Uber's self-driving car service debuts in San Francisco.. coming soon to a city near you

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  1. WorldofWarcraft

    WorldofWarcraft Holy Paladin Banned

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    So because of uber, being a cab driver is gonna be a thing of the past, and now because of uber, being an uber driver is gonna be a thing of the past... Seems like all that companies do these days is try to innovate ways to pay less people.

    https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/14/u...start-picking-up-passengers-in-san-francisco/

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    >Uber’s self-driving cars are making the move to San Francisco, in a new expansion of its pilot project with autonomous vehicles that will see Volvo SUVs outfitted with sensors and supercomputers begin picking up passengers in the city.

    >The autonomous cars won’t operate completely driverless, for the time being – as in Pittsburgh, where Uber launched self-driving Ford Focus vehicles this fall, each SUV will have a safety driver and Uber test engineer onboard to handle manual driving when needed and monitor progress with the tests. But the cars will still be picking up ordinary passengers – any customers who request uberX using the standard consumer-facing mobile app are eligible for a ride in one of the new XC90s operated by Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group (ATG).

    >There’s a difference here beyond the geography; this is the third generation of Uber’s autonomous vehicle, which is distinct from the second-generation Fords that were used in the Pittsburgh pilot. Uber has a more direct relationship with Volvo in turning its new XC90s into cars with autonomous capabilities; the Fords were essentially purchased stock off the line, while Uber’s partnership with Volvo means it can do more in terms of integrating its own sensor array into the ones available on board the vehicle already.

    >Uber ATG Head of Product Matt Sweeney told me in an interview that this third-generation vehicle actually uses fewer sensors than the Fords that are on the roads in Pittsburgh, though the loadout still includes a full complement of traditional optical cameras, radar, LiDAR and ultrasonic detectors.
     
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    Who should the lawsuits be directed at if hackers make the car drive into the ocean or speed into a solid object?
     
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    I see them driving here (SF) all the time and it makes me sad. That's going to eliminate a ton of jobs for people in between jobs or doing it full time.
     
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    Automation and robotics are going to eliminate ton of jobs in the future. Factory workers, taxi drivers and manual laborers going to feel the burn first.
     
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    JudoThrowFiasco Charming Quark Platinum Member

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    Cant wait till Uber gets to a subscription based service model. Just buy a package, and click on an app whenever you need a car. People in cities will not have to buy cars or insurance anymore.

    end to end automated service, going to be sweet.
     
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    JudoThrowFiasco Charming Quark Platinum Member

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    Oxford -Martin in partnership with Citi and Deloitte did an extensive study and created an algorithm that states almost 50% of jobs will be eliminated within 20 year. Ironically, accountants and book keeping will have a 99% replacement rate in about 10 years. That probably rattled a few people at Deloitte
     
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    no fat chicks Worlds greatest poster

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    Will the autonomous cars let me make out with my real doll in the back seat?
     
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    So now instead of cab drivers protesting, both cab and uber drivers will be protesting as well?
     
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    OvaryHugger Let's Palaver! Platinum Member

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    I almost have an orgasm just thinking about it.
    I use Uber for all my rides, got rid of my car. It's such a hassle free life and it gets very cheap if you use uber pooling.
     
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    JudoThrowFiasco Charming Quark Platinum Member

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    Reading up on their future plans and i love their model -- pay for a membership that suits your needs (500 miles, 1000 miles, 5000 miles etc a month) And bam, door to door service with no need to deal with insurance, car payments, maintenance.

    It's a brilliant plant
     
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    OvaryHugger Let's Palaver! Platinum Member

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    Plus the hassle of driving through traffic, no need to worry about accidents(for your car at least) , all the time saved during drives that you could be using for something else and so many more advantages.
     
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    yup. this has been taking place since the industrial revolution. people have to continue to update their skill-sets for an ever-changing world.
     
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    I can't imagine new roles will generate at the same rate old ones will disappear. Unless the economic system shifts towards socialism, a much larger percent of the pop will live in poverty.
     
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    Manual laborers are probably going to be the last to go,
     
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    Depends on the labour

    Cool site that you can type in your occupation and see what their algorithm predicts -- Construction labourers rank unlikely but assembly line , roofers, etc rank very likely

    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34066941
     
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    And they cannot do this with human drivers???

    oh, the computers can tell the future. Got it.
     
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    They can, but cheaper for them and the client if they dont.

    Yeah, Oxford Martin in partnership with Deloitte and Citi formed a study and algorithm using moore's law to determine likelihood of certain jobs odds of being automated. Is it 100%? probably not but show me something that can disprove it.
     
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    Ok, show me something that can prove it first. Does it have a 100% accuracy rate so far over a long enough time period? If not, I don't think I need to do shit. It is a guess. I can't really disprove if a guess is gonna be right.

    PS - Lots of people actually like driving. Driverless cars will never be 100 percent or even close to it unless there is some law or penalty to self drive. Even in cities like Manhattan.
     
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    Feel free to read the studies and counter with ones that disprove their premise

    http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/downloads/reports/Citi_GPS_Technology_Work_2.pdf

    http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/downloads/academic/The_Future_of_Employment.pdf


    Yeah, Uber's model will not replace all cars, but there is a huge segment of the population who will be swayed by an end to end solution in which offers them door pick up transportation on a prepaid platform and reduce the need of costs associated with car ownership
     
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    When enough people get mad about being put out of work by machines, and start to revolt, they will then be eliminated by the troublemaker-clearing machines.
     

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