California Paves Way for Testing Self Driving Cars on Public Roads in September

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WarpathPS

California, what a dump of a state. Ban this, tax that, let this extremely dangerous felon out with free benefits to boot. Thank the founders for providing us with Federalism.

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vrmlbasic

I think of the scifi works that show us why this is not a good idea when I read news like this.

If I can't drive it myself then I have no interest in owning it. It's like a cab that I have to buy. Here in MD, the cab interests have been going after Lyft and Uber to have them regulated as taxis (crony capitalism rears its ugly head). It wouldn't surprise me if they went after self-driven cars in much the same way.

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Chad727

I think of all the embarrassment my dad could've avoided had this technology been available 30 years ago. All those wrong driveways he parked and slept the night in [sighs].

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ZayLay

You will NOT be "cut off" by an automated driving car. And the car won't have to decide who to kill in a blowout, it will have detected the blowout, and come to a safe stop better and faster than any human could possibly do it. These fears are so outlandish and make for great articles. I'm amazing humans are able to drive at all without constantly being in multiple accidents everywhere we go.

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WarpathPS

Humans do have accidents everywhere they go. 98% of you have been taught by your parents who are also bad at driving. When I was living in Japan as a teen I was trained there and then to schools for the Air Force, civilian, and later law enforcement stateside. Most people are terrible at driving in this country hence accidents are the 4th reason you will die in your lifetime according to the CDC. Of course guns do not make the top ten list but the media loves to focus on that, not the thousands who die stupidly to car accidents annually in the U.S.

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John Pombrio

The best news? An automobile cannot "drink and drive." That will prolong life expectancies than all other reasons combined.

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bloodgain

My thoughts exactly. A car that's so advanced it can drive itself won't have already commonplace tire pressure sensors?

Moreover, once all -- or at least most -- cars are automatic driving, they will communicate with one another. Yours blows a tire, and the other cars will know about it well before your car reacts to it. In an "out of control" situation, the other cars will make allowances for the car that's having the emergency.

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WarpathPS

Early in my career I worked on aircraft in the USAF, I will tell you this. All of this technology sounds GREAT on paper. In the field it is a different story. You are talking about tire pressure sensors. Do you even know how those work in a modern car? They send a radio signal to a computer and if you have been around these cars, people have problems with them all of the time. The batteries dying in them, the computer is not reading the radio signal from this manufacture or this or that one because the standards are not up to par. Lets be real here, using a battery to send radio signals from inside of a tire through a metal car is not exactly mind blowing technology and a stupid idea at that. The tried and true method of getting your rear out of the car and doing tire pressure checks is not only cheaper it actually works properly. Cars that "drive themselves" as a consumer product, yeah no thanks, I will pass. You also mentioned a "blowout" well a tire pressure sensor is not going to help you there. You are going to hear a pop and hopefully if you are a person who uses their mirrors you are going to see rubber flying all over the road and a jerk and thud of your car. I would hope people do not need "technology" adding thousands upon thousands to automobiles to tell you what to do in this situation....

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John Pombrio

Cannot be worse than real drivers. the place they should really try is Boston, pound for pound, the worst drivers in the US.

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Chad727

Take a drive through Detroit John. If the roads don't put your life in jeopardy other motorists will!

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The Mac

i dunno, Houston is worse i think...

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John Pombrio

Statistics are against us guys. my state, CT is the safest state to drive in. Massachusetts is very safe too. Texas is the 10th worst state, so Houston is a better choice. Michigan is in the middle.
the worst? North Dakota. Yes, North Dakota. No traffic, long open roads and lots of drinking will kill you faster than a NYC minute.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2010/09/22/the-worst-drivers-in-america.html#slide1

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The Mac

my comment was anecdotal mostly, as ive lived in both cities.