Ted, San Francisco:
What it would take to get me into a driverless car? Nothing. I want nothing to do with those things. What these machines take away is the pleasure of driving. Of being able to navigate using my sense and my abilities to safely, efficiently, and enjoyably get to a destination. As Cunard used to say, “Getting there is half the fun.” Keep me out of those things forever please.
You’re not going to be able [to get] me into a driverless car. There is no way. I do not trust the technology. I do not trust that they can’t be hacked. Just look, there have been three or four fatal accidents in the past two months of these cars being on the road. I think they are an absolutely terrible idea and I will not get in myself one.
Lisa, San Carlos:
In regards to driverless cars I have to say it scares the heck out of me. I’m not sure what it would take for me to get behind one and not have control over it. It scares me. I don’t trust it and it’s going to take a long time for me, I think, to be able to trust it.
I wouldn’t get into a driverless car if you paid me a million dollars. I think it’s a huge liability on the road. Would you want to drive down the highway, paying automobile insurance, you’re not texting, you’re not putting on mascara, you have both hands on the wheel and then you look next to you and you see a car with nobody behind the wheel. Oh my god this is idiocy. And what are the insurance rates on people that are not even behind the wheel of a car? How does that compare to mine? How will that affect my insurance rates if I’m paying attention, I have my hands on the wheel but there’s nobody behind the wheel of a driverless car? Are you kidding? I can’t believe this is being shoved down the public’s throat without any voting on it or anything. It’s just another hype by Silicon Valley. Driverless cars, do we need them? Do you know how many accidents happen with people who are paying attention on the road? And what happens if the circuit board that runs the driverless car malfunctions? And that car runs into a school bus and kills 30 children, maybe paralyzing them for life? Who is going to pay the liability insurance? What company is going to insure a driverless car? And as I said, how are those insurance rates going to affect my rates because I am behind the wheel? I think this is the most insane technological garbage that I have ever heard.
I think driverless cars haven’t developed the appropriate technologies to make them safe for humans. They not only endanger the lives of the people who are driving them, but also pedestrians and bicyclists who are in their immediate vicinity. I think driverless cars can be a good solution to a lot of the transportation problems that we have. But not until reactive technology is developed so that there is absolutely no accidents.
It would not take me much to get me into a driverless car. I took the trams in Vegas. We have similar stuff in most big places the only difference is that it’s a car. The safety is not what I’m concerned with. In fact, all driverless cars need to be is a little bit safer than humans. Which they are. So yeah, they might make mistakes, but they make less mistakes than a person. So it would not take me that long. That being said it is still worrying, the self-driving cars, to every business and job opportunity that involves driving. But otherwise it would be fine. It would be safer than normal.
A lot of money.
It would take $2 million, and somebody who could take over the car if it makes a mistake.