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    Default GM driverless cars by 2018

    According to a new report, Wagoner will announce that GM will begin testing driverless vehicles in 2015, with hopes of having them on the road by 2018.

    The biggest hurdle in the transition to driverless vehicles could actually be the human factor, not the technology. Systems such as radar-based cruise control, motion sensors, lane-change warning devices, electronic stability control and satellite-based digital mapping are already in place, but government regulations and liability laws could slow the technology's progression to reality. "This is not science fiction," Larry Burns, GM's vice president for research and development, said.

    The key advantage of driverless cars would be the elimination of human mistakes a factor believed to be responsible for 95% of the 42,000 U.S. traffic deaths that occur annually. "We might be able to cut those numbers down by a factor of 50 percent," Sebastian Thrun, a professor of computer science and electrical engineering, told CNN. "Just imagine all the funerals that won't take place." It remains to be seen if the 10-year goal is actually attainable.
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    Oh, this is really cool! I can't wait for the future, when we won't even have to drive. I mean, driving is such a chore, anyway. Push the clutch in, start up the car, put it in 1st, take off. And the shifting, what a pain the ass!

    Even with an automatic, you still have to put it in drive. And use the brake, and hold your foot on the gas pedal. And steer! MAJOR PAIN IN THE ASS!

    Oh, I can't wait, maybe we can even have hybrid technology with it, because hybrids are the future.

    If money was spent to keep the idiots from driving, deaths would go down a lot.
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    the day they outlaw humans driving I will kill myself

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    I'll go race around the yard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital K View Post
    the day they outlaw humans driving I will kill myself
    We all know that will never happen and if it does it will be long after we are dead and gone.
    "Drive Fast and Take Chances"

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    i will allways drive

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    Too many people actually like driving for this to be executed within our lifetime.

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    It would be good for "nights on the town". No drunk drivers and you dont have to pay a taxi.

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    maybe the should have driver less taxis and busses and such, or maybe semi trucks

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    Stupid... GM/Ford will be nonexistent by 2018 haha.

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    ^^^^ That right there is true which proves this whole GM driverless car story false.

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    hahahaha

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    I was waiting for someone to post a pic from Total Recall.

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    Just because driverless cars exist doesn't mean they'd ever be mandatory. That's very unlikely. I'd love it if all the crappy drivers had cars that drove for them, especially if they stay out of the fast lane.
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