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Rep. Bill Shuster travels to Pittsburgh International Airport in driverless car
WTAE ^ | September 4, 2013

Posted on 09/04/2013 1:10:10 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia

PITTSBURGH —A Pennsylvania congressman traveled to Pittsburgh International Airport in a driverless car designed by Carnegie Mellon University.

Rep. Bill Shuster, a Republican from Altoona, made the 33-mile trip at about 11 a.m. Wednesday. Shuster is the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and he was accompanied by Barry Schoch, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

A Carnegie Mellon engineer was in the driver's seat as a safety precaution, but the Cadillac SXR was driven along local roads and highways by a computer system which uses inputs from radars, lidars and infrared cameras.

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TOPICS: Local News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: automobiles; driverless; google; no; nwo; radiation; transhumamism

1 posted on 09/04/2013 1:10:10 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

2 posted on 09/04/2013 1:13:31 PM PDT by Frapster (Clear the mechanism)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
cool idea.

What happens in bad weather, I wonder?

3 posted on 09/04/2013 1:14:18 PM PDT by wbill
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Catrans and some Berkeley boffins were working on this technology 20 years ago.


4 posted on 09/04/2013 1:15:34 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Big deal. I’ve seen an entire government led by an empty suit.


5 posted on 09/04/2013 1:15:41 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Frapster

That’s nothing! Ted Kennedy rode in a driverless car on July 18, 1969!


6 posted on 09/04/2013 1:16:11 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
The next big push.

Take away independent movement.

For SAFETY of course.

7 posted on 09/04/2013 1:16:59 PM PDT by JOAT
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I was talking to my wife about this a few days ago. I strongly believe that most cars sold in 20 years will have a driverless option. And it will be used - a LOT.

It reminds me of the analog and digital speedometers on my car. I’ve always thought digital was dumb and preferred the nice dial of analog. But I’ve owned my car for three months now and I rarely view the analog speedo. Same thing will happen with these cars. Give it 15 years and I’ll bet most cars will be driven by computer. In 20, it will be the norm.

And though people will have the option to drive themselves, most people will be like me with my analog speedometer. I force myself to look at it, just so I feel it should be there.

This will be the last step before we go to cars that you CAN’T drive. The love affair with the manually driven car really will go away, but it had a pretty long run.


8 posted on 09/04/2013 1:17:18 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

taking a driverless car to work in a brainless congress


9 posted on 09/04/2013 1:18:31 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: cuban leaf

The potential upside that I see to this is that it will give seniors who ordinarily wouldn’t be able to drive some mobility.


10 posted on 09/04/2013 1:18:32 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Truth/Lies; Liberty/Tyranny--WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE??)
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To: cuban leaf

On a side note, I got third gear acceleration tire chirp in my Scion FRS on my way home from work last night. Kinda surprised me. It was oddly satisfying. :-)


11 posted on 09/04/2013 1:19:25 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: JOAT

Great way for electronic jihadis to kill a lot of people.


12 posted on 09/04/2013 1:20:24 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The potential upside that I see to this is that it will give seniors who ordinarily wouldn’t be able to drive some mobility.


It really will be wonderful. It becomes the designated driver, the driver for the disabled, etc. And you know it will put bus, truck, train and airplane pilots out of work eventually.


13 posted on 09/04/2013 1:20:31 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
The potential upside that I see to this is that it will give seniors who ordinarily wouldn’t be able to drive some mobility.

The downside is people who are not capable of driving are going to get stranded in systems designed to have a driver as the backup. And those folks who would not consider getting on the highway are going to find themselves suddenly driving 65 mph in the heaviest traffic they have ever seen.

14 posted on 09/04/2013 1:23:42 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

Maybe, but it might be more feasible for short trips to the grocery store, etc.


15 posted on 09/04/2013 1:25:38 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Truth/Lies; Liberty/Tyranny--WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE??)
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To: cuban leaf
I strongly believe that most cars sold in 20 years will have a driverless option.

I think by that point it will not be an option, but a requirement. In fact, I think the driver option will have been eliminated long before then.

16 posted on 09/04/2013 1:26:24 PM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

much of the time I can see this working fine, but I’m having trouble seeing how it works flawlessly every time, in every situation. I love technology, and expect I would use it frequently perhaps, but there are issues. If one is out of the habit of driving, and he system isn’t working right due to weather, conditions, failure, the drivers basic skill level will be poor from lack of use at a time when it is needed most.

I’m working on getting a 1947 pickup with manual everything, not planning on getting a new “new” car again. Rebuild an old one into a old “new” car is my plan.


17 posted on 09/04/2013 1:26:40 PM PDT by rigelkentaurus
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Our society will continue to evolve into one with increasing variances in wealth, knowledge, culture and outlook. Technocratic and economic elite will be probably 5% of the population. They will drive the productivity and innovation gains such as these, which will continue apace.

The middle class will comprise another 25-30%, while the remaining 70% or so will increasingly just be filling space and living off entitlements. They won’t be encouraged to participate in the economy, and many won’t want to. Many simply won’t have the knowledge or skill to participate either and they will be pushed further and further into dependency.

