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California lawmakers want driverless cars legalized within the state

Few will argue with the fact that one of the only ways to eliminate distracted driving is to completely remove the driver from the equation. This is in part what automated, driverless vehicles -- such as the fleet that Google is operating around the country -- promise. The cars are expected to be safer because distracted drivers will no longer be an issue. Google's driverless fleet has racked up 300,000 accident-free miles.
Driverless vehicles can also allow those who were unable to drive themselves to get around without having to seek assistance. Other than making the roads safer, driverless cars also promise to decrease congestion and delays on the nation's roadways by eliminating accidents.
California is making moves to get these driverless vehicles on its state roads with one California legislator introducing a bill seeking to clarify that driverless cars are street legal. Google continues to be one of the major driving forces behind driverless vehicles, although there are other companies working in the industry.
Google believes that it has the computer science knowledge and financial strength to bring driverless cars to reality for Americans. "It's amazing to me that we (even) let humans drive cars," Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said a few years ago.
A lot of the technology needed for driverless vehicles is already available, and some vehicles on the streets today have many of the components needed to make this feat possible. Industry Association Auto Alliance represents Toyota, Ford, GM, BMW, and other major automakers. According to Auto Alliance, its members are individually exploring autonomous vehicle technology, and the association says that great strides have been made in the past decade.
Ford and GM, for instance, are working on autonomous braking technology that allows the car to bring itself to a complete stop when radar and other sensors the vehicle use sense an impending accident.
While some state legislators in California are trying to get the vehicles legalized for road use within the state, other states such as Nevada already allow driverless cars to operate on its roads.

Source: Detroit News

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RE: I drive casue I have to
By 91TTZ on 8/23/2012 4:26:26 PM , Rating: 2
Sure it's a bit silly, but I think you're ignoring it because it hits the nail on the head: you think something should be legal because you enjoy it regardless of it's impact on other people.

I enjoy eating steaks. Eating red meat has been proven to cause heart disease. Heart surgery costs a lot of money, most of which is paid by the member's health insurance, which then passes that cost on to the other subscribers.

Since one person's personal pleasure can lead to others paying more in health premiums, is that ground for making it illegal to consume red meat?

RE: I drive casue I have to
By nafhan on 8/23/2012 4:38:05 PM , Rating: 2
Since one person's personal pleasure can lead to others paying more in health premiums, is that ground for making it illegal to consume red meat?
Actually, increased group health insurance costs is the penalty for having a bunch of over-eaters in your group health plan.

To make your analogy really work, though, we'd have to first assume everyone was under government health care. At that point, yes, eating steak might become illegal. However, IMO, that's an argument against gov. health care, not steak eating.

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