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 Post subject: Uber self-driving cars opens to public today in Pittsburgh
PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:44 am 
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They've obviously been driving around for quite a while now, without passengers, but it's kind of cool to see it open up to everyone, now.

I don't really expect much drama, especially after reading this tidbit:

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The cars do drive themselves, but during Reuters’ ride-along, the Uber driver in the front seat took control, according to company protocol, to allow pedestrians to cross the street, maneuver through a construction zone and make a left turn across traffic at an intersection. An Uber engineer sat in the passenger seat, occasionally adjusting the speed of the car, which mostly drove slowly.


I mean, if you're eliminating the autonomy at construction zones, pedestrian walkways, and left turns...you're basically turning this into a regular Uber ride for 95% of the route.

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Pittsburgh in particular poses challenges. The city is full of steep and narrow streets, potholes, tunnels and more than 440 bridges. It has snow and ice in the winter, blossoming trees that can hide street signs and traffic signals in the spring, blinding sun in the summer and a slippery ground cover of fallen leaves in the autumn.

“We really feel that Pittsburgh is the double black diamond of driving,” said Raffi Krikorian, director of Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center.


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 Post subject: Re: Uber self-driving cars opens to public today in Pittsbur
PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:36 pm 
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This isn't a beta, it's kind of an omega.

A long way to go before this is autonomous.

Then there is the issue of hackers, which none of these developers wants to talk about.

Some 14 year could turn the Turnpike into mass carnage.

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 Post subject: Re: Uber self-driving cars opens to public today in Pittsbur
PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 2:26 pm 
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Also if a self driving car cant identify a pothole from a mark on the road, its going to have issues in Pittsburgh.

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 Post subject: Re: Uber self-driving cars opens to public today in Pittsbur
PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 8:58 pm 
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Eh, I think there's a lot of other practical issues they need to figure out before hacking, even.

Things such as vandalism and how to handle refueling.


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 Post subject: Re: Uber self-driving cars opens to public today in Pittsbur
PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2016 10:10 am 
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Personally, I'm not close to being ready to trust an unmanned vehicle ferrying me around in traffic. Too many variables with regard to other aggressive or idiotic drivers.

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 Post subject: Re: Uber self-driving cars opens to public today in Pittsbur
PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:36 am 
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One problem in the self-driving Tesla is that it puts the rider smack into the middle of the lane rather than a defensive position in the lane, which is actually the right way to drive. So if you're in the left lane next to a barrier, it's actually unnerving and creepy. They'll figure it out. Still...hacking. Would not want to be autopilot riding near Big Sur when that happens.

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 Post subject: Re: Uber self-driving cars opens to public today in Pittsbur
PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2016 12:10 pm 
In 50 yrs or so I expect its the norm to implant smart phones the size of a dime in your brain and remotely control your car while resting.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2016 10:42 pm 
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Stayed at Hyatt Place at South Aiken and Libery this week. The self-driving Uber cars were all over the East End. So weird. Pittsburgh has jack shit to do with the blue collar aesthetic these days. Google has completely transformed East Liberty/Friendship/Bloomfield.

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 Post subject: Re: Uber self-driving cars opens to public today in Pittsbur
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We were leaving the game yesterday from a parking garage downtown along the river. We passed one of the uber cars. Strange looking things.

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 Post subject: Re: Uber self-driving cars opens to public today in Pittsbur
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I don't trust it until they turn roads into Hot Wheels tracks.

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