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May 3, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Unexpected demand for self-driving cars

Dog and womkand and man at table. (1926 flim The Night Cry. Warner Bros/USPD.pub.date, artist life, no CR mark/Commons.wikimedia.org)

“Look, get in that car and take that dog now.” (USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Not the clientele they expected to run towards self-driving cars as that bunch is usually more interested in fire plugs.

Autonomous cars offer a new leash on life for Molly Malamute who can hardly wait.

No longer will she have to pace on anxiously or nip at ankles to hurry up Staff when it’s time to run in the field with friends.

Travel available at her bark and command.

Motion sensing car doors that open, one big, paw-friendly button with a recognizable image like on a kid’s cell phone, scan of a tag on her collar, and she’d be on her way.

If the self-driving car was programmed to sit and stay park and wait for her wake-up yap, Molly could have control of her own schedule and activities.

  • If some bully dog acting obnoxious at the dog park – Jump in the car.
  • Too hot or the pool too crowded? Open, hop in, and go.
  • The clouds getting dark and scary? Zoom on home to the safety of the couch before the deluge.

Most important, access to an autonomous car would build her confidence and give her security.

No one likes being the last one at gate waiting to be picked up after everyone else is gone.

Dog waiting on her bed. (© image: copyrighted, NO permissions granted, all rights reserved)

“Just how long does it take Staff to get shoes on? Sigh.” (© image)

But you can see what the inevitable problem is?

There’s going to be a fender bender, the police will arrive, and they are going find….

“Greetings, Officer. Fancy running into you.

Got treats?

How about an introduction to that fine German Shepherd standing next to you…”

Driving fur.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Think your dog, your best friend, would gladly stop to give you a lift if your antiquated, drive-it-yourself vehicle broke down and left you hitchhiking? Think again. Some say, if you’re not part of the pack, you’re not squat:  “Who’s a Good Boy? Wolves, not dogs, apparently” 

Dog walking on grass by wall (© image: copyrighted, NO permissions granted, all rights reserved)

“Well, there’s nothing wrong with a hike, but better pack a lunch – and can I get some of those cute boots like the Iditarod sled dogs wear?” (© image)

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  1. Sue / May 3 2019 6:46 am

    Yikes…the thought!

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  2. easyweimaraner / May 3 2019 6:50 am

    we can not wait either… oooh that glorious times when we can drive alone to the forest or the park… without having hard pulling humans on a walking strings the whole time…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 3 2019 8:24 am

      They dawdle and talk with other humans when there’s things that need chasing and poking…and they want to go in the most illogical directions. Paws up for dog commanded vehicles!
      Thanks for running by. Have a great weekend

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  3. RKLikesReeses / May 3 2019 7:06 am

    LOL – driving while furry. What an intriguing idea!! I want to be there when the first dog pulls up to a drive thru & wants treats. 👏😁👏

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 3 2019 8:16 am

      I think Molly has already figured out if she looks very sweet in the back seat with her nose out the driver’s side when we pull up at the drive-thru windows, sometimes there’s treats….if they get those self driving cars moving, and get several paw-sized buttons for different destinations…well, we’d be smart to invest in dog treat stocks…but you know there are some bully dogs that might spoil it for everyone; “Give me that burger or I’ll give you some teeth – you already have the credit card on file!”
      Have a great weekend. Thanks for popping in here to chat

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  4. sustainabilitea / May 3 2019 7:29 am

    Wow, that’s a frightening thought I never considered!! I’m ambivalent about self-driving cars. I can see the uses, for people who can’t drive themselves, for instance. But I enjoy driving and I also cans see a plethora of problems. We’ll see how it all goes.

    janet

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 3 2019 8:21 am

      It may be happening sooner rather than later. Reads recently many teens aren’t interested in getting their driver’s licenses with Uber and rides on demand so available. Geesch. Driver’s Ed was a rite of passage – that license mean freedom. Pick up friends and go to the beach or drive around to see who else is driving around. – be part of the teen community without parents (I guess Twiitter/texting/Facebook has taken over that?)A bit sad that whole experience may be fading.
      All sorts of weirdness will be showing up with self-driving cars. It’ll be fun, right? HAHA
      Thanks for pulling over to chat

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  5. shoreacres / May 3 2019 9:29 am

    Thank goodness you added the ‘satire’ and ‘fiction’ tags. I was ready to suspend disbelief, figuring that someone, somewhere, had decided this was a good idea. Honestly? I’m not ready or willing for this brave new world, even though I might be able to accept it. There are so many hints of problems lurking around, and those who have invested money and energy into getting everyone else to accept their good ideas… Well, they’re willing to set aside (read: hide) those problems.

    As for those teens who are so into Uber and such? Could it be we have younger generations who value passivity and being taken care of more than they value autonomy and freedom? For us, ‘auto’ and ‘autonomy’ were pretty closely related!

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  6. Ally Bean / May 3 2019 10:58 am

    I’ve never thought of this possibility. I’m not sure I want people in driver-less cars so this idea is a reach for me, but maybe it’s merely a *woof* away.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 3 2019 4:38 pm

      And the next thing you know, there would be dognappings by driverless cars – no way the local security cams will help make that arrest. (If the ransom they ask for is in Greenies, the dog may be in on it…) Thanks for giggling along.

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  7. Kate Crimmins / May 3 2019 11:12 am

    Well, I may like to see a driverless car for my aging brother and his wife. Maybe safer? Maybe not. Who knows.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 3 2019 4:41 pm

      Autonomous cars will be welcomed by those who can’t drive due to age or injuries. I can see them working well in a college town or inner city that needs to manage far too many personal vehicles in a small area. They’re on the road – and hope they get it paned out right!
      Thanks for rolling in with a comment

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  8. robstroud / May 3 2019 2:26 pm

    Could end up cheaper buying a car for them than hiring dog walkers.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 3 2019 4:43 pm

      From what I hear, you are probably right. Even better would be shared cars with a shared drive time schedule …not sure dog car pools would work…like kids, they may be fine individually, but get a bunch together and you risk chaos…and they would fight over the window seats? Thanks for parking a comment here

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  9. LordBeariOfBow / May 4 2019 12:40 am

    I’d love to have Molly, even if she/he is cowardly,

    dodging a bully? for shame Molly! You won’t get Staff to hurry less you straighten up girl/boy

    In Oz Molly, can be either M or F 😁 🐶🐾

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  10. Curt Mekemson / May 6 2019 11:39 am

    Imagine what a cat might do. I confess, as I approach my so-called golden years, the thought of a self-driving car is highly attractive. I’d be glad to take Fido along, or even Puss, assuming the car wasn’t programmed to respond to a bark or a meow. –Curt

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 6 2019 12:29 pm

      I can think of numerous people I’d rather have driven than driving themselves. It is a wonderful option – maybe better/safer than Uber. As long as it’s an option and not a mandate. (How do you tell a robot cat “Wait. Stop! I want to see the two-headed snake!”?)
      Thanks for fueling up the comment column.

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