[FoRK] Google's Self-Driving Car

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Mon Oct 11 22:47:45 PDT 2010


  On 10/11/10 9:24 PM, Bill Humphries wrote:
> On Oct 11, 2010, at 9:13 PM, Stephen Williams wrote:
>
>> Thrun is at Google. Last I knew, he was in the AI dept. at Stanford. Perhaps he does both?
> My understanding from a conversation this weekend with parties with knowledge about the project is that he has appointments at both.
>
> The bad news, from a conversation with a friend who does advocacy for the disabled, is that the way in which insurance (public and private) is currently constituted, people who could benefit the most from curb-to-curb autonomous vehicles, would not be able to hire one.

I can think of ways around that.  It will come eventually one way or the other.  In the mean time, remote operation / overseeing by 
licensed drivers with automatic safe stop might be one solution.  Emergency pairing with nearby safety vehicles might be another.

> -- whump
sdw



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