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Self-driving cars hit UK roads: Driverless vehicles could have 'BOOZE-CRUISE control' for drunk motorists in future

Motorists will be able to text on hand-held mobile phones, read the paper, use their laptop and possibly even be drunk inside a 'driverless' car, it emerged as ministers gave the green light to the first official trials of the vehicles on UK roads.

No longer termed drivers but 'vehicle users', they will also be able to swivel their front seat to turn their back on the road ahead to speak to other occupants in the back of their self-driving car.

They won't even need a driving licence. And even those now considered 'unfit' to drive will be eligible.

Motorists who currently spend the equivalent of six working weeks - 235 hours - a year behind the wheel of their car will be able to reclaim their lives, it says.

The Department for Transport's official 190-page page report called 'The Pathway to Driverless Cars' setting out its plans after a six month review notes: 'For the first time since the invention of motor vehicles, the 'driver' will be able to choose whether they want to be in control, or to hand the task of driving over to the vehicle itself.

'This represents a major opportunity – allowing drivers to safely use the journey time however they wish, from reading a book to surfing the web, watching a film or just chatting face to face with other passengers.'

This has huge implications for traffic law, says the report: 'Highly automated vehicles…..are designed to allow the driver to disengage from the driving task and undertake other activities if desired.

'For example, manufacturers may wish to market this technology on the basis that it will allow the driver to use a hand-held mobile phone, or a laptop, or even change the position of the driver's seat to face away from the road.'

The report says this raises questions 'as to what responsibility the driver bears for the operation of the vehicle and whether regulations relating to the behaviour of the person in the driving seat will need to change in these circumstances'.

The Government's official report concludes: 'In this situation it does not seem reasonable to suggest that the human driver is still responsible for the manner in which the vehicle drives since they may not even be aware of the road environment or the presence of other road users.'

On the controversial issue of whether someone over the legal alcohol limit will be allowed to be a 'vehicle user' the report suggests that while this will not be allowed now, it may be possible in future.'

Some might argue that is should be acceptable for a driver of a highly automated vehicle to switch on autonomous mode and then start drinking alcohol to levels above the current legal limit if the vehicle has the capability of reaching the destination.'

The three official trials beginning now – in Milton Keynes and Coventry, Greenwich and Bristol - will require a qualified driver, manual over-ride controls, and adherence to the current rules of the road.

But ministers make clear that no such barriers are likely to impede the final finished and fully-autonomous vehicles. It promises 'light-touch' regulation.

This specifically includes allowing people without a driving licence currently classed as unqualified or even 'unfit' to drive.

In the event of a crash, the so-called 'vehicle user' might be held responsible if driving the vehicle in manual-over-ride mode.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencet...rol-drunk-motorists-future.html#ixzz3RQeWvTVT


Big brother government seem to wanting to muscle in on this it always worry me will the make, legislate them in, sounds like a great idea going out at the weekend for a few beers with out the need to wait or pay for an expensive taxi that will lead to better social cohesion.

Lots of mums that don't drive and those that can't drive will lead to loads of new car buyers if you don't need a driving licence in the future, owning a driverless Vauxhall sounds great to me, no more speeding and road deaths will become non existent

Aircraft are very much driverless fully automated but still crash with pilots still onboard even with TCAS and aircraft that speak to each other letting them know there position.

If the brakes suddenly fail even an autonomous car wont be able to stop. Does anybody here know how safe the radar emission's are l am just interested, the French have on just woken up to sooty diesels?

Will a driverless car doing 30 MPH still be able brake stop in time if a pedestrian walks out in front of it, or will it slow down to 5 MPH beforehand, if lots of pedestrians are around it will mean journey times will be long in urban areas?


Autonomous braking MMmmm.
 

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They could become transportation modules, driverless that take kids to school, pick them Up, run them to practices, returning either to home or whereever needed, while the parents are busy elsewhere. Do we really want to go there?
 

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They could become transportation modules, driverless that take kids to school, pick them Up, run them to practices, returning either to home or whereever needed, while the parents are busy elsewhere. Do we really want to go there?
Do I want it to drive me home if I have had too much to drink, hell yeah!!!! :)
 

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If the Vehicle drives itself, would it even need a licensed driver? Could the drive to kids' schools be a procession of unmanned drones and modules with no school of parental involvement?
If The driverless modules collide, whose fault would It be? What if they run over an animal or child?
A LOT of questions would need answers before driverless modules become approved and implemented.
 

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If the Vehicle drives itself, would it even need a licensed driver? Could the drive to kids' schools be a procession of unmanned drones and modules with no school of parental involvement?
If The driverless modules collide, whose fault would It be? What if they run over an animal or child?
A LOT of questions would need answers before driverless modules become approved and implemented.
Right now there is park assist


Written right there in the handbook is the part that reads "driver is still in control of vehicle"

So right now even if part of the park assist is controlled by the car if even if it hits something due to a low kerb or a broken or misaligned sensor then it is still the fault of the driver not the car
 

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Gotta make sure that Volvo's windshield is clear after hitting the back of that truck...

Anyway, I don't mind the idea of like Tesla's Autopilot, but the whole pod on wheels with swiveling seats thing does not appeal to me.
 
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