• USAFANG67 avatar USAFANG67 Posted: 4/30/2012 12:36pm PDT

    Simply put the answer would be NO! It would be cheaper to hire a chauffeur or take a taxi.

  • batty avatar batty Posted: 4/30/2012 11:21am PDT

    no way... I'll take a bus if I want that experience.

  • fb_814009777 avatar Reece Posted: 4/30/2012 8:26pm PDT

    Can it drive you home from the pub? beats loosing your license.

  • fb_1628362332 avatar fb_1628362332 Posted: 10/9/2012 9:30am PDT

    Now theres an angle I hadn't thought of!!!

  • kipcarter avatar kipcarter Posted: 5/1/2012 9:59pm PDT

    Richard,

    Twice in the article above you say "fully autonomous cars are still years, if not decades away" and then say "most of us shouldn't expect to find self-driving cars in our garages for another decade (or more)."

    Perhaps speculating wildly about how long until a technology is present, in-use or safely deployed would be backed up by "facts" and "knowledge" instead of something that is roughly pulled from your rectum.

    "There is no technology barrier from going where we are now to the autonomous car,” said Jim McBride, a Ford Research and Innovation technical expert who specializes in autonomous vehicle technologies. “There are affordability issues, but the big barrier to overcome is customer acceptance.”

  • richard avatar Richard Posted: 5/2/2012 4:23am PDT

    Thanks for the note, but I'm not sure I get your point. When I say that they're years away, I'm not saying that the technology is the problem. In fact, we're pretty close on the technological front (though to be truly effective, we'd need to have V2V systems and a full smart grid up and running).

    IMHO, autonomous cars are now where electric cars were in the early 1990s: within reach, but not at the top of consumers' wish lists. Heck, even now, with several EVs on the market, we're seeing a lot of reticence on the public's part.

    Autonomous cars, like EVs, require three things: solid tech, affordability, and a change in consumer mindset. I'd be surprised if the three gelled in less than 10 years.

  • pcaron avatar pcaron Posted: 5/3/2012 11:47am PDT

    Baby boomer aging and losing their driving privilege would certainly one day fuel this consumer demand.

  • fb_1432556843 avatar Cenk Posted: 5/3/2012 5:44pm PDT

    Recently bought a car but count me in...

  • fb_1628362332 avatar fb_1628362332 Posted: 10/9/2012 9:29am PDT

    Well heres a thought...save your old gas guzzlers. The day will come when the "autonomous car network will break down, and while everyone is stranded, unable to go anywhere, you can jump in your little Prius and go to the grocery store...and you'll have tthe place to yourself! How cool!You'll be a grandparent by then and you can tell the kids and grandkids..."Going to the store! See ya later!""I might catch a movie!"

  • fb_1628362332 avatar fb_1628362332 Posted: 10/9/2012 9:33am PDT

    But Grandpa! Can you drop us off at the mall? (Good time to excercise your hearing loss....)!!!