Americans’ Interest in Self-Driving Cars Goes in Reverse

September 19, 2018

  • September 19, 2018 at 1:39 pm
    Jack King says:
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    In addition to safety concerns, my other objection is that if I have to be behind the wheel of a self driven car and pay attention anyway in case a person jumps in the road, I might as well be driving. You can’t read a book or turn and talk with the passengers.

    • September 19, 2018 at 2:29 pm
      Agent says:
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      Americans do love to drive their cars and don’t want to worry about a sensor failing and rear ending an 18 wheeler.

      • September 19, 2018 at 4:00 pm
        Agent says:
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        Someone give Rosenblatt smelling salts. His autonomous vehicle agenda went up in smoke.

        • September 19, 2018 at 6:37 pm
          Rosenblatt says:
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          I said earlier this year that Level 5 fully autonomous vehicles would take 10+ years to get on the road. Has it been 10 years yet? No, so my stance hasn’t changed.

          • September 21, 2018 at 11:11 am
            Agent says:
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            How do you explain the decline in interest of the American People? If they are so wonderful, seems like the interest would be growing. Let’s hope they remain about 1% or less of vehicles on the road. Put them way out in Utah or Nevada where the traffic is sparse and they can’t run over someone.

          • September 21, 2018 at 4:58 pm
            Rosenblatt says:
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            “How do you explain the decline in interest of the American People?”

            Fear of emerging technology

          • September 24, 2018 at 12:37 pm
            Captain Planet says:
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            Just let them keep operating in Texas.

            https://www.wired.com/story/embark-self-driving-truck-deliveries/

  • September 20, 2018 at 2:11 pm
    Matt says:
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    Not to mention that self driving cars will be programmed to maintain proper distance between vehicles which will mean traffic patterns will be extremely spread out. The vast majority of cars today travel too closely to the car in front of it which is only problematic when there is a problem. Self driving cars will dictate speed, course of travel, and distance between cars. Self driving cars will be great for those truly in need and for those who have no interest in driving, but it’s highly unlikely they will ever be mainstream.

  • September 24, 2018 at 2:40 pm
    Genuous says:
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    I can agree that we are still years away from the technology being mainstream. No doubt they will take much more time to develop in places where the roads are bad or frequently covered with snow and ice. Still, we tend to understate the risks caused by human error, as probably 90 percent of people think of themselves as above-average drivers, and the remainder think of themselves as average.
    My first step would be to mandate the use of self-driving cars for those convicted of driving while impaired. Get those bozos out from behind the wheel, and roads will be much safer for everyone. Also these have the potential to be a boon for the elderly. Hope they’re around when I’m at that stage!



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