TECHNOLOGY: Driverless anything will dramatically disrupt the economy

http://observer.com/2016/02/why-driverless-cars-will-screech-to-a-halt/

OPINION
Why Driverless Cars Will Screech to a Halt
The liability and regulatory issues involved in letting a 3000 pound death machine steer itself with no human at the controls remain huge
By Steven Hill • 02/09/16 8:42am

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Elon Musk’s Tesla recently became the latest big shot company to enter the self-driving car sweepstakes. Mr. Musk recently announced the hiring of software architecture veteran Jim Keller, who previously had played key roles at Apple and AMD, to lead its Autopilot Engineering team. Tesla’s move follows the recently announced partnership between General Motors and Lyft, in which the automaker is investing $500 million in the ridesharing company as part of a joint venture to develop self-driving cars.

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I wouldn’t mind having a “driverless car”. 

I don’t think it will happen in my lifetime.

It will hugely disrupt the economy. Hard to imagine all the impacts.

Great for the senior citizens who should no longer be driving.

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Elon Musk’s Tesla recently became the latest big shot company to enter the self-driving car sweepstakes. Mr. Musk recently announced the hiring of software architecture veteran Jim Keller, who previously had played key roles at Apple and AMD, to lead its Autopilot Engineering team. Tesla’s move follows the recently announced partnership between General Motors and Lyft, in which the automaker is investing $500 million in the ridesharing company as part of a joint venture to develop self-driving cars.

One Response to TECHNOLOGY: Driverless anything will dramatically disrupt the economy

  1. I’d generally feel a lot better with a good computer driving those “3,000 pound Death Machines” than with having human beings driving them! Yes, there’d be no way to guarantee them 100% against failure or hacking…. but there’s no way to guarantee drivers 100% against being drunk or stoned or having strokes or heart attacks. However theres also no way for the computer to become distracted by screaming kids in the backseat, pretty gals on a street corner, great dresses on sale in a store window, or annoyed bumblebees.

    – MJM

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