May 12, 2015

hack and crash

Self-driving car accidents require more transparency on risk

Exhibit 1 why I can no longer read the broad popular press:
"Self-driving cars, hailed as the wave of the future, might need to tap the brakes. According to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, four of the 48 self-driving cars currently operating in California have gotten into accidents since September, the first month that the state issued permits for companies to test the cars on public roads."
And yet today Google posts this on Medium:
If you spend enough time on the road, accidents will happen whether you’re in a car or a self-driving car. Over the 6 years since we started the project, we’ve been involved in 11 minor accidents (light damage, no injuries) during those 1.7 million miles of autonomous and manual driving with our safety drivers behind the wheel, and not once was the self-driving car the cause of the accident.
This is the laziness of modern reporting. Journalists wonder why their industry is failing. It's because the bottom 95% of journalists are hacks. The reality was obvious all along. Humans suck at driving and the quicker this automation is upon us, the less people that will be getting killed.

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