Why Don’t We Have Self-Driving Cars Yet?

Why Don’t We Have Self-Driving Cars Yet?

More companies are trying to bring
self-driving cars to the masses than ever before. Yet a truly
autonomous vehicle still doesn’t exist. And it’s not clear if, or
when, our driverless future will arrive. Proponents like Elon Musk have touted
an aggressive timeline but missed their goals and others in the
industry have also missed projections. Well, our goal is to
deploy these vehicles in 2019. So you’ll have the
option to not drive. It’s not happening in 2020. It’s happening today. We
wanted to check in. Where exactly are we
with self-driving cars? And when can we expect them to
be part of our daily lives? The current state of driverless cars
is very interesting because we’ve passed what people refer to as peak
hype and we’ve entered what’s called the trough of disillusionment. Which is, even people within the industry
are saying, gee, it turns out there’s a lot harder than we thought. We’re definitely not anywhere near as far
along as a lot of people thought we would be three years ago. But I think over the last 18 to
24 months, there’s been a real injection of reality. There was a sense maybe a
year or two ago that our algorithms are so good, we’re ready to launch,
we’re gonna launch driverless cars any minute. And then obviously there’s been
these setbacks of people getting killed or accidents happening and now
we’re a lot more cautious. Several big players have begun to walk
back their predictions on how soon we could see this technology. Even Waymo’s Chief External Officer admitted
that the hype around its self-driving cars has
become unmanageable. The technology has come a long way, but
there’s still a lot of work to be done. There’s the perception, which is,
using the sensors to figure out what’s around the vehicle, in
the environment around the vehicle. Prediction, figuring out what those road users
are going to be doing next in the next few seconds. Turns out the perception and especially
prediction are really, really hard problems to solve. Companies tackling
self-driving today are taking two general approaches. Some are building a
self-driving car from the ground up. Others are developing the
brains that drive the car. An early leader was Google, who
started its self-driving car project in 2009. Known as Waymo today, the
company is developing hardware and software that can function as the
brains in a self-driving car. Aurora is taking a similar approach. Founded in 2017 by early players
from Uber, Tesla and Google’s self-driving initiatives, it’s already raised
$620 million in funding from Amazon and other big name investors. Aurora is testing vehicles on the
road in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and out here in the Bay Area. We don’t
yet let the public in our cars. Our cars are on the road, we have
two of our test operators in there. The technology we’re building can operate
from a compact electric car, to a minivan, to even a
big, long haul truck. Argo AI and Aptiv are examples
of other companies taking a similar approach. Lyft is developing its own
self-driving systems now too and offering self-driving rides on its
app through partnerships in select areas. Self-driving is too big for
just one company and one effort. And if you look at our strategy,
that is why we’re working with partners on the open platform, Aptiv and Waymo,
and why we’re building the tech here. Companies like Tesla, Zoox and
GM, with its Cruise division, are making their own vehicles. Aiming for self-driving cars that
can operate in all environments. This is the engineering
challenge of our generation. We’ve raised seven and a
quarter billion dollars of capital. We have deep integration with both
General Motors and Honda, which we think is central when you’re building
mission critical safety systems and building those in a way that you
can deploy them at very large scale. Cruise, which was acquired by General Motors
in 2016, has been testing its fleet of vehicles in San
Francisco with safety drivers onboard. To give you a sense for the
magnitude of the difference between suburban driving and what we’re doing everyday
on the streets of San Francisco. Our cars on average see more activity
in one minute of San Francisco driving than they see in one
hour of driving in Arizona. Zoox, led by the former chief strategy
officer at Intel, is working on creating an all in one self-driving taxi
system with plans to launch in 2020. Instead of retrofitting cars with
sensors and computers and saying, hey, here’s a self-driving car. We think there’s an opportunity to create
a new type of vehicle that from the very beginning was designed
to move people around autonomously. Nissan and Tesla both have semi-autonomous
systems on the roads today. Tesla’s has been available in beta on
its vehicles since 2015 and drivers have been known to use
the current system hands-free. Tesla’s promising full self-driving software
is just around the corner. It’s going to be tight, but it still
does appear that we’ll be at least in limited, in early access release, of
a feature complete full self-driving feature this year. I think Tesla is
actually a lot further back than they would like the world to to believe they
are because they are, in fact, so much more limited in
terms of their hardware. Others are making self-driving shuttles
that operate along designated routes only or focusing on trucks
with long haul highway routes. And then there are companies
like Ghost and Comma.ai working on aftermarket kits. Essentially hardware that could be installed
in older cars to bring them new self-driving capabilities
one day. For all players in this space, the
path ahead is filled with challenges. Chief among them, proving
the technology is safe. Driverless systems have to meet a very
high safety bar that has to be better than a human before
they’re deployed at scale. There are no federally established
standards or testing protocols for automated driving systems in the U.S. today, but there have
been fatal crashes. A woman named Elaine Herzberg was killed
by an autonomous Uber with a safety driver who was
paying no attention. This woman was crossing the street,
walking her bicycle, should easily have been seen by the autonomous
vehicle, was not, was run over. Nobody stepped on the brakes. In 2016, a Tesla fan named Joshua
Brown died in a crash while using autopilot hands-free in Florida. Other autopilot involved accidents
