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What qualifications should the 'driver' of a fully autonomous car need?

Paintballparrot Re:They shouldn't exist in the first place (301 comments)

Because pilots are trained extensively on both routine flight and what to do when things go wrong. If fully autonomous cars become common place we will have millions of drivers with near zero experience actually driving the car themselves. What happens if the autodrive cuts out or does something the driver doesn't want it to? Suddenly you have someone who has little experience controlling a car hurtling down the free way at 65 MPH trying to maneuver to the shoulder or their exit through traffic.

I would rather see cars that can sense other vehicles and get speed, heading and performance information from them and take control when they feel a crash is imminent and communicate the fact they are doing so to drivers of 'dumb' vehicles. for example, you are in your 'smart' car on a main road approaching a 4 way intersection, the road crossing your road has a 2 way stop. Another 'dumb' car is coming the opposite way the same distance from the intersection as you are and a 'smart' car is approaching the stop sign on the side road. The driver in the 'smart' car has decided he is going to roll the stop sign and try to beat both of you, his car detects that he is about to do this and senses through communication protocols and radar that it will most likely result in an accident with your car and/or the 'dumb' car. His vehicle takes control and brings itself to a stop in front of the sign while sending a signal to your car that it is in emergency braking and flashing a standardized visual signal (maybe something like orange strobes on all 4 corners for 2 seconds) to the driver of the 'dumb' car to alert them a dangerous situation is occurring. Your car in the meanwhile has decided to start slowing and prepare for a full stop in case the other 'smart' car skids into the intersection and the driver of the 'dumb' car seeing the signal takes the same precaution.

Systems like this would greatly reduce the amount and severity of traffic accidents while also allowing drivers to continue to drive and avoid the situation I mentioned in the first place.

about 4 months ago

Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle

Paintballparrot Re:Best car overall?? (318 comments)

in teh long run, the Total cost of ownership is way less than that "$30K" car.

No it doesn't
Lets take my gas guzzling Crown Victoria Police Interceptor as an example, now I bought it used but I believe they cost around $32,000 new, lets call that $35,000 to be safe and we will assume the life of a car is 100,000 miles
I get about 15 MPG because of hilly terrain, little highway driving and a lead foot. gas is about 3.70 here and has stayed about there for 4 years now but we'll call it 4.25 to offset any unexpected future price increases.
Add in 20 engine oil changes at $40 each for the good stuff
5 air filters at $15 each
3 fuel filters at $10 each
3 sets of 8 brake pads at $80 each because I'm guessing the Tesla's regenerative braking extends the lives of discs and pads so I'll just add all my brake jobs in.
1 set of 4 brake rotors at $350
6 years of Pennsylvania state emissions inspections means that I will be paying $30 more for having to do the actual inspection instead of just getting the exemption sticker.
I get $65,008.33 for the total cost over the life of the car assuming gas hits $5 a gallon in the next few years and you do maintenance more than most people.
Now I like the Tesla but considering the average midsize now gets twice the mileage of my car it is not cheaper in the long run. I will however consider Tesla in the future when they can start bringing their prices down. Until then I'll probably be looking at a Charger R/T or Taurus SHO in 6 years or so when I decide to get a new car.

about 7 months ago

Why Nissan Is Talking To Tesla Model S Owners

Paintballparrot Re:Make it not ugly (335 comments)

This is the biggest thing that kills the Leaf for me, it looks like an emasculated Prius. Its hard to get anyone excited about that especially the gear heads who are the ones who typically generate the buzz around new cars. Car Manufacturers need to take a look at the Chevy Volt for ideas on how to style their green machines, if you want to compete in the American market you have to sacrifice some function for form.

about 7 months ago

You're Driving All Wrong, Says NHTSA

Paintballparrot Re:When Danica crashed (756 comments)

Danica also has tons of racing experience therefore tons of experience wrecking cars. Most likely she did the death grip on the wheel the first few times she crashed and after realizing your hands hurt for days afterwards learned to let go. You can tell people that is the proper way to do it all you want but when the SHTF they will probably just hold onto the wheel for dear life. Most people will only be in a few accidents spread far apart during their lives, not frequent enough to make letting go of the wheel a habit.

more than 2 years ago

San Francisco Enlists Bus Cameras For Traffic Law Enforcement

Paintballparrot Re:Or let the bus drivers handle it. (151 comments)

The bus drivers do not but the Maryland Transit Authority has its own police department and most of those cops ride around on buses and trains all day to curb the massive problem Baltimore has with violence on public transit. You most likely had your ticket written by one of them.

more than 2 years ago

Google Pulls Support For CDMA Devices

Paintballparrot Re:For us non-US folk... (272 comments)

Actually on Verizon switching phones is as easy as calling an activation number and waiting about 2 minutes for your old phone to be disconnected and your new one to be set up. The last time I had a GSM phone about 5 years ago service was widely unavailable in many rural parts of the Mid-Atlantic region and its still impossible to get GSM signal in underground areas (parking garages, basements, certain bars, etc.)

more than 2 years ago

Saving Gas Via Underpowered Death Traps

Paintballparrot Re:Your kidding, right? (585 comments)

I recently had to teach a friend how to parallel park for the drivers test in Pennsylvania. It may have been dropped a few year ago but it has been a requirement again since at least 2005.

