The Driverless Car Debate Heats Up
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  • The problem here is nomenclature: they are not driverless cars, they’re self-driving cars which, for the foreseeable future will have a licensed driver subject to all the usual regulation sitting in driver’s seat.

  • Jim Luebke

    The real question, of course, is how long the driverless car actually took, in its lap around the Top Gear test track…

  • I wonder if it will be boring, riding around in a driverless car? I hope it’s not as bad as riding in an elevator. Driving engages our attention at least.

  • Asad Abdi

    I am hoping the same finest operate from you inside the potential also.

  • Ethan Rosen

    Another potential not covered here is the concept of driverless car communes. While richer people will undoubtedly opt to own their own cars (or share them with their immediate families,) self driving cars open up a world of possibility for poorer folks.

    Since the cars don’t need a driver, it is probably that in the future, entire communities may opt to purchase small amounts of these cars (10 for 100 people perhaps,) and allow users to essentially share the cars, using smartphone apps to allocate a car to pick them up, and drive them to their destination. Since the cars are self driving, they can drop the users off, and immediately leave to go pick up another user.

    The potential to share cars could cut down on the energy and materials required to actually produce the cars, while also enabling a type of car pooling that could cut down on total energy used by allocating the cars more efficiently.

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