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    Re: Smart Cars

    Quote Originally Posted by Spire View Post
    I have a slightly different thought on a future vision for Autopia.

    We are in the age where cars are getting smarter - witness adaptive cruise control, automatic lane-drift warnings, cars that parallel park themselves, even cars that can completely drive themselves.

    How cool would it be to remove the "slot" from Autopia and let the cars be completely free-driving (like they were in 1955 until they all got wrecked on July 18th - LOL) until the car's sensors detect the sides, other cars, etc. and take evasive action.

    Then as you approach the load/unload zone, the computers would take over, arranging the cars in perfectly spaced lines, demoing the possible future of interstate travel where computer control enables safe, effective use of the available roadway.

    Imagine a partnership not with Chevron but with Google or Volvo (both big into self-driving cars) to showcase their technology.

    These cars would be electric or other clean tech. Kids would still love to drive the cars, adults would be intrigued by the technology (and perhaps grow to become more comfortable with it) AND Autopia would finally fit thematically in Tomorrowland. Triple win.

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    That's a really cool idea! The only caveat I could really think of is that in a lot of the track, the track lanes are not much wider than the cars themselves, which is when you usually see the slots in the center get really wide so there's more of a guide for a smoother ride in that section.

    Disney's shown what they can do with zone-based RFID commands with the Glow With the Show Ears, I'd imagine with some good old fashioned Disney R&D that this would be a great update to Autopia without having to modify the track too much. Take out the guide rails, widen the lanes a tad, get a sensor system in place on the track, and get all-new cars and we've got a ride!

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    Re: Smart Cars

    Quote Originally Posted by B2D View Post
    That's a really cool idea! The only caveat I could really think of is that in a lot of the track, the track lanes are not much wider than the cars themselves, which is when you usually see the slots in the center get really wide so there's more of a guide for a smoother ride in that section.

    Disney's shown what they can do with zone-based RFID commands with the Glow With the Show Ears, I'd imagine with some good old fashioned Disney R&D that this would be a great update to Autopia without having to modify the track too much. Take out the guide rails, widen the lanes a tad, get a sensor system in place on the track, and get all-new cars and we've got a ride!
    True, but they could remove not just the slots but also the median between the different lanes of traffic since you'd be able to drive freely (until the sensors/computer detects an obstacle - other car, side of the road, rogue CM). Imagine sections where you could have 4 open lanes...that would be a radically different experience!

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    Re: Autopia Idea - probably not feasible but still fun to imagine.

    Spire how fast do you want these vehicles to go? Just wondering.
    Always read the fine print.

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    Re: Autopia Idea - probably not feasible but still fun to imagine.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pirate Lover 68 View Post
    I had thought that too, until I rode them again this past week. My son and wife were in the car ahead of me. His face was beaming...he's almost 3. He was SOOOO excited to be driving. As for me, I barely fit in the car, but I was pleasantly surprised I hit the barrier way less now that I'm 44. lol Seriously, this is still a great bit of fun.
    I love autotopia. Before cars land I thought they would theme autopia as cars. I think leaving the track the same but building some dark portions, animatronics or other eye candy would be enough. I usually drive the whole thing without steering.

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    Re: Smart Cars

    Quote Originally Posted by Spire View Post
    I have a slightly different thought on a future vision for Autopia.

    We are in the age where cars are getting smarter - witness adaptive cruise control, automatic lane-drift warnings, cars that parallel park themselves, even cars that can completely drive themselves.

    How cool would it be to remove the "slot" from Autopia and let the cars be completely free-driving (like they were in 1955 until they all got wrecked on July 18th - LOL) until the car's sensors detect the sides, other cars, etc. and take evasive action.

    Then as you approach the load/unload zone, the computers would take over, arranging the cars in perfectly spaced lines, demoing the possible future of interstate travel where computer control enables safe, effective use of the available roadway.

    Imagine a partnership not with Chevron but with Google or Volvo (both big into self-driving cars) to showcase their technology.

    These cars would be electric or other clean tech. Kids would still love to drive the cars, adults would be intrigued by the technology (and perhaps grow to become more comfortable with it) AND Autopia would finally fit thematically in Tomorrowland. Triple win.

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    that is an awesome idea. You should send an email to google..

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    Re: Autopia Idea - probably not feasible but still fun to imagine.

    Am I the only one questioning the big hoopla over self-guided cars that guide themselves over a predetermined track?

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    Re: Autopia Idea - probably not feasible but still fun to imagine.

    Quote Originally Posted by ohmyjustin View Post
    Am I the only one questioning the big hoopla over self-guided cars that guide themselves over a predetermined track?
    no...

    the autopia cars ... Gas or electric... Will still be lame. Bulldoze it all, and the lagoon too.

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    Re: Autopia Idea - probably not feasible but still fun to imagine.

    Quote Originally Posted by FigmentJedi View Post
    The Burners' cars from Motorcity always comes to mind when thinking about alternate themes for Autopia. Too bad it's getting cancelled after it's first season.
    Judging by that video, it was one season too many.
    Quote Originally Posted by ohmyjustin View Post
    Am I the only one questioning the big hoopla over self-guided cars that guide themselves over a predetermined track?
    No, you're not. It would be better to update it with futuristic technology and keep the cars under manual control
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    Re: Autopia Idea - probably not feasible but still fun to imagine.

    Quote Originally Posted by calsig31 View Post
    No, you're not. It would be better to update it with futuristic technology and keep the cars under manual control
    That's basically what Spire suggested - the automation kicks in for obstacle avoidance and the loading zones, although I would prefer not having it for the loading zone, just to give the kiddies an idea of what a SoCal traffic jam feels like.

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    Re: Autopia Idea - probably not feasible but still fun to imagine.

    Hey everybody! We wound up in the news roundup! Thanks to all for making this a great discussion. Extra special thanks to Spire for another great idea, one that might actually BE feasible!

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