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Driverless Car Hearing: Did Right Qs Get Asked?

3/16/2016 10:46 AM EDT
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Software a significant concern
MWagner_MA   3/17/2016 7:29:01 AM
I appreciate Mary Cummings comments.  The software for a driverless car IS on the same order of complexity and reliability (of aircraft software) because of the following:

1. Car drivers are not trained as well as pilots (as far as maintaining them and recognizing issues)

2. Cars operate in much closer proximity to other cars requiring action possibly in less than a second.  Whereas aircraft may have a second or two to respond because of the size and mass (inertia).

3. Cars operate in a much less CONTROLLED environment.  As a pilot we have access to wind speeds, temps, icing layer information, runway conditions.  A car is "flying blind" especially when crossing county lines (different maintenance standards).

I would like to see discussions on defining these events so that how the car can respond can be evaluated.

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