‘Kids born today will never drive,’ says Robot Valley champion

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Already home to Silicon Valley, could California be about to spawn Robot Valley – a new global tech region dedicated to automation? A champion for the cause – in the shape of a professor in San Diego – certainly hopes so, as he anticipates the future of robots in our lives.

Hired in July to run University of California (UC) San Diego’s new Contextual Robotics Institute, Danish-born Professor Henrik Christensen says in a recent interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune:

“My own prediction is that kids born today will never get to drive a car.”

Waymo self-driving minivanWaymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans are due to appear on public roads in the United States in 2017. Image: Waymo

Christensen says he and his colleagues see advancing robotics and automation pushing two trends. One trend will be the return of manufacturing jobs to the United States – primarily from Southeast Asia.

The other trend is the displacement of workers as jobs become automated. Christensen predicts there will be fully automated, driverless transportation in the U.S. by 2020 – displacing human truck drivers and taxi drivers.

His ambition is to build a research institute that will rank among the world’s top five. “Why not see if we can make San Diego ‘Robot Valley’,” he said when he took up his new appointment.

In October 2016, over 200 engineers and social scientists met at the university to discuss some of the challenges that robotics and automation can tackle. The event also featured talks by world leaders on the potential for robotics to benefit society.



Conducting drone swarms and roving robots

Prominent among the themes discussed at the pre-nascent Robot Valley event was the problem of controlling “swarms” of drones – unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – and robots.

At present, we need a group of people to control one complex UAV. The challenge is how to invert the ratio so one human can control a swarm of UAVs or roving autonomous robots.

“Human-robot interactions should resemble the relationship between an orchestra conductor and musicians,” notes Christensen, “Individual players need to be smart enough to take cues from the conductor and play on their own.”

Companion robots

Christensen also predicts – as populations in many developed countries get older – that a wave of companion robots will enter the market as health care and home companions.

For example, half of Japan’s population is over 50 years old. “We need to help the elderly stay in their homes,” he notes, “And robots can help us get there.”

The ideal home care robot should work as a walker and a wheelchair, says Christensen. It should have arms, be able to fetch medication, and perhaps even prepare meals.

For these applications, the challenge for roboticists is how to make the robots easy to control – so anyone can use them – and also appealing.

Researchers are beginning to discover companion robots should not look exactly like humans – people find that creepy. It should be obvious they are robots – for instance, they can look human, but they would have to move like a machine.



Robotics Roadmap – pushing for safe integration

Autonomous vehicles, eldercare, and manufacturing are key themes of the new U.S. Robotics Roadmap released at the end of October 2016.

In the new edition of the Roadmap, Christensen and 150 other researchers from the U.S. call for better policy frameworks to ensure these new technologies integrate safely into everyday life.

“We also want to make sure that research solves real life problems and gets deployed,” says Christensen, “We need to make sure that we are making an impact on people’s lives.”

Another meeting at UC San Diego – this time bringing together top scientists from around the world – is planned for February to discuss the toughest challenges of robotics and automation. A key theme will be how to make driverless cars safe as they become more widespread.

The call cannot come too soon – the future is closer than we might think. Waymo  – formerly the Google self-driving car project  – are already planning to put some of their new self-driving minivan fleet on public roads in 2017.

The Robot Valley champion predicts, “With autonomous, driverless cars, we can put twice as many vehicles on the road as we have today, and do it without improving the infrastructure.”

Automation is the technique, system or method of controlling or operating a process by highly automatic means, usually with sophisticated devices equipped with artificial intelligence.

Video – proactive firefighting drone demonstration

The following video shows a demonstration of a proactive firefighting drone that featured at UC San Diego’s Contextual Robotics Institute 2016 Forum.

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  • StarvetheBeast

    LOL techno-fascists are delusional – just another libtarded boondoggle that will waste a lot of money and get people hurt and killed.

  • American Icon

    Really? I predict you’re wrong. I predict that this is a fad that will never become a national realization or will morph into something else. I also predict that a whooooole lot of money will be wasted on it. Want another prediction? Robotics could have a very significant negative impact on life as we know it. Never wish for things you’ll regret came true.

  • John (magnum)

    ROTFLMAO

    Bull hockey !

    As long as there are cars available, people will be driving !!

  • John Cook

    Yea I am 45 and the Jetsons told me I would be in a flying car by now….

  • fniper

    It ain’t gonna happen. Not in the red states.

  • Kenneth Aldrich

    Total control by central global authority is the goal.

  • Underestimated

    My kids will. I will never buy a POS self driving car. They will learn.

  • san rafael blue

    Notice they are not even talking about what to do with the displaced human workers.
    The engineers remain focused on their own competitive accomplishments.
    Society will need to invent or develop motivational systems for the displaced human workers.
    This will become a very serious issue as more in the work force become unsocialized, uncivilized and afraid of direct human contact. If you look at our colleges, it’s almost like this already, with grown folks 22 years old seeking their echo chambers and Safe Spaces vs seeking their enlightenment and enrichment.

    I predict a return to fundamental Christian ,Judaic or Hindu based religions, a growth of volunteerism, altruism and long term apprenticeships. I leave Islam out of this hypothesis, due to it’s scripted fusion with violence in today’s world. These methods (Christian, Judaic and Hindu) of seeing the world will give more people a reason to activate, to get out of bed in the morning. Most of us could never compete with computers in reference of speed and accuracy.
    What we do have is our own personality, our desire for spiritual growth and exploration, our own talent and skill set, our ability to emphasize as a peer.
    Many qualities that cannot be replicated by any computer.

  • Bill Bonham

    And when a GPS satellite goes down what happens then?

  • Subtlety Rogue

    Lol, BS!! The majority of us don’t want anything to do with this crap. It’s done nothing but fail so far. We’ll be driving years from now exactly as we are today. Fact.

  • Bill Bonham

    What do you think it will cost to fix a self driving car? Who insure if you are not the driver? This whole thing is BS.

  • mofo

    Nothing, the system has redundant satellites available. If the entire GPS system goes down you can also say goodbye to air traffic control and smart missles.

  • JTP

    Over 30,000 people are killed every year in auto accidents in the US. I think machines, while not perfect could do a better job.

  • JTP

    Stay in the dark ages.

  • JTP

    The money being poured into these ventures are nearly all private money. It is companies not the government creating these technologies.

  • JTP

    These cars are already on the road right now. This is not science fiction.

  • Hypobamocrite

    What happens when terrorists hack the system and make millions of American cars speed up and crash at the same time?

  • JTP

    How is having technology making human’s lives better and safer a partisan position?

  • JTP

    Keep wearing that tin foil hat.

  • JTP

    Do you also still use slide rulers and log tables instead of calculators?

  • mofo

    Ha lunacy, what happens when it runs out of gas? Plus a motorized vehicle will never be able to traverse the difficult terrain. Years from now I’ll still be riding my trusty horse.

  • 1reallytaxed1

    Predictions ….aren’t they cute? I remember one I heard last year …”Trump would never win the GOP nomination” and my 2nd favorite, “Trump won’t win the election” . Jimmy Carter predicted we’d be out of oil by now (2010) but now we’re swimming in oil world wide despite increased demands.

    I think a more appropriate statement might be kids born today “may” never drive. Automobiles are an American symbol of independence and when folks start realizing they’re at mercy of a vehicle that some coder along with the govt have created, they may have second thoughts about handing over full control. But for me, Charleston Heston said it best……. “from my cold dead hands” (is when you can have my keys)

  • getitoverwithalready

    The timing of predictions is always its weakest link. I prefer to use a simple tool I term as my “100 year measuring stick.” By first realizing that technology will never slow down unless or until electricity ceases to exist on this planet, you simply travel back in time and look at the world as if you were actually alive in 1917 and try to imagine from that vantage point what today might look like. Then come back to 2017 and from this vantage point move forward 100 years to 2117 in your head and seriously decide for yourself if you think you might be able recognize the world around you in that time. Can you honestly believe you would even recognize this world as we know it today?

    Just because the author predicts that a person born today will not get to drive an automobile doesn’t necessarily mean that cars will always be with us. Saying never implies an immense lack of imagination and the older I get, the more I realize that always, never, and all time, are words that should be stricken from our vocabulary.

