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Re: Autonomous Vehicle Thread

Posted: 08 May 2018 12:58
by muncien
Not sure if anyone has seen Uber's latest plans for flying taxis... Seems like they are going the wrong direction now.
Large, Complicated, Unweildly, and Expensive. :?

https://gizmodo.com/uber-s-new-aerial-taxi-concept-looks-like-the-spruce-go-1825851694

Re: Autonomous Vehicle Thread

Posted: 08 May 2018 21:19
by Tnexster
Saw this story earlier today, the one I saw looked a little like a mocked up airplane. I would like to see one of these things fly.

Re: Autonomous Vehicle Thread

Posted: 09 May 2018 21:21
by Tnexster

Re: Autonomous Vehicle Thread

Posted: 12 May 2018 14:20
by Tnexster
Dallas architects fly into the future with plans for Uber Elevate terminals

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... -terminals

Re: Autonomous Vehicle Thread

Posted: 14 May 2018 08:28
by muncien
I don't understand the concept of these massive 'terminals'. Doesn't that kinda contradict the intent of direct A to Z commute? I mean... Shouldn't these things be MUCH smaller (maybe four or five pads) and spread out all over the place? If they intend to make them this big, surely you can't have that many of them, and your 'last mile' problem becomes a 'last 10 miles' problem.

Being that these things are to be automated (over time), you don't really need designated platforms and vehicles. Instead, any vehicle should be able to take you anywhere. If the travelers going to say, Legacy West, happen to show up before those going to Midtown, than they just get on the first vehicle and off it goes.

I must be missing something...

Re: Autonomous Vehicle Thread

Posted: 14 May 2018 20:44
by Tnexster
^I actually pictured something smaller, almost like an express bus stop you see in the burbs. More smaller style Uber lift stops versus fewer large almost airport like terminals. Maybe this is just a concept stop on the journey to reality.

Re: Autonomous Vehicle Thread

Posted: 15 May 2018 15:40
by exelone31
https://www.wired.com/story/self-driving-cars-texas-frisco-driveai/

Starting in July, the company will run a fleet of driverless vehicles around Frisco, Texas, a city of 164,000 people on the northern edge of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. Announced today, the six-month pilot—which will keep human safety operators behind the wheel, ready to grab control if the car gets confused or misbehaves—marks Drive.ai’s first large-scale effort to put people in its cars, and the first such deployment in Texas.


Here's further details from a DMN article as well:

The service is made possible through a unique public-private partnership among California-based Drive.ai, the city of Frisco, the Denton County Transportation Authority and the private developments for Hall Park, The Star and Frisco Station. They are all part of the newly formed Frisco Transportation Management Association.


I could very easily see this being something that gets implemented at Legacy West if it's successful up in Frisco. Could we ultimately see something similar to the D-Link that's run autonomously in the near future?

Re: Autonomous Vehicle Thread

Posted: 16 May 2018 09:02
by cowboyeagle05
I imagine we will still see the safety drivers paid to sit in the driver seat for the next 10 years. I just don't yet see how a combination of the public perception and actual drivers/pedestrians messing things up will change that factor.

Re: Autonomous Vehicle Thread

Posted: 02 Jun 2018 09:35
by Tnexster
Corgan offers stackable design for skyports where Uber's flying taxis will takeoff, land

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... where.html

How many landings per hour can the skyports designed by Corgan handle? The way we approached our design allows a lot of modularity and flexibility. There won’t necessarily be a demand for 1,000 landings per hour as an initial investment from Uber’s side. We developed our skyport around a single module that handles 90 landings per hour. Ideally that skyport gets doubled in size into a paired module, which handles 180 landings per hour. The beauty is it’s the same basic building block. Once we hit 180 (landings) it’s real easy for us to continue to scale that by replicating that scaled module up to 1,000 or more landings per hour.

Re: Autonomous Vehicle Thread

Posted: 14 Sep 2018 09:09
by lakewoodhobo
VW To Stop Making Iconic Beetle Next Summer
http://t.co/YN4DZJ2H4u

This story has nothing to do with AVs, but discontinuing the Volkswagen Beetle might be a brilliant move if it's later resurrected as a mass-market autonomous fleet, however different it may look.

People will trust a brand that they have this nostalgia for well before some new product they only associate with automation.

Re: Autonomous Vehicle Thread

Posted: 14 Sep 2018 10:28
by DPatel304
lakewoodhobo wrote:VW To Stop Making Iconic Beetle Next Summer
http://t.co/YN4DZJ2H4u

This story has nothing to do with AVs, but discontinuing the Volkswagen Beetle might be a brilliant move if it's later resurrected as a mass-market autonomous fleet, however different it may look.

People will trust a brand that they have this nostalgia for well before some new product they only associate with automation.


Nice looking concept. I love the 'out of the box' thinking, and I think this is just the beginning of the emergence of some cool concepts. Many people seem to be stuck on this image that a car needs to look a certain way, or a truck needs to look a certain way. Now that humans don't need to drive cars any more, it opens up a lot of possibilities.