That's funny. I remember learning in school when trains hit 30 mph people were afraid to ride on them.
Yeah but this is different. I do not doubt technologically it could be done although that tech is a long way off...But I just question whether we as a species can handle it? Seriously, flying cars are going to have to be completely and utterly automated from take off to landing otherwise it really will be disaster. I work in road construction so I see up close how well/poorly people can handle flat roads and I shudder to think what it would be like if they could go up and down as well. :y:
I'll go along with that. There are self parking cars, auto braking cars, over the center line warning cars.Self driving cars are a prerequisite for flying cars.
True, but you'd likely reconsider with the one huge difference we see now ... idiots driving while talking or texting on their cell phones!
I don't have a smart phone.The future does promise it. Weren't we supposed to have them by now, according to the 'futurists' of the 50's & 60's?
I do believe self driving cars will be available in my life time, looking forward to that. At least your own self driving car for marked roads, or an automated transport system within large cities..
Two things I'd love to see, three actually, in the very near future:
1) We all have a smart phone / cell phone, and that phone is smart enough to know when it's moving & at what speed. (Google maps uses the data to give us "traffic reports"). Why then, can't the cell phone turn itself off, or mute it's functions when it's perceived speed passes 20mph? Yea, I know.. what if you're a passenger in the car.. what if you're on the bus, what if..
2) With all the new "safety features & dribving enhancements" coming out, to help parallel park, to help avoid collision, to avoid straying out of your lane.. (We are becoming lazy!! and these skill are being lost) Why can't cars start giving us reminders, to break bad habits.. How about a reminder to use the indicator when the steering wheel passes 30°, or when we stray from the lane into another one.. And, if we are indeed speeding, a warning that the local speed limit has been violated. Oh yeah, who would buy something like that.. and something about the freedom to drive as I see fit..
3) Drivers should be rated and validated like pilots: a review every 5 years with a review board. More classes to apply for, for the average vehicle (like they do here for motorcycles, for heavy haul trucks..) you'll need a class 5 for a sedan up to a compact SUV, then a class 5A for an SUV, pickup, van, then a 5C for a dual axle pick up, or larger type truck, and a 5D for.. well, you get eth idea.. But again, "I should be able to drive what I want, where I want. regulate the toher people who drive"
Intriguing. I wasn't aware they still made cars with steam engine.
Tell me your joking? I guess your not a diesel owner. Not so much with the new diesels but with the mid 2000's diesels let say 2007 and older did not have the emission garbage and you could roll coal. That is a term when pressing on the throttle and back puffs of smoke comes out of the exhaust.