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Old 04-20-2017, 11:39 AM
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Default General Motors Autonomous Bolt EV in SF

This is a driverless run at night through busy San Francisco streets, known for having some of the worst drivers and roadway layout in the US.

Pretty impressive. WAY ahead of Tesla and other auto companies:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSRPmng1cmA

Look for the raccoon crossing at 00:24:45 (video image clock, 6:20 YouTube time).

Google might have more hours, but the GM/Cruise Automation system is doing more challenging environments.

In other news, Cadillac CTS cars have been shipping with V2V (vehicle to vehicle) technology for 'see around corners' ability. Cars tell each other what their sensors see to warn each other.

And... FINALLY, Cadillac is once again claiming they are releasing Super Cruise this fall. This is a 'hands free' driving system for use on highways. If you fall asleep (or unconscious) while driving, it will try to wake you, and if that fails, pull over and stop safely and summon assistance.

I love driving. A lot. But many people do not. They do everything but drive while behind the wheel. After many years of declining death rates, 2015 is where the trend reverses. More and more people are dying due to their lack of attention to the road which now kills more than drunks do.

It is sort of sad that it is coming to this, but time marches on. At least GM is not ignoring the problem.
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Think I ran up on one Autonomous Cadillac in Massachusetts. Damn thing was doing 60mph in a 65, on a 3 lane interstate in the center lane.
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Yes we recently received some training about the V2V technology. Pretty interesting I must say that they were given a frequency to operate on in their own little controlled network. But, I'm sure this also all plays into autonomous driving as well. Every car being able to tell other vehicles what's going on. What we'll see on the road in the next 10 years I'm sure will be crazy
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Think I ran up on one Autonomous Cadillac in Massachusetts. Damn thing was doing 60mph in a 65, on a 3 lane interstate in the center lane.
All Cadillac has at this point is radar+camera based Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keep Assistance. And GM has only used Nissan Leafs (pre-6/16) and Bolts (6/16-now) for autonomous testing. While you MIGHT have seen a Super Cruise CT6 test mule, the odds are very slim, and it would have MFR plates.

The GM ACC is very good compared to most systems, but the LKA is.. uh... weak sauce. What is trippy, is that if you take your hands off the steering wheel for too long with LKA on, it will warn you to put your hands back on the wheel.

Wait. It has no sensors to tell if you removed your hands! Dumb trick - if it steers the car back into your lane, and does not get any steering input after X seconds, it assumes you aren't driving the car. Not sure how it happens EXACTLY though. Every time I try to show somebody, it won't do it. And they spaz out because I'm letting the car go down the road without my hands on the wheel.
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This thing a spinning thing on its roof.
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i LOVE driving , but i guess it would be nice to hop in a car wasted and press "HOME" and sit back and crack another
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i LOVE driving , but i guess it would be nice to hop in a car wasted and press "HOME" and sit back and crack another
That's if you can spell when you get wasted.
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What happens when the sensors go bad...
Im not against innovation, but Dang! That is scary on so many levels lol
We are going to end up like those people in Wall-E
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What happens when some psychos have the ability to maybe hack the cars system and use it as a weapon
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I see Carnegie-Mellon and Uber driverless cars constantly in Pittsburgh. Lots of Volvo SUVs with spinning radar looking things on the roof.
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They had Otto semi running around Ohio...
Smarter cars for dumber drivers
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Think I ran up on one Autonomous Cadillac in Massachusetts. Damn thing was doing 60mph in a 65, on a 3 lane interstate in the center lane.
Still screwing up traffic...

You'd think they'd program keep right except to pass into it
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The 'spinning radar' is a 3D laser mapping device called a Lidar that uses laser light to create a wireframe of the area. The car uses this data in conjunction with radar, video cams (both visible and infrared light), and ultrasonic sensor to detect objects.

But they also collect this wireframe for use with other cars. Sort of like how a Tomahawk works, but the TLAM gets the data from satellite databases not other missiles.

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BUT... What is this aimed at? A massive reduction in the auto industry will come in our children's lifetimes. When cars are self-driving, most people do not need to own a car. They punch a button on their cellphone, and in minutes a car appears. They can drive this car manually, or set it to automatic mode. They can either leave it at the destination (it can drive home), or drive it back.

It will crush the auto industry because most cars sit doing nothing most of their lives. And many folk do not have the room to store a car anyways. You will do no maintenance. If the one you are driving breaks, another will come get you.

What happens in the next 10 years is going to change the automobile more than it's ever been changed before. We are going make a switch that is larger than the switch we saw between phone booths and the cellphone. There are still phone booths, but I would not get into that sector.
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