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Pretty soon blind people are going to be driving and to make
totally accessible we are going to have to come up with a way to
describe standard traffic maneuvers.
Therr needs to be a short cut way to say things like," you know
you are trying to get on the on ramp and there is
a long line of
so you pretend you don't know that the on ramp isn't two lanes
and you pass the whole line and then
at the last minute try to cut in line and thus skip the whole wait".
Just for fun let's call that one "the triple Lundy".
This would make foot traffic negotiation in the city much more
accessible to me too, for one. I generally go bananas trying to
negotiate busy city streets and generally have all the energy
out of me within a few blocks. The older I get the more I am
of describing to myself exactly when it happens, the series of
microaggressions that leads to energy being dragged out of me and
thus block it. But it would be useful to not just have the capability
psychoanalyze every hard charachter I pass on the street, but also
just have simple words for common maneuvers so that I could
quickly and easily describe them to someone who wasn't there.
was about to pass the slow poke but he pulled a triple Lundy on
or something like that.
I gotta figure the driverless cars already do this in code so maybe
it would just be s matter of trying to see where human drivers
vary significantly from drone cars and naming those maneuvers. Or
something like that. Or maybe just a human-speakable way to
describe the cognitive shortcuts the drones learn from driving.
||I think the whole technically-aware world has been
conned by clever-looking animations of little boxes
hurtling across a diagrammatic crossroads. Isnt
technology wonderful, tomorrows robot vehicles will
be able to just hurtle across the crossroads and miss
everything and everything will work out wonderfully
in our robot future. My suspicion is that robot cars
will be crashing more than theyre not. Who is legally
responsible is an interesting question, especially for
tomorrows robot lawyers.
||The provision of one
simplified animated diagram on the internet has
somehow convinced everyone that theres absolutely
no need to worry, itll all work by magic. I suspect
cyclists and pedestrians (as well as other normal
cars, buses and lorries) will be hit by robot
cars a lot and well keep hearing news stories over
and over and over about this. Especially in
comparison to that animation, which will also
continue to feature
over and over and over.
||[Ian], I think you're neglecting Moore's Law and the
rapid advancement in miniaturisation and 3D
||By the time we all have robot cars, we won't be
dependent on big centralised roads owned by the
government. We will all have personal roads -
indeed, most households will have several. Even
appliances such as washing machines and toasters
will have their own integrated roads, allowing
them to drive for themselves and eliminating the
risk of collisions.
||Even as we speak, you can bet that someone in a
garage in Edgbaston or California is cobbling
together an early version of the personal road.