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Commuter Games

Self Driving Chariots
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You start your car, looking forward to the mythical Jersey 1.5 hour commute. And now that the car drives itself, there's nothing to do but check Facebook and messages -- which will leave you with absolutely nothing to do when you get into the office.

Enter our new Commuter Games division that will provides hours of daily entertainment by keeping score as you engage in reckless real chases virtual shootouts with your fellow commuters, with high scores conveniently and kills conveniently displayed on the dashboard in augmented reality.

theircompetitor, Feb 10 2016


       My theory on this is that a] as cars will be no longer “owned” as such, but interchangeable so that they always show up freshly charged and maintained, and 3] as the journey planning is algorithmicalyised (with the hunt for the travelling salesman solution at the forefront, for one thing), and IIiv] there’ll be a lot of concurrent and coincident journeys, I’d say it’s not impossible that the offer of a shared ride will make sense to a lot of people.   

       As a dangerous evolutionary consequence of this, the seats on robot cars might as well face inward to each other, rather than ‘forward’ (just as nobody can hear you go forward in space). You might as well dispense with windows and replace them with screens that show what’s outside, or not, if there’s something better to be displaying.   

       This will inevitably give people the opportunity to talk to each other. This of course is a bit too forthcoming and outgoing (illegal in London), and therefore embarrassing. However, it may well give rise to displacement activities such as a participation ethos for education. Brief bouts of education.   

       In cases where it’s the same bunch of people each morning, there might well be an agreed focus or topic to get their collective teeth into. As indicated, it’s mainly practice, as the discontinuous nature will make it difficult to actually follow a series of courses on a module, but rather, to brush up, help others catch up. If nothing else, use the time to dip back into a topic that you’re trying to get better at.
Ian Tindale, Feb 10 2016

       [Ian] You seem to be in the process of reinventing what is known as a "bus".   

       [theircom] A 1.5hr commute by car, either in or to Jersey, will involve you getting very wet somewhere between France and England.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 10 2016

       hence the BridgeGate, [MB]
theircompetitor, Feb 10 2016


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