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It was mentioned on CBC radio today that Suncor has already purchased 175 driverless trucks for use in the Oil Sands. Apparently this is rapidly coming to mainstream Canada. How soon will it be before we have driverless vehicles on our roads in Canada and what will be the ramifications to us as a society?
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I wonder what the Teamsters and other related unions think about this.
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Hardly a surprise from the Telegraph, far from an advocate for public transport and the environment. Yes, they could be useful in rural areas, but as part of a public transport scheme in low-density areas. The solution in cities is ACCESSIBLE PUBLIC TRANSPORT, not any kind of fucking cars. I do hope that they'll be programmed to stop or swerve for non-human as well as human beings.
Cars are death.
Driverless cars would be cool. But I think I'm even more interested in a society where all drivers are car-less.
m-a, yes, I agree. I have several friends who no longer own a car and use CommunAuto carshare. Some of these people have children and couldn't live completely carfree, but it means not mindlessly taking the car. Also, they have an increasing number of electric and hybrid vehicles, which many individuals couldn't afford.
Automation will eventually render the bulk of the planet's workforce superfluous. The driverless oil patch trucks are merely part of a trend long in the making. Ultimately no one will be able to afford the latest offerings from automated production lines because we'll all be unemployed.
Dunno about a small handful of pretty specialized trucks at the oil patch, but from what I've read, the autopilot in "driverless trucks" for highway haulage will -- at least for a while -- still require a human driver in case of problems the same way that commercial airliners still require pilots. If they're actually going to be safer and more fuel efficient that that's a win/win, isn't it?
Alls great as long as driverless cars aren't as efficient and effective as autocorrect on cell phones.
Airspace is tightly regulated, and if you want to fly in commercial space, you have certain equipment.
Mixing 'auto' mobiles and human driven cars on the same road is a recipe for disaster. Humans do the strangest things when they're driving.