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Archive for June, 2013

Re: Self Driving Cars – the "Pod" concept

"That’s because they’re all part of it.  They’re all pods, all of them!"

Pod-cars indeed…

John B.

"Ashton Crusher" <d…@moore.net> wrote in message

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> I don’t think the self driving cars are going to be extensions of what
> we have now.  It’s not going to be just a bunch of stuff added to your
> Lexus.  In the same way that many people are already saying that if
> there was a reasonably priced all electric car that could get them
> about 120 reliable miles a day so they could make their commute plus
> run a few errands that they would be interested in such a car even if
> it was more of a small, special purpose vehicle for the commute and
> for short trips near their house.  They would keep the Lexus for their
> longer trips and family outings.

> So what’s needed to automate the picture?

> The highways would need to convert the HOV lanes to pod-car lanes. And
> the electric commuter cars would have to be built as "pod-cars". By
> that I mean there would be some fixed design standards for bumper
> heights, speed and braking capability, control systems for the
> steering and brakes would need to be standardized.  And possibly there
> would need to be couplers on the front and rear.  These could be
> virtual couplers, if you will, rather then mechanical, depends on some
> issues that would not be known till you tried out some concepts.

> In order to pack in as many vehicles as possible you do not want to
> just have them all doing the "leave 4 car lengths following distance"
> drill.  You need them packed together, ideally coupled together like a
> freight train.  Whether that’s feasible or not it’s too soon to say.
> Certainly if there are enough people with common origin and
> destination nodes that are widely enough spaced the concept is
> reasonable.  Coupling them together should provide better aerodynamics
> and eliminates all the wasted following distance room.

> The HOV lane would be limited to just pod cars and they would have to
> enter, couple, uncouple, and exit the HOV lane under computer control.
> Of course, it would not be HOV anymore, it would just be pod-cars.

> The other idea being bounced around, individual cars with loosely
> connected sensors so they don’t crash into each other will do very
> little to improve existing roadway capacity.  If actually implemented
> it might result in some horrendous crashes when some drunk bozo
> decides to crash the party and all the sleeping drivers realize too
> late that there is a big 30 car pileup ahead of them.  In any case,
> it’s going to be difficult to allow them to produce benefits unless
> they either get closer together or go faster or both.  Unless you
> really have them fool proof that’s not going to happen.  And if you
> make it foolproof you have to exclude all the non-computer controlled
> cars.

.
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Re: I Almost Wish I Still Lived in Tucson

In article scottenazt…@yahoo.com says…

> BTW, be sure to read the comments to this story. They’re a real hoot!
> But read ‘em quick before the censors delete all the good ones. ;)

I didn’t realize that even Tucson has their collection of Brent Ps.  
They’re everywhere.  Funny how the Brent-like comments got all thumbs
down.

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Re: The Autoworkers Strike – I'm confused

 Ashton Crusher:

> The news said they walked out.  If they are auto workers shouldn’t
> they have driven out?

Hard to say, but my understanding is that the strike is already over.
Did they do a u-turn on the way out? ;)


"This administration is a lot like the Wizard of Oz:
 Cheney needs a heart, Gonzalez needs some courage and
 Bush needs a brain!"
                 –Jay Leno

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Hypocrisy writ large?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QyB3gSGiEM

Found this video on youtube, can’t help but wonder about the credibility
of a driver who lectures others (by video) of their driving habits
(especially WRT to speed) while at the same time operating and focusing
a video camera while driving an 80,000+ pound 18-wheeler….

I wonder if this is the work of the gpstroll?


"I always heard that primitave hoo-mans lacked intelligence,
but I never thought they’d be this stupid."
                                       –Quark

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Re: Gadget Guru or Gadget Goofball?

On Oct 11, 12:58 am, Scott in SoCal <scottenazt…@yahoo.com> wrote:

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> This little tome is an amazing read. A self-proclaimed "Gadget Guru"
> can’t figure out how to set the routing preferences on his GPS
> navigation system (which was obviously set to the "minimize freeways"
> setting). This genius also thinks that the black dots on his
> windshield are going to interfere with his satellite reception. Funny,
> I have a Sirius receiver in my house, and while the antenna is within
> a few feet of window it has no direct view of the sky. And yet somehow
> I still get EXCELLENT reception through stucco walls and a concrete
> tile roof.

> But maybe he does have a point: it’s pretty obvious that the new
> technology that is becoming available on today’s new cars is FAR too
> complex for some people to handle. "Gadget Gurus" like this guy would
> probably be better off buying the base model instead of one loaded
> with gadgets.

> http://www.gadgetguru.com/avalon.htm
> —
> Mrs. Troller Teaches Physics:http://slothkills.blip.tv/file/399265/

Sounds like evidence that technology is breeding idiots faster than
rabbits.  One man’s gadget is another man’s (perceived) necessity…or
in S&DDAM’s case, another man’s distraction.

