Self-Driving Valet

I am not a big driving fan and a gear head I am not. I’m happy to call my trusted garage, night drop my vehicle and pick it up without having to touch a thing. Cars just never spoke to me in that way. I like a nice truck that can help me get the job done at the shop and that’s about it.

Ironically, I have been relatively fascinated with the whole self-driving car thing. Although, I am more invested (literally) in the forthcoming electric car boom, I find the technology behind self-driving cars to be very interesting. For example, I had no idea what Lidar was until reading this other Wired article recently.

Honestly, I’m not sure if most of the car enthusiasts I know would be very interested in their vehicle driving them? And, until they come out with a full size, heavy duty electric truck, I don’t see many of those same people changing. But I may run a survey here in the metal shop to see what some people think.

I, on the other hand, would love to sit and read while my truck drove me to work. Sadly, the duct work fabrication business has not afforded me the luxury of a car service.

Self-driving seems like it would be a wonderful thing for many people, but I do think it needs to pump the brakes a bit (pun intended). Especially after the fatal accident involving UBER recently.

One thing I agree could be beneficial in the early stages is lower speed, more controlled environment situations like parking.

From Wired:

The fatal accident in Arizona this week, in which an Uber autonomous test vehicle killed a pedestrian pushing a bike across the street, highlights some of the dangers of robo-driving at regular speeds. But low-speed movement, with scanners running on full, in a fixed area, is a much safer way to apply the tech. Building owners could have high resolution maps made of their parking lots, geo-fence them, and designate them as no-human zones, so cars can do their thing. It’ll be just like dropping your car at a valet stand, except you don’t have to dig around for singles. More cars will fit into each lot: Because doors don’t need to be opened, the vehicles can squeeze tightly together.




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