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Nissan promises to sell self-driving cars by 2020

Dedalus

Mercurial and fleeting
What if you put the dog into the car to go to the vet (unaccompanied by a human) and the car needs gas on the way back? Maybe it would be able to calculate the amount of gas needed for the trip - but then suppose some unexpected detour or traffic issue caused a re-route? At any rate - would it be able to gas up itself and charge your card?
 

yakherder

老外
Location
Ottawa / Vermont
What if you put the dog into the car to go to the vet (unaccompanied by a human) and the car needs gas on the way back? Maybe it would be able to calculate the amount of gas needed for the trip - but then suppose some unexpected detour or traffic issue caused a re-route? At any rate - would it be able to gas up itself and charge your card?
My daydreams of the future were always dominated by things like teleporter beams and laser guns. I never thought the car taking off with my credit card would be a concern.
 

Amy SF

Dweller in nature
I would never allow animals to be taken anywhere in an automated car without human supervision. It's not like the animal actually knows where it's going (what if the dog park is across the street from the vet's office and the dog thinks that's where he's being taken?) and can call 911 in an emergency, if, say, the car breaks down or gets hit by another car. And the car itself may be too damaged to call 911, assuming it's programmed to do so. So a human HAS to be in the car with the animal.
 

yakherder

老外
Location
Ottawa / Vermont
I agree with you in principal. As far as the animals knowing where they're going, I've had dog's I could imagine intentionally stealing the car and going to the beach or something. And the pug... He might choose to go to the vet whether he needed to or not because they usually give him a cookie.
 
I agree with you in principal. As far as the animals knowing where they're going, I've had dog's I could imagine intentionally stealing the car and going to the beach or something. And the pug... He might choose to go to the vet whether he needed to or not because they usually give him a cookie.
My dad had a beagle growing up that waited on the front steps of the vet when he got his paw caught in a rabbit snare. It was about a mile from the house, but he knew who would fix him! :)
 

Blobbenstein

.......
Location
UK.
Another problem is how a robotic car would respond to emergency vehicles. How will it know whether to pull over to let them pass? That problem could be solved eventually with integration of information transfer between vehicles, but it would be a problem at the outset.
 

das_nut

World Class Member
Another problem is how a robotic car would respond to emergency vehicles. How will it know whether to pull over to let them pass? That problem could be solved eventually with integration of information transfer between vehicles, but it would be a problem at the outset.
Is there any technical difficulty in detecting the lights and sirens? Perhaps this is already done.
 
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