Self-Driving Cars Could Function As Moving Brothels, Academics Predict

Submitted by: daegog 3 days ago in News & Politics Tech

Technological innovation or unintended consequence?

An excerpt from The Telegraph: Brothels could move into self-driving cars, British academics predict.

A paper by researchers at the University of Surrey and Oxford suggests that "pay-per-hour" hotel rooms are likely to be replaced by autonomous cars when the technology is introduced.

"While SCAVs [shared, connected autonomous vehicles] will likely be monitored to deter passengers having sex or using drugs in them, and to prevent violence, such surveillance may be rapidly overcome, disabled or removed. 

"Moreover, personal CAVs will likely be immune from such surveillance. Such private CAVs may also be put to commercial use, as it is just a small leap to imagine Amsterdam’s Red Light District ‘on the move’," the paper says. 

The study titled "Autonomous vehicles and the future of urban tourism", published in the Annals of Tourism Research, also suggests that the budget hotel and flight industry could suffer if the cars are introduced, as travelers opt to sleep in their cars and travel overnight between cities that they might otherwise have flown between. 

They could also herald the end of the coach trip, as tourists who might have opted for a coach tour choose the greater freedom and independence that comes with travelling by car without having to worry about driving or finding parking spaces. 

This could lead to congestion and traffic in tourist hotspots, the researchers warned. 

"Should CAVs replace traditional coach-tours, major urban attractions can anticipate congestion as ten or more CAVs may equal the capacity of one conventional tour bus. 
There are 31 comments:
Male 2,737
Wooho now its going to cost even more.
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Male 4,054
It does not take an 'academic' to predict that a new technology will somehow be used illicitly.
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Female 6,567
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Male 9,197
Anyone else getting slightly aroused by the photo accompanying this story?  O.O  Was that TMI? I think that was probably TMI.
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Male 10,061
squrlz4ever I've fogged up my car windows many a day.

My daughter was conceived in a chevy.

And I've had sex in two moving cars.  One was a limo.  The other was while I was driving. 
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Male 4,102
squrlz4ever 1. Yes, that is tmi 2. But don't worry, because I agree 3. We need to get laid 4. Want to be my wing squirrel?
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Male 9,197
robthelurker LOL! Thanks for the laugh. I needed it.  :)  Regarding the offer, would that make me a flying squirrel?
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Male 1,908
squrlz4ever "would that make me a flying squirrel?"
I think 'the flying squirrel' is from the Kama Sutra.
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Female 6,567
semichisam01 "And now here's something we hope you'll really like!"
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Male 4,102
melcervini you have officially won the internet tonight my friend.
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Female 6,567
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Male 112
Well it least a drive by mooning never killed any one. I wonder if the shag vans will come back into style, if this starts up.
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Male 2,737
tinfoilhatsociety   I hope so.
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Male 45,208
No more looking for parking.  
Pull up to the front, get out, send the car away to park. 
Call it when you're ready for it to return and pick you up.
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Male 112
Gerry1of1 sounds like a new uber feature. 
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Male 45,208

I SAID STRAP IN NOT STRAP ON!!!!!!

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Male 45,208
It is a truth universally acknowledged that any
technology invented will eventually be utilized 
for sex.

I'm paraphrasing Jane Austen there 
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Male 112
Gerry1of1 i'm not about to use my  fan as a pleasure device. Or even a light socket.
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Male 10,061
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Male 45,208
tinfoilhatsociety   But be sure someone else has
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Male 1,908
tinfoilhatsociety "i'm not about to use my  fan as a pleasure device. Or even a light socket."
We're not all on the cutting edge.
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Male 112
semichisam01 Missed joke. My bright idea was a shocking experience when i had sex with my light outlet.
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Male 5,573
If this self-driving car's-a-rocking...
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Male 18,342
Also a place to shoot up. Think about that and check for needles 
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Male 7,120
Buy stock in companies that make tinted windows!

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Male 1,636
Not even I thought of that one... and I have quite an imagination!

People will use them to commute to and from work: why pay $100 a day for parking?
People will send their kids too and from school in them, who needs busses? 

The increase in traffic will be huge... but that's how it goes!
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gohikineko  right you are but self-driving cars take up less of the road so there's at least that
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Male 1,636
dm2754 Less of the road? Sorry you lost me there.

20 extra cars far outweighs 1 bus in terms of traffic, I think. And most of them will be making 2x trips instead of 1x eh? To work/school/activity and then home, then back again to pick them up, then home... so more like 40X a bus...
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Male 7,120
gohikineko Well if you want sex in heavy traffic, you are gonna have to pay extra for that.
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Male 1,636
daegog Drive down bumpy roads... :grin:
Drive past your Ex-'s house :big grin:
So many possibilities now that I think about it! Drive past work, lolz!
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Well, now that they brought the idea up...
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