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The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation of General Motors' Cruise driverless robo-taxis after a pair of recent pedestrian injuries.  In its preliminary investigation notice [PDF], the NHTSA said that the two accidents - and a separate pair of incidents that were only …

  1. The Central Scrutinizer

    In the pantheon of catastrophically stupid ideas, so called "self driving" cars is right up there with the worst of them.

    Just.......... no, no and NO.

    1. Martin

      Why not? In the end, it is likely that self-driving cars will be safer than human-driven cars. They won't get tired, distracted or drunk; they will actually improve their driving skills as time goes by, by software updates (compared to people who just get stuck in bad habits). Yes, we need to get over the initial hump of testing, testing, testing - but eventually, they'll come. And, of course, the more self-driving cars on the road, the more they can talk to each other and avoid hitting each other - they don't have to just work via what they see.

      I would love to stroll out to my car, sit in it, and say "Take me to M&S, please".

      1. TimMaher Silver badge


        The Dog and Duck surely?

        1. Martin

          Re: “M&S”

          Indeed. What was I thinking? And at the end of the evening, "Pleesh take me home >hic<"

          1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

            Re: “M&S”

            I think in there are tales from the days of the horse & cart, and probably more recent examples where a horse/donkey has taken a somewhat inembreated owner back home.

    2. Francis Boyle


      Right behind human driven cars.

  2. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    It doesn't matter how safe they...

    ..what really matters is who pays up or goes to prison when there's an accident. I think it's right and correct that these investigations and potentially court cases, should be done to get the matter into case law early in the development of self-driving. And no, the corporations responsible should NOT be allowed to "settle out of court" and thus kick the can down the road for years.

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