Tesla driver asleep behind the wheel on the Pike

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I just got back from Logan and on my way in a guy was texting as he was merging onto the expressway.
 

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I'm jealous. I want that car . I wish I could sleep through the hour + it takes me to get home from work.
When winter gets here and the sun is low in the sky. it is ridiculous how people all slow to a crawl because they can't properly clean a windshield or use a visor.
Self driving cars don't give a shit if it's to sunny or rainy.
Can't happen fast enough for me
 

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Not sure why anyone is surprised whe you have a car that basically drives itself. As for texting they need to increase the fines to 500 first time and the triple it after.
not sure about the tesla autopilot, but the Nvidia AI computers actually monitor the driver and can tell when the driver is not attentive nor watching outside, and disconnect itself.

they do it so they can tell when a driver does not see something outside...like looking one way and missing a bicycle coming the other way, to know when to alert the driver...they do not want too many false alarms or the driver will turn it off
 

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I'm jealous. I want that car . I wish I could sleep through the hour + it takes me to get home from work.
When winter gets here and the sun is low in the sky. it is ridiculous how people all slow to a crawl because they can't properly clean a windshield or use a visor.
Self driving cars don't give a shit if it's to sunny or rainy.
Can't happen fast enough for me
The obvious result of self driving cars going mainstream is that The State gets more power and more control. They get it from the individual, and they get it over one of our most basic human rights.

Self driving cars are a very, very bad thing if you give a shit about liberty and personal freedom. I realize those aren’t for everybody though...
 

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The obvious result of self driving cars going mainstream is that The State gets more power and more control. They get it from the individual, and they get it over one of our most basic human rights.

Self driving cars are a very, very bad thing if you give a shit about liberty and personal freedom. I realize those aren’t for everybody though...
Liberty and personal freedom are two very dangerous concepts. If you let the peons peasants commoners comrades have too much liberty and freedom they might begin to discover that they do not need the state nearly as much as the state needs them (to obey).

Hold on, I'll be right back, I have to go see who is banging on my door...
 

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I'm jealous. I want that car . I wish I could sleep through the hour + it takes me to get home from work.
When winter gets here and the sun is low in the sky. it is ridiculous how people all slow to a crawl because they can't properly clean a windshield or use a visor.
Self driving cars don't give a shit if it's to sunny or rainy.
Can't happen fast enough for me
There should be a mandatory windshield replacement requirement for driving into the low sun. Sandblasted glass tends to light up the inperfections. A girl on her way to school was killed a couple of years ago on Chapel St. in Norwood while in the crosswalk.

Will it kill you to spend a few more minutes per day not mowing down someone?

ETA: There is some sarcasm in my reply. Not much though.
 
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Rich condescending liberals asleep at the wheel? Just another day in the Commiewealth
Saw a Tesla with Ontario plates headed N the other day on 87 in upstate NY. Driver was a very mod woman with very expensive looking hair, waving with both hands at everyone through the side window. Like, "lookit meeeee, you peons, no hands!" She wasn't even looking ahead in seriously dense, fast traffic, with a lot of slowdowns and speedups (from 70 to 30 MPH).

Yes, the tech is there, and it really magnifies the rich condescension. I'm pretty confident that if the tech malfed/didn't catch something in time, or she was injured when, with her turned sideways, it slammed on the brakes, she'd blame someone else.

She'd probably be shocked to hear others perceived her as "classist." :)
 
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the guy who filmed it did a great job. Did he think to get the plate number on the Tesla? He filmed everything else....
 

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I'm jealous. I want that car . I wish I could sleep through the hour + it takes me to get home from work.
When winter gets here and the sun is low in the sky. it is ridiculous how people all slow to a crawl because they can't properly clean a windshield or use a visor.
Self driving cars don't give a shit if it's to sunny or rainy.
Can't happen fast enough for me
Tesla are not to the point you can sleep. These people got lucky.

But soon enough, cars will be at that point. Most new cars (even base models) already have all the technology, they just dont drive themselves. They will steer you into the lane, cruise control can keep a constant distance between cars, blind spot monitoring, automatic breaking if you get too close, automatic parallel parking... all standard features today in most cars under $30K.
 

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The obvious result of self driving cars going mainstream is that The State gets more power and more control. They get it from the individual, and they get it over one of our most basic human rights.

Self driving cars are a very, very bad thing if you give a shit about liberty and personal freedom. I realize those aren’t for everybody though...
The only additional negative I can see from self driving cars, is that the state might be able to, at some point, order the car to lock itself and turn you IN, if they are looking for you. Since all cars will probably have some facial recognition inside, they could make it so no car will turn on with you driving if you owe taxes or something.

Besides that, another negative is taxes. Taxes will go up (most likely). There will be less tickets, that money needs to be made somewhere. Just like electric cars, self driving cars will use less fuel because they will drive better, and we all saw how states tried to charge extra taxes for fuel efficient vehicles.

I cant think of what else the State could do. They already know everything else, our phones already track us all the time, they keep track of miles driven ...

I could see the State at some point maybe even making it illegal to drive a non self driving car or insurance might become prohibitive for those drivers once the majority of the population is on self driving cars.
 

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Not sure why anyone is surprised whe you have a car that basically drives itself. As for texting they need to increase the fines to 500 first time and the triple it after.
I disagree. First offense should be $1000 and 2 weeks license revocation.
 

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Welcome to three years ago.

Morons just figuring this out now remind me of the whingers who bleated about Defense Distributed's 3D-printed firearm CAD files after such files from various sources, including Defense Distributed, had been in the wild for five years.
 

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Welcome to three years ago.

Morons just figuring this out now remind me of the whingers who bleated about Defense Distributed's 3D-printed firearm CAD files after such files from various sources, including Defense Distributed, had been in the wild for five years.
What happens if you move while sleeping and hit the gas or break?

Will auto drive disengage?
 
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What's the point of self- driving cars?Whoopty doo now you can waste even more time looking at useless BS on your phone. Maybe I'm being cynical. I could see people programming their route into their cars and that information would be sent to some super computer to coordinate traffic.
 

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What's the point of self- driving cars?Whoopty doo now you can waste even more time looking at useless BS on your phone. Maybe I'm being cynical. I could see people programming their route into their cars and that information would be sent to some super computer to coordinate traffic.
I generally have little use for the f***ing things, but IMHO self driving cars have exactly TWO killer apps... long distance commuting, and self-owned uber service. Look at your phone? f*** that shit... [laugh] I want to sleep another hour and a half on the way into work, etc. You can also do a bunch of other stuff if you don't have to pay attention to the road anymore. Also if the car is responsible for its operation somehow, that means I can stir up a drink in the back and light up a cigar and just zone the f*** out while it slogs through traffic. It's like having a chauffeur but not having to pay for them, and they're on call all the time. You could also do stuff like tell the car to go park itself in tinbuck 4 after it drops you off in boston, etc. Then as you're finishing up dinner or whatever you tell the car to start coming back like 10-15 minutes before you need it and eventually the car appears, you press some button, it unlocks, you get in, press another button and it drives you away...

Well, there is a THIRD app... that is kind of a big deal.... independent transportation for the blind, elderly, disabled people... For people who can't physically drive or walk long distances due to limitations this stuff is a pretty big deal. It would literally be life changing for many of them.

-Mike
 

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What's the point of self- driving cars?Whoopty doo now you can waste even more time looking at useless BS on your phone. Maybe I'm being cynical. I could see people programming their route into their cars and that information would be sent to some super computer to coordinate traffic.
Cleaning your rifles while your car drives back from the range.
 
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