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Anti Federalist
01-14-2016, 10:46 PM
It will be mandatory.

You will not be allowed to drive yourself, you will be under total surveillance and you will NOT be allowed to travel to "prohibited" areas.

It will be federalized, with the states forced to go along just like they have in the past, by threatening to cut off funding.

Cue the technophiles telling me, "it's not that bad, just accept it", in 3...2...1

PS: Don't think for one second you will be "free" to drink, smoke, eat, read or get fellated while the car drives you about. You will be expected to maintain a state of cat like readiness monitoring the machine. None of the fun or freedom of driving, with all the regulatory and oversight hassle.

Freedom, future, technology, yay...

U.S. Proposes Spending $4 Billion to Encourage Driverless Cars


Obama administration aims to remove hurdles to making autonomous cars more widespread

Updated Jan. 14, 2016 9:08 p.m. ET

The Obama administration is proposing to spend nearly $4 billion in a decade to accelerate the acceptance of driverless cars on U.S. roads and curb traffic fatalities and travel delays.

The proposal, which would require congressional approval, aims to have federal regulators work with auto makers and others to craft policies and rules for vehicles that can move without a driver at the wheel. It also would set up pilot programs for testing “connected vehicles” that talk to one another to avoid crashes under the $3.9 billion budget proposal.

It isn’t clear whether or when any new regulations might be adopted. Regulators said they plan to issue guidance within six months on preferred performance characteristics and testing methods for driverless cars and collaborate with state officials on policies.

A lack of clear guidance from regulators is among the barriers auto makers cite to allowing driverless cars to proliferate. Car makers prefer to have a clear national road map for approving autonomous vehicles rather than a state-by-state patchwork of rules.

In Europe, the lack of a consensus has frustrated executives at Volvo Car Corp. and others developing the technologies. In Japan, industry officials are hoping for swift adoption by the government.

U.S. regulators say they want to encourage technologies that can improve vehicle safety and reduce the nation’s more than 32,000 annual road fatalities. Driverless cars also hold out the hope of reducing pollution and more-efficient transportation, say government and industry officials.

01-15-2016, 03:13 AM
Fuck. A. Bunch. Of. Computer. Cars.

Weston White
01-15-2016, 04:31 AM

Don't think this concept will go over all that well with police lobbying groups, the thought of loosing all of the traffic citation revenue.

Ronin Truth
01-15-2016, 09:35 AM
Well they could certainly manage to come up with several other more stupid things to waste $4 billion on. <shrug>

01-15-2016, 06:12 PM
So what happens when it isnt applied to just your vehicles, but Law Enforcement? The humanless police force? Are we going to leave it up to a computer to determine what is a crime any more?

12-23-2016, 09:08 PM
There are several lies being regurgitated constantly by this advocate.
Just another lobbyist who doesn't give a DAMN... not much different than an arms dealer in Africa.


12-24-2016, 12:24 AM

California orders Uber to stop driverless-car program in San Francisco

California regulators have ordered Uber Technologies Inc.’s day-old driverless-car pilot program in San Francisco to shut down.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles said Wednesday afternoon that Uber “must cease” operations immediately or face legal action because it does not have a permit to test autonomous vehicles, according to a letter sent to the company.

California’s DMV has issued autonomous-vehicle permits for testing on public roads to 20 companies, but Uber is not one of them. Uber maintains its cars are not truly autonomous because they require a human “driver” to monitor them.

“It is illegal for the company to operate its self-driving vehicles on public roads until it receives an autonomous vehicle testing permit,” DMV deputy director and chief counsel Brian Soublet said in the letter to Uber. The permitting requirements “serve to build public trust in the safety of the technology,” Soublet said, and “it is essential that Uber takes appropriate measures to ensure safety of the public.”

Uber launched the San Francisco program Wednesday morning, with a “handful” of self-driving Volvo SUVs picking up passengers. The cars all have a “vehicle operator” in the driver’s seat, ready to take control if needed.

The self-driving program had barely begun Wednesday before its safety was called into question, when a video taken from a taxi cab was posted on YouTube showing what appeared to be one of Uber’s Volvo SUVs running a red light in downtown San Francisco. Uber later said the incident was caused by human-driver error, that the vehicle was not part of the pilot program and that the driver had been suspended, according to TechCrunch.

More at link.

12-24-2016, 12:26 AM

Uber Driverless Cars Reportedly Run Red Lights in San Francisco

Ride-hailing service Uber reportedly encountered a snag Wednesday after two autonomous vehicles appeared to run red lights during the company's rollout of its driverless car.

Video of one of the company’s self-driving Volvo SUV's running a light was recorded by a camera mounted on the dashboard of a nearby car, according to a report from the local CBS station.

The incident occurred just hours after Uber launched the driverless service in San Francisco, the second city in which the new technology is being tested. The company first tested driverless cars on a very limited scale, in Pittsburgh, earlier this year.

Another incident was reported later in the day when Twitter user Annie Gaus said she witnessed a driverless car run a red light and snapped a photo.

More at link.

Slave Mentality
12-24-2016, 07:47 PM
Fuck that shit.

12-24-2016, 07:52 PM
So what happens when it isnt applied to just your vehicles, but Law Enforcement? The humanless police force? Are we going to leave it up to a computer to determine what is a crime any more?
What other than a computer would be able to have instant recall of every law ever written? Remember, ignorance of the massive, multitude of laws, is no excuse.