From sci-fi to roadworthy, but how soon?

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From sci-fi to roadworthy, but how soon?

Post by Knight Racer » Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:46 pm

Found a new site that discusses kitt's tech being adapted to present day cars:


https://journal.classiccars.com/2019/01 ... -how-soon/

They can start designing AI personalities that don't control the cars just to interact with a computer every day. some of the safety features and security features.

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Re: From sci-fi to roadworthy, but how soon?

Post by snafu » Sat Jan 26, 2019 3:55 pm

Well, for a lot of the technology they mentioned, I can find issues with it. I'd rather someone learn how to drive, rather than a vehicle do it for them.
Rear cameras: I had people try to sell me on this repeatedly for backing up to a trailer. What happens the first time it craps out? Learn how to do it without one first, and use the camera as a reference. I use the two bolts in my tailgate to line it up.
Self-Driving: They did have a driver fatality where the car didn't perceive the white side of a 50' semi trailer as an obstacle, and drove right into it. This technology has a lot of kinks to iron out. I work in hospital laboratories with a lot of automation, and I can tell you that technology is only as good as the person running it. I have to manually program samples when the machine derps out, or override error messages here and there.
We have a newer F150 with all these notifications and bluetooth, and the one I drive is a 2002 without all that noise in it. I like driving the older one, personally. The new one has some notification for me every 5 minutes, and I find my eyes being drawn to the dash, rather than the road.

That said, it would be nice to have advanced technology to stop drunk drivers, or take over when someone falls asleep at the wheel, which are two major causes of fatal vehicle accidents in the US.
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Re: From sci-fi to roadworthy, but how soon?

Post by KITTfan » Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:03 am

As an industrial worker I have found that there are too often lots of faults in the automation, that I don't trust them working reliably in a car either, at least not for long. Diagnosing and repairing takes always a specialist with laptop going through the electronics, coding new parts into the system, etc., very expensive. For example the machine I operate started shutting down and displaying fault codes for locating sensor & frequency converter/inverter. Major repair was done to it (wiring harness was found out shorting to the ground) but it still does that randomly. Of course it continues working by just quitting away those fault codes but no further real problems have been found.

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