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Message no. 1
From: Patric 'Procrastination' Rogers <PROGERS@******.BITNET>
Subject: autopilots
Date: Mon, 3 May 1993 17:08:00 EDT
How could an auto-pilot give you more control (control pool) and yet
take it away at the same time (handling penalty).

My vote is throw out the handling penalty. It appears to me to be an
unnecessary "game balance" carry-over. IMHO the limit on vehicle body
will compensate (game balance wise) for the additional control pool.


Sanctuary BBS, 517/629-2002, 24 hrs, 9600/N81, Gaming and Computer Networks
Message no. 2
From: Tim Huie <SPEEDBMP@*******.BITNET>
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1993 21:16:03 +0200
Question, what is a Autopilot?

A Autopilot is a colection of hardware/software/jellyware, sensors, and contro
ling gear in the vechialc itself.
Hardware, Datajack(oppinal) to allow direct commication to the controlling sy
stems of said vechical. Standard computer/user interface is assumed in this set
Software, A expert system programed with the various carteristics of the vech
ical in question. How it handles, fuel consuption rate, drag/slide coefficents
and control interfaces with the vechical
Jellyware, The driver or the nut behind the wheel.
One can assume the the vechical will recieve up dates from various ground sta
tions tracking it's progress(if the opeerator desiers so any good SHADOWRUNer w
ould take care in this case.

A note on the vechical control rigs, I have a felling that these are more in
the cranium than in the body proper. Stands to reason, if you feel a mussle con
tract and have to react to it this slows responce time down a bit. Better to go
to the brain directly. The higher the number on your rig the more invasive you
r wires into your head. Hence the big eccenes cost for the set up. In the novel
s it is describerd in a simular fassion to decking, just more focused on the ve
chical than the matrix proper. My though that some one could wright a emulator
program stuff it into headware memory and use it. This would not be the same as
a VCR but would do the job just the same.Respoce time would be slower, you are
useing a diffrent set of tools to do the job.

Into the shadows
Tim (Speedbump) Huie
Message no. 3
From: "Jason Carter, Nightstalker" <CARTER@***.EDU>
Subject: Re: AUTO PILOTS
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1993 12:41:21 -0700
Question, what is a Autopilot?

A interlocking set of sensors, computers, and vehicle controls. Depending upon
the level of Autopilot it may be nothing more than a set of collision warning
devices to a completely automated vehicle.

What is a Vehicle Control Rig?

A highly invasive set of bodywide cyberware that wires the users body directly
to a vehicle that has the proper equipment. Rigging is not a totally virtal
thing like decking, it is a highly involved physical action. When a character
uses a VCR the in effect become one with the vehicle. That is why they get a
control pool. A simple or even complex program would not give the same results.

See Ya in Shadows,
Jason J Carter
The Nightstalker


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