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"No, we get to work on time because we leave with enough time to get there. Maybe if you have to speed and drive recklessly to make it to work, you should just leave five minutes earlier?"
Do you even drive? I'm glad to see you have absolute control of everything in your life and on the road. Just sanctimonious nonsense. Live in the real world, the autocars will have to.
"The irony here is that autonomous cars will be able to tell you fairly accurately how long it will take to get anywhere based on the possible routes and current traffic conditions. So, if your car says it'll take 27 minutes to get to work but you don't leave until you only have 15 minutes left because you're sure you can make it... that's your own fault."
Irony? And how many digits from a calculator do you use? Alexa tells me it will take 40 minutes to get to work. It never does. That is her best calculation at that instant. It takes me 20 minutes to get to the place that may have a traffic jam of some unpredictable intensity. She can't predict the future any better than I can.
At this point I'm not sure if you're trolling or not. That's what people currently do -- just stare out of the window in front of them for hours every day, trying not to run into another person. Can you not think of anything else you could do with that time if you didn't have to keep your eyes on the road? Maybe read a book, catch up on the news, or play a video game?
Trolling? More reflexive commenting from your internet bag of comment tricks (logic, irony, trolling)? If you are just staring out the window when you drive I hope never to see you on a road I'm driving on. And there is a large difference between reading a book or playing a video game when you want to and when you have to. Am I supposed to do those things every single day whether I feel like it or not -- "for hours every day"?
You live in a theoretical techie world where everything is predictable, but people live in a much messier world, the real world. And your absolute trust in computer technology is sweet - innocent and naive, but sweet. Don't change.
"People like to ride horses too but you don't see many of those around these days do you? For most people cars are an expensive tool and little more."
Childish and irrelevant.
"Not really following the logic of this. Yeah people like cars but there are plenty of ways to be social that do not involve cars."
Just another way of saying you don't understand the point.
" How about tens of thousands of auto fatalities per year"
You are either incapable of perspective with regard to numbers, or you are a hyperliberal who demands that all rights and freedoms of the mass recede before the needs of the individual. Are you one of those who believe that "if one life can be saved..." all rights have to be destroyed? Do you know that the national death rate of all americans is over 2 million per year? In ten years that is over twenty million dead - a real holocaust except it is not. It is life. The Fraction of motor vehicle deaths relative to total population is close to 0.0001. Miniscule. See this for some adult perspective: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...
"Quite a few planes are already highly automated. Big airliners aren't far from being able to handle the entire flight without a pilot actually being technically necessary for routine flights. Autopilot and navigation has been routine for a long time now and a lot of the technology for drones is easily transferable to manned flight. Heck the space shuttle and most space flight is essentially fully automated - the "pilot" is mostly just a backup system."
I'm well aware of this. We need to allow something that has been doable for decades.