Stop wasting money on Public transport

We need to seriously stop wasting money on public transport and start investing in technology infrastructure to support smart driverless cars:

IT WILL be some years before cars are as smart as KITT, the talking, self-piloting car in the 1980s TV show “Knight Rider”. Several carmakers, and Google, are doing trials of self-driving cars, and Nevada has become the first American state to pass a law to regulate such trials on public roads.

Already, however, cars are increasingly coming with features that help drivers with steering and braking and, in some cases, overrule their human operators to prevent crashes. This week Ford’s chairman, Bill Ford, said carmakers needed to press ahead with autonomous vehicles. He is convinced that they will ease traffic jams. And the same sorts of automation that can squeeze more cars on to the roads can also cut accidents (themselves a big cause of congestion).

Volvo’s new V40 small hatchback essentially drives itself in busy traffic, maintaining a safe distance and keeping in lane without human intervention. The V40 also brakes automatically when it senses an imminent collision, as can Ford’s new B-Max minivan. Such features appeared on some pricey vehicles a few years ago, but are now arriving on much cheaper models. Nissan is working on software that anticipates a driver’s next move—for instance, adjusting the speed and position of the car going into a turn. This summer America’s traffic-safety agency will put 3,000 test cars on Michigan’s roads equipped with a variety of such “driver-assist” features.

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  • Lets hope they do not use Windows as the operating system

    The Blue Screen of Death could take a whole new meaning…

    • Mrv Antispam

      As if MacOS is any better in that regard programmes just end, no error message, nothing.

  • Mr_Blobby

    Maybe this will help. An Oldie but a Goody.
    At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated:

    “If Ford had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.”
    In response to Bill’s comments, Ford issued a press release stating: If Ford had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics: 1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day. 2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car. 3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason.. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this. 4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine. 5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive – but it would run on only five percent of the roads. 6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single “This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation” warning light. 7. The airbag system would ask “Are you sure?” before deploying. 8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key, and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.9. Every time a new car was introduced, car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car. 10. You’d have to press the ‘Start’ button to turn the engine off. And of course, when all else fails, you could call “customer service” in some foreign country, and be instructed in some foreign language how to fix your car yourself!

  • peterwn

    In the 1970’s a study was done on the Auckland – New Plymouth passenger train service. and in most cases passengers could be accommodated on bus services (the Auckland – NP bus was quicker anyway). It was pointed out that it provided an essential public transport service through Whangamoana and other places in the wop-wops. a Treasury person appatently caluclated (tongue in cheek) that it would be cheaper to provide this service with several chauffeur driven Rolls Royces.

    • ConwayCaptain


      My late wife worked as a meeter and greeter for Thos Cook as she spoke Japanese. Some japanese tourists wanted to do a day trip to Mt Taranaki and they couldnt understand why not as the trains in Japan could do a similar round trip in about 3 hrs!!!!!