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Probably safer than the little blue haired lady that can't see over the steering wheel... ;)


https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2019/06/13/new-florida-law-lets-autonomous-vehicles-drive-without-humans/
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Re: New Florida law lets autonomous vehicles drive without humans
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2019, 08:08:25 PM »
Probably safer than the little blue haired lady that can't see over the steering wheel... ;)


You beat me to it. Was going to say this has to be an improvement  ;D
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Re: New Florida law lets autonomous vehicles drive without humans
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2019, 08:26:47 PM »
Any time you remove humans from any equation it is an improvement.
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Re: New Florida law lets autonomous vehicles drive without humans
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2019, 11:51:12 PM »
Interesting.  Now some of my questions will eventually get answered. 

Who gets sued when the car runs over somebody?

How does a policeman stop it?

Don't think there will be a blinding snowstorm but what about a light dusting covering all the road lines and markers?

I've always said that  any person in authority who OKs self driving cars need to furnish one family member to step out in front of the moving self-driving car.  If they think they are safe it shouldn't be a problem.
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Re: New Florida law lets autonomous vehicles drive without humans
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2019, 08:13:57 AM »

How does a policeman stop it?


This happened out here. An impaired Tesla driver put the car on Autopilot at 70 mph and, er, went to sleep. The CHP finally boxed it in with patrol cars and then brought the group to a stop in the middle of the freeway.
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Re: New Florida law lets autonomous vehicles drive without humans
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2019, 08:27:20 AM »
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I've always said that  any person in authority who OKs self driving cars need to furnish one family member to step out in front of the moving self-driving car.  If they think they are safe it shouldn't be a problem.
Would you step out in front of a moving human-piloted car?
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Re: New Florida law lets autonomous vehicles drive without humans
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2019, 08:51:30 AM »
Someone stepping in front of an autonomous vehicle is actually one of the easier navigation problems they handle. The computers can make those instantaneous decisions much faster than most human drivers, and they're never distracted from their mission. And as the technology matures, it will become safer and safer. Cumulatively worldwide, autonomous cars, even while still in development, have a much lower accident rate than human driven vehicles. Have there been a few unfortunate incidents? Of course there have, but still at a rate much lower than for human operated vehicles.

Elon Musk has posited that the vehicle developer will ultimately bear the liability for their vehicles performance. I'm sure the insurance companies are watching carefully as the industry evolves.

Stop for police? Interesting question. Here's what Waymo says about it:

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/waymo-self-driving-cars-law-enforcement/

Check this Google index link for some thoughts on autonomous vehicles and bad weather. It is being worked on, but lots more needs to be done in that area.

https://www.google.com/search?q=self+driving+cars+will+they+be+safe+during+bad+weather
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Re: New Florida law lets autonomous vehicles drive without humans
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2019, 08:53:16 AM »
I've always said that  any person in authority who OKs self driving cars need to furnish one family member to step out in front of the moving self-driving car.  If they think they are safe it shouldn't be a problem.

Slightly off the subject but there is a table saw manufacturer who sells the product that THEORETICALLY will stop the saw if the blade touches any part of your hand.  They demonstrate it with a hot dog ;D ;D
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