CA State Sen. Alex Padilla Pushes for Autonomous Vehicle Guidelines
March 5, 2012 10:23 AM
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State Sen. wants California to develop automated vehicle rules
California State Sen. Alex Padilla wants to see California follow the path of Nevada and set guidelines that outline when and how
can be tested within the state. Nevada has such guidelines in place, and
Google has been actively testing its autonomous vehicles
within the state. Google isn't alone on the push to autonomous vehicles with several universities and organizations working on the technology.
Padilla recently took a ride in a Google autonomous vehicle and figures that such technology will help reduce the incidence of accidents on highways. He also believes the computer-controlled cars will eventually drive more safely than humans are capable of.
"The vast majority of accidents are due to human error. Autonomous vehicles have the potential to reduce traffic fatalities and improve safety on our roads and highways,” Padilla remarked. “California is uniquely positioned to be the leader in the deployment of autonomous technology."
If the proposed legislation is approved, the California Highway Patrol would be responsible for developing standards and performance requirements for autonomous vehicle testing and operation on state highways.
Google's autonomous Prius
Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, and Oklahoma are also considering similar legislation.
Drivers [or rather passengers] of these vehicles would be able to read, chat with passengers, or play games without needing to focus on the road. The safety aspects of autonomous vehicles are appealing in that computer-controlled cars would presumably be less accident-prone than human drivers.
Computer-controlled cars could also help avoid traffic congestion the plagues the highways in many cities around the country. In addition, some scientists believe that
won't need stoplights thanks to automated vehicles.
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RE: The sheep can enjoy
3/5/2012 2:04:11 PM
Your fate is never in your hands,
While there is certainly an element of "God's will" in fate, the fact is people can use "fate" as an excuse for not taking responsibility for their actions, e.g. in some countries where there is a dangerous piece of roadway and people keep crashing and dying, and then people say "It was God's will we've had another person killed today". It wasn't God's will, God's will is that people take responsibility and fix up that dangerous piece of roadway so innocent people aren't constantly being killed.
If you look at that sentence "It is always his fate to be left behind" you can see this guy doesn't manage his time properly. It wasn't fate that made him late, it was his own stupidity.
In the same way, when that guy said "I prefer to keep my fate in my hands" he was saying he would rather accept the consequences of a poor decision of his own than the consequences of a computer's bad decision.
RE: The sheep can enjoy
3/5/2012 5:09:46 PM
Aww but my point was trying to control the uncontrollable is an effort in futility. If FIT were on a closed course and controlled all variables then maybe his "fate" would be in his hands. However on the public roadway his "fate" is never in his hands, as he is at the mercy of other drivers, bad luck, god's will, or whatever you want to call it. Regardless of how good FIT thinks he can drive, the fact is others are not as adept. No amount of skill can usurp that.
That being said I'm an enthusiast and you can have my CTS-V when you pry it from my cold dead hands. I agree with his conclusion, just not his illusion that "fate" has anything to do with skill. Can you increase your odds, sure, but you cannot control the utter chaos that is the universe of statistical probability. Can the guy coming toward you on a 2 lane be about to commit suicide via head on collision? Of course, in fact suicide via car is pretty common. No amount of skill will save you if he swerves over within your reaction time window. Judging by some of FIT's other auto debates, it is almost as if he believes his reaction time is 0, but in fact there is a window EVERY moment that he drives, that is 100% outside of his physical ability to react. That window is why his "fate" will NEVER be in his hands.
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