I know there's some very smart and knowledgeable people here at ATS, but I don't really understand the ludditism that comes across sometimes.
It is a fact of life that cars crash. People will die.
On average this happens every 100 million miles driven.
The Tesla Model S has driven over 130 million miles on autopilot
with one fatality.
There is some indications that the Tesla was travelling at over 85 mph at the time of the crash. It also hit a semi-trailer at a perpendicular angle.
So this indicates that the Tesla was likely driving too fast, the driver wasn't paying attention, and perhaps the truck driver made a mistake
(perpendicular on a highway). Also the Tesla Model S is not
an autonomous vehicle. It has a function called autopilot. Just like in some
situations autopilot in an aircraft could fly an aircraft into the ground if it's not correctly used and monitored, if Tesla autopilot isn't correctly
monitored then a crash could also occur.
So, this crash may have had nothing to do with autopilot at all. I'll try to update this thread when the investigation is completed.
a reply to: ReprobateRaccoon
Technology will never be able to adequately adjust for the unpredictability of human drivers, etc.
a reply to: veracity
Tesla cars will make humanity dumber, just as mapquest app has made us dumber. I now do not know how to get to a house I have been to twice
before just a year ago without GPS. My mind just chooses to not remember bc I know I can use gps.
Are you sure that if you didn't have a GPS you would remember the location of the house? If I didn't have a GPS and I tried to remember a place that I
had only been to twice in the previous year, I would probably just be looking at a map the next time I needed to visit.
I find Google Navigation amazing. It allows me to find places extremely quickly, calculates the most efficient route, and it even takes into
consideration traffic. Often I can drive across the city to a place I've never been to before (I drive on average ~60 miles per day) and arrive at the
destination within several minutes of the intended time, despite traffic. I'd call that a massive time saving and allows me to focus my attention on
other things (including things that make me smarter and better).
Also if I recall correctly, if a certain percentage of cars are fitted with adaptive cruise control, the severity of traffic jams can be decreased and
the capacity of our roads increased. That means roads become more efficient. Take it a step further and add in automatic brakes, then suddenly
rear-ender collisions will be reduced, making roads further more efficient.
Then the following effects could occur, in some combination:
- People could increase the distance between work and home, because roads become more efficient and safer. This is increasing freedom and personal
- Less funding will be needed to upgrade roads as population increases. Mind you, roads take up a lot of space. If you have to widen roads and add
roads, you're taking up space and forcing things to become further apart. Then people need to drive more
. So I would consider making existing
roads more efficient to be much more preferable to adding new roads.
That's why it's extremely important that our roads, vehicles, and the way we navigate is made as efficient and safe as possible. Automated functions
in vehicles is part of that.
a reply to: GENERAL EYES
No, but seriously, as others have already pointed out....self-driving cars are a horrid idea.
The human brain needs focus and challenging stimulation in order to prevent falling into disuse, and over dependence on what technology we already
have has already shown serious side-effects. Loss of memory, inability to maintain focus, lethargy, and depression to name a few.
Are you seriously suggesting that people should drive just to keep their mind sharp? I find driving extremely boring, and somewhat dangerous. I always
pay attention but really my mind at idle when driving. That's why when trip times are identical (or parking is expensive) I always take public
transport. That way I can read
Do you also think public transport makes you dumber, since you just have to get on and sit down?[
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