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30 years ago Knight Rider premiered

2012-09-27 03:51:10.16577+00 by Dan Lyke 8 comments

30 years ago Knight Rider premiered, and the autonomous vehicle of the future was a Trans Am. Now it's a Prius.

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#Comment Re: made: 2012-09-28 17:27:09.193698+00 by: Larry Burton

And that's why I won't change out the steering box on my '95 truck. The slop in the steering constantly keeps me on my toes.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-09-28 08:10:53.273362+00 by: meuon [edit history]

Mars, that is one of the reasons I like driving stick instead of automatic. I feel engaged. It forces me to think ahead about what I am doing.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-09-28 05:18:40.85636+00 by: Mars Saxman

I don't believe I'd be a safer driver if I obeyed the speed limit, because I'd be bored, and thus much more susceptible to distraction. Distracted driving is far more dangerous than high-speed driving.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-09-28 00:25:29.494792+00 by: meuon

Yea... I am having problems figuring out why I drive to an office... everything I do is online, often even in a small office with a handful of people.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-09-27 21:44:09.136813+00 by: Dan Lyke

Shadow, I think I recently linked to yet another study which suggested that the reason that the cell phone talking/texting while driving bans hadn't actually changed accident rates was that bad and distracted drivers continue to be bad and distracted drivers.

Yes, the problem is not the cell phone, the problem is that the driver isn't taking driving seriously. Humans are lousy-ass drivers, and we seriously need to replace them as drivers, or get them to stop going places.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-09-27 21:14:16.020558+00 by: TheSHAD0W

I think that any form of multitasking, where at least one task requires critical oversight, is a potential problem. Driving while applying makeup. Driving while shaving. Driving while managing unruly children. The cell phone is only one example of the class of problems, and trying to fix it on the phone won't solve the problem.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-09-27 15:08:55.258223+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yes. As a technology person, the fact that texting is a distraction from driving is a failure of implementation, and the sooner driving is the distraction from texting, the better.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-09-27 13:05:11.237873+00 by: meuon

As I caught a lady texting, while driving down Signal Mountain Road (I27) in a Mini Van with the TV on for the children strapped to the back seats.. and the smell of hot brakes ruining my beautiful morning ride with the windows down...

(note to non-locals: I27 down Signal Mtn is the kind of road Porche uses for product testing. Very twisty, steep, switchbacks.. narrow curves... a lot of fun in a Mini Cooper as well.)

I thought three things:

  1. I hope her kids survive.
  2. Maybe some people should not be allowed to drive.
  3. Autonomous vehicles might be a good thing.