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Member Since 15 Sep 2013
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In Topic: Driverless Cars

Today, 10:53 AM

The air France flight went down due to the computer letting go of control and the co-pilots being too inexperienced to recognise what had happened and fly manually.

The same thing will happen with driverless cars. What is the point of the car being driverless if you have to be watching everything that is going on, ready to take over?

There is also a big difference between autopilot maintaing altitude and heading (like cruise control) and a vehicle which can make its own decisions.

 

The air France flight went down due to the computer letting go of control and the co-pilots being too inexperienced to recognise what had happened and fly manually.

 

Yep, human error.

 

There is also a big difference between autopilot maintaing altitude and heading (like cruise control) and a vehicle which can make its own decisions.

 

Auto-pilot is a lot more complicated than simply maintaining altitude and heading. As I stated, in some cases (on some aircraft), it is capable of completely landing the aircraft. And in challenging weather conditions, the auto-pilot is making literally thousands of calculations a second - taking into account wind-speed, wind-direction, air-speed, acceleration, attitude, and then combining all of that data to control all the different flight control surfaces (ailerons, rudders etc.) to maintain the desired speed, rate of climb, and heading. It's extremely complicated, and far more so than controlling a car will ever be, trust me.  ;)


In Topic: Driverless Cars

Today, 08:51 AM

This fear of driver-less cars is totally irrational in my opinion. If you don't trust computers at all - then why fly on a plane? These days aircraft are piloted almost entirely by computer (autopilot), except for landing and take-off which the captain does manually (though this is still sometimes done via computer, just isn't as common). And it goes without saying that most aviation accidents occur due to pilot error.

 

Likewise, for car accidents, its usually down to human stupidity (drunk, texting, or just poor driving ability in general) in 95% of cases. Bring on driver-less cars, its the way forward. :)

 

Edit: The only 'downside' of driver-less cars that I can think of is that literally every single person (who can afford it) will probably get one, and the roads will be even more congested than they already are.


In Topic: The Politics Thread

Yesterday, 06:12 PM

Charge drunks who visit A&E £200 on the spot. Problem solved.


In Topic: The Politics Thread

Yesterday, 04:52 PM

What else am I going to vote for? More austerity (AKA robbing from the poor to give to the rich)? More tax cuts for the rich? More tax avoidance loopholes? More money wasted on things like trident and HS2?

How can any sane person want that more than things like renationalisation of the railways (which will drastically cut rail fares), ending austerity and ending the victimisation of the disabled. The Greens are far from perfect, but they are much better than the four Tory parties.

 

The Greens will never fix the economy, I would bet my Focus that they will turn it into shambles (assuming they carried out all their pledges). 

 

There should be more important priorities than simply reducing rail fares by 10%. The rail companies charge a fortune at the moment, what difference would a measly 10% make? Sod all.

 

There are other parties with far more worthwhile policies which will make a difference - such as creating new apprenticeships, reducing tax on the lowest earners, providing more housing, improving the NHS, etc.


In Topic: The Politics Thread

Yesterday, 02:41 PM

I'll be voting Green because they are the most trustworthy party in England, unlike the four Tory parties who are only in politics for the money.

 

The Greens will decimate the UK economy with their planned negative growth, a 240 billion new benefit scheme and insane tax increases. Why on earth should anyone who aspires in life vote green?