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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Driverless Cars And Personal Rights: A Lament

As Driverless Cars Win Human Rights, We Risk Losing Our Innate Human Fight (+Video)

A self-driving computer algorithm may be the equivalent of a human driver as far as the NHTSA is concerned, but now is not the time to give up the driver's seat

Jon Phillips | February 11, 2016

[Blogger's note: The video is impassioned and some users may not like the choice of words. Do not view if you are bothered by strong language.]
The computer algorithms that pilot self-driving cars may soon be considered the functional equivalents of human drivers. That’s the early opinion of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration—and so begins our slow-burn acquiescence in the battle of man versus machine.
I don’t have a problem with the basic concept of a computer-driven vehicle that transports human passengers. I’ll step inside your monorail without protest. I’ll even jump inside your robot-driven race car on a closed-circuit track. But when self-driving cars start making us dumber, and less alert, and less involved with transportation in a tactile, human way, then I have to sound the alarm.


<more at; related links: (How Driverless Cars Could Make Traffic Dramatically Worse. A new simulation shows that comfortable rides can come with big congestion costs. January 26, 2015) and (This Could Be The Biggest Hurdle For Driverless Cars. February 15, 2016)>

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