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Retirees to get large self-driving taxi fleet
Topic Started: Jan 12 2018, 08:01 AM (22 Views)
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Sausage Brain

:florida: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-42648301 :florida:

One of America's largest retirement villages will have a fleet of self-driving taxis introduced next year.

US firm Voyage said it will start rolling out the service at The Villages, Florida which is home to 125,000 senior residents.

It said the scheme, spanning 750 miles of road, would be the "largest by area size" in the world.

It comes as safety concerns about self-driving cars persist after testing problems and some accidents.

Voyage already operates a handful of driverless taxis at another retirement community in San Jose, California, also called the Villages, but said it had begun testing vehicles in Florida ahead of a much larger roll-out.

Sounds pretty ambitious - although, a retirement community is a bit of an odd place to put it: I wouldn't expect many of the older generation to be comfortable with self-driving cars!

I suppose their logic is that it has a lot of people who aren't able to drive - but then, wouldn't the same would be true of a college town, where the residents might be more trusting of this technology?
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There is no way you would get in one of those cars, i see the overall need, getting the elderly out and about and the ability to have that freedom but yeah it will be interesting to see how this goes
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