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Old 01-09-2017, 12:11 PM  
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Driverless cars have a whole range of ethical issues. There are some potential advantages but also some disadvantages--such as the fact that research shows human drivers consistently don't respond well to driverless cars. As bud16415 suggested, a lot of cars would have to be retrofitted in some way.

For me one important aspect is that I actually do like our American car culture at least to some degree. There's something about saving up and buying an old used car when you're in high school and having that sense of freedom. Or going to a car show where people have beautifully upkept or modified classic cars. There's also a component of driving that is empowering; learning how to handle a powerful machine and maintain it and have that closeness with it, to know what gear you're in just by listening to the engine through the firewall.

That beautiful part of our culture would all be threatened by driverless cars. Nobody would be paying attention, they'd all just be looking at social media on their phones while Google drives them around.


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Driverless cars have a whole range of ethical issues. There are some potential advantages but also some disadvantages--such as the fact that research shows human drivers consistently don't respond well to driverless cars. As bud16415 suggested, a lot of cars would have to be retrofitted in some way.

For me one important aspect is that I actually do like our American car culture at least to some degree. There's something about saving up and buying an old used car when you're in high school and having that sense of freedom. Or going to a car show where people have beautifully upkept or modified classic cars. There's also a component of driving that is empowering; learning how to handle a powerful machine and maintain it and have that closeness with it, to know what gear you're in just by listening to the engine through the firewall.

That beautiful part of our culture would all be threatened by driverless cars. Nobody would be paying attention, they'd all just be looking at social media on their phones while Google drives them around.
One of the advantages they talk about is spacing as the computers can respond faster. Should be fun merging into to traffic when 30 18 wheelers are driving 3 ft apart.


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Well, maybe they could keep the 18 wheelers out of the fast lane going up hills and blocking all of us who can't drive 50 in a 70.
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Well, maybe they could keep the 18 wheelers out of the fast lane going up hills and blocking all of us who can't drive 50 in a 70.
Or the train of 30 is passing the train of 50.
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-6 C, 70 K winds That's code for crap it's cold.
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Well, maybe they could keep the 18 wheelers out of the fast lane going up hills and blocking all of us who can't drive 50 in a 70.
California has diferent rules which I agree and disagree with. Anything with three axles or more has a speed limit of 55 (This is the part I disagree with as it causes traffic in most areas, I agree with it in heavy congestion areas but when you are in the middle of the desert leaving hte state it makes no sense). Also anything with three axles or more has to stay in the first two lanes on the right. Supposed to stay in the slow lane and use the second to pass. Keep the fast clear of trucks and autos with trailers but then that old granny that would be in the slow lane is now in the fast lane because she is scared of the trucks.




It's 50 here and raining.
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It might hit 50 today snow is really melting and they use so much salt the old ice cream machine was really working overnight. this morning it was 39 roads wet and people were going fast because you cant have black ice if it is above 32 right? Wrong. The cold was coming up from the road and freezing the surface here and there. it all looks the same till you see the traction control light flashing and then it is too late.

The worst part of the salt is it pounds the frost so deep into the cracks in the roads. I expect pot holes like crazy.

The 50 part sure feels nice though. crazy climate change again.
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Well, maybe they could keep the 18 wheelers out of the fast lane going up hills and blocking all of us who can't drive 50 in a 70.
18 wheeler have too stay in the rh lane except to pass here


68 and sunny, finally, it has rained for a week and cold as hell
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All back to normal, warmed above freezing and lot's of rain.
Pot holes are budding and should be in full bloom by spring.
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54 currently here. supposed to rain the next five days.


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