Nov 8 2019
07:41 am

Ghost is developing a kit that will allow privately owned passenger vehicles to drive autonomously on highways. And the company says it will deliver in 2020. A price has not been set, but the company says it will be less than what Tesla charges for its Autopilot package that includes “full self-driving” or FSD. FSD currently costs $7,000.
The kit will let human drivers hand control of their vehicle over to a computer, allowing them to do other activities such as look at their phone or even doze off.
While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration could potentially step in, Ghost’s approach, like Tesla, hits a sweet spot of non-regulation. It’s a space, that Hayes notes, where the government has not yet chosen to regulate.

What could possibly go wrong? Heh.

Jan 24 2018
08:38 am

A Tesla reportedly being driven in semi-autonomous mode slammed into a parked fire truck yesterday. Emergency officials were handling an accident with emergency lights flashing.

The Culver City, California fire department said in a Twitter post that on Monday an engine was struck by a Tesla “traveling at 65 mph. The driver reports the vehicle was on Autopilot. Amazingly there were no injuries.”

The company [Tesla] has emphasized that “Autopilot is not a fully self-driving technology and drivers need to remain attentive at all times.”

Programming is hard work and it is virtually impossible to program humans. I would think that it would be possible to detect a large object ahead. However, if you're driving too fast, is the object detected too late? What about the traffic/wreck warnings available on the Internets? Can they not be detected?

Yeah, yeah, yeah, there are a lot more accidents caused by person-driven autos. Does that mean it is okay? What are we adding to the mix? We will be able to use our cellphones more. Heh.

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