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Comment: Re:Is this at least user-selectable? (Score 1) 412

by TangoMargarine (#47712151) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

It depends what the speed limit is. I'd say slam on the brakes if you're going 30 but accelerate through if you're going 40. But of course it all depends on how close the other driver is and how fast he's traveling, how much warning you have...

My point was that there are going to be times where speeding up will work better. Saying "100.00% compliance with the speed limit" is never going to cover all cases.

Or how about if you're already going the speed limit on a four-lane road in the second-left lane, a guy is coming up on your left, and some bozo starts wandering into your lane from the right. There is also someone right behind you. (This actually happened to me.) Your only options are to violate the speed limit, or let the guy hit you. Me, I tried to split the difference between the two cars and ended up hitting the guy on my left instead.

Comment: Re:ya no (Score 1) 412

by TangoMargarine (#47707699) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

I don't see any reason why law enforcement with a warrant or probable cause couldn't

Ha ha...ha...sigh.

But that's a stretch.

So we're arguing degrees here. The difference between remote hijacking and all those other already-implemented safety features you've mentioned is that the latter assist the driver, not some external body who insist that they're doing it for our own good because they can decide better than us what that is. If you haven't guessed, I'm also against Trusted Computing(tm) and all the rest of that SecureBoot bull.

and as usual, those capabilities were introduced for convenience

The question is whether it's safer to do your own driving, or trust the programmers to have designed the AI sufficiently well to drive better than you. Drivers are pretty bad in general, so it may be a bit of a toss-up.

Comment: Re:Is this at least user-selectable? (Score 1) 412

by TangoMargarine (#47707645) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

No, I meant when you have a green light and are entering the intersection normally, legally, at speed, and somebody runs a red light that will intersect you. And saying "they won't be close enough anyway" assumes that there aren't maniac drivers out there who defy all logic that can be reasonably expected of them. That's a deadly mistake to make, assuming that other drivers will drive safely.

When you make a 100% pronouncement, the edge cases are all that matters (assuming said pronouncement works for all the main cases). This is why so many people are arguing with you, I suspect.

Comment: Re:Is this at least user-selectable? (Score 1) 412

by TangoMargarine (#47707449) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Ah. I take a commuter highway to work these days. All 3 of my accidents since I've moved into town (500k people) 2 years ago have been during my morning commute.

One on the highway, one on slick city streets, and one guy wandering into my lane and sideswiping me, for whatever it's worth.

Comment: Re:A limit is a limit (Score 1) 412

by TangoMargarine (#47707421) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Not disagreeing with your general point, but as you speed up doesn't your car slightly "ride up" on the road? So not as much of your tire surface is in contact with the ground anymore, making it harder to stop/maneuver suddenly. Cf. hydroplaning for applications.

Just a thought.

Comment: Re:Who pays the ticket? (Score 1) 412

by TangoMargarine (#47707351) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

I went to high school in a small town where the local police had a reputation for pulling over 5-overs. We drew our students from a pretty wide area so you'd routinely see 3 or 4 people pulled over after events when everybody was headed back out of town.

Never happened to me, but I didn't drive much at the time, and that was the only place I was afraid to drive 5 over so far.

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