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Comment Re:Public Admission of Stupidity (Score 1) 219

The driver of an automobile has a responsibility of care on the road. This is why ALL pedestrians must be yielded to in the road regardless of clothing, time of day, type of vehicle being driven, or if the pedestrian is jaywalking or crossing legally at an intersection. "Did you see the pedestrian before you struck him and thus maliciously assault him with your motor vehicle or were you negligent of your duty of care?" These automated braking systems are there to make up for when negligence would have resulted in damage to person or property.

Comment Re:New kind of pickup truck? (Score 2) 174

Very much this. I'm actually in the market for replacing a large number of small (Ford Ranger) and medium (Ford F-150) pickups with trucks using more sustainable fuel tech. I'll take a simple hybrid, but would prefer a plug-in hybrid or pure electric if possible. And you're right. They don't exist yet. Drinkypoo is talking out his arse. Similarly, I think Musk is talking out his arse and creating hype to bolster stock prices.

Comment Re:Ride sharing? (Score 1) 174

Not 100% true. John Zimmer, founder of Lyft, actually have a real rideshare platform before selling it to Enterprise (car rental, vanpool, etc.) to focus on Lyft. Zimride, as it was called, was widely adopted by a number of cities and university campuses to facilitate carpool matching with the option of reimbursement. Lyft was founded to make money.

Comment Old Article & Three-Mile, Fukushima, or Cherno (Score 5, Insightful) 140

First off, the article is dated as "April 17, 2015". So, "Not News".

The headline says "Chernobyl" (a stupid set of human errors leading to meltdown). The summary says "Fukushima" (the results of old tech meeting an extreme natural disaster". The article's own summary says it's a 50:50 chance of a "Three-Mile Island" (where no one was harmed). Or are we just talking an expensive incident? Or an actual meltdown?

I'm an abject Slashdot apologist and I'll confidently say that this submission is crap.

Comment Does User = Unique Person? (Score 1) 55

I'm always suspicious of the term "User" when people say they have X number of users. Does "user" mean unique people? Does it mean "account"?

Because I have a hard time believing that 1/7 of the world population is actively on Facebook and I also know full well that there are millions of bot accounts whose likes are purchased.

Comment Re:Test mode all the time? (Score 1) 123

Because people want their Lotto tickets. A recent survey showed that a majority of VW owners don't want the problem fixed; they want full refunds for the original prices of their vehicles. They're hoping to strike it big with a class action lawsuit and get a new car out of it despite them consciously experiencing harm.

It's the American way.

Comment Re:How many accidents has it avoided? (Score 1) 330

And if the pilots of a passenger airliner set the jet on auto and the jet immediately turned into a nose dive resulting in the death of everyone on board, they would investigate the autopilot software and instruments. If the autopilot was found to be at fault, the make would be sued out of existence. It doesn't matter how many times it works well or how many times it saves people, the law does not view harm "on balance". The law seeks out and penalizes fault.

Comment Re:Elon Musk may meet his Waterloo here (Score 2) 330

Agreed.

Eventually, there is going to be a MASSIVE legal battle that everyone building autonomous vehicles will have to face. Are the manufacturers at fault for collisions that their autonomous vehicles cause or fail to avoid? Because even if their autonomous drive mode prevents 2/3 of would-be collisions in those vehicles, the other 1/3 of those collisions will technically be the result of software shortcomings and thus be the fault of the manufacturer.

With >30,000 traffic deaths per year in the US alone, can autonomous vehicle makers deal with the financial effect of being the direct cause of even 100 people?

Comment Re:How many accidents has it avoided? (Score 2, Interesting) 330

Unfortunately, what didn't happen doesn't matter in law.

Let's say you're driving drunk one day. You hit a car and kill all 4 occupants. You will be thrown in jail and sued in civil court. And you will lose. No court has ever said, "Well, he was such a good driver before. He even actively prevented some collisions with a wise use of horn and blinkers!" Nope. You're still at fault for the collision you cause.

And this is going to be the MASSIVE legal battle that anyone building autonomous vehicles will have to face. Even if their autonomous drive mode prevents 2/3 of would-be collisions in those vehicles, their other 1/3 of those collisions will be the fault and liability of the manufacturer.

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