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Straggler
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Message 55 of 142 (780750)
03-20-2016 3:52 AM
Reply to: Message 54 by Hyroglyphx
03-20-2016 12:43 AM


Re: How Safe Are Autonomous Vehicles?
I was under the impression that driverless cars are to be tested on the streets of London really quite soon.

I don't have a date but the way people are talking I was expecting this to happen in the next twelve months or so.

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Message 59 of 142 (780754)
03-20-2016 6:42 AM
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Re: How Safe Are Autonomous Vehicles?
I cycle round London every day and accounting for the reckless behaviours of drivers is no easy task. But I'm not convinced that a driverless car need be any worse at doing so than a human. Someone slamming into the back of you or flying out of a side road without warning is a problem for human drivers and non-human drivers alike. The human proclivity to overreact in response to such situations, slam the brakes and throw the steering wheel to one side potentially ploughing into a bunch of pedestrians or causing a pile up of oncoming traffic on the other side of the road, might even be better dealt with by a machine.

An obvious answer to reckless drivers might be to make all cars driverless..... Individual vehicles operating as units in a wider single over-arching system. But that is probably some way off.


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Message 63 of 142 (780760)
03-20-2016 9:54 AM
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03-20-2016 6:58 AM


Re: How Safe Are Autonomous Vehicles?
Insurance implications are currently being looked at. Car owner vs car manufacturer.

In the UK anyone using a car has to be insured by law, at least to the level of compensating third parties affected by any accidents you might cause. Is this not the case in the US?


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