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April 9, 2018

Driver-less /Hands Free Vehicles Editorial

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When I was driving for Uber driver-less cars was the subject of 50% of the conversations and out of that 50%, 80% would not use a driver-less car.  So its been discussed and this is our opinion.

A driver-less car is basically totally controlled by a “CPU” with special software, and the software is probably as complicated as we have ever seen.  Then the software controls a bunch of gadgets like gas pedal, brakes, and just about every other component that it takes to drive the car. Being an “EX” software developer that has written software for over 5 decades and some very complicated (Not like this) we can safely say “There is  no way in hell that this software can completely be tested.  The basic routines probably yes, but the little used routines probably got over-looked or not all the conceivable possibilities that can happen while driving a car are included.”

Just think about how many software AP’s, operating systems, etc. you use that have been around for years and they still get errors?  An error in a driver-less car could mean injury or worse to the passenger. The “CPU” may not know what to do on an error or might use the wrong routine to attempt a solution.

Juts think you might be in the back seat, rock & roll blasting the audio system, enjoying the ride going down 101 South and unknown to you there there is a car chase and the car being chased in Northbound in your lane , about a mile away in your lane, and coming head-on toward you at about 90 MPH.  So in less than a minute the two of you will meet.  You see the other cars going in your direction moving off to the left and right to avoid the oncoming car and then you see it about a 1/4 mile away, coming fast.  You notice the “CPU” has not done anything except flash a warning on the overhead message center that it’s having a problem that it does not know what to do.  Comforting huh?  You thought about jumping in the front seat and take control, but it’s to late.  You can only hope that the car coming at you is going to veer around you but at the last second you see that driver is looking back at the chasing police cars, not at you and “BOOM!”.

You might survive, but if you find yourself floating about a hundred feet over the crash site and you look down and see the driver-less car in about a million and one pieces, and notice there are angels on each side of you guiding upwards, then you probably did not make it.  We you get to the Pearly Gates you see a huge sign, “Driver-less Car victims go to the right and follow the arrows to the processing center.  Everyone else come right in, your party has started.”  When you get to the “Processing Center” you find out that because you died in the hands of a computer/software they did not know you were coming and on their books you had another 80 years to live.  So now they are scrambling for somewhere to put you and because of the outer thousands of souls in your line, it turns out that the Devil is taking the overflow in holding for 30 days and then you will be processed.

So we are taking a humorous look at this, but think about it.  When you get in or use a driver-less car, you have no idea how it functions or what you need to do if it malfunctions.  When you get in that car you are now a “Test Rat” and you are paying to be a “Test at”.  If you have ever driven you know that things come up that even surprised you.  The “chases” example above actually happened to us in Southern California in the mid eighties and the stolen car was a truck driven by a young kid.  When we saw the helicopter, we moved along with everyone else to the side of the road.  The driver-less cars stayed in their lanes. (There were none).

There is another worry is these vehicles use a electronic (GPS) map,  and the map might be wrong.  Example is when I was driving for Uber I was taking three students from Menlo College to China Town and when we were getting close, we came to a stop light.  The “map” said “Go straight a mile and then turn left.”  I showed this to the passengers because looking out the front window we saw that the road went about 1/2 mile and there was a six foot hight brick wall completely across the street blocking all traffic.  You have to ask yourself, “Would a driver-less car noticed?” Of course, the speed limit was only 35 MPH so a minimum of damage would have been done, but hopefully when the car got near it would do a U-Turn and continue on another way.  BUT you being a “Test Rat” don’t know for sure do you?

The only time this soul would get in a driver-less car is if a confirmed report has a comet coming toward Earth and a confirmed report that the comet is going to destroy the Earth, we would take driver-less car to the nearest bar and get really, really drunk. (If we made it that far).

We have nothing else to report and we thank you all for stopping by.  God bless all of you and have a great week,  We think the POTUS should be the first one to use a driver-less car to prove they are safe.

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