New design factors for Robot Cars New design factors for Robot Cars

A fairly lengthy list of future considerations for self-driving (ie. automated) vehicles. I wrote a piece on automated cars a while ago which covered some of the same points, imagining the day when commuting (enthusiast driving notwithstanding), can become a shared public utility, instead of an chore (https://senk9.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/self-driving-cars-are-they-the-future/).

“As long as human drivers share the road, safety belts will presumably be required, as a robocar may need to brake or swerve suddenly to react to a sudden stop by a vehicle ahead, road obstacle or pedestrian on the road. Airbags, however, may be able to suffice if such events become rare, as they will on highway lanes where pedestrians, and eventually human-driven vehicles (HDVs) are forbidden. Today we allow passengers on trains and buses to not wear seat-belts, and to get up and walk around during travel. As robocars attain the safety record of a bus, this can be allowed in them.”

New design factors for Robot CarsNew design factors for Robot Cars

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