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New Honda Accord Drives Itself

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the ok-not-quite dept.

Technology 398

pmenefee writes "Japanese car manufacturer Honda has launched a new self-driven car. Dubbed Honda Accord ADAS, the vehicle can change gears and steer itself around bends. While the auto-pilot function will currently only operate on motorways and dual carriageways, officials at Honda believe that future ADAS models will tackle all roads."

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398 comments

Dupe, dedupe dupe dupe! (4, Interesting)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618167)

Well, not quite- nice to see that Honda could come out with an ADAS system barely a month after it becoming legal....

Re:Dupe, dedupe dupe dupe! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14618259)

You just made me cry in my soup for NO REASON.

Re:Dupe, dedupe dupe dupe! (2, Funny)

pmike_bauer (763028) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618341)

No, read the summary.
It's dubbed Honda Accord ADAS.
Not, duped.

Sweet! (4, Funny)

east coast (590680) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618168)

No more DUIs! There is a God!

Bartender! Another shot!

Re:Sweet! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14618243)

OMG! Too funny! Awesome! Bartender! :)))

Re:Sweet! (2, Interesting)

TheOtherAgentM (700696) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618263)

Not only that, but my grandma and all the other old people out there can let go of the wheel and save some lives. Just don't tell your grandma that she has this feature when she really doesn't have it. That might cause some more accidents.

Re:Sweet! (3, Interesting)

voice_of_all_reason (926702) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618292)

They'll just charge you with whatever they charge people who pass out in their cars after realizing they're too drunk to drive.

Most laws are worded that as long as you're physically able to start the car (possession of the keys), it's as bad as plowing through a bunch of little kids.

Re:Sweet! (3, Funny)

Heem (448667) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618558)

you could sit on the passenger side

Re:Sweet! (2, Interesting)

ZachPruckowski (918562) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618309)

It doesn't look like it'll make turns for you. Or even know when to take turns. In fact, it looks like you may have to dis-engage the system to turn or pass someone. And you still have to know the way home.

That said, it seems like the #1 problem with drunk driving is staying in your lane and keeping the right speed.

Re:Sweet! (1)

mightypenguin (593397) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618474)

There could be some real problems with this. First imagin someone who has this is driving somewhere they are unfamiliar with. Then there's a slight turn in the road and also a median (concrete seperator about 2 ft tall) that that starts just a little bit into the turn. What will the radar think it is? Will it go to the left or right side of the median? If it just stops, then you'll have people hitting you from behind at worst, or at best a huge slowdown in traffic as 1 in 20 cars apply the breaks at this point. Or it could even take you into the opposite direction of traffic if it thinks the median should be on the right side (which coicidentally should slow down traffic on that side as well :).

Are you kidding? (1)

soft_guy (534437) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618496)

And you still have to know the way home.

I don't know the way home now! Seriously, I just moved to a new house in a new state. I have a Magellan Roadmate 700. If it were to quit working, I wouldn't be able to get home tonight.

Re:Sweet! (3, Funny)

dr_dank (472072) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618310)

With Ethanol becoming more common in gasoline, your car can be DWI too!

Re:Sweet! (2, Insightful)

mrseigen (518390) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618376)

Not in Canada -- our laws cover "operating a motor vehicle" under the influence. That includes lying down in a turned-off motorboat while slammed. I would imagine an autopiloted Honda is against the rules too, unfortunately.

Re:Sweet! (4, Funny)

Golias (176380) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618545)

Now all I need is a Honda ASIMO to get out of the car and go in to the office to my job for me, and it's non-stop anime & World of Warcraft from then on. Woo-hoo!

What's a dual-carriagway? (5, Interesting)

man_of_mr_e (217855) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618173)

Is this some kind of euro-test?

Re:What's a dual-carriagway? (1, Informative)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618224)

If you had seen the previous story, you'd know this system is only legal in England and Japan.

Re:What's a dual-carriagway? (5, Insightful)

east coast (590680) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618294)

Why is this modded as troll? I swear to God, some people are pretty thin skinned.

I've often heard that the first step to wisdom is calling things by their correct name; if this bloke needs some clarification and isn't too proud to admit it should he be marked a troll? He's a hell of a lot better off than the idiots who think they know what it means when they don't.

Re:What's a dual-carriagway? (1)

Buran (150348) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618431)

I think you might be trolling, but just in case ... Ever heard of regional language variances? Ever consider the submitter used whatever words they're used to using? Or would you scream at me for writing "truck" in an online discussion with someone who is British and responds to me by using the word "lorry"?

