posted on May, 9 2012 @ 03:56 PM
reply to post by MaryStillToe
What happens when someone wants you dead or a laugh and they hack into the software being used to driver your car?
If I want you dead, you will die. That's all there is to it. You do not need to concern yourself with the tools at my disposal - your life is but a
speck of noise on the screen; and just as fleeting. Abstaining from purchasing a self-driving impact-resistant protective shell is not going to do
you any favors if I am truly after your life.
I'd feel way safer driving myself.
Which is what it boils down to. You want control.
The fact of the matter is that I can already hack your car just as easily as any proposed self-driving car (if not easier). The gas pedal you push is
not really a gas pedal; the brakes are not mechanically connected to the braking system (they are, instead, connected to a servo motor that provides
feedback to make it feel as though you are actually pressing the brake). The engine is all computer controlled - down to the timing (that used to be
triggered purely mechanically).
There really isn't much of a credible threat of someone taking control of your car away from you.
There is, however, reason behind an honest: "I like to be in control, and being in a vehicle not under my control weirds me out."
It does, me... at least when I'm on familiar roads.
But in the military - I find myself in places I do -not- want to drive (such as San Diego, South Korea, etc) - at which point, I'm more than happy to
relinquish control to something else. Unless I was authorized to go trucking around in an Abrams MBT... I'd drive that through down-town San Diego
and not give a # about the stupid drivers.
Seriously... "you all" in San Diego (and California in general) have no friggin' business operating a vehicle. Whoever issued you all a drivers'
license needs to be fired and raped with a cactus.