Arizona plans public, private automat...

Arizona plans public, private automated vehicle research hub

There are 2 comments on the Automotive News story from Oct 11, 2018, titled Arizona plans public, private automated vehicle research hub. In it, Automotive News reports that:

Gov. Doug Ducey signed an executive order Thursday that established the Institute for Automated Mobility, a public-private partnership that will form a research center and proving ground where companies can vet and improve the safety of self-driving vehicle systems. "As we look at this automated future, one of the key challenges we still face is, 'How do you know an autonomous vehicle is worthy of a license to drive?'" said Jack Weast, vice president of autonomous vehicle standards at Mobileye and senior principal engineer at Intel, the founding corporate partner in the project.

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#1 Oct 12, 2018
I see the autonomous car marketing arm is in full swing again... I guess enough time has passed since the last few self-driving car fatalities that they believe it's time to come up for some air again...

If you read these pieces like I do, you'll see an ever-common motif along the following lines:

1.) They always use the context of, "The future is coming and it's unstoppable. Get on board or get left behind." That feeling of uneasiness you get when receiving that signal? Yeah, it's there for a reason. Don't ignore it.

2.) The pieces all get pitched like some sort of panacea of driving. Only issue is, it's not *driving* because in this situation, you're not driving at all. That might sound great until you realize that it's a slow-creep of ever-encroaching restrictions which leads to you being prevented from controlling your car. Does that really sound like something you want? Call me crazy but when I go places in a car, I want the freedom to drive it however I wish and more importantly, I want to own the car--something this new technology also seeks to kill (besides people): car ownership, aka, cars-as-a-service.

3.) This crap is always pitched under the guise of being for your own good. After all, we all want safer roadways, right? Thing is, this as-yet-to-be-proven-better alternative to roadway safety is being pushed at such an extent that they're allowing tests of it on actual LIVE roadways, putting people at risk. But don't focus on the safety in that comment but rather, focus on the act: if they're pushing this technology so hard that they're willing to subject people to mortally-risky tests, does that really sound like they're prioritizing safety? Call me an Alex Jones nut all you want but to me, it only sounds like a prioritization of control and capital.

Mark my words, none of this has anything to do with benefiting the people. I promise you, it has everything to do with controlling how you do things and how you spend your money.

This entire swath of technology should be made illegal except for those that suffer from handicap hardships.
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Terre Haute, IN

#2 Oct 12, 2018
I see the autonomous car marketing arm is in full swing again... I guess enough time has passed since the last few self-driving car fatalities that they believe it's time to come up for some air again...

If you read these pieces like I do, you'll see an ever-common motif along the following lines:

1.) They always use the context of, "The future is coming and it's unstoppable. Get on board or get left behind." That feeling of uneasiness you get when receiving that signal? Yeah, it's there for a reason. Don't ignore it.

2.) The pieces all get pitched like some sort of panacea of driving. Only issue is, it's not *driving* because in this situation, you're not driving at all. That might sound great until you realize that it's a slow-creep of ever-encroaching restrictions which leads to you being prevented from controlling your car. Does that really sound like something you want? Call me crazy but when I go places in a car, I want the freedom to drive it however I wish and more importantly, I want to own the car--something this new technology also seeks to kill (besides people): car ownership, aka, cars-as-a-service.

3.) This crap is always pitched under the guise of being for your own good. After all, we all want safer roadways, right? Thing is, this as-yet-to-be-proven-better alternative to roadway safety is being pushed at such an extent that they're allowing tests of it on actual LIVE roadways, putting people at risk. But don't focus on the safety in that comment but rather, focus on the act: if they're pushing this technology so hard that they're willing to subject people to mortally-risky tests, does that really sound like they're prioritizing safety? Call me an Alex Jones nut all you want but to me, it only sounds like a prioritization of control and capital.

Mark my words, none of this has anything to do with benefiting the people. I promise you, it has everything to do with controlling how you do things and how you spend your money.

This entire swath of technology should be made illegal except for those that suffer from handicap hardships.

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