If you don't know the word, look it up instead of bitching.

Re:What's a dual-carriagway? (2, Funny)

Surt (22457) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618466)

Of course, the second step to wisdom is realizing that names only serve to categorize that which is truly unique, and that categorization is the first step towards prejudice.

Re:What's a dual-carriagway? (2, Informative)

JimmehAH (817552) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618324)

It's a road with separated lanes. Apparently called a divided highway in the US.
They usually have two lanes on each side.

Re:What's a dual-carriagway? (2, Insightful)

steve_l (109732) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618565)

The other feature of it is that it usually has higher speed limits; 70 mph out of town, 40 mph in town, unless otherwise stated. But unlike motorways (=freeways), dual carriageways are open to traffic other than cars: bikes, tractors, horses, whatever.

As a cyclist, I'm pretty worried about how safe these auto driving vehicles are; how optimised they are for things in the road. Its one thing to have a car that brakes if you are about to hit something, another to have the thing make steering decisions too. Also, what is your excuse if caught speeding "it wasn't me, the car did it".

Re:What's a dual-carriagway? (5, Funny)

dr_dank (472072) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618375)

A dual-carriageway is where those foppish dandies and their tin-lizzies really trip the light fantastic at breath-taking speeds of up to 25 miles-per-hour.

It'll scare the horses out of their wits! Huzzah! 23 skidoo!

Re:What's a dual-carriagway? (1)

hb253 (764272) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618467)

LOL - You have brightened an otherwise trying day. You are now my friend.

Re:What's a dual-carriagway? (2, Informative)

aug24 (38229) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618432)

Any road in which the carriageway going one way is physically separated from the carriageway going the other way. Hence 'dual'. Sometimes there is a gap, sometimes there is a barrier. They typically have higher speed limits because there is no oncoming traffic.

Not to be confused with a 'two-lane' road which has one carriageway divided into four (two in each direction).

...and no, it's not a euro-test. It's a brit-test. S'there, yankee ;-)

Cheers, Justin.

Re:What's a dual-carriagway? (1)

soft_guy (534437) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618528)

So in America we would call it a "divided highway" or "divided road".

Re:What's a dual-carriagway? (1, Informative)

FinestLittleSpace (719663) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618531)

What the hell? You're from england? That's total crap.

A dual carriageway is a road, seperated by *something* in the middle, that has 2 lanes going one way, and 2 lanes going the other. Unlike a motorway, they do not usually have a hardshoulder. The maximum speed limit on a dual carriageway, like a motorway, is 70mph, unless otherwise stated.

Learner drivers aren't allowed on motorways, but they are allowed on dual carriageways. On a dual carriageway you are required to stay in the left hand land unless you need to overtake or the path ahead of you is hard to pass (slow sunday driver for example)

In Soviet Russia.... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14618176)

In Soviet Russa...car drives you

Re:In Soviet Russia.... (2, Funny)

databyss (586137) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618206)

In Soviet Russia... YOU drive Car!

*SMASH* (5, Interesting)

Khyron (8855) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618177)

Does this make anyone else think of the old Looney Toons cartoons where one character diverts another character's path of travel by painting a false line from the middle of the road to someplace else?

Re:*SMASH* (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618293)

Exactly right- but to do it properly (and fool the system) you need TWO white lines- one for each side of the lane (which is why it's only currently legal on freeways and "two way carriageways" which I guess is an English way of saying a two lane road with a shoulder and painted lane markers).

Re:*SMASH* (1)

theoldmoose (553227) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618394)

I have a prime example of that, just before the exit ramp on my commute home. The guy that was painting the lines decided to pull to the emergency strip, but forgot to shut off the paint machine. There is a nice bright white line going directly off the pavement....

Holy carp (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14618193)

Forst pist

In Soviet Russia... (5, Funny)

killkillkill (884238) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618208)

Car drives you... err... you drive car...

Okay, now I'm just confused

Re:In Soviet Russia... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14618463)

yawn..

i for one welcome our new self driving automible overlords..

bugs found already (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14618210)

The only model available is the 'asian women driver 1.0'. The car repeadely slows down, then speeds up, randomly activates turn signals, and never yields to oncoming traffic.

Reinventing the ... automatic gearbox (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14618211)

Don't most Chrysler products choose their own gears as well... sometimes against the wishes of their owners?