"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides,
flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to
another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we
sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of
Allegiance?"  – Jay Leno

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Should jaywalking be legalized??

When you cross at an intersection you are at the mercy of every midget
soccer mom or DUI illegal in a 6000 pound SUV who decides to kneecap
you just for the hell of it.  They know nothing will be done to them
even if they cripple you for life or kill you.  It’s really bad when
there is snow or ice on the road and and a driver can easily
underestimate the stopping distance.

But when you jaywalk, then YOU decide when it’s safe to cross. That’s
how it should be.

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How to buy used car from person who needs proceeds to pay off loan

We have found a used car that we want to buy.  The sellers are upside-
down; they owe a bit more than they are getting for the car.  They
need our money to pay off the loan so we cannot get a clear title at
the same time that we give them money.

We plan to give them a cashiers check made payable to their lender.
They are going to get a Bill of Sale from the DMV and have their
signatures notarized.  (I don’t know anything about such a thing as a
Bill of Sale being available from the DMV but they seem pretty sure
that it is available.)  They will let us take delivery of the vehicle
when we give them the check, and say that they will Fed-Ex the check
to the lender and should have the title for us in about 10 days.

This is a tricky situation but I’m sure that others have dealt with
it.  We have been inside the sellers’ home, have met their kids, and
feel comfortable dealing with them.  Is there any advice you folks can
offer?

Thank you.

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A number of valid arguments for NOT pacing the vehicle beside you

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21kBlaAvWz0&NR=1

Why I’m glad I learned not to pace vehicles from a very early age.


"Speeders And Drunk Drivers Are MURDERERS" brags of it’s homosexuallity:
the guys at the bath-house stopped laughing at my 3 inch weenie.
: http://groups-beta.google.com/group/rec.autos.driving/msg/168e8e621dd…

"Speeders And Drunk Drivers Are MURDERERS" brags of it’s ability to operate a vehicle:
I must be doing something right to go 3 1/2 years without a fatal crash.
: http://groups.google.com/group/misc.transport.road/msg/a376114ee8a618…

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Re: Self Driving Cars – the "Pod" concept

"That’s because they’re all part of it.  They’re all pods, all of them!"

Pod-cars indeed…

John B.

"Ashton Crusher" <d…@moore.net> wrote in message

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- — -

> I don’t think the self driving cars are going to be extensions of what
> we have now.  It’s not going to be just a bunch of stuff added to your
> Lexus.  In the same way that many people are already saying that if
> there was a reasonably priced all electric car that could get them
> about 120 reliable miles a day so they could make their commute plus
> run a few errands that they would be interested in such a car even if
> it was more of a small, special purpose vehicle for the commute and
> for short trips near their house.  They would keep the Lexus for their
> longer trips and family outings.

> So what’s needed to automate the picture?

> The highways would need to convert the HOV lanes to pod-car lanes. And
> the electric commuter cars would have to be built as "pod-cars". By
> that I mean there would be some fixed design standards for bumper
> heights, speed and braking capability, control systems for the
> steering and brakes would need to be standardized.  And possibly there
> would need to be couplers on the front and rear.  These could be
> virtual couplers, if you will, rather then mechanical, depends on some
> issues that would not be known till you tried out some concepts.

> In order to pack in as many vehicles as possible you do not want to
> just have them all doing the "leave 4 car lengths following distance"
> drill.  You need them packed together, ideally coupled together like a
> freight train.  Whether that’s feasible or not it’s too soon to say.
> Certainly if there are enough people with common origin and
> destination nodes that are widely enough spaced the concept is
> reasonable.  Coupling them together should provide better aerodynamics
> and eliminates all the wasted following distance room.

> The HOV lane would be limited to just pod cars and they would have to
> enter, couple, uncouple, and exit the HOV lane under computer control.
> Of course, it would not be HOV anymore, it would just be pod-cars.

> The other idea being bounced around, individual cars with loosely
> connected sensors so they don’t crash into each other will do very
> little to improve existing roadway capacity.  If actually implemented
> it might result in some horrendous crashes when some drunk bozo
> decides to crash the party and all the sleeping drivers realize too
> late that there is a big 30 car pileup ahead of them.  In any case,
> it’s going to be difficult to allow them to produce benefits unless
> they either get closer together or go faster or both.  Unless you
> really have them fool proof that’s not going to happen.  And if you
> make it foolproof you have to exclude all the non-computer controlled
> cars.

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Re: I Almost Wish I Still Lived in Tucson

In article scottenazt…@yahoo.com says…

> BTW, be sure to read the comments to this story. They’re a real hoot!
> But read ‘em quick before the censors delete all the good ones. ;)

I didn’t realize that even Tucson has their collection of Brent Ps.  
They’re everywhere.  Funny how the Brent-like comments got all thumbs
down.

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