It is unfortunate that someone had to lose their life, but honestly it was sadly inevitable under any
form of driving. It's impressive that it took so long. No one is pretending that autonomous driving systems (which this wasn't) will be perfect or better than any human all of the time, they just have to be better than most humans most of the time. Happily, or sadly, this is not hard.
A lot of the reaction strikes me as the old adage of a poor workman blames their tools. As many people have pointed out this is a driver assist system, not a autonomous driving system, and if you use any
tool improperly it has the potential to hurt you. Such things have been options on production cars for a while now too, for example BMW have their lane keeping and traffic jam system
, Ford has a braking pre-charge system
, and so on.
Also I remember that one of the guys working on the Google self driving car program said in a presentation that autonomous driving should be an all or nothing system - either the computer takes complete control or the human does, no half measures like this driver assist system. His argument was that without a clear division of responsibility the driver would get complacent, leading to situations just like this one.
Originally Posted by emeianoite
Maybe you shouldn't let a machine control the vehicle you're in? Maybe? LOL, sounds like stupid people to me. Oh well, another one bites the dust.
So you drive a manual transmission car without cruise control, power steering, ABS, electronic engine management, or any other electronics then?
Interesting.Edited by GingerJohn - 7/4/16 at 9:46am