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Old 03-13-2020, 03:30 AM   #94 (permalink)
Bicycle Bob
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I just found this thread from the "most popular" list.
I follow the industry press, and there is a lot of buzz around self-driving cars and trucks. There is some serious money interested in putting drivers out of work.

Japan has been running self-driving shuttle busses on company property for over a decade. Having a set route with maintenance priority makes the job easy. In the rest of the world, people are used to staying cautious around railway tracks and freeways. What I'd like to see are guideways, with or without light rails, acting as the expressways in a road system. You could use a velomobile or family-size pod built as a neighbourhood electric vehicle, and drive to an entrance ramp. There, the AI takes over, and times your acceleration to fit you into the first available gap in a train of other personal vehicles and mixed freight. You punch in your exit, and enjoy the ride, possibly picking up a re-charge along the way.
There is no excuse for a land vehicle to weigh more than its average payload.
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