Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Self Driving Cars? How About Self Signaling Cars?

We're in an awkward period. Humans are still operating vehicles without oversight. Drunk, distracted, eating, sleepy, texting humans attempting to control motor vehicles that they could barely manage if they were paying attention.

Somewhere out there is the HAL9000 of car computers, ready to keep drunk, distracted Dave from driving and killing himself or whoever he mows down, but we're not there yet.

So I am willing to settle for a baby step. I want all cars, starting with the 2019 models, to be equipped with a turning sensor. If the human driver fails to active the turn signal when at a stop, the car will pause, blow the horn and active the turn signal for 2 seconds before allowing the turn to be completed. Just at a stop, so that it doesn't cause a problem in an emergency turning situation where you are trying to swerve out of the way of some other vehicle doing something else completely unexpectedly stupid.

It would take one day to Pavlov the human operators into using the damn turn signals at intersections.


Borepatch said...

"Open the Garage Bay door, HAL"

LindaG said...

Maybe two or three days; but that would be nice.
Except how would it know the difference between an evasive maneuver and an actual turn? Not every road has a dedicated turn lane.

I am not ready for I, Robot; or HAL.

ASM826 said...

Linda, as I said "Just at a stop, so that it doesn't cause a problem in an emergency turning situation where you are trying to swerve..."

Ted said...

Ummmmm. Wouldn’t the Learned Pavlovian response be. Every time they used a turn signal they would have a need to blow the horn.

Or. Every time they heard a horn blow. They would need to use the turn signal???

Richard said...

How about hooking the sensor to an ejection seat.

Borepatch said...

Richard, the Internets that you just won are available for pickup at the Castle Borepatch drawbridge. Use the usual password.

ASM826 said...

I was also thinking of a misting module that squirted a small amount of CS gas out of the air conditioning ports, or a tube that shot you in the groin with a paintball, but a system that put the car in park and ejected the driver would work too.

All I want is some system that stops people from making turns, particularly left turns, at intersections, in front of me, without signaling.

Sevesteen said...

With the lane assist in my car, changing lanes without a signal causes the steering wheel to shake and a light on the dash blinks. I was hoping that wider adoption of this would lead to wider adoption of using signals. Unfortunately there's an off button.