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Old Fri, Oct-30-2015, 12:45:52 AM   #1
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My alarm goes off in the morning, which is linked to my car service. They automatically estimate how long until the driverless car needs to be at my house to bring me to work, and they schedule it. I walk out of my house, and within 2 mins the car is there. In my reclining seat I can sit back and watch bloomberg and get to all my email from the night on my way to work, free from the dumb annoyance of morning traffic.

Why isnt this reality already. I cant wait. My body is ready.


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But the technological differences are really just the beginning of the disruption Google has planned. In Google’s world, you won’t just quit driving cars, you’ll also quit owning them. Forget about investing in an expensive and depreciating asset that sits idle 97 percent of every day. Fleets of autonomous vehicles will circulate through your town, pick you up when you summon one via smartphone—or smartwatch or brain implant or whatever—drop you off, and move on to the next fare.

In other words, Google doesn’t want to sell you a consumer product, but a mobility service, says Sebastian Thrun, a Stanford professor of artificial intelligence who ran Google’s car project for four years until 2013. “Obviously, once you get into the pure services world, that’s the end of Detroit,” he says.

Reuss lets out a staccato laugh at the prospect. “I don’t know about that,” he says. “That’s a pretty dramatic comment.” And yet he accepts the premise that car sales will dramatically diminish as personal transportation becomes more service-based. In his vision of the future, GM will play in both worlds, producing autonomous cars to be used as robo-taxis and human-controlled models for the diminishing segment of society that will still wants to drive. It’s a risky strategy of reinvention, and that’s why Reuss acknowledges GM will need partners to pull it off.

One thing is certain: If GM stays with its current car-selling model, it’ll go out of business. “Yep, we’re done,” he says of sticking to business as usual. “I like being in those kinds of situations. It’s kind of like Apollo 13.” He means the part about the resourceful astronauts fixing their broken capsule while hurtling through outer space, not the part about how they never made it to the moon.
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Don't we have those now -- taxis?
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Don't we have those now -- Uber?
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If you think the future will be akin to a taxi (especially considering modern day validity in every city and pricing) you are crazy.

This is will be how you travel. Not something for the wealthy.
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When they probe they can deal with Houston, LA, and NY traffic....i'm down


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You still have to deal with traffic, tolls, stop lights, and long commute times though. It will definitely take the stress out of actually driving, but people have commuter trains which combines the ability to sit back and read the news without the bumper to bumper road rage.
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Google wants to first get you to pay forever for something that you could purchase to own without "rent" and all the while it could "ban" you from receiving its service on a whim. A check of the EULA or equivalent is bound to validate as much. #fcukgoogleanditsfanbois

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Owning a car will be for the wealthy. Like owning and riding horses is now. Might be a great thing; all the shitty drivers will be staring at some screen, drooling, in an autonomous car in the neat and orderlupy and boring A-Car Congo line, whilst we enthusiasts whiz by them in our P918s, enjoying the open roads.
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You still have to deal with traffic, tolls, stop lights, and long commute times though. It will definitely take the stress out of actually driving, but people have commuter trains which combines the ability to sit back and read the news without the bumper to bumper road rage.
Thats a reality in what, 5 cities in America right now? And we don't have the infrastructure to increase it. This is much more realistic.
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Owning a car will be for the wealthy. Like owning and riding horses is now. Might be a great thing; all the shitty drivers will be staring at some screen, drooling, in an autonomous car in the neat and orderlupy and boring A-Car Congo line, whilst we enthusiasts whiz by them in our P918s, enjoying the open roads.
I think this is pretty close to what will happen.
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I'm selling my s class cause it basically drives it self. I also love lamp.
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