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Comment Re:A simple solution (Score 2) 213

Going back to the main point: that changes everything.

No, it doesn't. There are people willing to blow themselves up for their cause, and there are plenty of ways for people to blow things up without killing themselves.

As far as furthering terrorist aims goes, autonomous vehicles are a solution in search of a problem.

Comment Re:BULLSH!Tq (Score 1) 213

I absolutely guarantee you that unlicensed vehicles will NOT be allowed to drive around with no people and load of cargo

What do you mean by "allowed"? Do you imagine it being illegal, or actually impossible?

No, these sensors will not be easy to counter.

That's easy to say when you've only defined them as "these sensors." Will the vehicle refuse to move by itself if I leave a newspaper on the front seat? Or if it gets caked in mud after I drive it through a field, adding to the vehicle's weight? This will mean the end of stick-on Garfields as well!

Comment Ooh, no, don't want to get caught (Score 1) 213

Imagine if they could have dispatched their bombs in the trunk of a car that they were never in themselves? Catching them might have been an order of magnitude more difficult than it was.

Or imagine if they could have found a vulnerable person, someone so suggestable as to be bordering on mentally ill, instilled him with their ideology and persuaded him to go out and get himself blown up.

Or imagine if they hadn't actually given two shits about being caught or not.

According to Rubalcava the reaction to the first car bombing using an AV is going to be massive, and it's going to be stupid.

Why are the terrorists waiting for autonomous vehicles? They've got plenty of other options if they want to make a massive kaboom. Find a willing suicide bomber. Hire someone to do it unwittingly. Deliver the bomb by drone. Break into the house of someone who takes the subway every day and line their briefcase with plastic explosives while they sleep.

It's not like we'll all be dead tomorrow if every anti-terrorist agent took the day off.

Comment Re:A simple solution (Score 4, Insightful) 213

And the simple solution to that, from the terrorist point of view, is just to use either a willing suicide bomber (there seem to be plenty of those) or an unknowing patsy.

This is a load of fuss about nothing, firstly because the terrorist threat is not as remotely terrible as everyone seems to think it is, and secondly because autonomous vehicles really don't change anything at all.

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