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Forum: General Talk 07-04-2018, 06:34 PM  
Autonomous vehicles
Posted By RichardS
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Edmonton, Alberta.

I remember a story in an Edmonton paper a few years ago that Edmonton International Airport had to close down one morning because it was -44C and too dangerous for airport operations. Luckily it had warmed up to -40C by lunch time and the airport could be reopened. I remember thinking at the time that anyone who can hold warming up and -44C in the same thought has a very skewed idea of temperature.
Forum: General Talk 07-04-2018, 06:26 PM  
Autonomous vehicles
Posted By RichardS
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Thank you. I wish everyone else would do the same thing.
Forum: General Talk 07-04-2018, 06:24 PM  
Autonomous vehicles
Posted By RichardS
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The USA version of my current car came with a built-in GPS. The Australian market didn't get one. That's actually a benefit. My Garmin GPS came with lifetime map upgrades and traffic data for half the price of a map upgrade for built-in GPS.
Forum: General Talk 07-04-2018, 03:52 AM  
Autonomous vehicles
Posted By RichardS
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Views: 11,532
Nope. I was being very quiet in case I started an avalanche. Besides, it was too cold to open the window. :lol:

Many people don't associate Australia with snow, but the area covered by snow in the winter is about the same size as Switzerland. This is from a different road at a different time (1990), but it shows we do get snow.

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Forum: General Talk 07-04-2018, 03:16 AM  
Autonomous vehicles
Posted By RichardS
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Views: 11,532
My theory is that cruise control is popular in countries where the speed limits are artificially low and speed enforcement regimes are designed to create government revenue. If you get and fines and points for exceeding the speed limit by 3kmh (1.9mph) and the state government is raking in more that $600 million a year, then it's not safety motivated. My cars for the last 35 years have had cruise control as standard. I only use it to avoid exceeding the speed limit.

Driving on cruise control leads to distraction and boredom and distracted or bored drivers crash. And kill people.
Forum: General Talk 07-04-2018, 02:54 AM  
Autonomous vehicles
Posted By RichardS
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Views: 11,532
They'll be offered retraining as autonomous vehicle dispensers, of course. They'll have really nice uniforms with cute hats. They'll have to learn a sing-song script, but they'll be freed from having to think and they'll become nice little happy pill-controlled drones. Welcome to the happy happy new future.
Forum: General Talk 07-04-2018, 02:37 AM  
Autonomous vehicles
Posted By RichardS
Replies: 361
Views: 11,532
I've only ever been in a real white out when I was skiing. All you can see is white. You are surrounded by white. You can't tell if you are standing still on your skis or moving. Very weird feeling. I've been trying to find some photos I took in the late 1970s while driving near Mt Hotham in Victoria, Australia. Almost complete white out. I was doing about 3mph. There was a near-vertical drop on both sides of the road. Luckily the last snow plough left a 2 ft high ridge at the side of the road and I could bump off it to keep on track. The road was lined with 20 ft high poles every 30 metres or so. There were signs saying "Keep Left of Poles" or "Keep Right of Poles". I did :lol:

I think that autonomous vehicles, when they are safe, are a good idea for people who don't like to drive or for Camry drivers. I apologise to the few Camry drivers who haven't tried to kill me while I was riding my bike. You are in a minority, but you shouldn't be stigmatised by the behaviour of the majority. But the sooner you get an autonomous car, the better.
Forum: General Talk 07-04-2018, 01:37 AM  
Autonomous vehicles
Posted By RichardS
Replies: 361
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Absolutely. And I enjoy driving. Autonomous cars are very popular with people who use public transport or who drive Camrys. If autonomous cars are mandated, then we'd better start getting used to streets full of horse manure.
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