So Google has been testing this concept car that drives itself, which is a rather cool thing to have. The car project has been working in secret but in plain view on vehicles that can drive themselves, using artificial-intelligence software that can sense anything near the car and mimic the decisions made by a human driver.
Seven test cars have driven 1,000 miles without human intervention and more than 140,000 miles with only occasional human control. One even drove itself down Lombard Street in San Francisco, one of the steepest and curviest streets in the nation. The only accident, engineers said, was when one Google car was rear-ended while stopped at a traffic light.
Robot drivers react faster than humans, have 360-degree perception and do not get distracted, sleepy or intoxicated, the engineers argue. They speak in terms of lives saved and injuries avoided — more than 37,000 people died in car accidents in the United States in 2008. The engineers say the technology could double the capacity of roads by allowing cars to drive more safely while closer together. Because the robot cars would eventually be less likely to crash, they could be built lighter, reducing fuel consumption. But of course, to be truly safer, the cars must be far more reliable than, say, today’s personal computers, which crash on occasion and are frequently infected.
Google’s research on robot driven cars is not sans controversy. Several breeds of people are raising their concern, none more so than lawyers, and for pretty good reason. They stand to lose one of their easiest and biggest business segments. I am just too excited about being able to get wasted and then just get in my car and let it take me home, or even for a spin out on town. Needless to say the DUI/DWI laws will become rather superfluous, add the open container law to the list as well. That’s whats in it for me. Google is trying to sell this concept so far by saying that it will reduce the total number of fatalities. Forget that shit, just tell every one that it costs you about 10k to get into a DUI, I would definitely give a 5k premium for something like this, I and everyone I know!
20 years from now, kids will be saying, you know, back in the day, they were so stupid, they would drive after drinking, how did they ever do that, life was so tough then wasn’t it. Kind of like when we say, back in the day, they lived in caves and tried to kill a moose with a wooden stick, gosh they were stupid, why didn’t they think of HEB?