are now under investigation. Still, the industry is hopeful that
autonomous vehicles will make the roads far safer than they are today. Really, the kind of zero to one moment
for the industry will be when we can remove those safety drivers safely
and the vehicle can operate without the presence of any human. Others, like
Elon Musk, have said it’s almost irresponsible not to have these vehicles
out there because they are safer and will be safer than human drivers. Even if we could say that an
autonomous vehicle was better than a human driver, it doesn’t mean that an autonomous
vehicle is better than a human driver plus all of the advanced
driver assist systems we have. When looking at when the tech could
actually be ready one of the principle metrics touted by companies is the number
of miles driven, but not all miles are created equal
when testing automated systems. You could take an autonomous vehicle and go,
put it on an oval track or just a straight road, and you
could drive 100 million miles. But that’s not really gonna tell you
much about how well the system actually functions because it’s not encountering
the kinds of things that are actually challenging in
a driving environment. Testing self-driving vehicles out on
public roads isn’t enough. They need to be exposed to every
imaginable scenario, so companies rely on simulation. We can create situations that
we’re basically never going to see or very rarely see. So, for example, we might want to
simulate what happens as a bicycle comes through an intersection, runs a red light
and crashes into the side of our car. Turns out that doesn’t happen very
often in the real world, but we want to know that if that happens,
our vehicles are going to do something safe. Basically allow the car to practice
up in the cloud instead of on the road. When you’re testing autonomous
vehicles out on public roads, not only are the people riding in that car
part of the experiment, but so is everybody else around you. And they didn’t
consent to being part of an experiment. I remain concerned that humans
will be used as test dummies. Instead of self-certification and de-regulation
I want to see strong independent safety regulations from the agencies
in front of us today. The self-certification approach did not work
out well for the Boeing 737 Max 8 and now Boeing
is paying the price. We should heed that lesson when it comes
to finding out the best way to deploy autonomous vehicles. Lawmakers held hearings this month to figure
out how to keep the public safe without holding
back self-driving innovation. In September, the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration released new federal guidelines for
automated driving systems. But they’re only voluntary
suggestions at this point. State legislation is farther along. As of October, 41 states have
either enacted laws or signed executive orders regulating
autonomous vehicles. With regulatory questions looming, it’s
no surprise that self-driving companies are proceeding
cautiously at first. What we’re going to be seeing in
the next several years is more limited deployments in very specific areas
where there’s confidence that the technology can work. I think we’ll
see limited deployments of self-driving vehicles in the next
five years or so. You’ll see these moving goods and
you’ll see them moving people, but you’ll see them specifically
in fleet applications. Aurora says its systems could be
integrated into any vehicle, from fleets of taxis to long haul trucks. The cost of self-driving technology is
another deciding factor for how it will be deployed. Most consumers are never
going to own a vehicle that’s really autonomous because the technology is
expensive and there’s a whole raft of issues around product liability
and making sure that it’s properly maintained and sensors
are calibrated. That’s one reason ride hailing companies Lyft
and Uber are getting in the game. We have
two autonomous initiative. One is the open platform where
we’re connecting Lyft passengers with our partner self-driving vehicles. And so this is Aptiv in Las
Vegas and Waymo in Chandler, Arizona. And then also kind of the product
experience for the tech that you see here, which is Level 5. As AV
companies inch toward the mainstream public perception, simple understanding of the tech
has become another issue that could impact progress. Some in particular in the industry have
done a disservice to the public in overhyping the technology before
it’s really ready. It’s still not very clear to most
people what we mean when we say driverless car. Waymo and General
Motors Cruise Automation are very close to having what they referred to as
level five cars most of the time. In other words, again, they can
in theory function all by themselves. But so far, it seems that they function
like a 15 year old driver hoping to get a driver’s license. There’s a lot of people who think
that you can buy autonomous vehicles today, especially when you can go out and
buy a car, buy an option that’s called full self-driving and
pay for that. You expect that it actually exists. And the fact is, it
does not exist today. With an uncertain timeline and a
history of missed targets, public confusion is no surprise. Despite big developments, most companies
have recognized we are still years away from having truly self-driving cars
as part of our daily lives. One big question is when
is the car ready? You have to have a good sense of
all of the scenarios and all of the situations that the vehicle
will need to encounter. And that just takes time. We expect level four vehicles to
be feasible in small quantities within the next five years. And what that means is you’ll probably
see hundreds or maybe thousands of vehicles out either delivering packages
or moving people through neighborhood or maybe hauling
goods on our freeways. And now, even the experts hesitate
to make promises on when true self-driving will get here. You always have to assume that the user
is going to find a way to misuse the technology. Assume the worst
and then design for that. I think it’s a mistake to be
over promoting the technology, over hyping it when it’s still very much
a work in progress. This is something we need to do
with society, with the community and not at society. And we
take that very seriously. We’re building mission critical safety systems
that are going to have a huge positive impact
on people’s lives. And the tech adage of move fast
and break things most assuredly does not apply to what we’re doing here.

