Linked by David Adams on Thu 3rd Mar 2016 16:15 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces

Volvo recently conducted a survey and asked consumers about their perceptions of self-driving cars. The question that stood out to me was whether a car company like Volvo or a technology company (Google, unnamed) was best positioned to bring safe self-driving cars to the market. Volvo was obviously fishing for a particular answer, and while they certainly have a vaunted reputation for technical innovation in the service of safety, I'm afraid I can't go along with the answer they're hoping for, partially because safety is only part of the story. In my opinion, no car company working alone is going to be able to produce a self-driving car with the kind of usability that consumers will expect. And for self-driving cars, usability is just as important as safety. In fact, they're inseparable.

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I'm ambitious
by WorknMan on Thu 3rd Mar 2016 18:53 UTC
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

As someone who's visually impaired and can't drive, when the self-driving cars come out, I don't give a damn if the user interface is in binary... I'll learn it ;) Whatever I have to do.

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RE: I'm ambitious
by darknexus on Thu 3rd Mar 2016 19:24 in reply to "I'm ambitious"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

You got that right, and I'm in the same boat as you. We have to hope the pols don't try to take our ability to have one away though and require manual driving licenses anyway. They're making noises about that in the states.

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RE: I'm ambitious
by David on Thu 3rd Mar 2016 19:32 in reply to "I'm ambitious"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

You've got a great point. However, for the visually impaired, children, and people traveling in unfamiliar cities, it's going to be very important that you can trust the car to take you to the right place.

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RE[2]: I'm ambitious
by darknexus on Thu 3rd Mar 2016 20:07 in reply to "RE: I'm ambitious"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Of course. But that'd be important for everybody. If the car can't be counted on to take people to the right place, no one will use them. I would say that'd be point one in designing these things, wouldn't it?

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