Autonomous driving cars in day to day traffic

Autonomous driving cars in day to day traffic

Are an illusion. Why? Quite simple they depend on multiple sensors which in turn depend on clear clean road conditions and the willingness to cleans all sensors arduously over their lifetime.

Snow, Rain, Dust, highly reflective surfaces are the least of your worries. The point is unfortunately 99.99% of the worlds infrastructure doesn’t resemble California highways at all.

Even in France or Germany with their very high standard highways the infrastructure mostly consists of badly maintained single lane roads often following the terrain resulting in very low grade daily commute connections.

The state of road infrastructure in 3 world countries is evidently even worse.

Please explain how an autonomous car is going not kill you on this extremely popular route

https://www.google.fr/maps/dir/18039+Vintimille,+Imperia,+Italie/Nice/@43.751186,7.3647427,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m17!4m16!1m5!1m1!1s0x12cded8f4abeb795:0xd833ac5bc1e1bc5a!2m2!1d7.6075864!2d43.7912366!1m5!1m1!1s0x12cdd0106a852d31:0x40819a5fd979a70!2m2!1d7.2619532!2d43.7101728!2m1!1b1!3e0!4e1

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A twisting single lane road through multiple congested villages mostly along cliffs without a protective barrier at all. Still a a very busy commute road. So there you sit in your futuristic autonomous car, sun high & reflections all over the place, obstacles like fallen rocks a plenty, a road which is only recognizable as such because there is tarmac somewhere, passing motor-scooters at breakneck speed right and left, cars coming up on the other lane towards you.

And thats actually a reasonable road compared to for example India.

Self driving cars? Sure in the tiniest part of the world where well indicated multiple highway lanes exist.

I invite you to come over here with your Tesla during winter, the trip only takes about 40 miles. You’ll hardly reach your destination even when driving yourself due to severe drain caused by height differences, gale-force winds ┬ábut for sure not with even the most advanced software someone can come up with if you go autonomous.

 

 

Electric vehicles only for the wealthy

Electric vehicles only for the wealthy

Once the high incremental production cost for these vehicles is included, the incremental life cycle cost ranges from $17,300 to $27,800. Our analysis suggests that even in volume production, the life cycle cost of full-function EVs with NiMH batteries will remain substantially above that for ICEV’s (regular combustion engines with a batterypack which themselves are already more expensive nobody really uses so actually just standard combustion engine vehicles )

Rand.org pdf

So in short: Any form of non combustion engine driven transport is more expensive to build, has shorter life expectancy, needs more maintenance and puts a heavier burden on resources without any useful result. On the contrary they are a negative factor on overall environmental load