100 Replies to “Why Don’t We Have Self-Driving Cars Yet?

  1. Totally self-driven cars will never come to fruition. Think about how much money cities, States and the federal government make by issuing tickets for failed stops, speeding, aggressive driving, and the like. Do you really think they are just going to give up that free Revenue?

  2. Because leaving your safety on the road on an AI to take care of is stupid?

    I dunno guys I had to use all my brain cells to come up with such a sophisticated anwser to such a complex question.

  3. We'll have them when they are all self driving, when they all communicate with each other and avoid accidents, pedestrian included.

  4. Have you noticed all the self driving car scenes were filmed when there were no other cars around. LOL. We want to see them perform in real life rush hour traffic. LOL

  5. People kinda need to realise that AI is hard to train perfectly, they're like humans learning depending on their learning algorithm. Computers right now are not powerful enough to effectively calculate thousands or even millions of weights, activation functions within a millisecond (depending on the design of the neural network and power of the computer). In my vision, if these companies get access to "cutting edge" technology like quantum computing, AI would drastically improve and fully self driving car would arrive sooner than later. Programming is hard.

  6. Teslas car on autopilot is 10 times safer than a normal car. Additionally Tesla is the only company that has 5 billion miles a year that is being added to their network. These other companies are doing simulations to try to figure out how to become fully autonomous. Tesla has actual field hours and builds into itself, every car sold adds more and more miles into the network as well.

  7. do they know the basics of the autonomous automatic subconscious brain and further can they securely tap them and make them functional

  8. I bet this video would have been less negative about Tesla if they received lots of advertising dollars from them. Corporate news sucks.

  9. I just don't think we're even close to the technology we need to make this safe and reliable. It's not as simple as putting a car on digital rails. Even relatively unintelligent person would recognize a woman in Arizona and move to avoid her, rather than not classifying her because she wasn't in a crosswalk. Yes they can fix that error. But until machines can think and reason and learn like a human can, it's all just finding and filling the loopholes. I don't care how many pictures you show a computer of people. If there's even the chance that a child with a big backpack and crutches might not trigger in the database, then the technology isn't ready.

  10. Its not that difficult for anybody or any system to be better than an american driver considering how crappy they are

  11. The industrial prison/jail complex as well as local states and government would loose way to much money if they actually had driverless cars. I believe the technology is in reach but it is being held back. Just like solar panels and 3d printing. It's all there but the oligarchs have a lot of money and payed for a lot of politicians to put obstacles in the way. My two cents. I'll also add Quantum computing and 5g is coming fast. It will be an enormous catalyst I think.

  12. They do this because they don’t trust any of you. 🙂 they think they can do everything better than you. And most of you are so happy and willing to make them right.

  13. They never talked about these Driverless cars when they are 12 years old used selling for $800 with a wire holding up the muffler.

    Even if they get it right,then what?

    My Intel i7 justs died after 5 years without a warning and never drove over a million potholes in winters and summers.

