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Comment: Re:ya no (Score 1) 372

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) 372

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) 372

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) 372

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) 372

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.

Comment: Re:Is this at least user-selectable? (Score 1) 372

by TangoMargarine (#47707225) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Or if you're going into an intersection and somebody runs a red light. At that point, speeding up is much more likely to avoid a collision than slamming on your brakes, which will likely stop you in the middle of the intersection.

But "never ever ever violate the speed limit." Rules that demand 100% compliance rarely work. Are you pro-Zero Tolerance gun laws, too?

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