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Tesla Autopilot Crash Under NHTSA Investigation
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User Rank: Strategist
7/4/2016 | 10:50:31 AM
Self driving vehicles
We talked about that the whole saturday evening. It seems crazy the driver was watching at Harry Potter on his dvd while driving on a speedway. I suppose he got a complete trust and confidence on his car over time but for me Tesla is not responsible for what happened : they always said it's a "beta" technology.

In my family circle, some consider Tesla should be prosecuted for this accident but the fact is the driver should have kept an eye on the road and hands on the wheel, to react quicky. We all know it's not 100% safe and just a new technology, with fails and risks. Even Google's car, which is much more safe with the 360° radar on the roof can't be used without being mindful of the journey.

Google's technology was already famous for being better, this is a hard news for Tesla. But my opinion is that they're not faulting in the accident.
User Rank: Ninja
7/4/2016 | 7:37:49 AM
Re: Self-Driving Vehicles
Although I think you're right about industrial uses of self-driving vehicles, I have to disagree that there will be a limit on its usefulness. There are still major problems with the technology, it still needs to get better, still needs to be tweaked and used over millions of miles of roads. 

That means it's going to be a slow transition. Yes, for now people should pay attention, but there's very little point in driverless technology if we also have to have a human watching over it. It will be possible in the future to make a driverless car that is more aware than human counterparts and can react faster too.

At that point why would we not move towards removing humans from the equation in driving? Insurance costs come down, fuel efficiency improves, the roads become less dangerous for pedestrians. 

As sad as it will be that people may well die on the road while the technology is improved, I believe it will be worth it in the long run.
User Rank: Ninja
7/3/2016 | 2:29:03 PM
Self-Driving Vehicles
We've had lots of discussion on the IW message center about self-driving vehicles.

There are those who think they will be perfected and rule the highway. There are those wo believe their use will be limited to controlled environments which don't necessarily involve people, i.e. industrial uses or smaller travel routes with controlled enviornments. 

I tend to be in the latter camp. In thinking  more about self-driving vehicles, it's clear that the driver will always have to be aware of the traffic, their surroundings, etc. With the amount of distracted driving that's going on today when we need BOTH hands on the wheel, it's hard to imagine one would get into a car as a passenger with the driver watching videos and looking at their text messages, even with or especially because of autopilot applications, which people can't always control
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