Skip to comments.California mulls how to regulate ‘driverless cars’
Posted on 03/11/2014 12:29:37 PM PDT by Olog-hai
The California Department of Motor Vehicles began Tuesday to puzzle through the complex question of how to regulate cars that rely on computersnot peopleto drive them.
Once the stuff of science fiction, driverless cars could be commercially available by decades end. Google already has sent its fleet of Priuses and Lexuses, fitted with an array of sensors, hundreds of thousands of miles in California, and major automakers are testing their own models.
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how soon will it be until we start working on a people-less congress and govt. ?
When I first saw 250 ton mine haul dump trucks running autonomously, I knew it would eventually encompass road trucks.
But it’s coming faster than I ever imagined.
Simple, just keep a total ban in place.
If it brings anything good the government will regulate it...
Insurance will be more concerned than gov’t.
A mine truck that runs the same path and not having to negotiate more complex traffic scenarios, then throw into the mix the idoits driving the non-autonomys vehicles are two completely different things.
The implications he are huge. Lets just take for example accidents
Who’s at fault?
Will the operator of any regular vehicle always be considered at fault merely because technology lacks inherent human error a real driver can have?
If there is an accident where the driverless car is at fault, who do you sue?
i feel this move towards driverless cars involves a much more sinister agenda than getting a permanent chauffer you won’t have to pay.
This is yet another attempt at more government surveillance and control. Control of your whereabouts. Control over your mileage and the ability to tax those miles. The ability of law enforcement to remotely shutdown your vehicle at. their whim.
A Komatsu haulpack on a small restricted road system at an open pit is quite a bit different than an automobile going 70 mph opposite you on an undivided highway.
If a tree falls in the forest, and there’s no one around to pay the tree-falls-in-the-forest tax, is there still a tax?
I didn’t say it will be easy or perfect.
But it’s going to happen - and yes it will happen because it gives govt control.
The progressives would rather put us in public transportation but we’re a defiant bunch. This will be another path.
I can’t speak for CA but here in MA they won’t be allowed. Only if...ONLY if...the state figures out a way to get Insurance companies to charge us more and get at least half of that money in the right pockets. Then they’ll welcome them and all the accidents with open arms.
Lefties want control of you. Freedom is so passe.
Remember Usenet groups on dial-up?
Sure you do.
Now we’re communicating at blazing speeds on our mobile wireless devices.
i wanna see one get stopped for speeding,i’d pay for that
Robot cars aren't good for big gov. People that don't drive can easily flee to America from the communist big cities and avoid public transportation. People can live farther from their jobs and drive bigger cars with beds. Jackboots are going to have to think up new reasons for harassing people and performing armed highway robbery. They are not going to give up their revenue stream.
Mr. Jones, TSA has selected a new destination for you. We'll be going to HHS Happy Joy Fun Resort 1215. Enjoy your stay.
Do these driverless vehicles have the technology capaable of distinguishing various traffic situations and road signs? Wil they automatically connect with other like vehicles. Doubt it! This means there’s going to be a need for massive ammounts of expensive tech infrastructure everywhere. Who’s going to pay for it? Take the expense of a somewhat localized high speed rail project and multiply that by every city. So unless you ban all standard vehicles and force every person who drives to buy a new driverless car, it’s just not possible much less feasible not to mention just not as much fun.
It’s a pipedream much like the flying car!
I don’t think anyone here is questioning driverless cars from a technical viewpoint. Predicting the advancement of technology is easy since it always does. What is different in this case are legal and government oversight issues. It’s easy to find the defendant in a legal case and determine blame if flattened into a pancake at Bingham Canyon. Not so much if vaporized by a car-drone on a public highway. The subject might make a good futuristic spy novel.
Since this plays right into goverment’s desire to control, I believe that will ride roughshod over the regulatory issues.