California Pushes for Driverless, Automated Cars
August 23, 2012 9:07 AM
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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
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.
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RE: I drive casue I have to
8/23/2012 5:04:37 PM
I loved that you picked sports to support this argument as sports is something that you cannot do whenever and wherever you like. There are designated areas and places where it would be illegal or impossible to start a game of softball. Likewise, there will be plenty of places for you to vroom vroom in your car but it won't be on a public highways where robots are driving. Robots cannot possibly account for the infinite stupidity of human beings.
Further, you don't have a right to drive, it's a privilege. We restrict that privilege for all sorts of mundane reasons but simultaneously decongesting highways, reducing fuel expenditures, and reducing traffic related injuries and fatalities is an outrageous affront to your personal liberties? Give me a break. You guys are silly.
RE: I drive casue I have to
8/25/2012 12:12:24 PM
Further, you don't have a right to drive, it's a privilege.
We have that statement beat into us from day one at the DMV, but I really have to call BS on that.
The fact is that vast majority of us would find not being able to drive more than an inconvenience. I would be out of job and I bet that more than 50% of America would be in the same situation if survey was given. I don't doubt that at point in time many many years ago, that wasn't true, however given that my livelyhood and "pursuit of happiness" is at stake, then I would call it a right.
Our lawmaking overlords would rather it be called a privilege, so that you have no ground to stand on if you get caught going 8 over and they want your contribution to state police retirement fund. Bottom line is our society in vast majority of America has been reshaped over the last 50 years to require a car pursue a productive life. Anything less is a severe handicap.
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