[LMB] OT: Cars, independence, and haut bubble

Raymond Collins rcrcoll6 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 1 23:22:37 BST 2021


My favorite aspect of a self driving car would be its ability to
independently park itself. So my car can drop me off at the front door of
my destination then go through the tedious process finding a space and
parking.

On Wed, Sep 1, 2021, 4:33 PM Elizabeth Holden <alzurite at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sep 1, 2021, at 11:03 AM, Tony Zbaraschuk <tzbarasc at lasierra.edu>
> wrote:
> >
> > I am very much looking forward to the day when I can call up an online
> map,
> > tell the car "get me there", and settle back in and read a book.
>
> Oh, me too. I would love that.
>
> > Self-driving cars could be a game-changer for people who should no >
> longer be driving, especially in even mildly rural areas where there’s
> > no public transportation (nor Lyft or Uber availability).
>
> Amen. I don't drive; never have, never really wanted to. My parents didn't
> drive, either - at least, not when I was young. When he was maybe about 70,
> my father got his driver's licence. And now I'm not too far off 70, I'm
> considering it. Reluctantly.
>
> It wasn't so bad before COVID, but I really don't want to spend time on
> city buses, and my walking isn't as good as it used to be. I used to walk
> everywhere. Now the body isn't so cooperative.
>
> And really?  Everything everyone has said here about bad drivers on the
> road, and bad conditions, makes me inclined to put a lot more trust in AI
> vehicles than in human beings.  Sure, computers are fallible, but so are
> people.
>
> I see the value in people being able to make snap moral decisions, but
> there are a lot of drivers I know whom I wouldn't trust to make such
> decisions.  Many of the best drivers I know have been in accidents at one
> time or another, some trivial, some not. Could a self-driving car have
> avoided those accidents? Maybe.
>
> I would love a car that would relieve me of the responsibility of driving,
> but give me the independence and mobility a car can give.
>
> This is without considering the cost, either to me in buying it, or to the
> planet in creating it. That's another question.
>
> Or I'll take a haut bubble, if it's on offer.
>
> namaste,
> Elizabeth
>
> Elizabeth Holden <azurite at azurite.ca>
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