akirk wrote:ancient wrote:We know how fast pedestrians can move sideways (it's not an infinite speed) and have automatic cars moderate their speed when passing humans at that distance, such that any impact will not do significant harm (another calculable limit that we can stay well below). This is likely to mean that vehicles will move at walking speed in close proximity to pedestrians (which is no bad thing) and be able to speed up when their trajectory puts them at significant distance from pedestrians.
Just like good human drivers of course, who slow down when passing through a crowded shopping street and speed up on motorways.
awesome - so pedestrians will just walk across the road whenever they like, knowing that cars will stop - at present there is a balance - pedestrians take care and look etc. as they can't guarantee that the cars will stop - knowing that the cars will stop will change pedestrian habits, maybe over time, but it will happen...
I suspect it will discourage car use where walking or wheelchairing is more appropriate, leaving cars as the choice for when an open road can be found.