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Labels: baby, driving, innovation, will you drive my car?
posted by Mungowitz @ 12/17/2012 08:15:00 AM
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But even with us very imperfect human drivers we car get collision and liability insurance so why could the self driving cars not be insured. Everyone would sue the insurer and only the insurer. And BTW a laps in the insurance could make the car not start.
Wouldn't Coase tell us it doesn't matter who gets sued?
I know two ways this could happen. The first one is fun. Already cars are getting cameras, sonar, radar, and other sensors. It's to assist the driver! We'll get more of that. Production cars are just beginning to get Drive By Wire (maybe just for a chore like parallel parking). We'll get more of that, too. AND, software upgrades -- well, of course! The software upgrades are signed, warrantied, and actionable... AND some are open source, downloadable from an off shore site -- not actionable. Presto!The second way involves lobbyists, pay offs, and legal limits to liability.
Yikes! I forgot to mention the third way auto-driving could become common: the handicapped will lead the way. In particular, blind folks will find self-driving cars very desirable. In this tiny market, all sorts of restrictions and special conditions will be imposed ... at first. But with thousands of blind people driving everyday and not having problems or stretching those limits, others will want in on the deal: narcolepsy? "just old", drunk? After a few years, "just stupid" is enough. That's most drivers!
Production cars are auto transport just beginning to get Drive By Wire (maybe just for a chore like parallel parking).
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