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Friday, December 07, 2018

Early in the much-promoted new driverless age, autonomous vehicles are experimental and cost far too much for mass private ownership. So companies are asking cities, states and the federal government to shoulder the massive initial rollout.

Driving the news: A pair of little-noticed proposed contracts show the steep price of these first-time autonomous cars and shuttles, amounting to leasing costs of well over $100,000 each per year. The contracts raise questions about whether driverless cars are the best use of public funds.

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Are they really self governing?

(of a country or region) having self-government, at least to a significant degree.
"the federation included sixteen autonomous republics"

acting independently or having the freedom to do so.

#1 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-12-07 12:04 PM | Reply

If government is going to give money to AV builders they should get shares.

Too often tax dollars buy jobs, perks and share discounts for politicians.

AVs will eventually save more US lives than the military can, so they have that going for them.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2018-12-07 12:21 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

"The contracts raise questions about whether driverless cars are the best use of public funds."

When has best use ever been a qualification for public funds? Best use for public funds would be implementation of buck vs bell to finally eliminate the vestiges of the confederacy; further washing away the stains of America's original sin.

#3 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-12-07 12:23 PM | Reply | Funny: 1


#@1 ... Are they really self governing? ...

Probably using the biological definition of autonomous:

existing and functioning as an independent organism

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-12-07 12:31 PM | Reply

Unless they can fuel and repair themselves, they are nkt autonomous.

#5 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-12-07 02:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


I guess we can debate the "autonomous" appellation all we want, but that is what they are being called.

:)

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-12-07 02:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The contracts raise questions about whether driverless cars are the best use of public funds.

POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

Any data suggesting how many lives could be saved? That there could be considered a worthy use of public funds. I dare anyone to identify the "best use" of public funds.

#7 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-12-07 03:57 PM | Reply

It ain't dumping it down a rat hole rst.

#8 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-12-07 04:37 PM | Reply

The USA has over 5 million crashes, 2 million injured and about 40k dead per year.
AVs seem to be safer than human driven cars now. They will get better.
Saving half the carnage is realistic, which is close to the cost of a major war.

#9 | Posted by bored at 2018-12-07 08:27 PM | Reply

Also cuts down on crime. Did any of you know DUI arrest decline is attributable to UBER and Lyft? AVs will only bolster that aspect.

Less crime! Less criminals!

#10 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-12-07 08:32 PM | Reply

"DUI arrest decline is attributable to UBER and Lyft"

And in some areas, to the legalization of marijuana.

#11 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-12-07 09:54 PM | Reply

funding autonomous cars might have the unintended consequence of ultimately increasing crime if something in the workplace market doesnt change. Drivers would become the next factory worker type automated out of a job. The market needs to get there on it's own, and not with subsidies if the time for the market to adjust is valued.

#12 | Posted by kwrx25 at 2018-12-10 10:13 AM | Reply

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