|Quoting solarflyer22 (Reply 17):|
There is large LCD touchscreen replacing the entire console and its converted MPG is listed at 88MPG to 95MPG
a touch screen on a car is about the most stupid thing I have ever seen (my mother´s former car, a Prius, had one as well). Unlike conventional buttons and switches, where one can adjust them without having to look at them, a touch screen takes one´s full attention, especially if one has to click through different menues.
My mother once bumped into another car while she was trying to switch off an annoying aircon fan, which was blowing air into her face.
|Quoting planemaker (Reply 21):|
There is no infrastructure necessary... it is essentially all "on board." And there won't be any button pushing (unless you want to touch the screen)... it will be voice activated.
Even worse, any conversation inside the car will be interpreted by the computer as a command.
One use I can see for automated cars is individual transport for the blind or visually impaired peope, who today are depending on public transport and it´s restrictions. My blind friend is closely watching this development, especially after she had some very negative experiences with the German rial company this year (among others, they made too many staff cuts, and discovered this summer that they didn´t have enough "Fahrdienstleiter", railway equivalents of air traffic controllers, and had to close routes because of this).
|Quoting cmf (Reply 14):|
Unfortunately this is almost certainly happening. It is a big step up from what we have today but it is still just band aid on a poor transportation system we only maintain because there is so much infrastructure already in place.
Not everybody likes the cozy feeeling of being in a crowd, like on public transport. And your idea sounds quite a bit like the ideas of some more radical environmentalists, who suggested to centralize the world´s population in some synthetic megacities and leave the countryside to become a wilderness without humans.