Obligatory (5, Funny)

The Step Child (216708) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618214)

Lenny: Hey look, Homer's got one of those robot cars!

*Crash*

Carl: Yeah, one of those American robot cars...

Had to say it... (2, Funny)

sirgallihad (846850) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618218)

In Japan, cars drive you!

*ducks*

Re:Had to say it... (1)

immakiku (777365) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618456)

Uh one day people are going to say, "in old country, you drive car!"

I for one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14618219)

I for one welcome our new Advanced Driver Assist System Overlords...

no? yeah, I agree, that was pretty weak.

I want one... (1)

Cros13 (206651) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618225)

if only to repeat scenes from minority report, the 6th day and i robot.

Hood-surfing anyone?

Re:I want one... (1)

The_REAL_DZA (731082) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618320)

Don't forget "Total Recall" -- Johnny Cab ride, anyone?

BJ time!! (1)

Core-Dump (148342) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618229)

Finally, i can get a BJ while driving without using all 4 lanes of the highway..

Re:BJ time!! (1)

Widowwolf (779548) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618439)

First you need to get a woman interested in a geek like you!

Re:BJ time!! (1)

eXoXe (157466) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618515)

Brake Job?

Language issue (-1, Flamebait)

alta (1263) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618236)

The poster must be a brit.

What's a motorway?
dual carriageway?

This guy needs to learn American.

Maybe the fish can translate this for me, I can see the new version now, brit to american, american to brit...

Re:Language issue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14618381)

You mean, "motourway." ;)

Re:Language issue (1)

VJ42 (860241) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618502)

Have a raed of "The American's guide to speaking British.": http://www.effingpot.com/ [effingpot.com]

Dual carriageway - Divided highway. All have a 70mph speed limit unless indicated (posted) otherwise.

Motorway - Freeway. Very strict rules apply to motorways, only drive faster than 100mph if you are happy to lose your licence (or are very good at haggling!). Always drive in the slow lane, unless overtaking (or risk being arrested). Always enter and exit via slip roads on the left hand side.

Re:Language issue (1)

Vegeta99 (219501) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618523)

motorway = highway.

dual carriageway = divided highway. i'm guessing not necessarily limited access.

Nice! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14618240)

It's a driver assist, so it's not going to replace the driver. But it will help keep the car on the road if the driver loses control of the wheel somehow, whether it be caused by illness, drunkeness, fatigue, or ninja attack.

no info on website (1)

jaadu (732841) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618242)

At least on the us website [www.honda.com] and the automotive website, searches for "ADAS" and "driver assist" don't turn up anything. Surprising, considering how well Honda is rebranding itself as a purveyor of cool technology (like the hybrids) in its cars.

It would have been nice if the article mentioned which models this system will be available on. Is this only for luxury cars? Will it make it into family vehicles like minivans? There seem to be some obvious problems with something like this: fading line markers and precipitation/condensation on the camera come to mind immediately. Is this thing being mass-marketed already?

Re:no info on website (2, Informative)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618318)

You need to log on to the Honda UK website- because this tech is only legal in England.

Re:no info on website (1)

Buran (150348) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618337)

It's a feature that isn't available here. We (I live in the US) never get the really cool stuff. So we have to pay some specialist shop to import the stuff that carmakers are too lazy or stupid to send over here to meet the demand. I have quite a few things on my US-market 4-door Golf that VW refused to make available on the 4-door model here but that you can get on the 4-door Jetta or on the 2-door GTI. But not on the 4-door hatchback. But I had to install them myself.

So you can't find the info because in the US model line, it doesn't exist. Typical corporate refusal to capitalize on the fact that there ARE people in the US who don't want to have to buy huge SUVs or luxobarges or pricey-but-fast "compensation packages" to get useful stuff.

Re:no info on website (1)

Mantorp (142371) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618423)

I have quite a few things on my US-market 4-door Golf that VW refused to make available on the 4-door model here but that you can get on the 4-door Jetta or on the 2-door GTI. But not on the 4-door hatchback. But I had to install them myself.

Purple neon kit, stupidsized spoiler, spinning rims, what else?

beauty of news.. (1)

dotpavan (829804) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618359)

Train ot links/news: Slashdot-->Engadget-->TGdaily-->Newsfactor and there it is broken. Here is the official press release [hondauk-media.co.uk]

beep beep beep (2, Insightful)

yapplejax (931268) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618249)

ADAS system will beep every 10 seconds to make sure you're paying attention

You've got to be kidding. Who is going to drive (and I use the term loosely per the subject) a car that beeps at them every ten seconds?

