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Denis.Giri
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Denis.Giri   2/15/2016 3:34:33 AM
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If I understand correctly, NHTSA's reponse is that the AI would be the driver... of a car that cannot go on roads due to the absence of a brake pedal. Politicians...

 

Anyway, what interests me most is what impact this technology would have on the economy: how many unemployed driving instructors, how many job cuts in the traffic polices around the world, and where would the new jobs be created. That kind of things.

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IJD   2/12/2016 7:45:21 AM
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Autonomous cars don't have to be as safe and reliable as multimillion-dollar aircraft carrying hundreds of passengers, just safer than the distracted-meatbag-driven cars we have now -- which let's face it, can't be difficult given that it's estimated that 94% of accidents (killing over a million people per year worldwide) are due to driver error...

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MWagner_MA   2/12/2016 7:12:09 AM
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Valid argument, but a boiler control is an order of magnitude simpler, and when flying a plane there are two pilots in the cockpit - not too many fly them into the ground (general aviation is a different category which would take much more time to discuss). Besides, the level of performance for software in an aircraft can be justified by its higher price.  Much more difficult to get the same level of reliability for something that is sold for $19,000.  Something will have to give.

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Bert22306   2/11/2016 9:13:59 PM
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Yes, but human pilots have flown planes straight into the ground countless times already. So, is everyone terrified about that too? And never mind what human drivers do, each year, on public roads.

It's all what we get used to. Used to be that boilers would explode regularly. Would anyone trust a human to control the pressure and water level in boilers these days? Not me.

Used to be that wheels flew apart when they rotated too fast. Is that an area of concern these days? Trust is built over time, and soon enough, the old manual methods become totally unacceptable.

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junko.yoshida   2/11/2016 1:12:51 PM
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@MWagner_MA, glad to know that I am not the only one scared about a car "OMPLETELY controlled by software."

After having covered the Toyota's sudden acceleration case, i am not so inclined to trust any car OEMs' software.

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MWagner_MA   2/11/2016 7:43:15 AM
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Aside from the diversion to the movie 2001...   The thought of me riding in a vehicle COMPLETELY controlled by software scares the hell out of me.  Even advanced airliners have the ability for the pilot to "manually fly" the aircraft.  If you recall one of the first flights of one of Airbus' models, the autopilot malfunctioned and flew the aircraft right into the ground.  We need baby steps...  At least the liability will be where it belongs with such systems - the MFG.  So bad designs will drive those companies out of business.

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