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Driving Cars

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It's probably just me. If driving were as dangerous as it seems, hundreds of people would be dying every day!
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organelas
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rraszews
17 days ago
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If cars didn't exist and someone said, "Hey, I invented a two ton block of metal that can travel at 80mph and which is controlled manually by human beings with no automatic overrides to stop it ramming things. Let's make 90% of the adult population pilot one every morning when they're half asleep," it would be considered too ridiculous for fiction.
emdeesee
17 days ago
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"flying in formation with people you've never met"
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tedder
17 days ago
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yep. People don't understand how dangerous a 3000lb missile is.
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Covarr
17 days ago
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As high-profile as accidents involving self-driving vehicles have been, they are still far safer than human drivers. And they don't have to take a test in high school.
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artmoney
17 days ago
what's the source for this? i haven't seen anything definitive on this.
Covarr
17 days ago
There is not enough available data to be absolutely certain beyond any margin of error, but: https://www.vtti.vt.edu/featured/?p=422
Covarr
17 days ago
https://www.axios.com/humans-cause-most-self-driving-car-accidents-1513304490-02cdaf3d-551f-46e6-ad98-637e6ef2c0b9.html
Covarr
17 days ago
Additionally, self-driving cars only get better with each passing year as their technology gets better. Humans aren't evolving nearly as quickly. (sorry for repeat replies; Newsblur doesn't allow me to put paragraphs in my comments with, say, Shift+Enter)
artmoney
17 days ago
of course there's no guarantee that that their safety will increase to the point that they're better enough
benzado
17 days ago
100% of the interest and investment in self-driving cars is for the cost savings. Period. Safety is a sideshow. Once they are "safe enough", we'll adapt our environments to accommodate the self-driving cars. It will be too lucrative not to.
matthiasgoergens
17 days ago
Liability and insurance (and reputation) turn extra safety into cost savings. Human driven cars have also become safer. Think eg of ABS.
benzado
16 days ago
Yes, replacing a human driver with a robot that can't ever sue you is a HUGE cost savings. I'm not saying self-driving cars won't be safer. I'm saying it is at best a minor concern for anyone who is paying to develop them.
llamapixel
15 days ago
Robots will always make mistakes. Entropy is a thing ;) http://moralmachine.mit.edu/
lamontcg
14 days ago
robots don't drive drunk, don't get tired, don't "race" because they think its "cool", don't have road rage and don't try to commit suicide by vehicle. pretty certain before too long that they'll be 100x better than we are at driving.
Covarr
13 days ago
artmoney, llamapixel: It doesn't need to be perfect to be worth it. It just needs to make fewer mistakes than human drivers. Reducing accidents is always better than not reducing them, even if it's not enough to eliminate them completely.
artmoney
10 days ago
the assertion that they are already safer is false. i'm not commenting on the future.
llamapixel
10 days ago
Covarr how does a lawyer fight for a closed source neural net suggesting it is not at fault, when might actually have avoidance systems to reduce crash costs. ?
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It's probably just me. If driving were as dangerous as it seems, hundreds of people would be dying every day!
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It's probably just me. If driving were as dangerous as it seems, hundreds of people would be dying every day!

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How I feel about my wife's coffee habit.
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True story: Yesterday, in a grocery store, my 3-year-old shouted 'You're wrong every!' for no obvious reason. So, I guess that's genetic too.

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The immortal soul, you know, that parameter space field that represents my memories and decision making patterns that differentiate me from any other person.

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