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Comment Re:Yay self-driving cars! (Score 1) 122

Busses and planes are operated by people who generally don't want to die in an accident. An autonomous car with maliciously altered software doesn't have to harm the perpetrator. THAT's the difference. A bus, train, or plane operator is essentially a hostage to proper operation of the vehicle, because their life is at stake if they fail too badly.

Comment Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 232

"Minimal control system capable of slamming on the brakes" -- spoken like someone who's never ridden a bike. Having a bike brake itself without warning to the user would likely result in a bike crash, since the rider can't prepare their body for sudden change of force. If this is required, most cyclists would disable the damn thing the day they buy the bike. Enforcement? Please. US cities often require lights on bikes at night, and how many cyclists actually use lights?

Comment Re:This might be the push... (Score 1) 232

Better it happen to me on a motorbike than pissing and shitting myself in a nursing home. Famous quote from Con Air, via Steve Buscemi... "What if I told you insane was working fifty hours a week in some office for fifty years at the end of which they tell you to piss off; ending up in some retirement village hoping to die before suffering the indignity of trying to make it to the toilet on time? Wouldn't you consider that to be insane?"

Comment This might be the push... (Score 0) 232

This might be the push to make me move to a developing country, where life and labor are "cheaper," and autonomous car-pods won't be popular for another 50 years (when I'm over 80!).

A country where all of my transportation options are (logged, paid via credit cars) autonomous rental cars is my definition of panopticon hell. I'd rather ride my own Honda 125 around a Latin American city.

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