Driver-less Motorhomes - hypothetical question ??

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  1. D&G

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    Hi Guys and gals

    With driver-less cars on the way, I believe they say they could be here by 2020, do you think there will ever be driver-less motorhomes, and would you have one ???

    It would be very odd setting your destination, then heading into the back and putting on the kettle while you sit back and watch the scenery go by

    Just a thought
    Dave.
     
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    Be nice to have a sleep on the way down to Cornwall but would need to programme in the tea and wee stops!
     
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    why would you need to stop ??
     
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    Ummm! That's what I do anyway! :D
     
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    Didn't think it through fully, did I? :doh:
     
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    The way I see sume of them driven I sum times wondr if thay actually have a driver controlling the MH
    Bill
     
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    This doesn't seem as 'far out' as it seems. We've already got driverless trains, cars that reverse-park themselves and pilotless drones that can be flown and pinpoint a target with ordnance from 3,000 miles away.

    If Tomorrow's World was still on the telly, they would be talking about going to Costa packet on your hols with nobody in the cockpit - just someone twiddling a joystick in a Gatwick office!

    Cars would have no drivers, as would lorries and motorhomes would come preloaded with software which would take you to any site in the world without a driver.

    Imagine this forum in years to come when we're pushing up the daisies. No "Who's got the right of way on a mini-roundabout". No "Slow tossers in the middle lane" threads. No castigating tailgating French drivers......Bo-ring!

    I BET our successors will be moaning still and reminiscing about the good ol' days when you had to change gear, brake and drive!!! :D
     
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    As a left hand drive vehicle it's bad enough now sitting in the suicide (passenger) seat with a real live driver so I'm sure I couldn't cope on auto pilot!
     
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    Tesla are pushing the boundaries now - just look up Tesla summon mode or autopilot.
    Having worked on aircraft autopilot - I'm still to be convinced of being able to leave a car to do it's own thing.
    Unfortunately our road networks would need a major overhaul before they could happen reliably.
    The costs of that could well be the deciding factor.
     
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    It's a great thought. Not a whole lot of satisfaction driving a MH though the best seat is at front.
     
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    My brother in law has had a Tesla for about 6 weeks now and loves it. My nephew snapchatted a video of them driving last week on the motorway on auto pilot. They say it's weird at first but quickly got used to it.
     
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    Yes. 95% plain sailing but the other 5% ?

    Ball bounces into the road ahead. Not a threat ? But what of a kid chasing it.
    Urban streets, good drivers are looking through car windows, under cars, for clues.
    Manhole cover missing, is that seen.
    Narrow road blocked, can it cope.
    Lollipop lady, dead easy for us, terrible for a computer.

    We humans are so very flexible, today's computers just work to rules.
     
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    Where is that legal ?
     
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    You can use autopilot in this country but have to remain able to control the vehicle if needed. Just like cruise control deluxe.
     
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    Hi.
    You only have to see the Flower mkt in Holland,distribution hubs here in the UK,at a Sheffield steel works some years ago,they looked at your notes in the loading bay,pressed some buttons and the Coils you wanted appeared through plastic strips on a hook,straight into the trailer and could load three at a time.
    This old Geezer LOL,knows he has driven in the best years,out here its still joy to get about in the car/m.home,because, as i am a BIT deaf,i can just hear bells ringing from the Ssat Navs and mutterings from first wife and take no notice. Stay well,stay lucky.
    Tea Bag
     
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    WOW !

    I can't see it working in practice, "they'll" be on their mobile and oblivious to the outside once they get used to it.
     
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    AND??? Would you need a drivers license?

    I ride on a bus, but I ain't got a P S V License, Soooooo?
     
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    A car on auto pilot has to be a safer option than a motorhome because the driver is in the driving seat the ought and can easily take back control of the vehicle but in a motorhome the driver could easily get up from the seat and go to the loo, make a brew, etc. It's dangerous enough having people use mobile phones whilst driving and it could get so much worse.

    You are so right about this and if on auto pilot you can bet your life they'd argue that is was safe!
     
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    Hey!!! No need to down-size to 3,500kg (or take a medical) when your 70 then? Just load up with beer and let the compu-driver worry about payload!
     
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