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Reflections on Autonomy & Anonymity (of Cars & People)

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Blaine Bateman
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Re: fast developments in automotive
Blaine Bateman   10/30/2014 10:14:26 AM
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Hi Himanshugupta:

Consider this goes another way.  We have large fleets of autonomous vehicles.  User puts their destination into an app, and says when they want to leave.  A large scheduling optimization software directs a vehicle, which has an open seat and can accomodate the requested route & timing, as well as satisfy the desired route & timing of those already in the vehicle.  Suppose these things are like van-pools with no drivers, but purely on-demand.  Further suppose that the optimization is good enough and the fleet large enough that most requests are met, the vehicle time to pick up is < 5 minutes, and destination time is within 10 minutes of desired.

Now think of the savigs in fuel, road maintenance, accident avoidance, etc.

So perhaps the real niche for autonomous cars isn't personal cars, but public transport.

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Re: Connected cars & disconnected humans
Blaine Bateman   10/30/2014 10:08:25 AM
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Hi Hospice--I'm sure you are correct; there will be some who avoid new cars for fear of the technology, but out of say 13 million cars sold in US this would possibly affect a few thousands of sales.

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fast developments in automotive
Himanshugupta   10/29/2014 1:25:15 PM
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I am amazed, if not surprized, at the pace at which technology is going to change how we commute. I think that this is a welcome step. Motor cars have been mass produced over a century but the basic features and technology has remain the same. I think that V2V communication and infotainment will be radical shift in the automotive.

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Re: Connected cars & disconnected humans
Himanshugupta   10/29/2014 1:21:46 PM
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I guess history is a good mirror to see what can happen in future. For me, if machine to machine communication and intelligence reach to a level that humans do not need to interfere then we will have time to focus on more important things than wasting time on daily routine work such as driving to office and back home.

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Re: Connected cars & disconnected humans
Hospice_Houngbo   10/27/2014 10:28:17 AM
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@Blaine,

"Here in the US cars continue to be a very powerful symbol of freedom; I wonder if these technology trends will change that."

It is certain that these technology trends will likely raise many concerns and issues. But I don't think they will prevent people from owing cars and enjoy driving them without fearing being monitored. 

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Re: Connected cars & disconnected humans
Hospice_Houngbo   10/27/2014 10:13:40 AM
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@prabhakar_deosthali


"As more and more machines get connected and take decisions among themselves using collaboration, The humans will get more and more disconnected from each other."

If machines get connected and can take better decisions to mitigate human beings errors, why not? Who doesn't like to have a safe ride? 

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Re: Connected cars & disconnected humans
nimantha.d   10/27/2014 1:08:19 AM
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@blaine: Well some of these are being adapted already. I think it's a matter of time. 

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Re: Connected cars & disconnected humans
Blaine Bateman   10/25/2014 12:28:45 PM
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@prabhakar:  Thanks for your comments.  I think that a lot of the technology is being advanced under either the "Safety" banner or the "Convenience/Entertinment" banner.  I expect people will adopt these technologies very rapidly, so the car makers are racing to add features that will sell new cars.

Meanwhile, governments worry about security threats, and justify monitoring everyone.  If your car not only knows where it is, but knows where you are going and connects your daily routine to the internet, then that makes watching you a lot easier.  Here in the US cars continue to be a very powerful symbol of freedom; I wonder if these technology trends will change that.

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Connected cars & disconnected humans
prabhakar_deosthali   10/25/2014 10:37:04 AM
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As more and more machines get connected and take decisions among themselves using collaboration, The humans will get more and more disconnected from each other.

In an autonomous car , the driver does not have to even look at the rear view mirror to see who is following him, or those races between the cars ( many times just for fun to reduce the boredom of the highway driving) will become the the thing of the past.

 

 



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