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Cake day: June 20th, 2023


  • I think it’s worth thinking about this in a technical sense, not just in a political or capitalist sense: Yes, car companies want self driving cars, but self driving cars are immensely dangerous, and there’s no evidence that self driving cars will make roads safer. As such, legislation should be pushing very hard to stop self driving cars.

    Also, the same technology used for self driving is used for AEB. This actually makes self-driving more likely, in that the car companies have to pay for all that equipment anyway, they may as well try and shoehorn in self driving. On top of this, I have no confidence that the odds of an error in the system (eg: a dirty sensor, software getting confused) is not higher than the odds of a system correctly braking when it needs to.

    This means someone can get into a situation where they are:

    • in a car, on a road, nothing of interest in front of them
    • the software determines that there is an imminent crash
    • Car brakes hard (even at 90mph), perhaps losing traction depending on road conditions
    • may be hit from behind or may hit an object
    • Driver is liable even though they never actually pressed the brakes.

    This is unacceptable on its face. Yes, cars are dangerous, yes we need to make them safer, but we should use better policies like slower speeds, safer roads, and transitioning to smaller lighter weight cars, not this AI automation bullshit.