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Title: Google making a self-driving car.
Post by: NekoJonez on August 27, 2013, 03:38:05 PM
Source: http://techbeat.com/2013/08/google-to-try-producing-a-self-driven-car/

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It has been reported that Google is trying to design and produce a car that can drive itself. They have apparently been discussing building a vehicle to its own specifications with contract manufacturers. This news comes as Mountain View have still been unable to find a company that will incorporate its self-drive technology in a car.

Google to Try Producing a Self-Driven Car

As well as producing self-driven cars, Google have also had the bright idea of providing a robo-taxi service, where autonomous cars would drive around, collecting passengers on request. So far it is not clear whether this would be run through Google or another company. The service would still require a human to be behind the wheel just in case the car needed starting in an emergency, but Google are still keen to look for ways to brng the auto-taxi service into the mainstream.

Google have apparently been in talks with the auto parts maker Continental AG about the possibilities of producing a car but it has still not ruled out the option of finding a major car producer to partner with, in bringing the self-drive technology to the market. For now Google is keeping its options open.

It could be that Google isn’t the one who actually brings autonomous vehicles to the market, but at least by continuing discussions, it keeps the possibility at the forefront of car manufacturers minds.

The Frankfurt Motor Show is due early in September, so keep an eye out just in case Google do make any announcements.
Title: Re: Google making a self-driving car.
Post by: TyranBrûlée on August 27, 2013, 06:36:53 PM
Hah! But there's a guy in the driver's seat!
Title: Re: Google making a self-driving car.
Post by: Kiss x Miz on August 27, 2013, 07:27:28 PM
Hah! But there's a guy in the driver's seat!
That's "Self". He drives the car.
Title: Re: Google making a self-driving car.
Post by: Toffee on August 27, 2013, 09:56:10 PM
Hah! But there's a guy in the driver's seat!
That's "Self". He drives the car.

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Title: Re: Google making a self-driving car.
Post by: Mr.PowPow on August 27, 2013, 10:22:32 PM
Does everything need to be auto, I feel like we're becoming very lazy as a society. What next, a toilet that wipes your ass for you?
Title: Re: Google making a self-driving car.
Post by: Toffee on August 27, 2013, 10:30:20 PM
Does everything need to be auto, I feel like we're becoming very lazy as a society. What next, a toilet that wipes your ass for you?

They already have those.

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Title: Re: Google making a self-driving car.
Post by: Mr.PowPow on August 27, 2013, 10:32:48 PM
Oh wow that's incredible and also kind of depressing :/

but I think that's a prime example of ingenuity that doesn't need to exist, just because we can make it doesn't mean we should.
Title: Re: Google making a self-driving car.
Post by: Toffee on August 27, 2013, 10:40:16 PM
Oh wow that's incredible and also kind of depressing :/

but I think that's a prime example of ingenuity that doesn't need to exist, just because we can make it doesn't mean we should.

Bidets have been around for the past century though. Back then it was a separate bowl next to the toilet with a fountain to wash your butthole. It was only recently that they have merged bidets with toilets.

Also, those things are mainly for people with disabilities who don't have the means to wipe/clean themselves. So I would count that as a pretty useful invention.
Title: Re: Google making a self-driving car.
Post by: Mr.PowPow on August 27, 2013, 11:07:27 PM
That's true but even things that are designed for a particular group always seem to seep into other groups that don't need it. Take soft-foam beds which were designed for people with back problems, 90% of the people I know with those beds don't have back problems or any condition that would require such a thing, simply for comfort. People will find excuses to use these things, that's what depresses me.
Title: Re: Google making a self-driving car.
Post by: senpai_FisT on August 27, 2013, 11:20:45 PM
You sir, clearly haven't felt the tingle you get when that stream of water hits you in the anus. It's bliss.
Title: Re: Google making a self-driving car.
Post by: dark 5FVD on August 28, 2013, 12:25:05 PM
I think that that is really something for you right jonez...
Title: Re: Google making a self-driving car.
Post by: NekoJonez on August 28, 2013, 01:16:12 PM
I think that that is really something for you right jonez...
Nah, I don't want Google then suddenly saying: "Hey, we mapped everything to our databases and now we know more about ya. This is for better services"
Title: Re: Google making a self-driving car.
Post by: PriomBlazer on August 28, 2013, 01:24:24 PM
Oh wow that's incredible and also kind of depressing :/

but I think that's a prime example of ingenuity that doesn't need to exist, just because we can make it doesn't mean we should.
I'm pretty sure one of your ancestor said people are becoming lazy because the horse cart and the toilet was invented