Discussion in 'Chat and Banter' started by Kev2005, Oct 10, 2018.
£5 Taxi ? Never.
It is inevitable that eventually cars will be driving themselves in train like fashion down the motorways, where the "driver" becomes a passenger.
We even have an Insignia on our fleet with lane changing nudges and controls its distance to the car in front, so actually the technology is already here for that - as we all know.
The only issue is joining/leaving the stream.
Urban is a different matter, to many unpredictable hazards. That said it will happen probably in my kids lifetime ( I am 50 so probably not main stream in my time).
But not in UK first. Lets face it we need 40 years and ten governments before we actually so anything except tax rises or bans.
It could be cheaper to operate this way for some, but unlikely, busses in Leeds are so expensive (I am told !) taxis are too. So whilst electric is cheaper than petrol or diesel to the user, there's still profit needed to be made.
There's the convenience factor too. My OH does 4k miles a year. With depreciation it would prob be cheaper for her to use taxis over the year, but the convenience of your own car can out way the saving she could make.
So until they ban cars with a required driver, I cant see it for sometime.
- And I really hope I am right !!
Am I alone in remembering this [surely not ] http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/tomorrowsworld/
That program was on the TV when i was a kid....
Hell will freeze over before I get in a driverless taxi, or even own a driverless car. It's okay saying they have less moving parts than a car with an ICE, but how many more complex electronic systems and sensors are fitted to these 'contraptions'?
Regarding convenience, my wife and I were at a park and ride place in York a few months ago and near the bus stop was an electric car plugged in to changing point. We came back a couple of hours later and the same car was there, presumably still charging. I asked my wife if she fancied owning an electric car and she said,"Don't be so bloody stupid, I can't be expected to mess about like that". Okay, we are a pair of Yorkshire luddites....
There's no way i'm getting into one of these things... MB Urbanetic
That would be a re-run......
The bare chassis looks like Dame Edna......
No doubt, it's the dream of some activist from Friends of the Earth, but I doubt that I shall be around to see it in 20 years time. But if I am, I'll be suffering from dementia and will probably think that it's a red hot super car.
Can t see any of this in the near future , it s at the very least 30 years away. Don t think I would like it anyway .
You might even buy one if you think its a super car
Absolutely no chance! By then, I will have spent every penny (hopefully on wine, women and fast cars) and end up destitute in some local authority care home.
I think you are wrong
Much as I wish you were all right !!
The governments will force us into it. As will insurance force you out of driving your own car...
None of us will have a choice... it will be decided for us....
You have only got to
Log onto Tesla’s website... the driverless car is already here... all it needs is governments to sanction it and IT WILL be better at it than we are....
Depressed ? Too right I am...
but inevitability will decide our fate...
Sounds like ‘the matrix’ ?
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Me too, it used to be on before Tops of the Pops
So young... I was on Tomorrows World in the early 1980's.
The general subject takes me back a bit… electric cars... I remember the Enfield 8000, when it was the future. In fact one of my family was a key team member for Enfield Automotive at that time. Strange world, Enfield electric cars and the folks involved led to my father being in Richard Noble's team, building Thrust 2 the land speed record car, (they got the then world record 35 years ago last week). Plus Enfield led to my brother in law being in the team building power boats like "Miss Enfield 2".
(they got the then world record 35 years ago last week), Can remember that well, does nt seem like 35 years ago though, how time flies .
Same here, doesn't seem it was so long ago that the team were out to get the record. Was a highlight of father's career, being on the Thrust team for over 3-years. Remember when I was a boy, dad had a book 'Speed on Salt' in his library, was intrigued by the whole thing. He never ever thought he'd be on the build team, (what an engine to work on), let alone flying around the world accompanying Thrust in a transport Jumbo jet.
Only time I witnessed Thrust running was during testing at the Greenham Common Air Base. They needed two bushes for the braking parachute anchors. As I was only about 25 miles away, I machined them for the guys and took them across for the tests. Had a chance to watch Richard Noble make a couple of test runs.
All I can think of is "Johhny cab" from the original Arnie Total Recall....