Self-Driving Cars: 10 More Realistic Names
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Shane M. O'Neill
Shane M. O'Neill,
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7/31/2014 | 1:31:00 PM
Re: Public transportation option
I could certainly get used to an affordable, driverless car picking me up, whether provided by the city or Uber (whatever's cheaper).

But I just hope companies and governments don't phase out human drivers because they're an expense and then rush to ill-equipped driverless cars. It's not going to happen anytime soon. Smartwatches haven't even caight on yet, nevermind self-driving cars. Drivers of all stripes should be employed for the forseeable future. As this article points out with clarity and humor, self-driving cars have many many flaws. I think i'll be a senior citizen by the time they finally take off. I'll be the ideal customer!
David F. Carr
David F. Carr,
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7/31/2014 | 11:31:41 AM
Ever since the Model T
Self-driving or not, cars are dangerous and some people have been opposed to them since the early days of the infernal combustion engine and the model T. The introduction of new technologies to cars has often been met with opposition - check out this Mental Floss article:

When the Car Radio Was Introduced, People Freaked Out

If folks in Henry Ford's day had been inclined to modern regulation, with a little forethought to all the traffic fatalities that lay in the future, they never would have let the Model T on the road.

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7/31/2014 | 10:44:23 AM
Public transportation option
Excellent commentary, Tom. Interesting to think of combining 2 of your points -- that cities need mass transit instead of more cars, and Uber thinking about driverless cars. Could driverless vehicles allow for smaller, more efficient and flexible mass transit options? Something akin to a streetcar without all the infrastructure requirement. A political football, for sure, as it would attack both public sector bus driver jobs and private sector taxi jobs. 
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