Re: Legal Conundrum
"The only way this would be safe is if all vehicles are self driving. That is going to require government fiat to require it, can you say obamacar?"
Ok, first of all, you win teh internets this week for "Obamacar". Awesome :-)
"Who is going to be held responsible when my obamacar runs over my neighbors 3 year old, running into the street to get their toy?"
That's a very interesting avenue of thought; once the control goes away from the vehicle occupants and into software, what happens to liability? Taxi passengers aren't liable when a taxi has an accident, are they? Ever had out of date information in your GPS? What happens if the mapping data misses something like a one-way street and takes you down it the wrong way?
Even if there's no steering wheel, we may need a big red "OMG WHAT ARE YOU DOING?" button on the dash.