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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 nafhan on 8/23/2012 5:32:56 PM , Rating: 2
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Shall I list all the "dangerous" activities we do every day, which are perfectly legal?
You're not the guy that tests bullet proof vests are you? :)

Seriously, though, there's probably nothing else you do on a given day that has even a small chance of killing someone other than driving a car. If I'm wrong though, I'd be interested in hearing your list! Sounds awesome!


RE: I drive casue I have to
By Spuke on 8/23/2012 5:54:37 PM , Rating: 2
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Seriously, though, there's probably nothing else you do on a given day that has even a small chance of killing someone other than driving a car.
There's nothing else YOU do on a given day that has even a small chance of killing someone other than driving a car. LOL! Fixed that for you.


RE: I drive casue I have to
By nafhan on 8/24/2012 10:17:55 AM , Rating: 2
It's true!


RE: I drive casue I have to
By Reclaimer77 on 8/23/2012 8:47:46 PM , Rating: 1
Nafhan did you know more deaths occur from high school sports than gun shootings per year in the US?

By your logic, kids should stop playing sports. It's just too dangerous! What right does your kid have to potentially kill my kid from a bad tackle? What right does a coach have to push my kid into a fatal heat stroke?

I think we should start phasing out all athletic activities. Sorry kids, Nafhan Logic dictates that just because you "like" something, doesn't give you the right to do it.


RE: I drive casue I have to
By nafhan on 8/24/2012 10:15:43 AM , Rating: 2
Not really a great analogy. The cause of a death due to heatstroke, for instance, is probably not due to negligence on the part of another person. If there is reason to believe that it is, then it should probably be looked into, though.
quote:
Nafhan Logic dictates that just because you "like" something, doesn't give you the right to do it.
Yep. I generally take consideration beyond whether or not I "like it" in my decision making process. You got me.

As far as actual "rights" go... I don't consider either playing high school sports or driving to be an inalienable right or an essential pillar of society and culture. They're nice things that we like, and that's it.


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