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#11 of 39 I'd like to see
Sep 03, 2012 (9:26 am)
Driverless cars be used as a traffic "fine" punishment.
If you cause an at-fault accident, you must let Google do the driving for you for 1-year.
If you can go the following 5 years (after the year of punishment) without an at fault accident, then you start over. If you have another accident in those 5 years, then you get punished with a driverless car for 5 years, again, needing to prove yourself for 5 years to start the cycle over at 1 year punishment again.
#12 of 39 you'll be glad driverless cars are coming
by steve_ HOST
Sep 24, 2012 (6:46 pm)
And they'll drive better than you can.
So says Dan Neil.
"The danger will come not from auto-piloted vehicles but from the holdouts, those drivers who for whatever reason rely on the faulty, flimsy wetware between their ears. What will be normative? Should manually operated vehicles be the ones to give way? Or should autopilot cars (with special running lights) be especially deferential to their inferior human counterparts?
Nobody cares about driving anymore.
Give people a button that says "Home" and I guarantee they will push it."
Who's Behind the Wheel? Nobody (Wall St. Journal)
#13 of 39 Re: you'll be glad driverless cars are coming [steve_]
Sep 24, 2012 (7:27 pm)
Not viable until infrastructure improves and software is perfected for all conditions. I'm not holding my breath.
That being said, a lot of "drivers" should be forced into such cars.
#14 of 39 Re: you'll be glad driverless cars are coming [fintail]
Sep 24, 2012 (8:42 pm)
Got to ask, are consumers really asking for this, or are we just throwing more tax monies around in the name of stimulus? Wonder if the gov figures that once they control the car, then they get access to your personal info off of it. That means it will be easier to insert tolls, tax by mileage and maybe even provide insurers all of your info? George Orwell was just a few decades ahead of time!
#15 of 39 Re: you'll be glad driverless cars are coming [berri]
Sep 24, 2012 (8:47 pm)
Some use Orwell as an instruction manual rather than a warning.
It's a lot deeper than stimulus. It's control. I'd also worry about data breaches - some idiot upper manager loses a laptop on a flight, a few million people have their info compromised, and the manager ends up with another promotion towards a huge pension.
#16 of 39 Re: you'll be glad driverless cars are coming [berri]
Sep 25, 2012 (2:45 pm)
It will be a sad day when the pleasure of driving is taken from us. Just as bad as having electric cars eventually jammed down our throats. Our Government is becoming more and more oppressive. Eventually we will all drive shoebox sized dull cars driven by computer taking us home to our 800 square foot government mandated apartments.
#17 of 39 Re: you'll be glad driverless cars are coming [mtnman1]
by steve_ HOST
Sep 25, 2012 (4:37 pm)
I can think of a lot of fun roads that probably won't see pavement in the next 20 years, much less lane avoidance systems.
On the other hand, commuting on a crowded freeway twice a day isn't what I'd call pleasure driving.
#18 of 39 Re: you'll be glad driverless cars are coming [steve_]
Sep 25, 2012 (5:27 pm)
And it's just gonna kill hitchhiking.....
#19 of 39 Re: you'll be glad driverless cars are coming [fezo]
Sep 25, 2012 (6:22 pm)
It'll also kill traffic violations, so governments will have to find new sources of revenue. And insurance companies will too.