My point isn’t to shelve it, not at all. My point is: it’s SO VALUABLE we can’t brush off a few hundred predicted deaths WITHOUT investigation.
It appears Uber cheaped out.
That means : REGULATE PLEASE.
If we said “oh it’s to be expected – carry on Uber” this would get overlooked. A fixable problem brushed aside.
Can’t have that.
Of *course* there will be deaths. And with EACH AND EVERY death, there should be an investigation and tangible improvements made and irregularities conquered.
“It’s to be expected” would have resulted in Uber getting away with 1 LIDAR instead of 5 which created a blind spot the bicycle went through.
Don’t be too quick to brush it aside with statistics until it’s a mature, well regulated part of things.
This is the time for preventing the preventable.
Look at this administration. It is geared towards deregulation. In deregulation, issues are brushed under the carpet. “Cavaet Emptor, not our problem.”
From a corporate standpoint, autonomous vehicles will allow faster highway speeds, elimination of costly personnel and an economic miracle windfall of profit once fleets are going out and the long distance truckers go off and find other work.
I’m fine with all that.
But: an honest assessment is best, Case by case. Stop, look, pay attention. Regulate.
Our enthusiasm is necessary as is honest caution.
Toyota sent the right message at the wrong time.