The problem is not the carrying of passengers, it is the competency of the individual involved.
Think occasional Saturday small plane Pilot VS Capt Sully who made the famous landing in the Hudson River.
There is your comparison. My point is that the drivers on the road today are not ready to suddenly take over an emergency situation. Many of them are barely competent when they started out coming into that situation already in control and aware of the road.
Pilots are well trained and periodically tested. Drivers are not.
Pilots generally will have some time to evaluate the problem before it becomes critical, Since they are flying at controllled spacing of thousands of feet of altitude. Drivers do not have 1) controlled spacing from anything, 2)Periodic Training and retesting.
I will not own a self driving car unless it has a NASCAR rated protection cage in it.
What about the "normal" situation where you are driving on a multi-lane highway and as you start to approach a car on the left (normal passing lane) you notice the driver ahead is looking in your lane (possibly telegraphing an unsignaled lane change) as an experienced driver I look out for that all the time and slow down to avoid getting hit. Would we expect that kind of insight from an autonomous car or does the whole autonomous car movement require that EVERYONE be in autonomous cars? I have seen cars swerve at nothing simply because the driver sneezed! Again, as a long time driver I was able to notice the behavior (driver shaking) and avoid getting hit. What happens if I get hit into an accident while driving my autonomous car, am I at fault or?
I have driven a robot using radio control with a tight user feedback loop(www.usfirst.org) and saw real ugly happen quickly. At 120lb and traveling 10 to 18feet/sec a failed sensor can cause serious mayhem. Even with the watchdog monitors and disable/kill switches it takes some time to stop the robot imagine a 1/2 or 3/4 ton car moving at 65mph! It is mind boggling to think about the possible results. Even planes use pilots with all their capacity to autopilot there is just no substitute for a pilot.
Not that new. In an article in the New Scientist, a lawyer drew a parallel to horse drawn cariages; also a somewhat intelligent autonomous way of transport. An horses can be spooked and accelerate uncontrolled.
Why would cars be driving around without occupants?
To go where future occupants are to pick them up, go park somewhere after dropping occupants off, take itself in for maintenance, drive to a store to have purchases loaded inside... you know, basically most of the things cars do WITH occupants.
I agree with kfield. The need for a "self-driving car" is to provide comfort as like a Chauffeur Driven car. But if the user needs to be alert to take over the "auto-driver" in a crisis situation, then the entire purpose of providing "comfort" is defeated. I cannot think about such a car being useful on the roads in India, where there could be crisis situations in most of the journey time!! And after all these, if the "auto-driver" system freaks out,...it would be a nightmare. After all, not everyone could afford a "Batman's car". :)
What makes us humans believe that we can come up with a solution -- just in the 10-second warning period -- for problems autonomous cars couldn't figure out how to solve.
But this sill be a nagging issue -- because it directly relates to "who's fault is this" question. Drivers and insurance companies will continue to argue, and I am pretty sure that carmakers don't want to be held responsible.
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