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View Poll Results: Would you consider a driverless car?
No way, never! 29 69.05%
Maybe - for some journeys it'd be good. 12 28.57%
Yes, I hate driving now anyway, why am I here? 0 0%
Other....coz we have to. 1 2.38%
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Would you have a driverless car?

The technology is here, possibly not even that far from becoming mainstream offers.

But, money aside, would you ever consider one? I believe you'd still be able to switch to human control.

The immediate reaction is to say "NO-o-o-o!!!!! But are there any possible benefits? Fewer accidents, probably at lower speeds if there are and less likely to be "your" fault. Lower insurance - especially for younger drivers? Maybe a surcharge or telematic system would add to your premium when it goes back under human control? Less stressful commuting or lower risk of tiredness on very long journeys?

Interesting possibilities. I think there are some journeys I'd be happy to snooze or read until I get home.


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Drive to pub, get ****faced, climb in car, it drives you home and you don't have to pay taxi fees. I can't see where the issue is to be honest
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No. Although I can see Gaz's point but I usually walk to the pub.
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I'm the worlds worst passenger, even on a bus, so no thanks for me
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I suppose the next step in the development of computer-assisted driving will be cars that "stand position" on the highway, essentially a more refined version of cruise control. Hard to imagine a fully auto-piloted car yet.

So, I'd say yes to owning a car with a high level of sophistication in its computer-assisted driving technology.
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I suppose the next step in the development of computer-assisted driving will be cars that "stand position" on the highway, essentially a more refined version of cruise control. Hard to imagine a fully auto-piloted car yet.
It already exists - it's called Adaptive Cruise Control. Available on Mercedes, Jaguar & no doubt several other makes.
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That is indeed commonly available and we readily accept that kind of assistance though we still need to be alert and "in control". Even my friend's mundane Honda CRV has it. I found that quite annoying as it brakes the vehicle so frequently where one would signal and overtake if safe to do so.

There's many a time I've felt my eyelids getting heavy after a long day working away and still facing another couple of hours drive home. I'd quite happily have something take the strain for a boring couple of hundred mile motorway drive.
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I would say yes.
But I'm thinking way into the future when most things would be automated and quicker.

I love the thrill of driving. But I am sure there would be places you could do that in a much more safer environment (Track days) than actually on the road.

The morning commute could be far easier. Just get in car have a coffee, read news paper.
Safer and quicker. As all the electronics could take care of speeds and where other traffic was coming from.

Probably like something out of minority report or 5th element.

I personally can't wait untill electric cars become more mainstream.

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I most certainly would. I already pay to use more than one car, to ditch one for a driverless car for mundane business trips would be a God send.
The commute to and from work would be extra hours in bed
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So do I but there are times when it's a chore, like in traffic, or a bore, such as several hours on a motorway.
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I drove in this morning, it was crap as usual.

I wouldn't have a driverless car though, I'd just take the bus or train.
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I drove in this morning, it was crap as usual.

I wouldn't have a driverless car though, I'd just take the bus or train.
An hour and three quarters to get from ours (north Manchester) to Poynton (south M/cr) - roughly diagonally opposite on the M60 "clock" for those who don't know either location and about 30 miles distant. Tedious.

I've looked up the public transport option, out of interest. No idea how expensive it would be. If I'd left maybe as little as one hour earlier I could have taken a two and a half hour (predicted - yeah, right) journey involving 10 different legs - or perhaps that is the wrong term as apparently I only have to walk for a predicted 38 minutes in 5 stages of the journey - almost certainly in the p***ing rain. I think not baby puppy.
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The UK government wasting money on pointless R&D if you ask me.

These thing won't be cars. They'll be "Transport pods", "Trackless trains" etc.

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An hour and three quarters to get from ours (north Manchester) to Poynton (south M/cr) - roughly diagonally opposite on the M60 "clock" for those who don't know either location and about 30 miles distant. Tedious.

I've looked up the public transport option, out of interest. No idea how expensive it would be. If I'd left maybe as little as one hour earlier I could have taken a two and a half hour (predicted - yeah, right) journey involving 10 different legs - or perhaps that is the wrong term as apparently I only have to walk for a predicted 38 minutes in 5 stages of the journey - almost certainly in the p***ing rain. I think not baby puppy.
Public transport is something of a lottery in Manchester (and everywhere else?). For me, I have a ten minute walk at the home end, the bus journey is maybe 10 minutes longer then the car journey, but it drops me right outside work, I don't have to pay to park, and I get to read a book.
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Public transport is something of a lottery in Manchester (and everywhere else?). For me, I have a ten minute walk at the home end, the bus journey is maybe 10 minutes longer then the car journey, but it drops me right outside work, I don't have to pay to park, and I get to read a book.
....and sit next to some sweaty oik elbowing your ribs or reading over your shoulder and generally invading your personal space?

If it was that convenient for me I might occasionally use public transport for a change to get to work. Most of the time it just isn't suitable for my circumstances.
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A fairly obvious deduction from your comment and the immediately preceding chat.

If you think I was being unfair or prejudicial towards Manchester's finest public transport travelling community you might try reading the phrase in at least a few of the different ways you might imagine me saying something like that to keithyboy and reconsider the sarcasm. Text rarely conveys the message in the perfect tone.

Though in truth, I suspect it is closer to reality than the "gentlemanly" fellow man you seem to think we'd meet from what I hear from a friend who uses the bus daily into central Manchester!


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driving can be fun, but most often it's just a task. If the task bit can be automated, i'd be happy with that.

Also, will driverless cars lead to an era where you hire the car you need for a task? I don't need four doors and five seats to drive three miles to work; i need a one seater electric car. Of an evening, i might want a smart luxury limo to take me into town. At the weekend, i might need a van to shift stuff; if i could book these vehicles as and when i need them and they would drive themselves to me at home or work, then take me to wherever I need to go, I'd seriously consider whether I would actually bother with ownership model we have today. 'drive as you go' would work for me

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