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  •  Good point (5+ / 0-)

    But that leaves an erroneous impression that there was someone operating it who lost control. In effect, the thing was parked.

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    by Catte Nappe on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 01:55:10 PM PDT

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    •  I hear you (3+ / 0-)
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      but it was still a runaway train if the brakes failed, or if a sabateur unhooked it, etc.

      A truck with failing brakes is a runaway truck, even when there is a driver still inside.

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      by LilithGardener on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 02:03:43 PM PDT

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      •  Uhmm...a question: (2+ / 0-)
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        In railroad terminology, is "driverless" technically different from "runaway".  Is it a Canadianism, or is rail terminology slightly different there? Or is this just poor or deliberate choice of words by the reporter or Reuters?

        Just wondering.

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        by tom 47 on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 03:36:59 PM PDT

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        •  Yes - they are different (1+ / 0-)
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          I live in New York where we have a driverless subway train. It's modern, fully automated. They also have driverless trains in Paris, and I'm sure elsewhere.

          Since these driverless trains are fully controlled, they are not runaway trains.

          Beyond that I'm not sure about all the technology that enables them to operate.

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          by LilithGardener on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 03:46:12 PM PDT

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        •  Doubt the Reuters reporter knows the diff. (0+ / 0-)

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          by dadadata on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 04:35:30 PM PDT

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        •  They are not always interchangeable. Here's why (1+ / 0-)
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          Driverless means exactly that. There is no one controlling the vehicle.

          Runaway means a train that is out of control. It may have a driver, but the driver may not be able to stop the train.

          The headline is correct.

          •  OK thanks, Zwoof (0+ / 0-)

            Yer a trustworthy sort.

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            by tom 47 on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 06:14:24 PM PDT

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