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Charles Murray
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Re: Sending a mixed message
Charles Murray   7/17/2012 6:51:23 PM
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I agree on both counts, Rob. On a gut level, I don't feel comfortable giving up control to an autonomous car. On the other hand, I think that in a hundred years, people will look back at our era and view us as primitive for having put up with 30,000 highway deaths per year (and that's just in the U.S.).

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Re: Sending a mixed message
ricardo   7/17/2012 5:12:56 PM
We have had the technology to solve all these problems for over a century.  It's called a chauffeur.

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Re: Sending a mixed message
TJ McDermott   7/17/2012 4:15:36 PM
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Think of the lost time sitting behind a wheel in everyday commuter traffic that could be put to better use.  It's a two-fold savings, because the autonomous vehicles will supposedly handle traffic more efficiently.

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Semi-Autonomous Driving
apresher   7/17/2012 2:55:58 PM
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As much as this is interesting technology, I agree with Jhankwitz that the lawyers (or certain types of lawyers) would potentially have a field day with this.

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Re: Sending a mixed message
Rob Spiegel   7/17/2012 2:40:34 PM
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I'm not crazy about the idea of fully autonomous, but if it saved lives, I would welcome it. I didn't like seatbelts at first. But the statistics on lives saved became compelling very quickly.

TJ McDermott
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Re: Sending a mixed message
TJ McDermott   7/17/2012 1:31:31 PM
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Ann, I would go the other way.  In the manner tha prohibition did not work, banning cell phone usage while driving doesn't work either.

The right approach is not "semi" autonomous.  Whole-hog full autonomy should be the goal, for sooner rather than later.  Semi is good for the short term (like diamond lanes on highways).

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Sending a mixed message
Ann R. Thryft   7/17/2012 1:15:02 PM
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It sounds like a mixed message to me, too. I don't really get why automakers would want to encourage risky behavior. If drivers are breaking the law by texting or talking on the phone, then shouldn't they be cited? We don't make cars that accommodate drinking while driving, so why should we make cars that accommodate these habits?

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Re: What happens when it fails
Bryan Goss   7/17/2012 12:41:08 PM
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Yes Jhankwitz, they have very deep pockets. I think that is why Jeremy Salinger of GM is pushing for the importances of drivers still being attentive, in the hopes of lessening their possibility of being held liable.

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attentiveness
ChasChas   7/17/2012 11:31:42 AM
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If the system still requires full driver attentiveness, the driver may as well be doing driving. It is a lot easier to be attentive if you have a dependent chore to do.

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Re: What happens when it fails
jhankwitz   7/17/2012 10:56:41 AM
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Looks like 'Litigation Heaven' for lawyers.  Auto manufacturers have far deeper pockets than us regular drivers.  There's bigg-bucks to be made if an automated car is involved in an accident.

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