from the McQuaid-era - is to fuss and make rules for the sake of it. I hope bureaucrats in Kildare St don't ruin this for us.
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    Not one mention of the law of tort I see. If these things go wrong who is responsible?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texal Tom View Post
    I'd imagine there will be a switch off autopilot function if the computer is having issues and a human driver could take over. In that case a qualified driver would be needed.... Will be interesting to see how this development unfolds
    Apparently it can take 26 seconds or thereabouts for you to realise that the computer has thrown in the towel, and to figure out what the correct evasive or corrective action. Why? Because you will be reading or txting or eating or whatever.....

    A lot can happen in even a fraction of that time.

    Article was on Jalopnik. Too fiddly to search on phone.

    Still, unless you are actively 'back seat driving' , the fall back to manual will be interesting.

    Also consider how 'de-skilled' we will end up if this is a 'once in a blue moon' event.

    Generally though, if all cars knew what each other was doing and could synchronise, there would be massive savings in traffic and pollution and fuel economy.

    Best of all would be being dropped to work and then having your car go away. However, logically, this would move to a autonomous taxi / renting arrangement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dalyp View Post
    Pittsburgh if full of driver less Ubers ( Volvo) - but they do have technicians in place to take over - had problems initially with the "Pittsburgh left". For me can't happen soon enough think about the reduction in cars required and how cheap would Uber be without paying a driver. Of course the downsides are less jobs - apparently 3 million truck drivers in the US alone.
    Don't go believing the hype. Those drivers are there for a reason and that's because someone has to be responsible for the car. Uber got chased out of San Francisco because they were ignoring the rules.
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