Thursday, March 9, 2017

Selfdriving Cars

It is turning out that robot cars can drive all night long and all by themselves. And this sci-fi-to-reality moment is the one that many Taxi drivers have feared was coming and is now here. The customers of taxis can now hail a self-driving Uber in Pittsburgh. The debut of robot cars should not come as a surprise for us on Oahu. Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick predicted in 2014 in an interview at the Code conference that the end of human drivers was eventually going to arrive.

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The magic of self-driving vehicles, is that the reason Uber is expensive is because you’re not just paying for the car, you’re paying for the dude in the car, so when there’s no other dude in the car the cost of taking an Uber anywhere becomes cheaper than owning a vehicle ... And of course that means safer rides, that means more environmentally friendly, that means a lot of things. The Rail Disaster is obsolete and the "Easy Money" stops here.

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Completely Self Driving by Google
And we have been forced to think of better things than the Rail Disaster which estimates are now at over twelve billion dollars. At Honolulu Hale, they refer it as the "Gravy Train" and as "Easy Money." And more than that they have never had to account where all that money is going. Now people will be able to tell the car, "Office Robby" and the car will take you there. Not only that but you can prepare yourself for the office with your laptop and perhaps a little music and also available for phone calls. Hey baby, you can't beat that, you are in your office on wheels even before you get there.

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If you’re among the people on Oahu who consider cars merely appliances, nothing more than tools for getting from Waianae to Downtown Honolulu, you’re probably looking forward to the day when cars become smart enough to go where you tell them to with minimal physical involvement on your part. Regardless of where you fall within the spectrum of drivers however, you will experience a number of benefits from self-driving cars—once there are enough of them on the roads to make a difference that is. For sure the Rail Tragedy is out with their million dollar towers. Self driving buses? I hadn't thought of that.

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