Re:beep beep beep (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14618305)

Is this like Homer's "Everything is OK" alarm?

Ya know that "seat belt" buzzer cars have? (1)

mmell (832646) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618312)

I unplug that buzzer/beeper routinely upon buying a vehicle.

I can't imagine that they'll bother hiding this noise maker any better. Yes, I know the blasted thing has a function, which I'm pretty sure is to irritate me.

Re:beep beep beep (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14618315)

Actually, this isn't a new thing, I used to live in Oman, where it is the law that your car must beep when you are driving in excess of 120kph (the speed limit there). We have since left the country, but still have one of our cars, and to be honest, barely notice it any more.

Re:beep beep beep (1)

bookemdano63 (261600) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618564)

...barely notice it any more.


I think is part of the point. Either it is going to annoy you so much you won't use the system or you will get used to it and not realize it is on. I don't really see how it is going to make you pay attention.

Re:beep beep beep (3, Informative)

Buran (150348) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618373)

Then don't use the system! Devices that make it easier for drivers to not pay attention to what they're doing need to make sure that safety is addressed. The car won't beep if you don't turn the system on, or if you buy a car without it. I would want to know, if I'm not actively controlling the car, that the computer is working at doing that job and that the impression of being under control isn't false.

Similarly, aircraft have indicators that let the pilots know that the autopilot is in control and what mode the autopilot is in. It's kind of important to know for sure that a vehicle that can and will kill you if it crashes is under control by either a human or an automation system.

Re:beep beep beep (4, Funny)

soft_guy (534437) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618561)

I think the constant beeping will interfere with the telephone call I'm on.

Re:beep beep beep (2, Insightful)

Delta Vel (756242) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618543)

I'm sure people will buy it because of the novelty and convenience factors, but how long is it going to take to tune out the beeping? I'm guessing about three minutes. I'll be staying FAR away from any of these cars I see on the roads. People already read the newspaper (I still can't believe that one), eat breakfast, and put on makeup while driving when they control the car's every move.

Sorry, I'm an American... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14618253)

I'm guessing "motorway" equals "highway" or "freeway", but what the heck would a "dual carriageway" be? Do you guys still drive horse-drawn carriages in England? :)

The article should probably clarify that it's Honda's UK division that's producing the car, and it's for use in the UK.

Re:Sorry, I'm an American... (3, Informative)

Phillip2 (203612) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618332)

Yes, we drive carriages on the road, in exactly the same way that you drive highs
down your highways, while ensuring that you keep your frees onto the freeway.

A dual carriageway is a road which is not a motorway which has a physical divider
(ie not just a white line painted on the road) between vehicles heading in different
directions. A single carriageway is a road which just has the white line.

There are different regulations and speed limits on the two. Unless told other wise
you can travel at 70 down a dual carriageway, but only 60 down a single. (Actually,
it also depends on the kind of vehicle--minibus can only go 50 on a single, 60 on a dual).

Phil

Re:Sorry, I'm an American... (2, Funny)

spurtle15 (899792) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618475)

Now now. We shouldn't be making fun, especially when we drive on a parkway and park in a driveway.

the sequence (0, Troll)

Profane MuthaFucka (574406) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618257)

1) Honda makes self-driven car.
2) ???
3) Hilarity ensues

Re:the sequence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14618414)

2) Honda gets /.ed
2½) Honda makes PROFIT!!!!1111111

What a gift for carjackers (1)

FishandChips (695645) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618265)

The sweet thing about the new Honda Borg is that once you've keyed the lock the car will drive itself to your crib. And if the cops intervene, there'll be no one in it to arrest!

Beta? (0, Troll)

E IS mC(Square) (721736) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618272)

"Five beta testers found deadly glitches in the navigation system of the recently launched self-driven cars. Unfortunately, they are not available for comments anymore."

It's about time (5, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618273)


Aibo kept getting us lost when I was too drunk to drive.

Interesting, but haven't the forgotten something (1)

Phillip2 (203612) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618279)

This system looks at white lines in the rear view mirror.

Isn't this likely to cause carnage the first time you hit
a contraflow system.

Phil

note (1)

dotpavan (829804) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618282)

point to note: ..the ADAS system will beep every 10 seconds to make sure you're paying attention, requiring you to touch the steering wheel to inform the car you're still in charge..

so there goes the "fun", I have to tap it regularly not to make it feel deprived..