  • JTP

    30,000 Americans die every year in auto accidents. That is an even bigger fail!

  • American Icon

    Waste is waste.

  • StarvetheBeast

    GTFO, I’ll stick with my Toyota 4×4 – let’s see a robot handle crossing a creek.

  • JTP

    So something that you don’t understand is a waste. I’m glad I am not taking stock tips from you. You probably said the same thing about smart phones and iPods.

  • mofo

    I already see these cars on a daily basis on the roads in the city where I live. They seem to work really well. This will change the way people use cars where people will forgo ownership and use automated ride sharing services, it’s already happening with Uber. This will happen in cities first, not rural areas at least not for a while. I am anxiously waiting to stop paying for a car, stop paying for insurance and not having to deal with all the snowbirds, distracted soccer moms and the hoards of other checked out retards I have to share the road with now.

  • JTP

    What does crossing a creek have to do with 30,000 Americans who are killed on ROADS every year due to auto accidents. Is that amount of death acceptable to you?

  • American Icon

    It took the donkey in you to come out a lot longer than I thought it would. What’s next? Going to call me a bigot, racist or some other liberal buzz word? LOL. Yeah, when I grow up I want to be as smart as you. Pfft! Now run along, you’ve strayed from the herd. Otherwise I’m going to block you.

    Naw…I blocked you anyway. Thanks for posting…by donkey block list is growing daily.

  • Azazel

    Simple, it is the left that dictates to everyone what they think is intelligent although just opinion, then demand everyone must do it or else your racist, technophobic, anti environment, hate gays, women. All the while living the very things they claim everyone else is.

  • Azazel

    Yeah keep your head stuffed up your own A s$ jtp Most will stand by the informed tinfoil hat wearer.

  • Azazel

    bs musk is completely propped up by tax payer money.

  • Azazel

    Accept slavery moron jtp. You enjoy government dictating where, when, and how you go places. pathetic slave lapdog puppet.

  • Azazel

    Adults do not want a baby sitter. Life has risk that is what makes it enjoyable. You scared i know a safe space you can hide. You go live like a coward in a padded cell then you can feel safe all you want. Men will live their own destiny and enjoy the risk.

  • Azazel

    Well you puppet ,parroting slaves allays say the population is to high so whats the problem. Are you saying your beloved UN and obongo is wrong. you racist.

  • Azazel

    engineers still use slide rulers to this day moron, pulls a lot of respect from colleagues.

  • Azazel

    Hardly a challenge to understand the government imposed controls this technology will usher in.

  • plataoplomo

    So the driving jobs will be taken over by the robots, but somehow the manufacturing jobs will increase for humans?
    I think this guy may be a robot…

  • voted against carter

    You just MIGHT want to pay attention more often.
    try getting out of your little world bubble.

  • Luckylucylou

    Not so much a partisan position as an un-fun position, and an unrealistic one. Maybe that does make it partisan since the left is better at dreaming it than making it workable.

  • Luckylucylou

    And, when Russia or China or some other boogie man hacks the grid & all the little driverless electronic cars stand still & none of you know how to drive a car, much less which ones will run with the grid down?

  • Nick099

    The statement that “kids born today will never drive” must be trumpeted by someone who hates driving.
    The fact that he is Danish may also explain part of the idiotic comment. The government there hates cars…`150% registration tax.

    Then of course there is the whole nanny-state, hacking issue with headless cars. But in Marxist Europe do they really care?

  • MostlyRight

    2017 for the Waymo cars? I see at least one a day on the streets around my home in the Tempe and Chandler area of the Phoenix suburbs.

  • прискорбный Captain Freedom

    Boy, I can’t wait to give up control!

    – are you serious?

  • David Mowers

    Welcome to total state control of your life!

    When do the baseball bats come out to beat the technology fascists to death?

  • Luckylucylou

    A very small percentage point & many reports of problems. It is in its infancy. It may or may not make it to childhood. The teen years would be a nightmare & the adulthood is no great shakes either. You are looking at more than 15 years to put all drivers off the road. I’ll be the little old lady from Catalina.

  • MostlyRight

    Small minded. Why don’t you still just ride a horse? They crossed creeks better than Model T’s.

    I’m a conservative, Republican/Libertarian politically. I can’t wait for my father with Parkinson’s to be able to order up a ride and get more mobile. Technology has already helped him with get back much of what he has lost.

  • Joe_E_in_the_IE

    We wouldn’t need all this every driver would use JDDI®*, safe driving technology that’s already available in every properly maintained mechanically sound vehicle.

    *Just Drive, Damn It

  • MostlyRight

    We send a swarm of killer drones to take out them and all their loved ones.

  • Luckylucylou

    What about the driverless car that rear-ended another car recently? These cars are on the road NOW & they are NOT safe. Yet your argument is for SAFETY?????

  • Robert Muir

    BULL SHI$

  • Luckylucylou

    Me too, baby. That & my tractor.

  • maxd

    Computers, phones, smart tvs, etc. constantly freeze, start up and shut down due to software updates. Seems like it happens at least once a week. Requires constant apologies to clients. So sorry sir or madam, this or that has crashed and is not working today. Curious to see how this will work with cars. Will they randomly pull off the road and shutdown?

  • Joe_E_in_the_IE

    Before the monorail is whisking us from one domed climate-controlled metropolis to another in clean quiet electrically powered comfort or after our personal cold-fusion reactors are churning out a year’s worth of electricity from $2.83 worth of fuel?

  • David Mowers

    That is why software and hardware companies are seeking legislation that bars you from suing them for any reason before wide scale implementation.

    See, government socialist tyranny MUST be necessary for technology companies to make a profit since capitalism is so bad for them.

  • barney59

    Libtards love tskingvaway personal freedom, as in “they know what’s best for you BS”

  • Luckylucylou

    Solution: Ride around in them in your coastal elite cities. Leave the rest of us alone & let us drive or not drive as we see fit. This has always been the problem. The left’s inability to understand the concept of freedom of choice.

  • Zombie Nixon

    Thats stupid. The whole article is stupid.

  • David Mowers

    Well according to a recent Harvard study 98% of all new credit issued goes to the top 5% of earners so software must be making our financial markets less risky?

    Just ignore 2008…

  • pc25

    something very few people know.

  • Redden Swartz

    I will never buy one. What happens in a black out of info, I wouldn’t want to be in a self drive car. They will never be popular outside of the very middle of the larger cities here in Texas. Would you want to be in a driverless car surrounded by Huge Off Road Pick up trucks. You will never be able to have that many driverless cars if you do not make everyone and I mean everyone get one. A big mix on the highway will not work, never work. a driverless car will not have the ability to prevent urgent reactions from Driver operated cars. I do not trust them. They are pushing them out way too early. Just becuase one car can drive a few miles does not mean our society is ready to accept them or that they will work on our highways. A couple of questions. If one is given a ticket for speeding, who pays the ticket, the rider or the car company? If it is in an accident of any kind who pays the medical bills for the rider or the people in the other car? Who pays the insurance on a car you can not control? There will be constant changes to them for years to come, so who pays for the upgrades to keep them safe? I will fight them for at least 20 years, it is not time for them yet.

  • pc25

    to be able to order up a ride and get more mobile

    It’s called UBER.

  • Chainsaw McGuirk

    Really? What will happen to NASCAR??

  • barney59

    You are a simpleton, idiot and or a fool if you don’t realize the danger in the loss of freedom…

    We are not luddites, just we want to protect individuality over homogeny!

  • David Mowers

    Do you care about the 2.5 million Iraqis killed in the last Gulf War?

  • Chainsaw McGuirk

    Who says it’s better and safer? Which unelected, faceless bureaucrat in a cubicle in DC???

  • Luckylucylou

    That’s great. I’m happy for you & I hope you will be able to utilize this technology soon. I hope that you will be equally happy for me that I want to keep my big gas guzzling Range Rover for a few more years.

  • David Mowers

    How about in a driverless car when minorities riot and it won’t move because they are blocking the roadway?

  • Javier Torres

    And THEIR kids won’t have to wipe their own asses. What the hell technology?