Its the most obvious way forward for the US Government and the progressive left. They will need rapid technological productivity gains such as this to balance out the FED money printing and taxes to fund massive Gov’t debt and liabilities, and to pay for the nanny state.


18 posted on 09/04/2013 1:32:57 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: cuban leaf

I wonder how you would drive a vehicle across an area that was not a mapped road? For instance private property like big ranches, national forests etc...

Seems the government can also have control over your car like in the Tom Cruise movie Minority Report and basically drive you where ever they want you to go.

I thought of this last night, our society is in a push to “tech-up everything” in the name of cutting labor costs and making less human error. The down side I see to this is that over half of our population is too stupid to make the jump to the “panacea futuristic” world we sometimes see on tv where every one is released from manual labor to pursue higher callings and the world is all good. That leaves technology taking the jobs away from people who will never rise above the labor type jobs (some may not want to ex: real cowboys) and thus causing even more disparity in the classes. Will that tipping point come and cause those to get on board, get weeded out, or rebel? I am thinking #3.


19 posted on 09/04/2013 1:33:08 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Rep. Bill Shuster travels to Pittsburgh International Airport in driverless car

He's still going to claim the mileage and per diem.

20 posted on 09/04/2013 1:33:33 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: PGR88

I just saw your #18, kind of mirror what I am saying in #19.


21 posted on 09/04/2013 1:34:52 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The perfect metaphor for our present federal government: guidance from afar, no vision of the path ahead, and no personal accountability.


22 posted on 09/04/2013 1:35:42 PM PDT by matt1234 (The NRA: Redefining "Too big to fail.")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Can’t wait until they use that at Nascar, Should be exciting——not.


23 posted on 09/04/2013 1:36:37 PM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: Army Air Corps

“Great way for electronic jihadis to kill a lot of people.”

Or for the CIA to take out people like journalist Michael Hastings who was prepping an exposé on Obama and the sanitization of his passport records.


24 posted on 09/04/2013 1:39:03 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Maceman
I think the driver option will have been eliminated long before then.

Not a chance. There are plenty of us who's work involves driving on the highway to a location where we are not driving on roads.

25 posted on 09/04/2013 1:41:56 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Frapster

Alright! No more DUI checkpoints. party on!


26 posted on 09/04/2013 1:45:37 PM PDT by 4yearlurker (Democrats + Unions + Corruption= Detroit.)
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To: Resolute Conservative

It would be also a handy way for the government to slowly section off no go zones, and the population eventually forgets those zones because there is no way to get to them on foot, unless you want to walk 100 miles or more.


27 posted on 09/04/2013 1:46:59 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Jonty30

Like pieces of our country they sell off to pay debts or food generating areas so we don;t see what we are eating anymore (shades of soylent green)?


28 posted on 09/04/2013 1:52:43 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Jonty30
It would be also a handy way for the government to slowly section off no go zones, and the population eventually forgets those zones because there is no way to get to them on foot, unless you want to walk 100 miles or more.

Yeah, and if you've ever visited FR and been deemed a potential terrorist, they can program it to lock you in and haul you to the local FEMA camp. No muss, no fuss.
29 posted on 09/04/2013 1:55:30 PM PDT by BikerJoe
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To: Resolute Conservative
The down side I see to this is that over half of our population is too stupid to make the jump to the “panacea futuristic” world we sometimes see on tv where every one is released from manual labor to pursue higher callings and the world is all good. That leaves technology taking the jobs away from people who will never rise above the labor type jobs (some may not want to ex: real cowboys) and thus causing even more disparity in the classes. Will that tipping point come and cause those to get on board, get weeded out, or rebel? I am thinking #3.

Great minds think alike. Yes, I think it will be some version of what you say. I don't see the "rebel" option though (not very soon anyway). Americans are getting too soft for that, and the checks (even if devalued) will keep coming from Uncle Sam. Technological and productivity advancement will be what saves the high debt, money-printing, low-labor participation welfare state from collapse.

30 posted on 09/04/2013 2:21:11 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Will he file a bill calling for RWI penalties?


31 posted on 09/04/2013 2:22:23 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Henceforth, the Office of the President shall be known as IMPOTUS)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The situation on a typical highway is extremely complex. Trusting peoples’ lives to a computer program is a very very dumb enterprise.

“Oh there will be precautions. redundant systems. fail safe. blah blah blah”

You’ll have to pry my steering wheel out of my cold dead hands.


32 posted on 09/04/2013 2:37:10 PM PDT by I want the USA back
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The sequester? :)


33 posted on 09/04/2013 2:45:24 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: rigelkentaurus

I’m on the same plan. Finishing up restore of 67 Camaro and 57 bel Air. Infinitely repairable. Still need a 53 Chevy pickup, then I’m set.


34 posted on 09/04/2013 6:46:00 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: Joe 6-pack

LOL!


35 posted on 09/04/2013 7:44:59 PM PDT by floralamiss
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