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Driverless cars are becoming a reality (not self drive cars)

Original post made by Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Nov 7, 2013

A town in Britain will have driverless cars soon, why isn't the Bay Area doing something comprehensive along these lines. Google is talking about it in Mountain View, but we could be doing something innovative and being a leader. Instead, we have gridlock and more parking garages being discussed.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 8, 2013 at 7:39 am

Well, I think it would be a good idea, even if nobody else seems to want to comment. :)

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Posted by Que Pasa
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 8, 2013 at 8:08 am

Why is Europe always ahead of the US on these things, in this day and age of Silicon Valley????

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Posted by Robert
a resident of another community
on Nov 8, 2013 at 10:24 am

Because at best its an interesting idea "in theory" , and at worst it distracts from real issues surrounding transportation.

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Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm

How about fixing Palo Alto horrible streets. Sometimes I feel like I'm driving in Kabul

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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 8, 2013 at 9:02 pm

A common driving system where cars drive themselves and communicate their whereabouts and destinations over some kind of ad hoc network or smart roadway would be great.

If you imagine how much gas is wasted right now because people have to stop at stoplights that are so long with no one coming in the other direction, or their directions and routes are not optimal or steer them into traffic, or because other cars are driving like bozos causing accidents or slowing everyone else down ... this could be the greenest thing possible in the near future.

I can just see a new technology where sensors look for people and cars on the road and coordinate the movement of both so that stop are minimized and energy and times is saved ... think of the efficiencies, it's amazing ... and then think of how much more productive people could be working or talking or reading while the car is driving them somewhere. How much less stressed and how much less road rage and anger ... this is a huge win.

Of course, on the other hand, it is yet another technology that will dis-employ people, taxi drivers, truck drivers, delivery people, etc. What do we do with all the surplus manpower and how do we pay them? What a world we are building.

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