    A new car is $40,000 and a 10 year old used car with 150k is $2000 for a reason.

    A few hundred thousand $2000 used driverless cars will be entertaining in the future.

  14. Tesla is a data company that manufactures cars that collect road and driving data that it will use and it sell to future self diving system manufacturers. Present Tesla’s on the road and mere data collection devises we as purchasers are partially financing. I’m a Tesla owner and okay with that. I’m happy to be part of the development for future full self driving vehicles.

  15. Who needs them when youre skilled enough??‍♂️ When people use auto pilot in their teslas, they get passed up by so many going nowhere in traffic ?

  16. We don’t have self driving cars yet for the same two reasons some people can’t drive:
    1. They can’t see
    2. They can’t think

  17. Still maturing the software. The estimated time has always been 5-8 years from now. I don't know why NBC keeps pushing this narrative of it being late or not happening "any time soon". BTW… If you are interested in protecting yourself from automation, medicare, and ending corruption in Washington, #YoutubeAndrewYang

  18. I wonder how these trucks will react when the mob is hijacking the vehicles. Self driving is a BAD IDEA, especially in wintry climates. A lot of lives will be lost with this nonsense.

  19. Self-driving vehicles won't work until every vehicle is self-driving and they're networked together to be able to communicate with each other, or have dedicated lanes where only autonomous driving is allowed and keep the human drivers separate. Also account for bicycles and motorcycles.

  20. they all are driven in good weather ,i have not seen snow , ice, strong blowing wind in mountain roads, if you can drop a phone call what makes you think it won't drop the car .it sounds great ,but it still wastes gas .car can be made to use less gas but corps
    don't wish to loss money .no one ever pulls out once they hooked you ,and that just life the way it's always been .we have been socially engineered sense birth

  21. God forbid God forbid !!! Why in the hell do need we driverless cars and trucks and who the hell are these people who are pushing the absolutely insane idea? Where the hell are these people from a different planet? Why do we need to have them and why is it going to be forced on us. I personally don't ever want to share the road with a driverless car and especially a 80,000 lb driverless truck. I will never stop driving my own car and no one is ever going to tell me I will have to. The technology will never be 100 percent and worse yet it will always be a threat by hackers. Take your driverless crap and shove it up your you know where!!!

  22. I’m sorry but if you walk out in front of a moving car and don’t even jump out of the way when it gets that close, that’s your own damn fault.

  23. This isn't rocket science, everyone in tech knows the answer; it's waiting for ubiquitous 5G and 1ms latency. THAT is what is REALLY required to make autonomy viable on a massive scale.

  24. I’m not giving up my driving for some car that would have complete control of my destination. Ever. But mark my words. Eventually. Maybe even in our lifetime. It will be illegal to drive normally.

  25. Try them out in the black ghettos to see if they can safely deliver their white customers.That would be the ultimate test.

  26. Real subtle there CNBC. Showing clips from Tesla every single time you discussed any negatives or doubts, then cutting right back to all the secondary players when discussing the way forward.

  27. What everyone has to understand is the Idea and the fact that A.I can't be perfect if we have to use it. Driverless cars will reduce accident rate by 80% than human driving does. A driveless car will never over speed, or over speed too much expect for data calculating error, Like running over an object like its not there. To me it is still safer than human driving. It has a lot of data in real time than a human driving does. We have to understand it can't be perfect even in 5 years if they are considering all they are considering. Accident can not be 100% stop or avoided on the road because crazy and unimaginable things happens

  28. When I first heard of autonomous vehicles being implemented into society a few years ago, I initially thought this type of technology was way ahead of its time before being trustworthy practical everyday vehicles.

  29. You can access your bank online only with the internet and your cell phone, make transfers, payments, see how much you have, without having to go to a bank, make payments …

    The savings in transportation, having to move papers and coins from one place to another is expensive, expensive armored trucks, bank branches, employees, ATMs, gasoline to go to the bank, now the bank's cost savings can benefit in interests or other benefits for being part of a bank.

    Even the telephone counseling service can be an artificial intelligence voice.

    And my prediction is that the bank that has this and better is who will win everyone because it will be more profitable.

    So when self-driving cars happen there will be no road traffic because there will be few jobs because of automatization…

    Thank god, I hate working and road traffic.

