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Self-driving carmakers urge regulators to whiff the steering wheel out the window

Self-driving carmakers urge regulators to whiff the steering wheel out the window

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  • Gradually the controls should end but isn't it too early to start the process to rewrite safety rules when other factors are still work in progress (proven safety of autonomous vehicles, standard systems etc.)

  • Just imagine a mandatory evacuation for a hurricane. Traffic routes change but the data base is useless or loss of data services because the infrastructure is gone. All those self driving cars parked and useless. It might not make much difference because they will probably be pure electric and the power

    Just imagine a mandatory evacuation for a hurricane. Traffic routes change but the data base is useless or loss of data services because the infrastructure is gone. All those self driving cars parked and useless. It might not make much difference because they will probably be pure electric and the power failure prevents recharging.

  • Waymo's letter to the NHTSA uses the words "promptly" and "rapidly" not because they think it should happen tomorrow, but they think it should happen in the next 3-5 years. Government bodies think in terms of decades, meaning a consideration like removing the need for a steering wheel from a vehicle

    Waymo's letter to the NHTSA uses the words "promptly" and "rapidly" not because they think it should happen tomorrow, but they think it should happen in the next 3-5 years. Government bodies think in terms of decades, meaning a consideration like removing the need for a steering wheel from a vehicle could be debated on until 2040. Urging governing bodies and legislators to move more quickly makes sense in this light. And I hope their pace of innovation keeps up with the safety enhancements we're seeing in technology. When technology takes eventually over for human error, the roads will become much safer, and tens of thousands of lives will be saved each year.

  • How would *you* feel if you stepped in a car without a steering wheel? How would *I* feel if I walked into a vehicle with no human controls?

    For sure, I would like safety features for humans to have access to. But then we see autonomous vehicles to be used in Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and elsewhere—that

    How would *you* feel if you stepped in a car without a steering wheel? How would *I* feel if I walked into a vehicle with no human controls?

    For sure, I would like safety features for humans to have access to. But then we see autonomous vehicles to be used in Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and elsewhere—that seem to have no human controls available. (https://qz.com/co/2660221 ) So what should the NHTSA do?

  • I see the future of self driving cars being capable of driving without access to internet or gps in the event of an emergency. They should be able to rely on nothing but internal sensors and computers. Until they reach this level of sophistication I think it is an unintelligent decision to remove a manual

    I see the future of self driving cars being capable of driving without access to internet or gps in the event of an emergency. They should be able to rely on nothing but internal sensors and computers. Until they reach this level of sophistication I think it is an unintelligent decision to remove a manual override option. When a car is smart enough to drive without any external resources then we can think about removing the steering wheel.