February 21, 2012

REMEMBER YOUR FRIEND WHO WAS NEVER GOING TO YIELD TO THE SEAT BELT NAZIS?:

Driverless cars are sneaking up on you (Peter Valdes-Dapens,  February 21, 2012, CNN Money)

The first "autonomous driving" systems will be part-timers, only able to handle the boring stuff. They'll only take full control in certain environments, such as Interstate highways.

And cars like that from mainstream automakers are close to reality.

Self-driving cars aren't just a matter of convenience, either; it's safety that's the driving force. That's why some people are pushing for a faster roll-out of the technology, said Bryant Walker Smith, a fellow at Stanford Law School who has written extensively about self-driving cars.

Over 30,000 people a year are killed in car crashes, the majority of which are caused by human error. Computers may not be perfect, but they're almost certain to be far better than us.

"How long are we willing to wait and let people die before we move to the autonomous car?" said Smith.

Posted by at February 21, 2012 6:38 AM
  

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