• I'm rather concerned that at present with drivers using sensors it's not on an MOT or any other legal requirement to maintain the sensors(I remember it mentioned with all that came out after the lady cycling was killed at Bank). Having a car that then drives itself off them sensors is worrying and as much as they are testing them they aren't abusing the cars for a few years or having others crash into them then doing bodge repairs or doing any other things you see daily on the road. How many brake lights do you see not working? think of each one as a sensor gone and the potental for harm is very high imo.

    I'm also 99-100% sure whatever they are programmed to leave the factory with once a few months pass alternative remap or racing chip style alternatives will appear to make your self driving car accelerate faster and drive more aggressively taking more risks.

    One thing I hope is that the rival brands don't get programmed differently so then whatever it emerges we might need to teach about them is then a 50:50 with one brands reacting well to something and the other very badly.

    The biggest issue I can see is when moving trainees in a snake a self driving car won't have the human understanding that all the riders are together or be able to understand that only the front+back people signal, this could make them constantly attempt to overtake or do all sorts of weird and dangerous stuff as it's interpretation of the riders could be way off the mark.

  • I'm also 99-100% sure whatever they are programmed to leave the factory with once a few months pass alternative remap or racing chip style alternatives will appear to make your self driving car accelerate faster and drive more aggressively taking more risks.

    This is really only as option as long as these are, like the Tesla, not "self-driving" vehicles as part of automomous fleets but "driver assist" sports cars. Liability increasingly is on the side of the car makers and, in turn, on the software-- why there are already moves to open source things. Looking at the financial damage to Samsung that a battery can make in a single model (Note 7) or to VW what a bit of sneaky software can create ($10 billion in brand value and as much as $18 billion in compensation and fines) we are no longer in the world of the Ford Corvair ("Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile", Ralph Nader, 1965) but litigation without bounds..

    Sure there will, I suspect, be high-end sportscars (the niche currently filled by Koenigsegg, Lamborghini, Lykan etc.)-- as outgrowth of the Formula-E-- but I suspect that insurrance and liability will leave their home turf to places like Shanghai, Moscow, Dubai, Riyadh and less so in London, San Francisco, Los Angeles.. Doubt you will see any in Nottingham..

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