more than 3 years ago

Portal 2 Bringing Steam To the PS3, Possible Early Release

Paintballparrot cross-platform gaming (156 comments)

He forgot Final Fantasy XI which since 2002 has been supporting Playstation 2 and PC and since 2006, XBox 360 players on the same servers.

more than 3 years ago

AMD Challenges NVIDIA To Graphics Throw-Down

Paintballparrot Re:Hope their drivers have improved (240 comments)

I have never had anything but problems with AMD products. IMO they make better space heaters than CPUs or GPUs, although I have never had to RMA 5 space heaters in 9 months. I ditched all of my AMD products last year and will never go back. I don't care who has the fastest graphics card in the world, I would still go with the Nvidia for reliability.

more than 3 years ago

A Letter On Behalf of the World's PC Fixers

Paintballparrot Re:I Play Dumb (638 comments)

Since I haven't used Windows in years I actually don't know all that much about that POS and tell people so.

Yet in your sig you claim that Windows is failing to do today what Unix did years ago. So how do you actually know anything about Windows today?

more than 3 years ago

Do Tools Ever 'Die?'

Paintballparrot Re:Modem? (615 comments)

2 years ago when I was working at a convenience store we were still using them to order cigarettes.

more than 3 years ago

If I'm the driver, I like to go ...

Paintballparrot Re:Depends (717 comments)

actually we use both definitions in the US. However you will find that most US drivers consider any distance greater than 20 feet a safe following distance.

more than 3 years ago

WikiLeaks Gives $15k To Bradley Manning Defense

Paintballparrot Re:Here's why they are doing this (321 comments)

Except PFC Manning is allowed visits with family and friends and no one has said that he is staring at a wall for 23 hours a day. The disgustingly biased article in Salon went as far as to claim that he was denied access to newspapers and current events which has been disputed by one of their sources.

I'm not trying to say PFC Mannings imprisonment is all sunshine and rainbows, but to suggest that it is months on end of sensory deprivation and social isolation would be false.

more than 3 years ago

WikiLeaks Gives $15k To Bradley Manning Defense

Paintballparrot Re:Here's why they are doing this (321 comments)

Hello good sir, I work for the Government.

I would just like to thank you for your liberal usage of words such as 'torture' and 'under duress.' You see, every time somebody describes solitary confinement as torture it weakens a word which at one time used to bring up images of POW camps and medieval torture devices. Now thanks to the efforts of people like yourself, when the average person hears somebody is being tortured they can't be sure if an interrogator is driving splinters under their finger nails or if they have been denied access to cable TV. With your continuing support we hope to one day bring water boarding to the civilian population as an acceptable means of interrogation.

The Man

more than 3 years ago

Congresswoman and Staff Gunned Down

Paintballparrot Re:Ban guns (2166 comments)

they're unlikely to put themselves in a situation where you have the upper-hand

Exactly, if I meet an armed thug with a weapon of my own they are most likely to back down and run away because they no longer have the upper-hand. The average criminal isn't willing to die for the money in my wallet or my TV.

they are presumably being proactive in their pursuit of crime, whereas you are presumably being a "law abiding citizen" and thus unaware of impending criminal activity.

The planning time for most crimes can be measured in seconds, usually right before the crime is committed. Criminals take advantage of opportunities, an unlocked car door, a lone person walking down a dark alley or an open window. Professionals planing crimes against individuals is exceedingly rare because there is very little to gain compared to other things such as bank and armored car robberies.

more than 3 years ago

Congresswoman and Staff Gunned Down

Paintballparrot Re:Ban guns (2166 comments)

Also, let's look at our southern neighbors: Guns are very highly illegal in Mexico, yet gun violence there is much, much worse than it is in the US.

Owning an automatic weapon is illegal in most if not all African countries, in some (Kenya for example) it is a capital crime. This hasn't stopped Africa from becoming one of the most dangerous places in the world.

more than 3 years ago

Congresswoman and Staff Gunned Down

Paintballparrot Re:Ban guns (2166 comments)

You are implying that just owning a gun (or guillotine) automatically turns you into a crazed murderer, this is not the case in fact every year of all the people in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with a License to Carry Firearms only 0.1% of them commit any felony or misdemeanor. You would be hard pressed to find crime rates lower than that and all of these people own guns and most carry them frequently.

Instead of blaming an inanimate objects for crimes and passing draconian laws that only serve to keep law abiding citizens defenseless from criminals and tyranny we could try and do a better job of keeping career criminals and violent mental patients separated from the rest of society or at least under tabs. Unfortunately it is much easier to pass laws banning scary looking guns knowing that law abiding citizens will surrender them and criminals who bought them from a smuggler will just ignore that law like so many others, this way you can say you took thousands of guns off 'the street' and line a bunch of scary black assault rifles on a table for the media. It looks like you've made the world a safer place for everyone when in reality its now only safer for criminals.

more than 3 years ago

OLPC Halves Power Consumption For XO 1.75

Paintballparrot Re:Not a chance.... (160 comments)

Dell is also notorious for ridiculous mark ups in anything beyond their cheap, low performance, bottom of the line models.

You're comparing Apples to apples.

more than 3 years ago


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