29 May '14, 4pm

Driverless Cars: Optional by 2024, Mandatory by 2044

Driverless Cars: Optional by 2024, Mandatory by 2044

When 99% Safe Isn’t Safe Enough The dangers of autonomous-drive technology arise just as it approaches perfection Illustration: MCKIBILLO The worst thing that will accompany the march of robocar technology will come when cars are almost but not quite autonomous. Their prowess will lull all-too-human drivers into complacency. “Automating the vehicle is a long continuum,” says Josh Switkes, founder and chairman of Peloton Technology, which is working on automating trucks. “If the driver doesn’t do anything most of the time but still has to do emergency braking? That’s not good. He doesn’t pay attention—he’s not there when you need him.” To stop that from happening, this year’s Mercedes S-Class car actually sounds an alarm if the driver’s hand leaves the wheel for more than 10 seconds. Expect such backseat driving to get worse as self-driving technology gets better. A second ...

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