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U.S. Proposes Spending $4 Billion to Encourage Driverless Cars


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I read where the statistics on the amount of crashes between driverless cars and non-driverless cars amounted to 1 more crash (percentage wize) difference. (Human crashes was the higher number) The BIG difference was that ALL the crashes were a result of human error and not computer malfunctions.

 

I thought that was a rather interesting study. I still wouldn't buy one. LOL

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Seems to me that until they develop fail proof throttle position sensors, PCM's, and every other item we face every day, it doesn't make much sense to head this direction. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to be able to send my car to pick up the kids from wrestling practice and return them to me safely, but I think overall it's time hasn't come yet.

 

On another note, I remember a conversation my grandpa had with my dad about how he would never trust a car with an automatic transmission. How's the car gonna know what gear I want to be in?

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I usually drive the speed limit or close to it. Everyday I have impatient drivers gesturing from behind or beside me because I must be in their way. With self-driving cars everyone is going to drive the speed limit everywhere they go, every time they drive. Do we really believe that Americans are willing to give up their autonomy of driving at this point? Sure, convenience and the Tech factor are enticing but people want to make their own decisions and if that means hammering their vehicle to get around Mr. Speed Limit then that's what they're going to do. The Tech will be here way before true adoption. I believe it will be legislated into effect by Big Government long before it will be universally adopted by the public.

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Drones delivery is already a real thing. I see it here in my area on occasion. With the autonomous cars, it's a reality, and its on the horizon. It will happen much sooner than later. Of course, they will be implemented slowly, like the hybrid car was, and there will always be human drivers on the road.

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