  • Chainsaw McGuirk

    The top 5% didn’t default on their home loans in 2008….low income Democrat base voters did.

  • stopthesocialism

    I would say that most people ride motorcycles, and drive sports cars for the enjoyment. You’re going to make that illegal ?

  • Chainsaw McGuirk

    Whatever progressives do not approve of should be regulated out of existence. We call this viewpoint “tolerance”.

  • barney59

    The dark ages were the age of the tyrants and ogliarchs… what LIBERALS LOVE!

  • Luckylucylou

    I pray you are right. It sounds like an Age of Enlightenment

  • barney59

    Liberals are always going to be lemmings..

  • David Mowers

    Did the top 5% get their investments bailed out by taxpayers?

    Did the lower half of Americans create, sell, short against, profit from, lie about and push derivatives?

    How many Latinos in Southern California are responsible for fraudulent credit ratings created by credit rating companies to sell bogus insurance agreements on worthless bonds?

  • Luckylucylou

    Baby, I know how to use an abacus. Bet you don’t even know what it is.

  • The only real power a government has is to define and pursue criminals. Necessary crimes demand convenient criminals.

  • One act of failed intellectual mumblety-peg is discharge for cause. 1000 acts of failed intellectual mumblety-peg is a economics think tank. Kick a 55 gallon drum. They are loudest when empty.

  • barney59

    So hows your investment in Solyndra doing, genius?

  • Deplorapotamus Rex

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

    Remember in the movie Back To The Future Part 2, we were all supposed to be riding hoverboards too in 2015. Still waiting on that technology to be perfected.

  • Keep drinking the Kool Aid.

  • barney59

    Amen!

  • Deplorapotamus Rex

    That’s where your beloved war torn peaceful Muslim immigrants plan to send us all.

  • Joe_E_in_the_IE

    Can we go on the Carousel of Progress next? Can we? Can we? Can we?

  • If it saves just one life……….

  • stopthesocialism

    I think you’re going to have a sentient before you get a self-driving car that actually works. There’s just too much data to deal with in the real world.

  • Deplorapotamus Rex

    Its a deplorables thing, they dont care.

  • Luckylucylou

    I frequently ask my husband, “Now which tractor is it that has no electronics?” even though I know perfectly well which one it is. I just want to be sure he is taking good care of that antique baby. You need oats. I need diesel. Oats & hay are going to be a lot easier to get. Unless I learn how to make ethanol & convert that sucker.

  • Harry Mustachio

    The elite have a fantasy that the masses never own a car or home. Have you not figured out that they view you as a crop? You are a modern day slave.

  • JJNYC

    Death by technocracy.

  • Red Byrd

    what?? why would someone smart enough to earn in the top 5% have any use for credit? except for a few high ticket items like a home or car, anyone with a medium income or above should LOSE all credit and quit giving their money to the lenders.

  • JamesinNM

    Just sit back and watch. Kids will do darn well what they wish. Heck, everyone may be in horse and buggy and glad to have it.

  • bob

    No we are not going to allow much of this and kids can drive if the want when they are of age.
    If these robo cars wreck we will sue you out of existence.
    We the people are going to take on a much larger role in making the rules
    on robot and other tech period.

  • JamesinNM

    Define better and safer. Let’s neuter everyone and make it way better and safer; end humanity and its evil.

  • Red Byrd

    sure are, running red light cameras, crashing into telephone poles and other cars. all this while doing as programmed by going as slow and in line as possible.

  • DeplorableRedneckVoter

    Weren’t we all supposed to be using flying cars by now, like the Jetsons?

  • Tom Frederiksen

    Who will cover the liability? The software manufacturer or the car manufacturer? Picture a fully loaded steel hauler on remote control. A terrorists dream vehicle. Hack into vehicle controller and drive it off a cliff. I have worked in both the automotive industry and the automation industry, and predict this will have a very limited impact on public roads.

  • bob

    We are going to go local start not allowing anything against our rights and force it in our states.
    We will not except these rules or global government if it takes a fight we will fight and win.
    We will not except it get over it.

  • This kind of tech makes progressives orgasmic. Taking away our right to drive on the thesis that 40,000 lives will be saved a year gives them all they need to take way one our most precious freedoms. Freedom of movement without government permission. Hopefully Trump’s Supreme Court will rule on enough cases in coming years that will thwart this potential nightmare.

  • Underestimated

    No but I do value skills. Your comment strikes me as a co-worker that walks past my desk and asks where they can get the nice whateverwidget sitting there. To which I reply, you can’t. I made it.

    The idea that we will all forget how to do something so common as to drive is ridiculous. I will teach my kids and when the power goes out or we get hit by a storm they won’t be helpless and stranded.

    I love technology its my job actually but I also love old tech and knowledge.

  • Snookhookr

    Whoever predicted this knows nothing about young southern men.

  • Red Byrd

    the professor is totally NUTS!!! when I was young the geniuses (before the computer age) said by this time, we would all own a flying car and fly where we want and only drive short distances. Just like the Jetsons. I don’t personally know anyone stupid enough to ride in a driverless car, much less buy one! Also according to Disneyland and all the transportation gurus, we were going to have a nationwide raised monorail system for the whole country. must have missed it?

  • coastalocal

    Horse shit

  • ohreeally

    Right now, driverless cars require a driver behind the wheel — and always will.

  • Eric

    I haven’t seen one in thirty years and I have spent time in hundreds of engineering departments.

  • ohreeally

    Yes machines could kill 50,000 people. I think that, with a bit more research, that figure is achievable.

  • linda karpiscak

    Please don’t “dis” lemmings. They didn’t choose to run off that cliff on their own. The Disney film crew were supposed to get footage of lemmings doing what lemmings do. The problem was, they weren’t doing anything that would make that nature film interesting, so one of the crew was sent to “get them moving”. Unfortunately, the frightened lemmings ran in the direction of the cliff, and the rest, as they say, is history.

  • Subtlety Rogue

    Yeah, and you’re a fool if you don’t think as many or more will die in these comical POS!

  • Zachary Reed

    You don’t understand how our world works very well do you Red Byrd? Go educate yourself. They use the credit because they are in a position to actually not be harmed by it if they’re careful. They make the most money, therefore they probably spend the most, credit is easier than carrying cash. I won’t go into how biased and corrupt that system is, but you just don’t seem to understand it.

  • netboyrick

    Anyone still buying into the false Left/Right, Liberal/Conservative paradigm needs to wake the eff up. In case you missed it, that false fight was set up by the true enemy to keep us separated while they conquered us from within. Bush and Obama both dissolved the Constitution and erected/fortified the surveillance State. Republicans and Democrats work for the same boss, that little tiny elite Oligarchy of wealthy families that have more money than God.

    BTW, technology can actually be the vehicle to defeat these creeps and restore sanity to planet Earth. Free mankind from menial labor, debt slavery and bring equality to the social structure. But hey, you keep playing your silly little Republican good, Democrat bad game and we’ll all continue to lose our freedoms and our dignity.

  • Dante Poe

    they need to make the robot cars as cheap as a current used car so even the poor can afford them… or always let gas cars on the road as well.

  • Dante Poe

    I can say he is a moron… it will happen as long as oil isn’t big business… thank god a EXXON executive is now part of the government.

  • picnicfun

    Just say no. Don’t buy it.

  • JTP

    I surprised you would use something that was invented in the present day Iraq. Isnt that heresy for you cons?

  • JTP

    Thanks for sparring me from more of your idiotic postings!

  • JTP

    Of course there is risk in life but why do things that we know are bad. It is the same reason the government banned lead in paint. Or are you also pro-lead paint? Ah freedom. That will show the government.

  • JTP

    Yeah lets go back to quill pens and whale oil lamps while you are at it. RESPECT!

  • Laminectomies abound

    Well guess they don’t believe in religion? That scientific advancement either disproves Religion or brings Armageddon. We shall se, or not as I’m in 40’s.

  • Laminectomies abound

    Most they illegally bought homes on illegal reporting income and took out home equity loans and immediately defaulted to BS name and left house to rot. Those bad deals were packaged with good deals as per Feds to soften blow. Didn’t work. Been 7 years here comes another round of losers.

