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pmconusa
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Driverless automobiles

The push for driverless automobiles is really an attempt by the trucking industry, including package delivery, to eliminate or at least reduce their biggest variable cost which is human labor. The package delivery people are pushing drones and the routine freight industry driverless trucks. What they fail to realize is that when they can make it a reality, the public will not accept it and force the government, who supports it to prohibit their manufacture and use.

I think we can all admit that pilotless planes can be made safer than ones that require a pilot but would we flying on one. I know I wouldn't because if one mechanical malfunction occurs there would be no one to override the automatic controls and safely land the aircraft. Since there can be no guarantee that nothing will malfunction there will always be a need to provide for a failsafe shutdown or at least the purchase of time to shut down whatever it is safely.

johnw
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There's a goodly portion of

There's a goodly portion of vehicles on the road that already act like there's no intelligent being behind the wheel..... driverless vehicles....

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Implementing driverless

Implementing driverless technology will be an all or nothing game.
The possibility of glitches, breakdowns, and outright hacking of autonomous vehicles being intermixed with the unpredictability of the human controlled vehicles is a recipe for disaster.
Then add in the weather variability.......
As far as I'm concerned, it's just another attempt to control us.

Consider this:
How many times have you been driving on dry pavement with the sun shining and seen those warning signs on the interstate telling you not to exceed 45 mph?
Every time that happens, and it happens after almost every weather event, those signs become even more irrelevant to the point that nobody pays attention to them.
A driverless vehicle will be depending on the technology that these signs use.

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I can't wait for driverless

I can't wait for driverless cars. You have any idea how many old people are out menacing the streets because the BMV is too afraid to take away their license? If you're scared about muslim extremist terrorism, I have news for you, you're way more likely to die at the hands of an elderly person who would rather risk the lives of innocent people instead of surrender their freedom to drive to dunkin donuts.

Driverless cars will let them go to DD without putting the rest of us in harms way.

Here's the kicker: if you don't want to, you don't have to use one!

As for the trucking industry, pmcon is pretty much spot on, it will kill thousands of jobs (though they cannot navigate in cities, so there will still be a few jobs left) - there are already driveless ubers in Pittsburgh.

In any event, if a driverless car is safer than a human driver then it will be a net win if we get rid of shitty/drunk/old drivers.

Al Amoling
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Do you have any statistics

Do you have any statistics proving your point about elderly drivers?

taxfoe
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ORIGINAL THREAD

ORIGINAL THREAD

Interesting that it's now 3.5 years later and the issues are pretty much the same.

Matt
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Elderly drunk ISiS drivers

Elderly drunk ISiS drivers are the worst.

pmconusa
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I brought this up because,

I brought this up because, like so many other things we waste money on when you get right down to it the thing that is being sought is either impossible to achieve, too expensive for the masses, or both. I refer to space travel, trying to combat the shrinkage of the earth and the rising of the waters and the curing of all illness and diseases. We are all gong to die and if anything just make it less painful or debilitating. Why do we do it, because we can and the Progressives who promote it make a living at it.

anonymous_coward
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"Do you have any statistics

"Do you have any statistics proving your point about elderly drivers?"

Lol Al nails me... I stand corrected:
http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/older-drivers/fatalityfacts/older-peop...

Older people are significantly more likely to kill themselves in accidents, but far less likely to kill other people.

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