Huh, cars've been doing this all along! (1)

The_REAL_DZA (731082) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618287)

Albeit, they don't do such a good job of it [wreckedexotics.com]








And yes, I do have a lot of time on my hands today (I think someone's stealing CPU cycles from my computer to help calculate Bill Gates' taxes...)

Unfortunate Liability (4, Interesting)

confusion (14388) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618290)

Unfortunately, as self driving cars become more and more viable, we're going to run into a liability problem. Sure, the self driving cars can probably cut crashes and resulting deaths by some huge percent, but there will still be some that happen. Then, those crashes and deaths will be the responsibility of the car manufacturer who will get sued into oblivion.

Jerry
http://www.networkstrike.com/ [networkstrike.com]

Cruise Control (1)

denverradiosucks (653647) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618296)

(Sitting in my RV) Wait a minute? Isn't that was cruise control does!? Oh crap, I got to go!

Re:Cruise Control (1)

engagebot (941678) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618524)

We all laugh, but that actually has happened before... Sometimes you can never underestimate people enough.

Ex-river? (1)

exley (221867) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618299)

So we're one step closer to AI cars. I'm still gonna want my archaic internal combustion vehicle, but when do Lorna and Lisa show up? I'm all for that part of things.

How hard is this, really? (1)

lawpoop (604919) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618325)

How hard would it be to make a robot car freeway? City and country streets would have too much ambiguity for a computer to make sense of, with the sidewalks and ditches and lamposts, etc. but I think the controlled environment of the freeway would be ideal.

Here's what I'm thinking:

  • Cars have a sonar system for basic navigation. Assume that all roadways have a "gentle" curve path that you can follow if you maintain proper speeds.
  • Cars have a light-sensor system that detects special reflectors on the roadway. This is a double-check for the sonar system.
  • Cars are 'smart' and communicate their plans to one another. Each car does some checking to make sure others cars aren't 'rogue' (i.e. saying one thing and doing another) or broken (i.e. not making sense, driving erratically, etc).
  • There are also smart towers, which are controlled by whatever local highway authorities, which tell cars to slow down, warn of upcoming obstacles, etc. Cars can also report bad cars and ambiguous roadways (ones that don't have proper reflective guides, e.g.) for repair.


I think that this system, as long as it had *only* robot cars, and no human drivers, would work.

At some point this just becomes light rail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14618434)

Ever see "logan's run"? The subway / rail system there would make ever so much more sense. Why bother having this big, dangerous open motorway if you're just going to force everyone to buy robots to navigate it? This problem was solved over a hundred years ago: use rails, silly.

Toyota, too? (1)

AeroIllini (726211) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618327)

So how long until Toyota releases a Camry that can play a trumpet?

human vs computer (1)

Douglas Simmons (628988) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618329)

This has more to do with auto safety in general, but I think it was a Times story in which I read that a trained, unpanicked foot can outperform antilock breaks. The average person, however, much different story of course. I, Robot is correct in predicting that Will Smith can engage a manual override.

Re:human vs computer (1)

Enigma_Man (756516) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618476)

Threshhold-braking, as it is known, is applying the brakes just hard enough so the wheels are just about to lock up. That is much more effective (just look at the difference between the coefficients for rolling vs. sliding friction) than repeatedly locking up/disengaging the brakes (which is all anti-lock does) or locking them up solid (like most panicked drivers do).

Re:human vs computer (1)

TheFlyingGoat (161967) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618532)

Fighter jets already do most of the flying themselves, and require little input from the pilot. I'd argue that controlling a fighter jet is significantly harder than controlling a car.

You hit it on the head, though... a human can never be guaranteed to be unpanicked in all situations. The computer never panicks. As long as the computer is well programmed and has sufficient failsafes, it will be more reliable than a human. It's all going to come down to the programming.

Finally (1)

DaFallus (805248) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618352)

I live in Houston Texas and I for one cannot wait until we all have a complete and reliable auto-pilot system on most if not all cars. No more heavy traffic or people cutting through 4 lanes to exit the freeway, no more soccer moms in a giant Ford Excursion with one hand on the wheel and a cell phone in the other with screaming kids in the back seat slowly creeping into my lane. Also, no more redneck cops on the interstate setting up speed traps in their tiny towns just so they can get their greedy hands in my wallet.

