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From Electrek: Here’s the federal plan to accelerate the self-driving car revolution

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    After several delays, it’s finally here. The US government released today its plan to accelerate the implementation of self-driving cars with guidelines for automakers and tech companies developing the technology.

    The 116-page document (embedded below) offers a framework for the so-far confusedly regulated industry. more…

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    It's a long read but there's a lot of stuff in there including a section on ethics (eg: what does the car do when it detects an imminent crash and has to make a choice between protecting occupants and taking out a bunch of kids and their puppies on the sidewalk.)
     
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      #3 Badback, Sep 21, 2016
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      Stop.

      Next question: Will level 5 require a person with a driving license?
       
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        This answer isn't nearly as flippant as it seems on first read.

        Humans generally try to swerve to avoid accidents, because their hands are already on the steering wheel and therefore it offers the quickest reaction time. Hitting the brake takes much longer, as you usually have to move your foot over to the brake pedal, then press down with lots of force, and hope you don't miss the pedal during the panic maneuver.

        But a computer can apply the brakes just as quickly as it can swerve, and braking will often either avoid the crash, or at least severely reduce the severity.
         
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          Thanks Garsh, no flippancy intended. Simply stopping takes the car out of the equation.

          This is not always ideal, say it stops on a RR track with the train coming. The driver can always overrule the AP's decision.

          But in most scenarios, a stationary vehicle causes no harm other that possibly being a target for another vehicle.

          We are trying to address a paradox here, there is no perfect solution.

          The sooner that we stop looking for the perfect solution and just get on with it, the better off we will be.
           
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          I think what I would like to see here is for the government to stop trying to prevent ALL crashes and focus on getting the technology out while it can still prevent MOST crashes. Looking for the ideal will only slow the progress off the exponentially better. The technology is already much safer than a human driver. Let's get it out there, let the neural network do its thing and we will have a much much safer environment to drive in.

          Just my take.

          Dan
           
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