  30. CNBC – that is BS, self driving cars are HERE, TESLA is the ONLY Major car manufactuer with a WORKING Full Self Driving system. In All of TESLA current cars since April 2019, all cars are Equipped with Autopilot and Full Self Driving hardware & software, its up to the Individual IF they want to Enable it by paying $7,000.
    Currently we are at V10 Full Self Driving software, and TODAY you can Drive from your Garage to the Highway , to your Workplace ALL by using Full Self Driving. Soon TESLA self driving will be FEATURE Complete by 2020 , meaning that ALL of the TESLA cars can be UPDATED over the air , and gain NEW Features and Ability OVERNIGHT.
    TESLA will be the FIRST car Company with Working Full Self Driving in all its cars.
    they can BYPASS regulators by having Humans in the Driver seat while FSD is Operational.
    monitoring the system, but allowing the CAR to do the tasks on its own.

  31. Wow, "industry experts" are so far behind they think they're ahead of Tesla. ?‍♂️ Tesla makes driving other cars feel antiquated.

  32. "Welcome to Johnny cab" What is the allure of a self driving car? Use the bus, or train or plane. What next, self feeding food stations?

  33. USA seems to be LATE. China already deploy pilot Autonomous vehicles, Japan plans a large fleet for the Olympics. What's going on?

  34. I'd sooner learn to ride a horse than trust life and limb to a car that could get hacked. Last thing I need is someone doing a Michael Hastings on me.

  35. Maybe some industries could put this type of vehicles to good use, but the general public doesn't need self driving cars. Another expensive product for the dumb masses!
    And besides… you can do a lot more interesting things with such technology, then force a powerful computer to drive a silly car. As if we don't have enough unemployment. Yea, what a great idea! Let's replace most jobs with 'robots' and see how that'll make the world a better place.

  36. This will never work for public transportation. Just imagine a public toilet on wheels. That's just how gross an autonomous car would be.

  37. long story short just about anything can happen on the road as experienced drivers already know. yet a computer driving needs an answer for every variable it encounters so programming all that and expecting it to compute in the milliseconds before an accident has been asking too much for the high standard set initially by the industry.

  38. Self driving cars wont work unless ALL the cars are self driving. Make driver licenses like 1M to keep drivers off the road.

  39. Because they do not work. The best they will ever get to is about 90% self driving. That last 10% is just too costly to accomplish. So now what?
    Continue to get the public to insure their own self driving cars because of that 10% error rate? Will they in fact fall for that. I know I will never do so. If I ever buy a self driving car it will be only because I do not need insurance for it. The company should insure it, if they are confident enough to make a self driving car and sell it to me at a premium they can cover all of its mistakes. Of course I believe I am the only person in America that feels that way.

    But the over all question is how is the public going to react to self driving cars killing people. Because it will happen and once we have a significant mass of self driving cars on the road it will happen quite often. And that is the rub. Will people still give the self driving cars a pass and still self insure them? Or will they demand the cars be more safe? Look at school shootings as an example. School shootings will be more rare than self driving car deaths will be. Yet people are all sorts of worked up about the school shootings to the point of more gun control and armed officers in schools. So what is going to be the reaction to self driving car deaths caused by companies that are cutting corners on safety in order to keep production costs down to sell those self driving cars. Well as long as they are not carrying the liability for it they have it all made at your expense. My family is not going to be the guinea pig.

  40. It is delayed because it must meet standards far beyond what a human would be held to. Any accident is considered extreme, even if the rate of accidents is far less than what humans have.

    Now, this does not lessen the real problem that is it very hard to make a truly safe self-driving car. But, when we get there, it will be far safer than any human driver.

  41. People are terrible drivers. Computers are already better. Computers follow the laws, don’t text, don’t drink, don’t fall asleep, don’t get mad, etc…

  42. If cars drive them selves, cops can't pull you over. Can't put you in jail for diy or wreckless driving. How will you expect state funding to happen if no one is getting a ticket ?
    They will increase taxes dramatically to compensate for lack of drive related money flow.

  43. Lol the guy said Tesla’s behind, pffftttt what an imbecile they have the perfect combination of sensors and yet he said that they’re behind in hardware

  44. people really are lazy trash if they need a self driving car, i mean really with today's conveniences don't they practically drive themselves already?
    we have power steering, 4 wheel ABS, Fuel injection, GPS, TCS, ASM automatic transmissions, My great Aunt had a dodge aries her husband always bought giant boat cars you wouldn't believe how much she loved her K car. she used to always say it was the first car that she felt she was in control of.