  • David Johnson

    “Why not see if we can make San Diego ‘Robot Valley’,” he said when he took up his new appointment.

    I have a better idea – Let’s make all of California a robot Valley.”

  • irksome51

    I’ve always chuckle when I read some “expert” opine a prediction of useless generalization with authority. Ya gotta luv ’em. The use of an absolute alone is absurd. The last good laugh I had was the incredible assertion of “experts” on anthropogenic climate change by virtue of the generation of a pollutant gas called carbon dioxide.

  • ubik

    Technology is the difference between man and the soulless animals.
    This is the next step. Pray for mankind’s wisdom. Technology, whether the Clovis arrow tip or nukes, are a challenge and an opportunity. Robotics will be no different. May we use them for the betterment of mankind and not our end or to do great evil.

  • ubik

    Huh? Disprove Religion? Those of us with faith are unshaken, those without fail to see. Armageddon? I think we Trumped that in November.

  • ubik

    why will our individuality be threatened? Live where you want, have the robot drive while you sleep. Build a house the way you want with 3D printing technology.
    I think it may make us more free.

  • freddy fudd

    I’ll take that bet professor. The only way this will be true is if you attempt to have the government mandate their use. The recent election proves the public won’t stand for that kind of interference in our lives anymore.

  • Tootrue4you

    “If you like your plan you can keep your plan…”

  • ubik

    Yeah, sure. What do you think about the Holy Roman Empire? Seriously, look into it’s history, along with the Hapsburgs, Romanovs. The answer is there. Study hard and the Truth will be revealed.

  • TroyGale

    Thank goodness, they will never think, who would want them to get behind the wheel of 1 ton plus vehicle!

  • Wile E. Coli

    So much for runnin’ from the cops. LA TV is going to be so boring.

  • TroyGale

    Yes, like social security did, like income tax did….unthinking people are the easiest to subjugate.

  • Tootrue4you

    A few keystrokes and they’ll be rolling into lakes, falling from bridges and stopping on train tracks. No thanks.

  • JTP

    So I guess we should go back to typewriters and telegraphs since those are hack proof. Right?

  • PapaUmMaoMao

    Well… at least I can say I know the thrill of being behind the wheel of one of MOPAR’s late 60’s/early 70’s creations that had a 426cu in./425hp Hemi motor stuffed under the hood!

  • JTP

    No technology will be full proof. As I said 30,000 Americans died in auto accidents last year. Machines will never drive intoxicated, distracted, or sleep deprived. If that 30,000 number is acceptable to you, shame on you.

  • PapaUmMaoMao

    Clever comment… I like!

  • Jay Talber

    Ah, individual as in liberties, yes we shall never forget.

  • JTP

    No one is talking about banning regular cars. There is nothing wrong with the government stepping in occasionally banning things that are not safe. Do you really want to use lead paint? Or is that more freedom trampling. The right to be poisoned by lead paint must be in the constitution to you.

  • David Johnson

    Some of these companies are getting very large subsidies.
    That is to say tax payer money.l.

  • Dawn Elle

    I’ll never give up driving but the home health care robot sounds promising

  • JTP

    What a random comment. Both wars started by GOP Bushes though.

  • Jay Talber

    Oh for crips sake, lead paint? New material, libtard.

  • TexasTeaFinder

    “Driving” isn’t just “a mode of transport” and it is certainly not going away in the next 2 decades.

  • Jay Talber

    And if you like your doctor……..

  • Steve from Ohio

    To quote Steve McQueen…..who loved this old saying………
    “Driving a car is like watching a movie. Riding a motorcycle is like starring in that movie.”

    What we have here is a failure by those who support driver less cars is they fail to realize what they in power are up to…..total control. Loss of freedom. All in the name of safety. Just like they did with the Patriot act.

  • JTP

    The same ones who decided lead in paint was a bad decision. Or are you against banning lead as well?

  • TexasTeaFinder

    Yeah, industry and government have blindly fallen in love with the notion that “if they build it, people will use it” – it is not going to work that way.

  • JTP

    Lead in paint never killed anyone. Just made kids retarded. 30,000 Americans die every year from auto accidents. The government has every right to step in and try and make things safer. With your logic there would be no seat belts or air bags in cars.

  • Political Hostage

    yup, all about contol.

  • Bobb Topp

    Or Hillbillys.

  • Chris

    Driving is fun. Your telling me they plan to do away with the market for sports cars and motorcycles… wont happen. Oh and I guess were doing away with the automobile insurance industry because insurance on perfect driving should be cheap right? Taxi’s will be automated too so no jobs there. This guy can keep dreaming it wont happen while I’m alive.

  • Happy Max

    What do these smart cars do when bullied by an old pick-up?

  • Bobb Topp

    I lub my ’96 SS Impala

  • I am Buzzlightyear

    Claim the Russians hacked their cars

  • JJTX

    Absolutely false assumption to make.

    Over my dead body will I be forced to relinquish the driver seat.

    And or my motorcycle saddle.

    These kinds of democrat hypocrites can go to heII

  • Silverado

    Maybe. It’s for sure nobody alive today will ever see driverless big rigs and mom and pop delivering the kiddies to school in the family automobile mixing it up in traffic flying down I-5 or any similar roadway at 70 mph like we’re hearing from some of these (I guess) futurist idiots that are on the loose. Maybe these company’s will have private roadways where their vehicles can do exactly that minus the interaction with mom & pop’s vehicle, nobody has a problem with that. However those roadways all over this country were paid for by hard working Americans through paying their taxes and if anyone of these futurists think that John Q. Public will put up with or much less allow this pirating act by big business on THEIR publicly paid for roadways, I have a bridge I want to sell you. It ain’t gonna happen and I don’t care what your crystal ball says…

  • Bobb Topp

    I learned to use a slide rule long before I held a calculator. Like learning to drive a stick shift before driving an automatic.

  • JJTX

    Because democrats want to force it to be so. vs freedom.

  • Shagnasty1

    You don’t work, do you. Or at least you don’t do any honest labor, the kind that gets your hands dirty. What good is living if you don’t produce? There are few things more satisfying than to see the results of your labor; to see the house you built or remodeled yourself, the car you repaired or restored yourself, the lawn you manicured yourself, etc. Only a dweeb is proud of what they pay somebody else to do or especially when it is a machine that does it for them. Even in my advancing years I still prefer to do it myself and will until I physically can’t.

  • JJTX

    Yes, I dont eat paint. And it’s more durable on automotive surfaces.

  • JJTX

    Government only makes everything more expensive.

  • JJTX

    Like Banning DDT saved the chillen?

    Shut up. Millions are dead because government ‘stepped-in’.

  • Fyodor Dostoevsky

    After you idiots put people out of work with your robots, what are people supposed to do with their time, and earn an income? Please take a moment in your ivory towers to answer this question?

  • Fyodor Dostoevsky

    When they come for the 2nd, is when the war came……

  • JTP

    Good for you! Maybe we should go back to horse and buggy while we are at.

  • JTP

    Freedom to kill 30,000 Americans a year! Yippe!

  • Texmom

    Why do we want do away with the dignity and purpose of work? Support businesses that hire humans!

  • JJTX

    Doctors kill 10 times that.

    Ban doctors now?

  • JTP

    You must not breath either since dust that comes from lead paint surprisingly contains lead!

  • haode

    mebbe drug tests will be required to drive.

  • JTP

    When things are only done with a company’s bottom line as the concern of course it adds expense. But it prevents toxic products from continuing to be sold even when the dangers of said product are known but it saves the company a few bucks.

  • JTP

    Do you like seeing birds in the morning. The bald eagle is the symbol of America for goodness sake. It would be extinct if we were still using DDT. You must hate America!

  • JTP

    Doctors that make mistakes over and over again are banned from practicing medicine when the GOVERNMENT pulls their license. Thanks for making my point for me.

  • Chris Lucy

    Just plse LV bikes alone. I saw this coming 25 yrs ago the human is the weak link in the chain sold the car moved to the city…in many occupations as well..EFFIENCY will skyrocket and so won’t displacement too..who supports uneeded labor..

  • K.E.Miles

    ‘Kids born today will never drive’ or ever work.

