Driverless Cars: Hype, Hubris and Distractions
Date Written: 27/06/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21023
The driverless personal car is quickly emerging without a legal, ethical and priorities framework, when priorities should be placed on safer, more efficient and less polluting means of transport.
Excerpt: The industry -- from Silicon Valley to Detroit -- argues safety. Robotic systems do not get drunk, fall asleep at the wheel or develop poor driving skills. But computers fail often; they are often susceptible to hacking -- whether by the manufacturers, dealers or deadly actors. Hacking is a driverless car industry's nightmare and American motorists can see why. They like to remain in control and not have their engine stop, accelerate or be turned in disastrous directions by remote interventions.
Already, Volkswagen and other companies have been caught by law enforcement manipulating software emission controls on a gigantic scale.