This is hardly new... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14618361)

We had self driven (bullock) car(t)s in India long back. I still remember the early mornings when we used to start for the farm in the cart and fall asleep - hour later we used to be on the farm without anyone driving the car(t) - smart bullocks those!

useful? (1)

brother bloat (888898) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618365)

This is a really neat concept, and in light of the recent success of the DARPA grand challenge, I see that navigationally-useful "AI" is now finally making advances on the road (in the air, autopilot has been around for quite some time).

Nevertheless, I honestly can't see the masses (myself included) trusting one of these things to the point where they would acctually allow themselves to be driven by this car (or future versions) for quite some time. Even the Honda doesn't completely trust the car, as demonstrated by the fact that the human driver/passenger is required to respond every 10 seconds. Given that the car's software is constantly asking for reassurance, it's not like the human sitting in the driver seat can accomplish anything useful, or even sit back and enjoy the ride.

I think a few people are going to get in serious accidents with this car (assuming someone actually buys it) because either the car's designers have not taken some situation into account (which is likely), or because the car's users will use this car in ways not intended by the designers (which is also likely).

Ultimately, while this news is exciting, it makes me worried that the new technology will make the roads more dangerous

Whats next... (1)

DoctorDyna (828525) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618369)

What's next, a car that detects if your driving is substandard and forces itself off the road and won't let you drive? Might be good to install such a thing in repeat DUI or DWI offenders vehicles, like how they have breath machines you have to blow in before you can start the motor. Of course, then what would it do for people who just drive shitty even when completely sober...

Self-driving car? (1)

rcbarnes (875915) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618418)

Thank GOD. The less people have to do with driving, the better. I would argue that at least 9/10 of drivers are less competant than a properly skilled and trained driver would be while intoxicated, and therefore should be given DUIs just on principal. Honestly, when did we decide that the right to convenient transportation was more important than the right to not be killed by a driver who is just plain stupid?

Convenient (1)

texaskid (942936) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618426)

"Officer I swear! It wasn't my fault! The car drives itself!" -- riiight. Little too soon I think. I'll let the technology grow up a bit before fall asleep at the...drivers...seat?

Yeah, but in Soviet Russia... (1)

Errandboy of Doom (917941) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618455)

...you drive car.

BSOD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14618464)

Hopefully this thing doesn't run Windows, otherwise this would give a new meaning to the term "Blue Screen of Death", eh?

I hope (1)

szembek (948327) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618473)

I hope it stops for deer in the road!

K.I.T.T. (1)

nm0n (720057) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618479)

Cool! Now, if they'd just figure out that whole A.I. technology thing. Then I could mod a 1982 black Trans-Am and make my own K.I.T.T. [knightrideronline.com] car. "No, I'm not okay. I'm nowhere near okay. Most of my functions are out of order, and I'm being treated like a side of beef." - K.I.T.T.

Imagine the lawsuits! (1)

Dzimas (547818) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618487)

Things will start to get expensive the first time one of these things is involved in a fatal accident that involves the death of an attractive young family. Software fails, and the complexity of a real-world driving system will almost certainly lead to catastrophic failure at some point.

1. How on Earth would it cope with extremely snowy and icy conditions? Heavy rain? Fog? Radar and imaging will have a heck of a time in less than perfect environments.
2. Accident avoidance becomes a huge isse with an automated system. Drivers who learn to trust their computerized cars will be more likely to play with Blackberries, fiddle with the car stereo, read, or carry on conversations without watching the road. That'd make it pretty hard to react quickly to sudden lane changes or accidents in adjacent lanes.
3. How would the system cope with a flock of birds or junk on the roadway?
4. What if the driver fell asleep and the system failed to correctly detect traffic pylons or railway crossings?
5. Just wait for the onslaught of DUI arrests when people try to get their car to drive them home.

In other words, this is a brilliant ideas that's time should never come.

wow... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14618492)

and the next model will:

a) buy itself

b) make its own payments

its a shame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14618553)

All those tax payer dollars DARPA spent looking for a robotic car when all they had to do was go buy a Honda

Sounds Familiar (1)

Mignon (34109) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618562)

I have something like this. I walk a couple of blocks to my special "garage" and swipe a special mag-stripe card. I wait a couple of minutes and my self-driving car comes along. The doors open, I get in, and when I reach another special "garage" near my destination, the doors open and I get out of my self-driving car. It's no more than $2 per use and other than some taxes, I didn't pay anything up front.
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