@Jacob, I totally agree with you that this might not work in dynamic traffic neverthless its a good beginning. I think we will need lot more powerful processors to make these pods adjust to dynamic traffic.
Jennifer, auto pilot vehicles are fine, where the traffic system is static. I think it’s not feasible in dynamic traffic situations, where the system may fail to think like a driver. Such vehicles are always moving in a pre determined path.
You know what they should do (although it's sort of far-fetched btu weirder things have stuck), if you go to San Francisco, you will see the trolleys and street cars. They are 'controlled' by the magnetic connections to the vehicle. Meybe the 'start' of self-driving passenger cars could be the same.. but with broader ranges of movement. Who knows, this might help reduce accidents since 'the people' are taken out of the equation.
Good points, DennisQ, and great article Jennifer. I agree with DennisQ that it may be a long time before we see this type of transportation fully implemented, however I believe we will start to see more of these sooner than you think. There may be some cities and areas that are difficult to implement this type of transportation, but I think they will start to be used in areas that can accomodate them, and sections of cities that can support them. It may not mean that most of the population of a city can use them soon, but over time they may start to take over conventional transportation.
Interesting stuff, Jennifer! And yes, I was reminded of The Jetsons as well...
I watched one of the videos and it did indeed seem pretty cool... the thing is, while I do believe that we currently have the technology to do things like this and Google's self-driving cars... the big hurdle here is upgrading infrastructure to accommodate these changes.
I live in NYC, for example. The transportation infrastructure here in some ways hasn't changed in over 100 years. In fact, if I took a time machine back 100 years (well... 94 years, to be exact), I could still get to work essentially in exactly the same way and just about as fast.
It's really hard to displace these old-fashioned means of transportation. There are exceptions (such as airports) to this rule, but across much of America I'm afraid that our means of getting around on a daily basis won't change much in the next 100 years: none of us will ever commute to work George Jetson-style, I'm afraid.
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