Does California Really Need Driverless Cars? - August 30, 2012

Ear­li­er this week, California’s Gov. Jer­ry Brown signed a law legal­iz­ing dri­ver­less cars. has looked into the emer­gence of autonomous vehi­cles and makes some valid com­ments.

Read what Senior Ana­lyst Jes­si­ca Cald­well  says.

“The safe­ty of auto­mat­ed vehi­cles will depend almost entire­ly on their abil­i­ty to com­mu­ni­cate with each oth­er, which, in turn, will require a crit­i­cal mass of these vehi­cles on the road” says Cald­well. “But even one human dri­ver on a road full of a thou­sand auto­mat­ed vehi­cles can bring enough unpre­dictabil­i­ty to pose a threat of an acci­dent to oth­er vehi­cles at any time. And if a human dri­ver stops short and is some­how rear-end­ed by an auto­mat­ed vehi­cle, then who is at fault? The pas­sen­ger of that vehi­cle? The car’s man­u­fac­tur­er? The human dri­ver in the first car? These are the types of issues that must be con­sid­ered.”

Oth­er mate­r­i­al on the sub­ject by John O’Dell can be read here.



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