  45. So who really is driving the adoption of autonomous vehicles? Trucking companies that would like to eliminate truck drivers, taxi fleets that would also like to eliminate drivers.Big commercial operations like mining that could use autonomous vehicles.Bus drivers. The goal is to eliminate the "costly" human element. The only problem is what do we do to employ all those people that get displaced by these new technologies. Who pays for the smart highways? For the average person with a personal vehicle why would they need or want one? I enjoy driving. Plus there are some good aspects to having a human behind the wheel of a big truck. They check over the truck regularly, hear and feel that there is something wrong with the truck. They can instantly adjust to weather conditions. It is not all about costs to move A truck from point a to point B.

  46. Two things: quantum computing & 5G…
    When they will be widely available then we will see truly autonomous drive (in certain cases like couriers/taxis e.t.c)

  47. If we make it legal in every state we will have more investors and company’s willing to dump more money and time into the project. Even if the tech is not street ready making the laws now to give the tech companies rules to follow by they will meet them.

  48. I watched a waymo car navigate a left at an intersection. This car waited till the light was turning yellow, pulled into the intersection, waited, and made the left just in time before the light turned red all as smooth as butter. Once they perfect this, human drivers will no longer be allowed to drive.

  49. How are cars going to self drive in non ideal driving conditions. All the sensors and cameras don’t work in the snow and rain.

  50. Keep waiting, it wouldn't happen in crowded cities for decades. the people who claim it will come soon are just idiotic and how so many supposedly "smart people" turned out to be just ordinary is so……..not surprising. LoL

  51. Yeah right… You left out the part that the Uber crash was the pedestrians fault. She was jaywalking at night on a dark road. I think that many people would have the same result on that situvation. On the pedestrians defence. Uber car noticed her on the road but ignored her as an "object", before the crash was immediate.

  52. Processing power is almost there, but I think another 5 years the CPUs will be better equipped. The problem is other drivers and pedestrians. Self driving cars can drive just fine, but when you add other people that can't drive or walk in front of cars expecting them to stop, it throws the computer off. It can not predict people. The same thing happened when cars were invented. A lot of people died from getting hit by the first cars, because people were not use to the speed of cars and walked right in front of them. I think self driving cars should be used the same as cruise control is used today. Mostly used on Interstates and not in town.

  53. Good to hear a bit of reason rather than just hype. Still not if but when. The big motor companies are in too deep to turn back now.

  54. Ironically, the Navigant guy, Sam Abuelsamid is bashing Tesla yet admits that the technology being developed by other car companies can't be sold to the general population.

  55. “The masses” don’t want them. The people who want them are those with some monetary advantage to be had, such as by not having to hire drivers.

  56. AVs are in level 4 now (partial automation with human supervision). Level 5 is fully automation so it will take about 10 to 15 years to get there.

  57. Hopefully never. Just image what kind of harm a terrorist organization could do if they hacked these. Do you people even play watchdogs!?

  58. Prediction: It's impossible to 100% accurately predict what will happen and AI will be worse at it than humans for a while longer (example: seeing someone drunk on the sidewalk would make a driver very cautious, computer treats that person as an average joe). Machine beats human at reaction time, but that 0.5s advantage is overshadowed by ability to predict what might happen 5 seconds into the future and avoid a dangerous situation entirely.
    When an accident inventively happens, currently it's easy- the driver is at fault (most of the time). For bad driving or not checking the car beforehand in case of a mechanical failure. With self-driving cars the "driver" is a passenger. So car manufacturer takes full blame (and cost) of what happened. Ah yes, the "driver" is supposed to take the wheel and react…. After months or years of not driving, half-asleep (or entirely asleep) or on the phone. Accident is gonna be over before he or she even finds the wheel.
    Another thing- a self-driving "tablet" can be remotely shut down if it's linked to the web (teslas). This can be exploited by an oppressive government or a foreign power.

  59. This can only be truly safe in an environment where EVERY vehicle is self driving. When shared with vehicles driven by humans, anything can happen. I just can't see this ever working properly. Whose at fault when someone is injured or killed?
    And also…….most people actually like driving. Is there any market demand for such technology?
    I will never buy such a vehicle, and would rather just walk, cycle or rail it.
    The mere idea of this folly bothers me imensely.
    They will be a nightmare for legislaters trying to keep up with the technology.
    They really should just treat us like adults.

  60. I'd like to have a car that'd drive me to work, then went home to park and charge, and then pick me up at work again and drove me back home.

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