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I have attended a few seminars on emerging technologies, we have to realize that the current technologies and several emerging ones are being obsolete even before they become commercialized. As it stands, our current technologies have exceeded our current socio-political system. The next shift you will see is the re-engineering of our property rights infrastructure to allow things as driverless cars to become a reality.

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I had a driverless car last week. LOL Remote start on a 5 speed car that I accidently activated with the keys in my pocket. Car drove between my sign and a tree, across the busy road and got stuck in the ditch about 100 yards down the road across from the shop and did NO damage. Couldn't believe that happened, of course this happened 2 hrs before I was leaving to go out of town on vacation. The customer is a good friend and laughed right along with us.

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I had a driverless car last week. LOL Remote start on a 5 speed car that I accidently activated with the keys in my pocket. Car drove between my sign and a tree, across the busy road and got stuck in the ditch about 100 yards down the road across from the shop and did NO damage. Couldn't believe that happened, of course this happened 2 hrs before I was leaving to go out of town on vacation. The customer is a good friend and laughed right along with us.

WOW! I guess you did not do the install on the remote start! Installations like that give me the chills, that is why I tell my techs never to assume anything with a car. No wonder people get killed all the time by people that do not recognize the importance of safety.

 

I am happy you nor anyone got hurt.

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Well, the story actually is this car was an automatic. The trans went bad and its almost impossible to find the auto transmission for a VW Jetta so he did the swap to a manual transmission. The customer knew about the remote start and so did I. I just forgot to pull the parking brake. Just so glad no one got hurt and no damage.

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