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  1. That's where my fantasy world comes into play. The dream would be to have much higher speed limits to offset the increased car count. Three lanes + 90 mph = The Dream. I know that will never happen but I can dream.
  2. Three lanes is that limit. I regularly commute on 270 here in Columbus that is regularly six lanes wide in one direction and it is far from safer. The width encourages last minute darting to exits because nobody plans their exits ahead (yea, in a perfect world they would but the reality is far different). Cars regularly undertake. Backups are quite common. It's a war zone and needlessly chaotic. Even though Columbus is a large city I personally feel 270 is needlessly wide at a lot of places and higher speeds and less lanes would help tremendously.
  3. My opinion is that people get "stuck" in the left lane since for most drivers, merging left is easier than merging right since the driver's side is on the left. Its my fantasy dream to have a highway system where exits and entrances are on the left and the passing lane is on the right while still having majority of cars be left hand drive. This would allow more experienced drivers who are more comfortable merging right to pass safely and the more timid drivers to not get "stuck" in a lane from their anxiety.
  4. I will maintain that more lanes do no good. I think 3 lanes in each direction is ideal and anymore just increases the area for choke points, encourages undertaking, and doesn't lend itself to discussing the real efficiency improvement: higher speeds. That's not small town minded. That's just smart.
  5. More lanes do not solve traffic problems. Just ask Los Angeles.
  6. Subway! Anybody still have Duane's number?
  7. Nice. I love that CC continues to invest in it's downtown presence. I didn't particularly enjoy it when I attended (school...Ugh ) but looking back on it, I'm very proud.
  8. I agree with you on the fact that autonomous vehicles are a ways away for the average consumer but I don't agree with you on the points that I was responding to. Sensors are a solvable challenge, people will pay a premium for the latest tech, insurance companies already do insure autonomous vehicles, autonomous vehicles have already been involved in accidents, and all of these things are part of the territory when deploying new technology. Many businesses have made the decision that those challenges are worth taking on. Again, I agree that consumers in GR may not see that stuff for a decade or six (hyperbole) but your reasons detailing why that won't happen are not the reason. The real reason is just time. I'm always reminded of a quote that sums it up perfectly; "The future is already here - its just not very evenly distributed." - William Gibson.
  9. Heated sensors much like you see today with heated side mirrors. But the biggest fail safes against bad weather are learned roads (rely on data acquired during a trip down the same road a day before or month before, or years before; the more time you drive down a road the better the system knows it) and communication with other vehicles. Or, a simple pull over and deactivate the system and have the driver to take over. Its definitely an issue but not an unsolvable one. The same people who bought / buy hybrids, EVs, and other cars that command a premium. 1. Insurance companies already insure autonomous vehicles. 2. People have already been hit by driverless cars. 3. This all comes with the territory of trying new technologies. 4. Cars had their "firsts" also; http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/w/World's_First_Automobile_Accident?rec=2596 And society managed to figure it all out.
  10. SUE SUE SUE!
  11. Even with the rate hike, money is still cheap. I agree with what you're getting at: majority of lenders would lend to a qualified developer looking to build a parking garage. After all, even if teleportation becomes the norm tomorrow, that developer is still on the hook for the funds borrowed.
  12. #hipsterdreams
  13. Both.
  14. Vicious. I like it.
  15. I live in Columbus now. The IKEA opening this summer is going to murder traffic on 270 and 70. Pray for us.