When Texting While Driving Makes Sense

Monday, March 5, 2012
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Gordon Crovitz, in the Wall Street Journal, bemoans the liability issues that may cause us to lose out on computer technology replacing a human driver in our vehicles. He advocates computers replacing humans, and he blames plaintiff lawyers for not letting this happen fast enough.

This is not as far-fetched as it may sound. The electronics in high-end cars already run 100 million lines of computer code—more than the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Self-driving cars developed by Google are becoming a regular sight around Silicon Valley. Google engineers describe automating driving as just another information problem: With enough sensors and detailed digital maps of roads, algorithms should be able to make computer-driven cars safer than human-driven cars.

I wonder – would we then be able to text and drive? Or could I sit in the backseat with a laptop and a beer, and text and tweet and email during my commuting time?

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2 Responses to When Texting While Driving Makes Sense

  1. Amy Alkon says:

    March 6th, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Sitting in the backseat and reading while going somewhere — that is my dream. One of the things that was great about the NYC subway was being able to read books while enroute. The need to drive and pay attention to the road is a major annoyance. And admittedly, while I’m normally just hostile, not violent, LA drivers who think green means “Time to go through my papers in my briefcase until I bolt through the light and you get stuck” make me near-homicidal.

  2. Tommy Udo says:

    March 11th, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    As if it isn’t already bad enough to be a cyclist trying to avoid being run over by moronic human drivers. Everything that is controlled by computers occasionally (or frequently) fails. I can’t wait until the cars coming up the road behind me are being operated by computers, with their owners snoozing in the back seats.

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