I Thought I Saw My First Driverless Car

United States
June 28, 2016 8:14am CST
When I was going to the hospital yesterday to visit my mom I came up behind a small car at a red light. I happened to notice that no one was driving the car and the only thing I could see on the drivers side was the head-rest. When the light turned green the car moved ahead and still it appeared as if no one was driving. At the next light the car stopped and I was making a right turn so I pulled up next to it and of course my curiosity got the better of me and I had to glance over and see if anyone was driving. There in the drivers seat was the oldest man I've ever seen who just happened to be the size of a gnome and he had a death grip on the steering wheel. He could barely see over the dashboard and I was glad that I didn't have to follow this car any further. Maybe in this case a driverless car would have worked for this guy.
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35 responses
@JudyEv (100821)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Jun 16
We have a tiny friend who just about has to peer through the steering wheel to see the road. They obviously don't design cars for tiny people.
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• United States
28 Jun 16
At least this man was driving a pretty small compact car
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
28 Jun 16
LOL!!!! I've seen drivers like that. A driverless car or a taxi would be a safer bet for him and everyone else on the road.
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• United States
28 Jun 16
Exactly. Just think how wonderful it will be when traffic accidents are a thing of the past. It will also give old and handicapped people mobility they do not have now.
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@Marty1 (26738)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
29 Jun 16
@DianneN That is like my sister says if i could drive and had a license i would be a danger on the road to everybody else and myself. I am just unable to see over the steering wheel, and i admit i always have my mind on something i am reading r what i am writing. I don't think about what is around me.Plus, my sister says i trip on thin air. Which i do am always having accidents and falls.
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• United States
29 Jun 16
@Marty1 it seems as if you have a very smart sister to advise you not to drive if you are accident prone
@TRBRocks420 (62160)
• Banks, Oregon
28 Jun 16
lol that's funny. Glad to hear it wasn't a car driving by its self.
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@LadyDuck (121704)
• Switzerland
28 Jun 16
LOL, this is funny, it also happened to us. I have not yet seen a driverless car, but I have heard that in a Swiss village they have a driverless bus to bring students to school. I am not sure if I would like to try it.
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@LadyDuck (121704)
• Switzerland
29 Jun 16
@Marty1 The kids are always supervised by an adult here, even if the school bus has a driver.
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• United States
29 Jun 16
I dont' know if I'd feel safe sending my child off to school in a driverless bus
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@LadyDuck (121704)
• Switzerland
29 Jun 16
@Marilynda1225 I am not sure I would feel safe, even if I have been on several metro lines that are driverless. Like the one in Milan (Italy), the Lausanne metro here in Switzerland, the ATL Skytrain in Atlanta. There are plenty around the world.
@jaboUK (50621)
• United Kingdom
28 Jun 16
Perhaps he could drive alright, but I think there should be a mandatory test to see if they are still capable of driving after the age of 70.
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@Marty1 (26738)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
30 Jun 16
@jabouk I know in my state they don;t have a test for everyone they pick a couple drivers out a year to test them.that are over 65 years old. But most drivers don't have to take a test.
@Marty1 (26738)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
30 Jun 16
@Marilynda1225 my grandma could not see over the steering wheel and she refused to use turn signals or brakes because she didn't want to wear them out. She drove to 90 when the family took her keys away.
@marguicha (81697)
• Chile
28 Jun 16
I loved your posr. Iwas curious too
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@ilocosboy (33267)
• Philippines
28 Jun 16
Well, you just don't know, it might be driverless car and that man just pretending to drive he he
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• United States
28 Jun 16
That situation is why I am looking forward to them showing up. Eventually I will be an old driver, not just older, but old. At this time, a driverless car seems wise since we really don't have public transportation either locally or for distances.
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• United States
29 Jun 16
Our public transportation is lacking here also so when it comes time to give up my license and car I'll have to rely on my children
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• United States
29 Jun 16
@Marilynda1225 Good luck with that. Children often move away. Mine did. My sister's didn't, but they would not be good for transportation. They think their reason for being is to work. They leave early and don't get home until late.
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@Marty1 (26738)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
30 Jun 16
@ElizabethWallace that is the way my sister is working or taking my nephew to soccer games or tournaments. She tries to drive me when she can but I often have to get rides from others
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@shivamani10 (10688)
• Hyderabad, India
28 Jun 16
You are lucky. You would have been the morning victim if he had driven the car properly.
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• United States
29 Jun 16
Sheesh! Couldn't he have thought to sit on a pillow? My mother in law used to!
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• United States
29 Jun 16
He certainly needed some sort of pillow or cushion so he could see over the steering wheel.
• United States
1 Jul 16
@Marilynda1225 Did you see the news today? The first fatal accident involving a driverless car. The guy was watching a movie instead of driving his car.
• United States
28 Jun 16
Could he see over the steering wheel?
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• United States
29 Jun 16
He could barely see over the steering wheel and he was probably the size of my 10 yr old grandson. If he didn't have a big white bushy beard and look like a gnome I would have thought some kid stole their parents car
• United States
29 Jun 16
@Marilynda1225 Those who can't see over the steering wheel with an unobstructed view should not be driving, I think.
@vickyrose (1981)
• Canberra, Australia
29 Jun 16
It probably would if we just program where the car will travel. I hope that I will own one in my lifetime.
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• United States
29 Jun 16
As much as they sound like a perfect solution I don't know if I'd feel safe in a driverless car
@amadeo (47912)
• United States
28 Jun 16
Are you sure he was human
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• United States
29 Jun 16
Maybe he was the Travelocity Gnome on tour
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@SIMPLYD (75326)
• Philippines
29 Jun 16
I can just imagine how curious you are at first , only to be surprised to see him driving like that . But a driverless car should be invented so i can buy one and enjoy riding it without a driver . No need to learn how to drive anymore .
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@responsiveme (14415)
• India
29 Jun 16
Thats really funny
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@andriaperry (33080)
• Anniston, Alabama
29 Jun 16
That will be me in 20 years
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@Lucky15 (33698)
• Philippines
28 Jun 16
Hope manufacturers can make.something for them ;)
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@miniam (9303)
• Bern, Switzerland
28 Jun 16
Lol, now you went and ruined my curiosity and excitement, i thought you were going to conclude with saying you confirmed it the car was driverless.
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• United States
29 Jun 16
Sorry I ruined it by saying there was an extremely small man driving
@miniam (9303)
• Bern, Switzerland
29 Jun 16
@Marilynda1225 Still, thanks for a good laugh.
@CRK109 (14354)
• United States
28 Jun 16
oh that poor man! I hope he didn't get into an accident. In those cases, driverless cars would be wonderful!
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• United States
29 Jun 16
I've seen small people driving and it looks as if no one is but this was unusually weird. This poor old guy would benefit from either a driverless car or a taxi
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@CRK109 (14354)
• United States
29 Jun 16
@Marilynda1225 or a booster seat! lol