GaleHawkins wrote: ↑
Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:03 pm
GRA wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:25 pm
If wishes were horses, everyone could ride. This is one of the reasons why many of us fault Tesla for allowing A/P to be used at speeds well over the limit, when they have complete ability to prevent that, and we also fault NHTSA/DOT for not prohibiting it.
As virtually all traffic accidents involve violating one or more traffic laws, if autonomously driven vehicles are allowed to violate them any safety improvement compared to humans will, as noted above, be far less than it could and should be.
Kind of like lockdowns and social distancing not everyone is for governments doing all of our thinking for us.
In a society, the government (should) represent that society as a whole, and we agree that rules are necessary not to protect us from the consequences of our
actions, but to protect others who haven't given their consent to being put at risk by us. No company should have the power to make that decision for society en masse, which is why societies/governments regulate behavior.
If you choose to drunk drive on private land where no one else is put at risk, be my guest, but you don't get to choose to do so on public roads where you might kill others without getting their consent. As it's impossible to ask every random person who might be impacted at some time in every circumstance when very large numbers of people are involved, we give or withold consent via government action, which (should) represent the views of that society.
No human society is perfect, but unless everyone lives a completely solitary life where no action of theirs can have any impact on anyone else, there have to be some generally agreed rules that will inevitably prevent complete freedom of action by all. We can and do argue as a society about just how far those rules should go, but the basic principle holds.