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As Ive pointed out (to almost everyone Ive ever met in the
past several decades) I hate cars, I dont drive and I have
almost nothing to do with the things whatsoever. I always
used to say Cars kill people slowly and sometimes
but now some of them are electric, and tomorrows world
bring networked AI driverless cars, I cant even use that as
my catchphrase anymore.
Therefore I thought Id invent the virtual car. It is
and driverless and networked and all the things weve been
reading about in recent years. Except that it doesnt
physically exist as a big bulky dangerous expensive space-
consuming lump of machinery.
The virtual car looks, acts and feels like a conventional
driverless car in use, so that the people get in and get to
where theyre going, remaining in full ownership of their
brain and conscious mind (unlike an old-school type of car
driver, who had to devote a lot of expensive brain time and
energy to the mere act of driving I wonder if people who
commute by tube are smarter than drivers because they
their attention during the journey and can therefore sleep
watch a film on their tablet. Oh wait, never mind).
At the end of the journey, the virtual car switches off any
the visual projectors and baffles that make it all look like
contiguous huge unit, and the components of the car go
their separate ways to individually recharge and later some
may regroup independently to go toward forming the next
There would be storage advantages, maintenance
advantages, logistics advantages. In the case of a crash, its
already in pieces, held together with nothing more than
music and holography.
Just to clarify, this is a thing that actually physically takes
you from somewhere to somewhere else. Except that its
not a thing, well, not a single big thing like a car. Its an
assemblage of whatever is needed to move a person or
persons and luggage or whatever people take with them in
cars and vehicles all in concert. It gives the impression of
being a single vehicle, but it isnt necessarily. If you like,
imagine it (it isnt) is just a few skateboards, or
hoverboards, operating at various heights, all synced
together, plus holographic 3D projections of the frame,
skin, interior, exterior of the car. Off it goes, giving the
impression of being a single entity. When you step out, the
projection switches off, the hoverboards all go off to
charge, or to wherever theyre needed next. Obviously,
hoverboards dont actually exist outside of the film Buck-
tooth Futura II, so in reality wed use gravity inversion
plane generators or something like that.
Perhaps you would prefer one of these. [Vernon, Jun 24 2015]
||Yeah, but then afterwards you still have to wait for
bus to get where you need to be.
||I have never (to be honest) quite understood how
anyone can not think that the idea of having your
very own personal machine that can take you more-
or-less anywhere, whenever you want to go there,
cheaply and comfortably is absolutely brilliant.
||Cars kill some people, but living kills many more.
||The post seems a bit virtual in itself : Is this where everybody gets on the bus, puts on VR headsets, and pretend to drive themselves to work ? Bun.
||I think it's a virtual car simulation game that you play while you're sitting in your automatic driverless car while it's taking you to wherever you want to go.
||No, thats a destination VR game, which simulates
the environment and people and actions that are
expected to occur upon reaching your destination (or
destination). You step outside the car when you
arrive and conduct your affairs, go in to buildings,
shops, offices, interact with people, engage in
intercourse, transact, etc. All of it is simulated (or
simulated). Then you get back in the car (or at
least, you think you do
||How do you know this isn't already baked? It's
possible that you have been despising virtual cars for
the last few decades.
||Virtual car insurance for these would make a mint at any price.
||What would we do with all the existing gas stations? There's
one on every corner.
||I voted for this because it seems to be going somewhere.
||I have voted for this, but only virtually.