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China’s self-driving efforts need to accelerate

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Like in many countries, the allure of self-driving cars—and the safety, savings and efficiencies they promise—is a powerful one. That's why, earlier this year, the Chinese government’s top economic-policy agency set a goal to have half the new cars on China’s roads to be partially or fully autonomous by the end of 2020. If done right,Read full story

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  • Average number of traffic accident related deaths yearly in the U.S.: 30,000

    10 years of traffic is more than 300,000 deaths.

    I welcome anyone who can make self-driving vehicles mainstream. China and the U.S. will both win, regardless of who is first.

  • China has set the wildly ambitious goal of having half the new cars on China’s roads be partially or fully autonomous by the end of 2020. So despite Waymo, Cruze, Uber, etc.'s best efforts - It's entirely possible that the US will fall behind China when it comes to self-driving cars.

  • If you can make self driving cars work on chaotic Asian streets, you can make them work anywhere in the world. Let's hope China succeeds.

  • Commercial airliners and ships both depend on autopilot. Among the reasons autopilot works so well on planes and ships is that there are protected lanes for travel. In addition, there are beacons to alert planes and ships to hazards. If we are unwilling to make such investments for self-driving cars

    Commercial airliners and ships both depend on autopilot. Among the reasons autopilot works so well on planes and ships is that there are protected lanes for travel. In addition, there are beacons to alert planes and ships to hazards. If we are unwilling to make such investments for self-driving cars, we should anticipate thousands of casualties.

  • I was freaked out by self-driving cars until I was on a plane flight the other day. Nearly every airplane in the sky is on autopilot, with pilots in charge of only takeoff and landing. Now I’m comforted by the idea. (Until I think about car hackers and the havoc they could wreak.)

    This is a fascinating

    I was freaked out by self-driving cars until I was on a plane flight the other day. Nearly every airplane in the sky is on autopilot, with pilots in charge of only takeoff and landing. Now I’m comforted by the idea. (Until I think about car hackers and the havoc they could wreak.)

    This is a fascinating window into China’s program to have 1/2 of its cars on the road be self-driving. They have a long way to go to get there.

  • I’m patriotic on this one - U.S. companies need to win

  • In 1972 there were 54K traffic deaths w/ 26 deaths per 100,000. In 2017 there were 32,000 deaths with 11per 100K. Auto safety primary cause of the decrease. Driverless cars will be good, but I'm too old to change. I like to drive on dirt.

  • It is important that self driving efforts is done right I welcome competition of ideas and products

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