When Texting While Driving Makes SenseMonday, March 5, 2012
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?