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    If driverless cars follow speed limits, that could save a lot of lives.

    Slow down all the traffic around them, making this kind of decision less likely to be needed.

    That said, I'm sure there will some sort of risk-assessing software built in. 1 person versus one dog. 5 people versus 1.



    But mostly I'm counting on driverless cars making everything safer ... assuming they actually follow the rules and slow down for school zones and such.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Urbanek View Post
    A driverless car, whose decision was challenged, could be brought to trial and face the judgement of it's peers: a panel of other driverless cars.
    I had not even though of the court cases that could stem from a car making decisions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amelia View Post
    If driverless cars follow speed limits, that could save a lot of lives.

    Slow down all the traffic around them, making this kind of decision less likely to be needed.

    That said, I'm sure there will some sort of risk-assessing software built in. 1 person versus one dog. 5 people versus 1.

    But mostly I'm counting on driverless cars making everything safer ... assuming they actually follow the rules and slow down for school zones and such.
    No doubt it would be safer but what if your car sacrificed your life to save others?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    No doubt it would be safer but what if your car sacrificed your life to save others?
    Ummmm ... if it were my car, it wouldn't be driverless.




    But seriously ... if the situation were bad enough that my car's controls ended up killing me, probably I wouldn't have responded any faster or better. I'd likely still be dead.

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    If a driverless car can settle arguments between siblings... I'm all in whether it wants to kill me or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amelia View Post
    If driverless cars follow speed limits, that could save a lot of lives.

    Slow down all the traffic around them, making this kind of decision less likely to be needed.

    That said, I'm sure there will some sort of risk-assessing software built in. 1 person versus one dog. 5 people versus 1.



    But mostly I'm counting on driverless cars making everything safer ... assuming they actually follow the rules and slow down for school zones and such.
    I remember the "major breakthrough" in predictive technology they unveiled about a year or so ago....

    The ai can now recognize that a turn signal means the car intends to turn / change lanes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amelia View Post
    If driverless cars follow speed limits, that could save a lot of lives.

    Slow down all the traffic around them, making this kind of decision less likely to be needed.

    That said, I'm sure there will some sort of risk-assessing software built in. 1 person versus one dog. 5 people versus 1.



    But mostly I'm counting on driverless cars making everything safer ... assuming they actually follow the rules and slow down for school zones and such.
    Agree and I assume it will be safer. However, figuring a certain percent will either be unable to afford these new cars, or just choose "vintage" cars that have people driving, there is bound to be some sorts of problems. If even 10% of the cars 40 years from now will have drivers, it will be interesting to see how they interact with a guy driving 80 in a 55. Autonomous vehicles will function on logic, but humans don't always act logically especially behind the wheel. Hackers will probably eventually be an issue as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amelia View Post
    Ummmm ... if it were my car, it wouldn't be driverless.

    But seriously ... if the situation were bad enough that my car's controls ended up killing me, probably I wouldn't have responded any faster or better. I'd likely still be dead.
    You missed the point, Amelia. The car in the scenario is about to hit some pedestrians or turn into something that will most likely kill you, the driver and owner of the car. Maybe the pedestrians darted out from between buildings or something. If you were driving, you would be faced with the same decision, turn into the pole or hit the pedestrians. But the point is that the car, using its intelligence might be rationalizing that killing you is the lesser of the evils.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    You missed the point, Amelia. The car in the scenario is about to hit some pedestrians or turn into something that will most likely kill you, the driver and owner of the car. Maybe the pedestrians darted out from between buildings or something. If you were driving, you would be faced with the same decision, turn into the pole or hit the pedestrians. But the point is that the car, using its intelligence might be rationalizing that killing you is the lesser of the evils.

    That's probably the decision I would make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amelia View Post
    That's probably the decision I would make.
    Okay, what if it was a group of Trump supporters wearing Make America Great Again hats and they darted out? Sacrifice your life for theirs? The scenario is the car makes the decision, taking it out of your hands.

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