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Comment Maybe he should create a new alias (Score 1) 842

So he's a geek programmer. He probably spends some time on IRC. Maybe just start over with a new alias, on a new channel. He can make new nerd friends and nobody has to know he's rich. Once you've got a connection with people you might be able to get past the money issue by just grounding them with whatever conversation made you friends in the first place. Just laugh it off, so to speak.

Comment Re:Markets, not people (Score 1) 615

$40k to outfit a truck for self driving would be really cheap. The safety requirements for a computer really handle a vehicle like that will probably require a much greater investment. Drivers need to be able to do things like hear breaks screeching, feel the thump when they lose a retread from their tire, feel a flat tire pulling them, etc. To do away with the driver sensors need to be integrated into almost every point of failure. This would suggest that a retrofit is far less likely then simply building new trucks, which I'd guess to be more in the range of $400k.

I'm guessing we'll see self driving trucks phase out human drivers gradually by replacing trucks which are due to be replaced anyway. Even if self driving trucks save you the cost of a salary it's still profitable to drive your existing trucks into the ground with human drivers.

Comment Re:Won't save most of the 4000 lives (Score 2) 615

There are many accidents that would be prevented if truck drivers did what they were supposed to. A friend of mine died when a traffic jam on the freeway backed up almost to the top of a hill. She was stopped in traffic and then a semi behind her crests the hill at 70mph with maybe 100ft to stop.

When I got my CDL I remember being told you should always have your foot on the break when you go over a hill, but I never remember doing it. There are so many situations where caution is ignored, such as stopping at every railroad crossing, because drivers weigh the risk vs the time investment and decide it's not worth it. An autonomous driving computer however would not value it's time in the same way and should always slow down when extra caution is needed. There is a huge potential to prevent accidents.

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