[FoRK] Your prediction, please

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Mon Jun 24 13:45:21 PDT 2013

My wife's co-vanpool-driver had an "accesiblity" equipped van.  NO 
steering wheel, just a joystick.


On 6/24/2013 1:36 PM, Eugen Leitl wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 23, 2013 at 02:42:38PM -0700, Joseph S. Barrera III wrote:
>> Once the laws are in place and production cost drops, then the
>> *bottom* end of the self-driving car market may omit the steering
>> wheel and other controls just to cut costs.
> There's already an incentive to remove the wheel for a
> drive-by-wire (a 6DOF knob would be great) for EVs,
> including dropping the drivetrain for wheel robot
> (rare earthless 95% efficient in-hub motor, pretty please).
> I don't see why you can't build a 200-300 kg car
> for 10 kUSD that way. The drive-by-wire bit would
> make drive assist really easy to do.
> Of course, same thing as in small aircraft: licensing
> issues from hell.
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