- Apr 2, 2007
- No, sleep, till, BROOKLYN
- 11 Xterra Pro-4x, 12 'stang GT
Basically the below sums up my thoughts.Peronally, I think there is more than one way you can look at cars. One is the transportation view and in that a system like Toyota wants to introduce might make perfect sense. To take this thought some years down the line - yes, I would have my Autopilot drive me to work ... no problem there.
Another view is of course to see the car as a recreational device, a toy if you will. A Computer taking control away from the driver makes no sense in that aspect.
I think I would like to have the choice between both. Take the car for a manual spin if I feel like it, or hand over control to a computer while I post on faceoogle what massive a jerk I am ...
My issue here is that I don't trust the car to do what *I* think is the better option. For instance while a common way to escape an accident is to brake, in many situations I actually accelerate because there are people behind me that WILL rear end me if I stomp on the brake, courtesy of EBC's Yellow Stuff.I think the issue here is "take control of the car" in event of possible accident, as in it does it against your will, not in a set on autopilot way. That is less of a convenience and more a "you are too stupid to know what is best we will do it for you" thing instead.
There is also a concern with sensors failing, sure MOST of the unintended acceleration issues with Toyota cars were BS but there were still SOME real ones that were due to faulty electronics. Now if your TBW freaks out you can easily switch to neutral and floor the brakes but what about the car randomly swirving left at 70?
I don't mind self driving cars as much as many other car enthusiasts as that would allow more people to use car's for transportation and would lessen traffic on the main roads. However true self driving car network would require all cars to be in constant contact with each to "anticipate" actions of the other cars and be able to proactively speed up/slow down/move over to compensate. No one would stop me from driving for recreation, hell they might start having go-karts like racetracks for real cars in that situation.