J. Kevin Robbins wrote:The second reason was addressed in this article. The car might be programmed to kill you.
J. Kevin Robbins wrote:I'm betting that self-driving cars will never take off
J. Kevin Robbins wrote: Do you want to trust your life to a car that might decide to kill you in order to avoid hitting a school bus or whatever?
Jayesh A Lalwani wrote:I am not 100% certain that humans do make a conscious decision to go into a tree to save a child.
Premise (1) is very important. There are many people with imperfectly controlled epilepsy who essentially are imprisoned for life -- condemned to be restricted to one of those very few places where one does not need an automobile to get around.
Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:I read an article somewhere (I forget where) that said this would encourage people to commute to places they wouldn't now. There were two premises:
1) People who can't drive (the disabled, etc) can now drive
2) People can do other stuff in the car
Premise 2 is interesting. I commute by mass transit now. It's great to be able to do other things like read on the train. However, the limiting factor on commutes where I live (New York City) is traffic. If everyone got in a self driving car to go to work, it would take them many hours to get to work.
Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:If everyone got in a self driving car to go to work, it would take them many hours to get to work.