  • Bobb Topp

    I’m not a Luddite, smarytpants.
    Just stated a fact.
    I love technology and hope the best for smart transport.
    Sorry you can’t wrap that around your feeble mind.

  • KM

    Why is it, every prog has to use the extreme non-sequitir as a response to any challenge to their positions? If someone doesn’t agree with your absolutist position, you whip out a comment about wanting to return to the Stone Age or being afraid of technology, etc.

  • I am surviving Obama

    You know what I call those kids who ate paint which contained lead? Liberals.

  • JJTX

    Absolutely false.

  • I am surviving Obama

    Yep. In 16 years when they will be allowed to drive, ALLLLL the cars in the world will just DISAPPEAR. Liberals are really braindead people.

  • KM

    JTP use his prog leftist playbook to provide his retorts. The theme is: “…belittle those that disagree with you. Use non-sequitir, and ad hominem as much as possible.” (pg. 4, SectionB)

  • I am surviving Obama

    That’s a crock. Egg shells were getting thin. Birds were starting to become immune to DDT. Conversely millions of people died of malaria in the world due to the banning of DDT.

  • KM

    JTP, you are the most worn-out record playing…. Same old prog responses. Attack the opinion by using extreme non-relevant statements -and- personal insults…. Ad nauseum and ad infinitum…… It appears to be taught to all leftists. Who is Saul Alinsky?

  • John (magnum)

    Don’t engage the leftist loon.

  • JTP

    So I guess no doctor every lost his license for messing up. Stick to that story.

  • JTP

    Thanks dad. Maybe mind your own business.

  • JTP

    Is this really even a serious comment? I suppose that their numbers bouncing back after DDT was banned was just coincidence then?

  • JBRoux

    They throw these things out there like it’s a good thing. It may, or may not be good. But as long as an American can get his hands on an automobile or a Motorcycle, there will be Americans driving on the roads.

  • John (magnum)

    POS idiot alert !

  • Rod

    Robot technology in itself is neutral, but it will always have the potential of being used for evil. Liberals are either child-like in their faith that the government would never let this happen, or they are control freaks who want to run our lives ostensibly “for our good” but in reality they want to do it because of their own lust for power.

  • JTP

    Oh no. You have found out our secret playbook. I am actually sent from the future to destroy the country and Sara Connor by having us get autonomous cars. Yes. That is how ridiculous you sound.

  • JTP

    Love the in depth responses.

  • TMA1

    With all of their coddling they will be to damned stupid and scared.

  • KM

    The issue at hand is not whether technology is a bad thing in and of itself.

    The core issue here is whether the techniologies become “decided for you” by the scientists and government.

    The argument about saving 30,000 lives from traffic deaths assumes that all deaths in traffic are caused by some sort of human operator error… AND that a car without human operator input will absolutely remove risk of injuring or death to its occupants.

    Both premises are being overlooked by the leftists. Critical reasoning leads us to deduce that is because they are not interested in saving lives or bettering lives. They are interested in their own position being the only one, and also being forced if necessary (at least until they change their position to another one).

  • MostlyRight

    Which will also be driverless in a few years.

  • bvikay

    Another “scientist” theory that will not hold water. What a dumbass.

  • Bearbait

    My great-grandmother never drove. Now, according to this article, my great-granddaughter will never drive. I taught my daughter and my granddaughters on a stick because I wanted them to KNOW how to drive. Driving has been a passion of my life. For us not to know how to travel independently sounds like a left wingers dream come true…let the government bus us around….then one day, the bus doesn’t come…hummm…

  • KM

    Freedom to allow drowning in the oceans and lakes of the world. Freedom to allow choking to death. Freedom to allow trip and fall deaths. Freedom to allow lighning to strike people. Freedom to allow train derailment deaths. Freedom to allow terroists to blow people up. Freedom to allow black activists to kill police. Yippe!

    Ban all those, or at least focus on fixing them, JTP, then we can talk…

  • KM

    You worship government, don’t you?

  • Bearbait

    A person that can’t drive a car can’t control the car. It’s a dependance on technology thing vs. an independence thing. I have no asperations to have a car I CAN’T CONTROL.

  • bvikay

    The government wind farms will take care of killing all the eagles. Not to mention other unintended consequences.

  • Kimona

    I would love to use really heavy lead paint, stop the cops from seeing into my home with their xray peeping tom hardware they have and protect me from 24/7 radiation bombardment from all sorts of sources which is one of the leading reasons for cancer along with all the things thats in our food supply

  • cosmicwxdude

    Um, yes they will.

  • Kimona

    so thats what happened to liberals, ate that paint and passed it on, lol

  • cosmicwxdude

    Perfectly worded retort.

  • Rod

    This author writes about the health care robot, another little justification for the robotizing of our lives. What’s missing from the discussion? The human element. It’s well known that loving human interaction is a great boon to health. Sometimes it’s the difference between life and death. Beware the pressure to accept the intrusion of robotics so as to not appear old fashioned or standing in the way of progress.

  • KM

    JTP all you have is non-sequitir and ad hominem. Tiresome.

  • bvikay

    How many millions of “human beings” died because of banning DDT? I prefer human lives over eagles.

  • Wichita Lineman

    Technology is great, but soon nobody will be able to afford it. Technology will replace workers, and nobody will be getting a paycheck. The only jobs available will be building robots, and it won’t be long before robots will be doing those jobs, too… We will have relegated ourselves to obscurity.

  • Kimona

    I’m not sure I believe the research. When liberals have an agenda they lie, cheat steal, look at the man made global warming hoax.

  • miker5

    Self driving cars can be programmed to avoid unnecessary travel that can cause global warming. Do you really want some government employee to decide if your travel is necessary or not?

  • KM

    Classic lefty. Use a non-sequitir, then “direct” the conversation to be what they say it must be.

  • Kimona

    True as does legal medicine, the side effects are horrible now

  • KM

    Which is EXACTLY where this leads.

  • Kimona

    tup Obama allows thousands a year Bald Eagles to be killed by liberals wet dream wind mills water power from waves much safer for all

  • Bearbait

    I was raised in a house with both lead paint and asbestos. Yes, there is something wrong with the government “stepping in” to tell me what to do. I have a brain, I know what’s safe and what’s not. You read too much lefty propaganda. I am quite old and have never spent the night in a hospital, healty as a horse, as are my siblings. Asbestos must be inhaled and lead paint must be eaten. Their mere presence is not going to harm you at all.

  • Kimona

    leftist love to have big brother government tell them what to do as long as its coming from other moon bat leftists.

  • Bearbait

    BS… If lead is that concentrated in the air all you gotta do open a window once in a while. The liberals have scared you to death with all of their overkill on these subjects.

  • Kimona

    Don’t worry the NWO elites/rich are planning a global culling.

  • Wichita Lineman

    LOL.. You may be closer than you realize.

  • Kimona

    I know I’m right, they wil use war or some virus that they have a cure for but hold it back till they are ready

  • AmericanMan2012

    Another liberal pipe dreamer, wake up from your delusion, in the year 2035 those self driving cars will be costing $90,000 and if they are stupid to run up student loans, they will be driving old used cars, or riding bicycles . Affordable !!!

  • Kimona

    Don’t say bicycles only you give the tree huggers an orgasm at the thought of it along with cars that run on unicorn farts and fairy dust.

  • Mike

    Ironically the liberal alliance with the ambulance chasing liability lawyers will kill self driving cars. Any accident involving one will generate a gold mine in law suits.

  • Kimona

    I’m still trying to figure out how these big corporations in bed with the FED that will build these cars will still make us pay for accident insurance and how the government will still make us get a drivers license to sit in them.

  • Bearbait

    Sorry JTP, Kimona just straighted me out. You must be decended from the lead paint eaters. BTW, I NEVER use a seatbelt and I’m quite wary of airbags…lol…didn’t Honda have to recall about a jillion Takatas because they were killing people? Learn to think for yourself.

  • Freeway

    How is this theory liberal?

  • Vox Veritas

    ‘Kids born today will never drive.’

    No, but they’ll whine about how entitled they are.

