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Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 861 861

It need not even reduce your flexibility, if you could summon anybody's car on five minutes' notice. It's easy to see how that could happen, if large fleets were deployed strategically, even in the suburbs.

Farily big "ifs" there.

In reality, companies like Uber aren't going to provide anything like a universally good service. They'll probably be ok in cities (if you don't mind paying their surge prices just when you and everybody else most want to use them), but elsewhere the service will be much patchier.

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 861 861

Even here in suburbia we've bicycled for our groceries, three baskets per bicycle, allowing for at least six bags, possibly more depending on how we pack the bikes, to be transported the less-than-a-mile home.

If it's really less than a mile, why would you cycle? I'd rather just take a decent rucksack and walk. You can't carry all that much safely on a bike.

I suppose you'd save ten minutes each way travel time, but by the time you get the bike out, lock it up at the shops then put it away when you get home, it probably isn't any quicker over all.

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 861 861

No. I don't want a self-driving car. First, because I'm one of those weirdos that actually enjoys driving. Second, because I suffer from motion sickness if I'm in a vehicle that I'm not controlling. And third, I'm a software developer and therefore have no faith in software. :-b

No, I really want a self driving car, I just don't want one on the Uber plan.

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 861 861

Car ownership is a form of freedom from those who control other forms of transportation, and I'd hate to see that go away.

So putting yourself into debt and/or signing an onerous lease agreement is a form of freedom?

I'm sure glad that your monthly car payments give you freedom from those who espouse walking and bicycling.

It depends where you live. If you have to commute thirty miles a day, and there is no nearby train service, then you're going to waste a lot of time doing it by bike.

Comment Re:Maybe... (Score 1) 290 290

difficult for pedestrians

Carry a flashlight (torch). You will be a lot more visible to vehicles as a moving light source and it eliminates the shadows behind shrubs where streetlights can't reach.

Torches generally have a limited field of illumination, so it's harder to see approaching dangers (and I'm talking about things like holes in the road, not masked rapists).

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