a reply to: HardCorps
In a word?
I have absolutely no wish to be subjected to automated control of a car in which I am traveling. I am only just learning to drive a car in the normal
fashion, and I am not at all prepared to hand over what control I have gained in my lessons thus far, to some glorified toaster, which will
undoubtedly break down, causing me to have to shell out thousands upon thousands of pounds in order to rectify it.
But even before the advent of such madness as a robotically controlled vehicle was even posited, the main problem I had with modern cars, was two
First, so complicated have modern motor cars become, that to fix one these days, one requires a diagnostic computer, because the brakes, the
ignition, every electronic component you can think of, has been so over inflated in its significance, that most of the things that ruin a modern
motor, are electrical faults. This makes purchasing a car made after 1995, in my opinion, a mugs game. When I buy a car, I am going to go for the
oldest possible hunk of crap that I can get my hands on, something I can fix with a wrench, a hammer, and a drop or two of commons sense.
The other problem with modern cars, is that between the driver, and the road, there are several systems to isolate the driver from the physical
reality of what they are doing. Who else recalls the Toyota Prius driver, who, along with several family members, hurtled to their doom because of a
failure in an electronic braking system? Placing delicate computers between oneself, and the full control of the car, seems to me to be a fools
errand, one which can only increase the risk of a grizzly death at the wheel.
Therefore, the idea of actually handing total control of a vehicle, containing either myself, or anyone I give two flying figs about, feels to me