rareposter wrote:Far worse than that. SEMI-autonomous vehicles are already here and as a result, many drivers are essentially "switching off" at the wheel, assuming the car will do everything for them.
Got some bad news for you, long before semi-autonomous vehicles drivers were already switching off. People are easily distracted - and that's *everyone*, me, you and everyone on here is distracted at some point whilst driving, it's just how we work.
Study after study shows that the only difference between us is how much we realise we're distracted. Whether it's mobile phones, in car gadgets or merely thinking about a meeting, what we're having for tea or wondering if our partner will be up for a bit when we get home.
Any system that can help with our distractions should be embraced and so far I haven't seen any evidence that such systems encourage folk to "turn off" - and even if they did as long as they represent an overall positive improvement then that's a plus.
The rest of your post is the usual anti autonomous nonsense.
We're nothing like decades away from full automation.
Consider that a decade ago cars struggled following the lines in the road, today the best are driving and parking quite happily and that includes navigating around pedestrians and cyclists.
We've come that far in ten years and the systems are improving exponentially and so quickly that improvements are being rolled out over the air almost weekly to existing vehicles. Imagine that, the cars become better drivers on a weekly basis!
One company has just announced a processor "wafer" for AI applications that's 10,000 times faster than current systems.
A few years ago AI used generic computing to do its stuff but now we're developing systems that are specialised. Things are about to get very interesting.