Infrastructure & Planning student in the Netherlands.
Sometimes make things like this:
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It's all downhill from here.
So I agree in the general points you make, but disagree with the specifics, and I think it mostly has to do with this assumption:
- When you eliminate those vectors of uncertainty from the calculation, you can fit FAR more vehicles into the current traffic pattern, with little/no impact on the current traffic flow and control mechanisms.
While AVs are much more accurate and can be far more stable than regular cars, I don't think AVs can eliminate those uncertainties. I also don't think that infrastructure will be changed all that much to AVs. Sure, we can redraw the lines to fit three vehicles next to each other instead of two, but one of the reasons I think AVs are such an incredibly promising technology development is that you don't need to build new infrastructure. No rollercoaster-like tubes necessary.
(Sidenote about that: you're forgetting the impact G-forces have on the rider experience. If I'm in an AV, I don't want to spill my drink because my car decided to go off the highway. The general public does not like even minor G forces, especially not in day-to-day vehicles. )
Another thing that you ought to keep in mind is that infrastructure changes will always involve or depend on the government. Seeing the sluggish progress on something non-physical like the regulatory frameworks indicates to me the government's reluctance to radically change its infrastructure to this new tech.
In my opinion the real efficiencies are to be found at the use of resources and energy to transport all the people in, say, a city. Moving to all-electric, demand-driven taxi-like AVs will, without
- Because all the AVs are talking to one another constantly
That is still something I need to see to believe. I think that vehicle-to-cellular-to-vehicle communication will be inevitable (e.g., communicating roadworks quickly to all vehicles) but that vehicle-to-vehicle communication and harmonization of control is something that will end up not being reliable enough. Platooning - the term coined for train-like AV's - is now being tested at at least a few feet of distance, and while I do see vehicles being close together based on camera vision / radar, I don't think the swarm-like AV behaviours that people dream of is actually feasible.
I got mine from Massdrop, so when a buddy of mine wanted good headphones I convinced him to go for the Massdrop sale then, the AKG K7XX. In a side by side comparison I kinda love mine more. The M50x is much more 'precise', if that makes sense. It's like it comes with a mixer built in or something, whereas that AKG sounded like it had some drowned out sounds.
Oh totally. It's still in near mint condition, only now the leather on the earpads is starting to wear off, which is completely reasonable because I've been using it in all weather conditions and often 4 hours at a time.
You forgot about the headphones! I have been rawking the same M50x's since 2014.
There's a new Ásgeir album on the way. Here's one of the two singles:
New Fleet Foxes too. More of the same, I guess:
Same goes for the new alt-J:
I've also been listening to Laura Marling's new album. Like with so many indie music, the clip is weird/artsy enough that it's better to ignore (and mildly nsfw):
They say Rotterdam was bombed twice, once by the Germans and once by architects.
This story is pretty much exactly what I was taught in my first urban planning class, beat by beat in the context of the Netherlands. There's neighborhoods here that planners call 'stamp neighborhoods', since the blocks were designed once to hold the perfectly-calculated amount of households and then just copy-pasted again and again and again, like stamping your city. Like these nine blocks, or this entire part of Rotterdam.
The good news is that we've moved on from this top-down scientific rationality, which is how my professors described it, towards understanding the diversity of cities and their people. The world is complex, so communication and collaboration between all the people involved is necessary to make better cities - not a city-sized eraser like Corbs wanted.
Isolated high-speed tracks are the perfect environment for AVs. The control part of cars seems to have been figured out by now with almost millimeter precision. I thought however that, in general, of those lanes did not have special exits? I vaguely recall drivers in LA crossing something like five lanes to get from the carpool lane to the exit.