  • Bearbait

    Well, bvikay, you shouldn’t prefer humans over eagles. Look at what human over breeding has produced…scared little whiners like JTP. Do you think we would have survived as a species if we had depended on his (or her) type to lead us?

  • Brad~ Wesley

    More government control

  • Agent 99

    Technology doesn’t always makes people’s lives better or safer.

  • Agent 99

    Exactly. I have a feeling all of these inroads to controlling our lives is going to backfire…big league.

  • Bearbait

    Just a minute James in NM, I think maybe I’m in favor of your suggestion. Everytime I watch “Life After People” (TV show) I take a deep cleansing breath…ahhhhh….finally…peace on earth.

  • Agent 99

    In twenty years, when we look back at this ridiculous prediction, we are going to laugh. People have too much of a desire for autonomy and liberty, and driving your own car will become a political statement if this trend continues.

  • Ralloh

    Ok, so as robots take more and more jobs, how will people live? Will the government step in and finally control us completely? What about the transition of driverless cars? When they eventually are the majority, will it be made illegal to drive a regular car? Will we then be forced to buy driverless cars, or, have to depend on driverless taxi services. Yep, sounds like the typical liberal utopia that will blow up in our faces.

  • JTP

    Government is necessary. Otherwise we would have total anarchy.

  • Bearbait

    Well said, KM! JTP, I hate to be the one that breaks this to you…we are ALL going to DIE..YOU ARE GOING TO DIE, GEEZ, live and have a little fun while you’re here. I swear, Liberals are the most WHINY, MOROSE people on earth.

  • Bearbait

    Ban hospitals?

  • JTP

    All of those types of deaths you listed combined are not anywhere close to the amount of death human error auto accidents cause. Why worry about the 12 lighting deaths in 2015 versus 30,000 auto accidents? Con math for you.

  • Bearbait

    KM, I believe what he have is a troll by the toe. JTP, tell us what you know about malpractice insurance….1,2,3,…go…..

  • Agent 99

    Maybe the future inhabitants/subjects of liberal dumbfuquistan won’t be driving their own vehicles, but the freedom-loving citizens of America will.

  • Bearbait

    HONEST LEADERS ARE NECESSARY, corrupt government is not!

  • JTP

    Eagle populations have gone up every year since the 80s so please spare me.

  • Bearbait

    You’re absolutely right, John. I’m quitting. JTP, come back and talk to us again when you grow up.

  • freddy fudd

    A lot more people die each year from heart disease. Are you going to mandate everyones diet? Where does it stop with you freedom haters?

  • JTP

    You know there is a drug that prevents malaria – tetracycline which is pennies a day. Why cant we have both. Oh thats right you only care about lives when they are in the womb not after they are born.

  • Agent 99

    Technology and government are double-edged swords. Worship them at your own risk.

  • JTP

    Hmm so anything that doesn’t fit your world view must be made up. Great way of going through life. Any idiot could see eagles (our national symbol) and other birds were going the way of the dodo.

  • Bearbait

    Depends on who owns the car and the printer….doesn’t it?

  • JTP

    What that I said is not right. I said governments pull the licenses of doctors who repeatedly make mistakes and kill people. He said “Absolutely false.”

  • Agent 99

    Who knows, maybe there’s a silver lining to having a layer of lead paint hidden deep under newer layers in your pre-1978 house…

  • Bearbait

    Excellent point…LLL

  • JTP

    Well that would explain your lack of rational thought.

  • AmericanMan2012

    Liberal thinkers are those who see anything is possible, but lacks the discernment to see reality and it’s overall limitations.

    Examples of liberal dreamers Delusion.
    Completely stop using fossil fuel , but haven’t found a long enough extension cord for airplanes.

    Improve education and preparing children for the work force by teaching them to measure things with spoons.
    Develop electric cars to free the world of using fossil fuel, by plugging into the grid which makes electric using fossil fuel.

  • Athena Frazier

    Google basic income and you will see the answer. Basically, the elitist are trying to figure out how much we deserve and one amount that they have come up with is about $10,000 per adult per year. Review it from both conservative and liberal sites so you can figure out the truth. I have not seen anything regarding what will happen to food stamps, social security or welfare. Basic income is nothing new. The elites have been wanting to do this for a long time. Sounds like Hunger Games to me, but some people might be okay with it.

  • JTP

    Would a self driving car every be too drunk to drive? Would it ever be too tired? Would it ever be distracted checking a text?

  • Agent 99

    Hold on. Before we get into a tedious online tennis match, let me ask you this: are you in favor of completely autonomous cars, or driver-assist cars.

    By the way, you cannot argue the fact that technology does NOT always make our lives better or safer.

  • JTP

    I wholeheartedly support driver assist. I think completely autonomous is not there yet but will probably be by the end of the decade.

  • REPENTorBURN

    I doubt they will ever live,except to serve machines,and that’s why God is going to burn it all…

    The Holy Bible

    2Petter 3:10

    But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

    REPENT REPENT REPENT

  • Agent 99

    No, he’s right. Centralized control is the goal of socialists, communists, collectivists, whether it’s economic, cultural, or behavioral.

  • We do not want to give up the freedom of driving and enjoying life without having every move watched and controlled. Sure things like lead are gone because of health issues and that is OK for government to control but the problem is that government can and does go too far when they get more and more power. Anyone that cannot see what harm power can do is blind to what a horrible world this is for many in countries under iron rule. We were founded on freedom, read the Constitution.

  • Metriacanthosaurus

    It’s almost cute how far up their own rear ends the autonomous vehicle crowd is.

    It may be possible, it may even be right, but it will absolutely never happen on a massive scale. Not in this lifetime.

  • AmericanMan2012

    Do you know why most of us question Liberal thinkers.

    Liberal thinkers are those who see anything is possible, but lacks the discernment to see reality and it’s overall limitations.

    Examples of liberal dreamers Delusion.
    Completely stop using fossil fuel , but haven’t found a long enough extension cord for airplanes.

    Improve education and preparing children for the work force by teaching them to measure things with spoons.
    Develop electric cars to free the world of using fossil fuel, by plugging into the grid which makes electric using fossil fuel.

  • Agent 99

    Agreed. I like driving my slightly older car because it does NOT have a computer in it hooked up to a satellite somewhere. I like my anonymity, and I like not being monitored. I’ll assume the “risks” for my own safety, thank you very much.

  • BigDaddyJim

    JTP, government does not really care if you live or die. Regulations are made to control people. So a few here and there make sense and make you believe, wow they really do care about me. Suddenly you feel a warm and fuzzy that the government is going to protect you from everything from cradle to grave and you go along with every little thing they want which ends up striping you of any freedom whatsoever. By the time you wake up about this, if you ever do, you have no freedom or liberty left.

  • Agent 99

    Let me help you out here.

    The consistent way to regard “left versus right” is to measure the amount of control a group or government has over its people. On a spectrum, 100% control appears on the far left (socialists, communists, collectivists, authoritarians, fascists, etc.) and 0% control (NO government) appears on the far right (= anarchy, chaos).

    Here in the United States with our Constitutional REPUBLIC, we ideally reside slightly right of center in that “sweet spot” where we have just rules and organization to allow maximum freedom of movement, speech, commerce, etc.

    Here’s a handy map:

    100% control, LEFT 0% control, RIGHT

    *control-freaks who don’t value liberty
    ***people who do value liberty and civilized living

  • Mikeras

    Good Grief! Who did lead paint kill? If you really wanted to stop something that takes lives, do away with alcohol. Today’s libs desire to have us live in a sterile environment where there are no sharp edges, no dangerous intersections, and no fattening foods. That is NOT freedom. That epitomizes elitist aristocratic pseudo-intellectuals.

  • JTP

    So what, we should trust Corporate Inc to not put our lives at risk so they can save a few bucks with inferior or toxic products. That will happen. Obviously there needs to be a balance.

  • Mikeras

    Yep, you sound like someone who needs someone to take care of you from the cradle to the grave. You don’t deserve the freedom you currently have.

  • Yep and I will not get car insurance that wants me to hook up a device so they know everything I do. Big brother is bigger than ever now. Technology is good in many ways but privacy is an important part of being free.

