Source: The Atlantic
quote: I for one don't see the need to own a car that I don't get to drive myself.
quote: Why would we need automated cars?
quote: There are so many useful practical applications for an automated car that its unbelievable some people can't see them.
quote: Cars can be sent home and called to retrieve you in poor parking areas.
quote: The idea of a flawless system where traffic and wrecks are eliminated by some automatic driving systems are a fantasy. You're living with your head in the clouds.
quote: AHAHAHA!!! Like the Batmobile? HAHAH!! Dude, that will be the day. Holy shit, I haven't laughed that hard in weeks. You really believe this shit, don't you
quote: Seriously, think about all the technology we have today that people would have laughed at in the past.
quote: With NOBODY in the car to "go manual" in case something breaks with the system or the car? Dude that's nuts! Would you trust that?
quote: What if someone wrecks your car? Oh let me guess, the car will automatically text you that it was in a wreck right?
quote: If your car runs over someone and kills them while it was driving itself, who do we blame? Who gets sued?
quote: This is fundamentally different. Nice try attempting to paint anyone with objections to this as some kind of Luddite.
quote: It's 2012 and computer AI frankly still sucks. It's going to take amazing AI for something like this to actually work in real life conditions for prolonged periods of time.
quote: If you told a biplane pilot in WW1 that it might be a good idea to have the plane be able to fly itself, he might think its a good idea in theory, but bloody impossible in principle. He probably would laugh at the notion of it actually being possible. If the idea ended there, then we wouldn't have autopilots on modern aircraft.
quote: You seem to want to turn this into some sort of "pro-autocar" vs. "anti-autocar," fight.
quote: The difference is I am willing to accept there are possibilities and they are worth considering.
quote: Well maybe if you explained first computers and GPS and modern avionics, he would have a more firm grasp on the autopilot concept. Also explain to him that it just holds a speed and course, not actually "flies" the plane. But I digress, this is another stupid analogy. The idea of a self-driving car isn't some super futuristic mind-blowing idea!
quote: Well yes, that's generally step #1 of any discussion I enter :) Divide and conquer!
quote: I already did that though. The difference is I applied realism, logic, and common sense. It's a radical concept called "critical thinking".
quote: Also explain to him that it just holds a speed and course, not actually "flies" the plane.