Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Robotic Cars Now Licensable in Nevada - This is Where the Fun Starts

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Interestingly enough, I did go to the first DARPA Grand Challenge and it was amazing to watch the first robotic autonomous vehicles drive through obstacles, often crashing as their engineers learned more and more about exactly what a big challenge it was. However, that was then, and this is now, today that technology has advanced an incredible amount, and automakers and R&D departments in the automotive sector are well on their way to creating safe robotic vehicles.

Much safer than humans in fact, and perhaps, in the future all vehicles will be net-centrically interconnected wirelessly to absolutely prevents accidents from human error. Obviously, we have a tremendous number of automobile accidents per year killing tens of thousands of Americans. If this were a disease, it would rank up there with some of the most deadly. Now then, we may all be driving, or be driven by autonomous robotic vehicles a lot sooner than we might ever imagine.

In fact, there was an interesting article in the San Francisco Chronicle (no, I don't read that newspaper, I noted the article on my Google News Alerts) entitled; "Driverless cars can be licensed in Nevada," which was published on February 23, 2012 and written by Susan Berfield. The article was fun and it noted some cool quotes;

"I sat in the back seat first, looking at the laptop that shows what the vehicle is seeing," and, "My apprehension disappeared after about five seconds. Once I felt confident that the car could see better than I could, they allowed me to get behind the wheel," and "If the car is programmed properly, it shouldn't cause an accident," "But it's possible it could still get into one."

Yes, well I like the part where they say; "It shouldn't get into an accident," I mean shoulda, woulda, coulda, right? And all of this forgets that human nature will be to test the vehicle, and don't think a bunch of teenagers won't try it either. Let me explain; imagine a group of teenagers driving alongside a robotic vehicle, and purposely playing chicken with it, or swerving into its lane to get it to react? They might think that was quite humorous, and you can bet they will do this. Will they get in trouble for it? Well, it would be considered reckless driving right?

And these teenagers will know which vehicles are robotic and which are not, because there won't be a driver controlling it. Apparently according to the article the license fee for a self-driving vehicle is only one-hundred dollars, but a surety bond of 1-3 million is also required for insurance. Luckily, the vehicles will not need a "No Driver in Car - Beware" sticker on the back, but they will have specialized plates denoting the specialty waivered license.

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