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Joe Stanganelli
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5/1/2016 | 11:25:43 AM
Re: I'm missing something...
@Broadway: Excellent points.

Or maybe Uber and Lyft will work to sabotage the movement from the inside.  "Keep your friends close--and your enemies closer."
Broadway0474
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4/29/2016 | 10:53:24 PM
Re: I'm missing something...
Joe, maybe Uber wants the driverless cars for their package delivery service? Or perhaps they simply realize where we're headed and want to in front of that trend, not failing in its wake like a Blockbuster.
Joe Stanganelli
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4/29/2016 | 9:03:45 AM
I'm missing something...
Here's the interesting thing about Uber and Lyft being a part of this.  A big part of their brand -- insofar as it makes them "friendlier," particularly in areas that have a lot of hostility to Uber in favor of old-fashioned taxi drivers -- is that they provide jobs to people who really need extra money.  They even have TV/video spots focused on this, and how great it is to work/drive for Uber.

Plus there's the fact that Uber and Lyft's whole business models are that of a shared economy that keeps their costs low because they don't have to own a single vehicle themselves.

So how do self-driving cars help them exactly?  What's the bigger picture here that I'm missing?
impactnow
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4/28/2016 | 11:43:35 AM
Re: So, we're really doing this?
Michele I can only hope we will see Rosie running to the store in a self driven car!
Michelle
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4/27/2016 | 10:27:24 PM
Re: So, we're really doing this?
@impactnow If that's the future of robotics, I'm in! I'm in awe we're discussing self-driving cars in a serious context. 
impactnow
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4/27/2016 | 5:16:42 PM
Re: So, we're really doing this?
It was only a matter of time given the investment by everyone from google to car manufacturers in this technology. Hopefully it will assure a smooth and safe path to introduction! Maybe I will get Rosie from the Jetsons soon!
Michelle
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4/27/2016 | 2:08:28 PM
So, we're really doing this?
I guess the self-driving car is becoming a reality for future us. The technology is still very new, and a coalition like this could help speed development. Hello from the future.
jries921
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4/27/2016 | 1:46:57 PM
Re: So they've founded a lobby
You have no doubt heard of the Law of Unintended Consequences and you probably hold a driver's license from the state in which you reside.  States typically take great pains to insure that new license applicants know how to drive, understand the traffic laws, and can otherwise be trusted to drive safely; and they should, because people die in traffic accidents (and not just those at fault), so "minor glitches" can have very serious consequences; and those "pesky regulations" the coalition proposes to eliminate or streamline were frequently put there for very good reasons.

Clearly, the usual programming world in which any fool can distribute whatever software doesn't infringe on other people's copyrights or (unfortunately) patents isn't going to work here; nor is giving a single organization a franchise monopoly on writing such software.  Software to drive self driving autos is going to have to be carefully tested and certified; ways provided for updating it and means established for making sure that only legally approved software is used for this purpose; and to insure that self-driving autos can't be hacked by any script kiddie with a computer and a two way radio.  In short, self-driving autos are going to need to be licensed in much the same way human drivers are; and this is not going to be easy (humans are much harder to reprogram than computers are).

And if all of this is driven by a handful of self-interested firms with lots of money to spend on campaign contributions and PR ads; and led by executives with dollar signs in their eyes, I can guarantee that this is going to turn out *very* badly.

For years I've joked that the reason why people don't need drivers licenses to ride horses is that horses are smarter than cars,  Unfortunately for the promoters of self-driving autos, so are humans (and not just the driver of the vehicle).
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4/27/2016 | 1:09:33 PM
Re: So they've founded a lobby
Like every new innovation I'm sure this will have its glitches , it's important to understand this and not become caught up in the fear factor . The potential of self driving cars is amazing we should not let fear stop progress .
jries921
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4/27/2016 | 12:35:19 PM
So they've founded a lobby
I figure we'll find out how much their efforts actually serve the public interest in due course.
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