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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Google News: Computer Driven Cars Now on the Road

Robotically controlled cars are here. Sounds great. Or, maybe not. Frankly this is too much...too fast. Google is starting to remind me of The Matrix. I've often wondered what rush-hour traffic would be like without an entire city full of idiots driving their vehicles while yapping on cell phones, doing makeup, eating, driving drunk, asleep, etc. Can you imagine, as the light turns green, a line of thirty cars all rolling forward at the same time? Sounds great to me, but in the back of my mind is this little voice going...I'm sorry Dave...

Ok, here's my main objection...while it's possible that a well-designed computer system could drive better than that would be hard to do...what if the software is compromised? There's just too many computer hackers in this world to trust myself on a highway full of massive steel, plastic, and carbon fiber robots driving at seventy miles an hour or more. Don't even get me started on the number of recalls that car manufacturers perform every year. If this happens, if robot controlled cars take over the road, I'm moving out to the country where all they have are dirt roads and a shop-n-go.