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At Frankfurt Automobile Show, the Driver Began to Take a Back Seat

Posted September 16, 2013 11:27 AM

From NYT > Technology:

At the Frankfurt motor show last week, there was a palpable sense that technology for autonomous driving was moving quickly from laboratories to dealers.    

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09/17/2013 10:59 AM

That's all very well. The legal position in most jusrisdictions remains unchanged: the driver is legally responsible for the safe and proper control of the vehicle. It needs to catch up with the technology before significant change in vehicle use can take place.

And once a non-licenced non-driver can hop into a car-pod, dial-in a destination and get out at the other end of the journey, it may even make car ownership a thing of history, as well as the car parking spaces at homes and destinations.

Robotaxis? Watch out. Oh, actually, no - they will have automatic pedestrian collision avoidance systems....

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09/17/2013 12:50 PM

It always amuses me when auto executives say there are fewer mistakes in autonomous systems than with people. Car traffic is at best a chaotic system and will be for some time to come so mistakes will be plentiful and unpredictable. I don't think anyone has developed a system equal to a human driver to deal with that chaos and until ALL road vehicles are brought into the system autonomous driving tech will be, IMO, a distraction making some drivers even more dangerous. Driving skills need to be exercised to be kept sharp and how many exercise the things that something else is doing for them?

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