  • Agent 99

    Yes, there needs to be a balance, and no one is arguing that. What people are arguing is that the pendulum has swung too far to the left (ie, too much government control), and that results in the suffocation of personal freedom/autonomy and responsibility, stifling of true innovation and economic freedom, etc.

  • Agent 99

    I have to ask you this: do you own a gun?

  • Mikeras

    You are an absolute idiot. You need to get your news from somewhere other than the government indoctrination centers formerly know as schools, MSNBC, and PBS.

  • Brad~ Wesley

    We can only hope

  • george jetson

    soon we will all be flying personal “drones”

  • Mikeras

    Would the eagle population increase have anything to do with relocation programs? Hmmm. I respect the eagle, however, when it kills my goat, I ought be able to kill it.

  • Mikeras

    Government’s purpose is to protect us from outside interference so that we can develop ourselves to our greatest capacity, then to provide local laws to keep people from killing and robbing, then to get out of the way!

  • Agent 99

    I’m for ‘driver assist’ for drivers who desire and need it, and I think we agree there. But where we disagree is “completely autonomous” –that isn’t going to happen. People are sick of being mandated to. Personally, I will NOT pay for or own a vehicle that I cannot control. Sorry.

    Like it or not, this IS going to manifest as a political issue. Lives, lifestyles, freedom, culture, and money are at stake.

  • JTP

    I should stick to breitbart and drudge right? They are the only “truth” that is out there .

  • hrm

    I can hope it is in the far future that all these exclusions like driving are here. But who knows? The reason may be the disasters of the future not the technology. Einstein said he didn’t what the next war would be fought with but the next on would be with sticks and stones. We live in a dangerous time with really dangerous weapons.

  • JTP

    Hmm since you seem to think lead is so safe why dont you go suck on some old paint chips. I never said lead killed anyone. It just inhibits neuronal function – causes retardation in young children. Hmm that would explain your inability to exhibit any coherent reasoning ability. Go get tested for Pb immediately!

  • Agent 99

    Drudge is an aggregate providing links to all ranges and types of news, Breitbart is doing what news USED to do by acting as the watch dog keeping government on its toes, like Woodward and Bernstein.

  • Agent 99

    I will NOT pay for or own a vehicle I cannot control. Thank God for the free market. Hope it’s still around in twenty years.

  • Agent 99

    Ok, you need to get off the lead thing. You’re beating a dead horse and a red herring.

  • JTP

    Wow. I thought you seemed like a reasonable person. I guess I wrong.

  • Agent 99

    Why do you have a problem with those? Be specific. (And it’s funny you attacked me and my sensibilities instead of arguing specifically why you personally do not like Drudge or Breitbart.)

  • jtom

    Ok, please tell me how long it will take for driverless cars know how to handle these routine situations:
    Stopping for a stopped school bus in the opposite lane of travel
    Obeying a policeman or school traffic guard
    Cheating on the double yellow line to get around a mail truck delivering mail
    Obeying a flagman directing cars into the opposite lane of travel due to road work
    Merging when lanes are closed due to road construction
    Maneuvering to provide room for an emergency vehicle to get by

    These are very common situations in my area, ymmv. I think people are naive to think artificial intelligence is close to replacing human perception and judgement, or making appropriate decisions in unusual situations.

  • Agent 99

    Would you rather have a computer flying an airplane with hundreds of people on board, or two pilots with decades of experience? I’ll take the guys with the gray hair any day.

  • Michael

    They can’t even keep trains from crashing. FIDIOTS!

  • Agent 99

    Translation: a bunch of people want to cash in on forcing another merging of private industry + government mandate. “If you like your freedom you can keep your freedom.”

  • Kundalini Express

    leave the dreaming to science fiction writters, u do the biulding…

  • Agent 99

    “Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.”
    –Ben Franklin

  • J. Longstreet

    I think this is correct. Technology is moving faster & faster and this is one area that has lagged behind. As a pilot, I see the unbelievable advances in navigation and technology on the flight deck of even the simplest aircraft. It’s been just a matter of time for years before ordinary passenger cars did most of the driving via computer. It’s a done deal. It’s not good or bad. It’s just technology. This will completely take over sooner rather than later.

  • ScottyDeplorable

    DDT scare is and was a scam

    Look into it and you will find Sanger was a lying POS

    BUT

    The absence of DDT is responsible for the death of millions of human beings.

  • richard

    Make them stay to the right.

  • Agent 99

    No, it’s not a foregone conclusion. Sorry to disagree, but “completely autonomous” comes with a myriad of undesirable unforeseen consequences (along with the ones we can see).

  • Art V

    Typical east/west coast thinking … just remember that there is a lot of open space out there between New Yawk and Loose Angeles …

  • america is freedom

    Nope. What we’re wondering is what YOU inhaled, ingested or ‘caught’ to explain YOUR lack of rational thought.

  • america is freedom

    THe EPA just got the government to ALLOW bald eagles to get DECIMATED using wind turbines.

    Explain that away you hypocrite.

  • america is freedom

    Lie

  • america is freedom

    Doctors that do NOT make mistakes become unavailable because of GOVERNMENT medicine. We are left with second hand, heartless, hippocratic oath ignoring junk doctors.

    thanks for making MY point for me JTP – Just Too Partisan is what that stands for right?

  • Dunnyveg

    Aren’t these the same liberals that told us diversity is our greatest strength, and that Comrade Hillary would be our next president?

  • Dunnyveg

    Yes, comrade. Anybody smart enough to be a liberal understands that democracy isn’t what the people actually want, but what liberals think the people should want. Of course, anybody smart enough to be a liberal also understands that freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength, and war is peace.

    You liberals need to regain your own sanity before you start living our lives for us.

  • america is freedom

    Government that ignores the people, who the founders designated AS true government, is anarchy.

    sorry your globalist wet dream popped, Job Torpedoing Parasite

  • america is freedom

    You are getting treated for the syphilis, right? Every leftie seems to have to have an STD as a rite of passage. the chattering masses for big government appear to share this affliction…and why not? An STD is so good for medicating and zombifying.

  • Bro. Steve

    Imagine the future.

    Person: Siri, take me to Walmart.

    Siri: Requesting authorization from DHS.

    <>

    Siri: That request is not approved.

    Person: Why not?

    Siri: DHS records show you have had two trips to Walmart this week already, and your transportation related carbon allocation has been exceeded for this time period. The new period begins in 12 days. If you would like to apply for a waiver, please submit a request to your DHS agent in Seattle for review. If you would like to request an expedited review, for a fee of $36.00, your request will be answered in the next 24 hours.

  • The_Irredeemable_Toxic_Avenger

    Hillary by 12 points and Trump has no path to 270.

    Yeah, this just hasn’t been a good year for prognostication.

  • The Uhlan

    “‘Kids born today will never drive,’ says Robot Valley champion”

    they will all die virgins.

  • parum imperium

    Has the arrogant Dane bothered to stop and ask what Americans want, and not what he thinks they should be forced to live like??

  • Dura_Ace

    simple..how many cars are currently on the road? Hunf=dreds of millions..
    duh…
    libtards are full of horse crapola…if they remove the progressive plank from their eye, they might understand a GREEN economy will occur when its competitive, and NOT BEFORE.

  • parum imperium

    I was giving a presentation the other day, and my windows laptop went blue screen in front of the entire group. If that was my car at 80 mph, would that still be considered safe??

  • america is freedom

    “In case you missed it, that false fight was set up by the true enemy to
    keep us separated while they conquered us from within. Bush and Obama
    both dissolved the Constitution and erected/fortified the surveillance
    State. Republicans and Democrats work for the same boss, that little
    tiny elite Oligarchy of wealthy families that have more money than God.” – agree with that. Not quite sure of your second point and so withholding judgment.

  • FedUpWIthTheFed

    Well I think its bad when they try to force the technology down your throat. There will always be people that prefer to drive themselves. Imo there are alot of people that prefer to drive themselves and there will be a push back against this move to force the issue. I am sorry but I don’t want a stupid computer (programmed by fallible humans) making life and death decisions for me. The only way this becomes reality is if they strip us of our rights to choose for ourselves.

  • JTP

    1. We do not live in a democracy. It is a republic.
    2. The founders feared the people which is why they installed many protections against the “will of the people” like the electoral college and legislature election of senators.
    3. Learn history and know what you are talking about before you go running your mouth.

