posted on May, 22 2017 @ 02:12 PM
The self driving car thing will be introduced slowly.
A few people have mentioned cars that "detect" when the driver isn't paying attention- these already exist, sort of.
Newer model work vans have sensors up front- collision detectors. They detect if you're about to slam into something, and preemptively slam on the
brakes for you.
they'll call it "automatic collision detection", or something...
Anyway, I've been in one barreling down the road at 90. Anyone who works in a trade knows- those work vans fly down the road, and the police generally
leave them alone. I was doing a ride-along, helping out on an after hours job.
Cruising down the highway, 7pm in decent weather, good lighting, very light traffic, having a great conversation with the driver about how stupid
customers can be with their money.
Suddenly, the computer goes to FULL STOP and the van grinds to a near halt in the middle of the highway, from 90 down to about 15 before it lets go of
the brakes. Tools flying everywhere we're both freaking out trying to figure out WTF is happening, he's trying to control the steering wheel enough to
pull off the main road.
We pull over once it lets go of the brake to try and figure out what happened. Nothing. Everything seems fine, no damage so we didn't hit anything, no
flat spots on tires... but all four wheels are burning hot, as if someone had just ridden the brakes hard.
After a few minutes of wiping the back of our legs on the side of the road, we braved getting back in and heading down the road. Turns out, he's never
experienced that before either- but he's heard stories, as that company has dozens of that model van in the fleet. I did a search on the van- it's got
automatic braking systems... and while I couldn't find any video/proof of that model doing this on the internet, I do see plenty of information on
other vehicles with braking systems pulling dumb #.
One model car even freaks out and derails itself if you try and take it through a car wash.
Scary stuff. The integration is inevitable, though. Backup cameras are mandatory in cars now. Soon, automatic braking will be... possibly folllowed by
automatic cruise control, where the car takes over speed control when you're in a train of self driving cars, removing control from the driver.