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For all the hype about driverless cars, there are some tough problems to solve. Some might be intractable enough to put the whole idea of driverless cars in the bin marked ‘Should’ve Been/Never Was.’ Let’s see how…
Tech Isn’t Real-World Rugged
Most of this is still prototype-stuff, pretty fine-tuned and high-strung. It hasn’t been tested much against the elements,
Your Car Could Be Hacked
Imagine riding along as a terrorist takes over and decides your car would make a great 110 mph explosive device.
Imagine all the truckers and cabbies out of work. Not to mention all the related businesses. It might be irresistible to a shipper. Imagine land delivery not interrupted by a driver’s need for sleep.
When a car starts becoming nearly as sophisticated as a drone missile, it starts getting pricey like a drone missile.
It might take years before the regulatory tangle can be unraveled. Think about it this way: we’d be giving every DMV in the country a whole new concept to figure out.
Human Driver Interface
Can a driver retake control? How? When? All this will need to be figured out.
There seems to be some sort of problem about making left turns, especially into traffic, No one knows quite why this problem persists.
Insurance Liability: Impossible?
When a driverless car is involved in a wreck, who did what to who? All this will have to be worked out.
So Long, Police Chase
Say goodbye to the rush of trying to outrun the police. Now they’ll be able to take over your car and pull you over. ‘Cops’ will never be the same.