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Mr. Scram:

--- Quote from: wilfred on July 10, 2019, 06:54:34 am ---That's a good picture. It illustrates what you and I and a child can see immediately as a picture by the shadow of the cyclist inside the hole.

Just today the city was cleaning the fallen Autumn leaves from my street. It is a windy day and the leaves are all over the road and filling the gutters. How does that camouflage the road? I don't necessarily think leaves or a picture are serious issues. They certainly shouldn't be or snow and ice will never be overcome. But how does an auto deal with a pothole or any item of debris like a branch that a human driver would avoid. Do autos slow down out of caution?

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Do humans understand these things?

Domagoj T:

--- Quote from: Mr. Scram on July 10, 2019, 11:07:37 am ---Do humans understand these things?

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I can certainly understand how somebody might fail to understand it's a painting and not a tunnel, especially in poor light conditions, late at night past the bedtime.
On one occasion, while I was staying in a hotel, I woke up thirsty in the middle of the night. The curtains were drawn over the windows so it was pretty dark in the room. I decided not to turn on the lights since I judged there was enough light to navigate to the bathroom, have a drink and get back to bed, after all I could see the corridor leading to the bathroom.
Three confident steps later I was violently stopped in my tracks when my nose, forehead, and pretty much everything else collided with a floor to ceiling closet. It had mirror front, and what I parsed as the corridor to the bathroom turned out to be a dim reflection of the window behind me.
Sure, I was half asleep and wasn't wearing my contact lenses, but still, Up until the collision I was entirely confident that I was seeing a corridor and nothing else.

windsmurf:

--- Quote from: wilfred on July 10, 2019, 06:41:58 am ---
--- Quote from: FrankT on July 10, 2019, 06:24:17 am ---2020 - Japan is promising a fleet of self driving taxis for the 2020 olympics.

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Will they be operating on public roads or just ferrying people around a closed circuit in the Olympic precinct?

Japan premiered the Shinkansen for the 1964 Olympics so they have some cred. Still skeptical though. The whole autonomous vehicle thing seems to have gone off the boil.

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From what I understand, there will be 2 types of vehicles.  One driving within the Olympic Village and venues ferrying athletes and  officials around, while robocabs will be running along several routes ferrying paying passengers.
 

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