April 25, 2017 at 8:39 pm • Posted in ALL POSTSNo comments yet

 I started driving tractors towing trailers in the fields when I was 8 years old.  When I was 12 years old, I was driving tractors on a main highway. Occasionally my older sister would allow me to drive her 48 Plymouth when I was 12 years old.  I passed my driving test when I turned 16 and have easily logged close to a million miles since 1962.  During that period of time I have gotten three moving violations, two of which I deserved.  I have no chargeable accidents on my record.  I have experienced brake failure at least twice and was successful getting the vehicle I was driving safely stopped. 
  I have struck three deer during my life.  One came my left while I was driving 50 mph, one came from my right when I was driving 35 MPH, and one dropped from the sky at night after jumping over a 4 foot fence on  a three foot embankment when I was driving about 30 MPH.  The first two died instantly.  The third walked off because I had slowed sufficiently that I only knocked the deer down while braking.
  The “66” Dodge Dart in the first incident threw the deer 50 feet through the air leaving the animal dead on some poor ladies lawn.  The damage to the hood and grille was minimal except the radiator received a cut in one tube of the core.  The second incident threw the deer into ditch only damaging the plastic trim around the right headlight of a “93” Dodge truck.  No damage to the “56” Plymouth during the third incident.  All of these vehicles were made with good American steel.  New cars are made from tin foil and plastic.
  Before you consider being a passenger in a self driving car, you must think about the following:
1.  How will a self driving car react to dangers coming from all directions?  It is possible to have animals, trees, rocks, mud slides, power poles, power lines, and even an occasional airplane using the roadway as an emergency airstrip appearing from above.
2.  How will it steer or apply brakes if the wheels are on surfaces with different coefficients of friction like icy pavement on one side of the road and wet pavement on the other side of the road.
3.  Will it be able to dodge debris on the road, chuckholes, or washouts, or even missing sections of bridges ahead of your car?
4.  Will it be able to quickly turn controls to the designated driver when you are danger from criminals?  Years ago, I was driving through a bad neighborhood when 6 teens started to cross the street in a crosswalk in front of my Power Wagon.  Two of them stopped in front of my vehicle while the others ran to each side of it trying to get into my vehicle to either rob me or steal my vehicle or maybe worse.  Because I had a manual transmission (Stick shifts are no longer available on new vehicles), I was able to rev up my engine to point that the two teens standing in front of my power wagon decided staying there was not such a bright idea, and moved out of my way allowing me to escape.  How would a self driving car do in this situation?
5.  Do self driving cars pick the safest route to take or the shortest?  Has a GPS ever guided you into bad route?  Its happened to me.
6.  How long is it going to be before hackers learn how to control these cars?
7.  When will a terrorist use a self driving car as a remote controlled bomb? 
8.  Who is responsible for accidents should they occur?  Who is supposed to pay for the insurance?

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