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Friday, June 12, 2009

Self-Driving Cars?!

Oh how I have longed for self-driving cars. The Heinlein vision of roadways where you queue up and are merged into the pattern and the car takes over til you get off the freeway has long appealed as the most efficient merging of public and private transportation. Cars can be tighter packed on the roadway because they're all going exactly the same speed and not changing lanes willy-nilly to jockey for a better spot. Having to have each driver alert and skilled is a crazy waste of resources. My hope has long been that this could be implemented on the freeways first, and then city streets analyzed at a later time, but that all freeway driving would let you sit back and read a book, do your make-up, eat lunch, talk on the phone, text a friend and so on - you know, all those things that people do anyway but really shouldn't? Yeah, that.

So imagine my delight when I see this video of a guy with a rental car in Japan. Can I has now please? It makes me want to take a trip to Japan just to try it.


  • Japanese cars are like British cars with the steering wheel on the right. I didn't know that at all.

    By Blogger Chrisfs, at 12:50 AM  

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