[FoRK] Google's Self-Driving Car

Bill Humphries whump at mac.com
Mon Oct 11 23:13:39 PDT 2010


On Oct 11, 2010, at 10:47 PM, Stephen Williams wrote:

> On 10/11/10 9:24 PM, Bill Humphries wrote:
>> 
>> 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.

Not that insurance. Medicare, Medicaid, and most private disability insurance, will not pay for transportation services (or even a scooter) unless its for transport to a medical appointment.

#obGrumblingAboutDirectCashSubsidyInsteadOfBizzaroSystemWeHaveNow.

-- whump


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