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Google says self-driving car safe for passengers, pedestrians

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And Google co-founder Sergey Brin tells The New York Times he has big plans for the car's future. "Self-driving cars have the potential to drive in trains much closer together and, in theory, in the future at much higher speeds. There is nothing to say that once you demonstrate the safety, why can't you go 100 miles per hour?"

It's hard to make the conceptual leap that self driving cars are safer since we've all seen technology fail.

True, but hello:  GM

More on Google's self-driving car at their blogspot:


Hey Google, the past called. It wants its future back.

From a review of HBO's "Silicon Valley", Episode 6

"There’s one more subplot worth mentioning and it’s among the funniest and most visually striking narratives the show has ever pulled off. After a meeting at investor Peter Gregory’s office, Pied Piper’s desperately uncool financial whiz Jared is offered a ride home in Gregory’s car. It turns out to be a driverless car which excites the adorably nerdy Jared to no end — that is, until the car’s GPS is remotely overridden, directing the car to drive Jared to Gregory’s Peter Thiel-inspired “island” in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. In a wonderfully-orchestrated sequence reminiscent of old silent movie slapstick, the car drives itself into a shipping container where it is immediately sealed and lifted onto a cargo ship.

By the end of the episode, both the characters and the viewers have forgotten about poor Jared, which adds to the hilarity of seeing him squeeze out of the container looking like total hell. He finds himself in what appears to be a warehouse, with forklifts driving all around him. But when he calls out for help he realizes these machines are also driverless and automated. Jared locates the exit only to find that he’s in the middle of the ocean on Gregory’s half-constructed startup island. Alone, adrift, and surrounded by cold machines, this is the logical conclusion of every tech utopian’s dreams of libertarian escape. And sure, the whole setup is pretty implausible, but the visual and thematic pay-off is worth it."

That was a good thematic payoff. Poor Jared.

Still, he gave us good reason to fear driverless automated cars. They cannot be reasoned with.

And technology does sometimes fail.