  • FedUpWithTheFed

    Amen to that, I know I won’t be buying anything that drives itself, even if it means I have to pay double or triple the insurance fees, and I have to drive a car that is decades old and maintain it myself. I don’t think I am alone either.

  • JTP

    WTF is this post even about? Well we know you dont have to worry about getting tested for any STDs because you actually have to get laid to get one.

  • JTP

    Who is talking about green cars. We are talking about autonomous vehicles. Please try to read before posting. Keep up.

  • Rick Smith

    I’ve been waiting since the Jetsons for my flying car. As long as these “dreamers” (like Solyndra) aren’t taxpayer funded, I have no problem with them losing THEIR money. Left-wing maggots somehow think WE should bankroll their hopes and fantasies, though. THAT stops January 21st!

  • parum imperium

    Blue screen of death gets all too literal at 80mph.

  • Joe Ryan

    Liberals strive to appear to the commoners as though they’re working to remove all risk from our daily lives. The goal is, first and foremost, impossible. Secondly, a life without some risk isn’t much of a life at all.

  • e6400ultra ✓ᴰᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

    No thanks! You can keep your nerdtopia.

  • konc2

    Lead paint made kids retarded years ago? Now I see where the democrats got their base.

  • konc2

    OMG, there has not been lead in paint in decades, you have a better chance of dying by being killed by one of Obama’s illegal terrorists he is letting into the country in droves.

  • jjca

    to drive is to be free

  • konc2

    Have you lived under power lines your whole life, your hysterical incoherent rambling about lead in paint, that by the way, has been banned for decades only indicates to most of us here that you aren’t taking your meds.

  • johnfored

    I don’t want to stop driving!

  • konc2

    Hey, one of your guests just called, said you are out of Kool-aid at your “Clinton won the popular vote” pity party, better get back to it.

  • konc2

    Haven’t heard any comments from you about all the bald eagles president shuck and jive is killing with his windmill farms along with hundreds of thousands of other birds.

  • MUW

    I say we burn Robot Valley down to the ground and run amok smashing every Robot that we catch and toss them all on a Bonfire to Progress! Jebus didn’t any of these idiots watch Terminator?

  • Onceler’s Revenge

    i’m sure the government would love to pass a law making driving illegal and force everyone to be a in automated vehicle for ‘public safety’ reasons.

  • rlwieneke

    JTP, YES the insurance companies are saying they will increase the price of insurance for cars that have steering wheels, gas and brake pedals so high you won’t be able to afford it with he sole purpose of FORCING you to buy a car that drives itself and has no controls: steering wheel, gas and break pedals. The reasoning behind this is they predict self driving cars will have fewer accidents than cars controlled by a human driver.

  • Will Dennis

    We need to make travel a right. Time for a new amendment to protect the citizens.

  • Luckylucylou

    Manual typewriter. Better yet, learn to write. Learn cursive, a lost art. Learn the joy of putting PENCIL to paper.

  • Will Dennis

    You’re just a coward. Our founding fathers envinsioned patriots using their arms against cowards like you.

  • Will Dennis

    Id love to watch you burn to death.

  • MUW

    Have you ever met a Robot? I have! We had one at the Hospital I worked at before retiring. It was a rude mean little pharmacy monster that would order you off the elevator when it wanted on! It always said please but you know it really didn’t mean it! Stand up for Humanity, smash the Robots!

  • Onceler’s Revenge

    “As far back as the circuit court ruling in Corfield v. Coryell, 6 Fed. Cas. 546 (1823), the Supreme Court recognized freedom of movement as a fundamental Constitutional right. In Paul v. Virginia, 75 U.S. 168 (1869), the Court defined freedom of movement as “right of free ingress into other States, and egress from them.”[1] However, the Supreme Court did not invest the federal government with the authority to protect freedom of movement. Under the “privileges and immunities” clause, this authority was given to the states, …”

    -Wikipedia

  • Luckylucylou

    Awww…you looked it up. How sweet. And, nothing is heresy to me, except, well…heresy.

  • MUW

    And the States have always argued their Right to Generate Revenue through DMV is more Important than Our Freedom of Movement! That too needs to change…..

  • Glen3

    These people dream of making boys into total pussies, and weakening people in general.

  • Onceler’s Revenge

    My next vehicle is going to be even older than my current vehicle just to make sure it cant be shut off by a government hacker!

  • snuff1

    Probably true…..the candy a$$ generation of men raising them will see to it.

  • ubik

    Buy your car and 3D printer and make yourself some homemade guns. You’ll feel better.

  • ubik

    Huh? I do back breaking work 60 hours a week and love my job. F you, loser who assumes too much.

  • akabillybob

    Listen, and understand.
    That terminator is out there, it cant be bargained with, it cant be reasoned with, it doesn’t feel pity or remorse or fear, and it absolutely will not stop…EVER, untill you are dead!

  • swatdoc

    This guy has smoked too much dope

  • INFW

    Agenda 21 anyone??? Search the Georgia Guidestones.

  • Will Dennis

    I’m taking about motorized vehicles.

  • INFW

    No actually their plan (NWO) is Agenda 21/sustainable development. Insurance Companies will rate your driving (score) with that little plug in thingy that is on the market now. If you have a tendency to speed your score goes up. If you travel many miles….score goes up. Insurance will be WAY too costly for us deplorable proletariates to have automobiles. Only the wealthy will have air conditioning and cars. Hence, carbon credits. The average Joe can’t afford them.

  • jillthelass

    Like the Tesla that killed its “driver” because it could not recognize a semi crossing the road. We are many years from SAFE autonomous vehicles.

  • Deplorable Joe

    It’s all about CONTROL.

    Never give up your autonomy.

  • INFW

    Same jargon they touted about no one wants to “ban guns” they acclimate people gradually so you become accustomed to it S….L…..O….W…L…Y. Why so you think they have the BLINDING lights on the headlights and tail lights of cars? Blinding. Their claim will be that it is SAFER to be in a driverless (rental) car.

  • INFW

    Same with Hellywood.

  • INFW

    Agree 100%. If they go against our constitution and insurance mandates that we get hooked up….I will not get insurance. I quess that is what “We The People” will need to do in masses to protest.

  • Denny Crane

    Keep dreaming, Bernie.

  • mickey bitsko

    They said that in 1965 when I was born.

    I was supposed to be FLYING in my personal air car.

  • Denny Crane

    You’ll have to await the AMAZING YEAR, 2000!!!

  • mickey bitsko

    I don’t think you understand the problem, JTP. Once the government is allowed to invent its own authority to do ANYTHING, however worthy the cause, the floodgates are open.

    There is nothing wrong with the government protecting us from lead paint as long as We the People grant it the authority to do so by Constitutional Amendment.

    Legitimate government derive their power from the governed. Have you noticed that the Constitution is never amended anymore? It doesn’t need to be. We’ve ceded the power to an organization that was supposed to be subordinate to us.

    Read the 10th Amendment of the Bill of Rights and tell me that the Constitution means anything today.

  • mickey bitsko

    The Fed as NO RIGHTS AT ALL that aren’t granted to it by the People via their Constitution.

    Try reading the thing. You might be surprised.

  • mickey bitsko

    They killed 2 or 3 people. They save thousands.

    There are no guarantees in life, but you can play the odds.

  • Eatie Gourmet

    Horrible idea. Humans need such skills. These control-freak techie-types want to turn us into automatons. They’ll all be helpless when an EMP blast from a solar flare or from where ever happens. Hone your skills, people — if only because the powers that be think you shouldn’t have them!

  • mickey bitsko

    My 2016 isn’t “hooked up to a satellite somewhere” either. The government is talking about that, but it hasn’t happened yet. Services like OnStar only work if you get in a wreck or press a button.

    Yes, the government IS trying to require real time tracking of all vehicles. It’s the bureaucrat’s wet dream. But nobody is tracking us yet, to that degree.

    Besides, your cell phone already serves that purpose.

  • mickey bitsko

    How did we survive?

  • mickey bitsko

    Good luck shutting off cosmic rays.

  • Harlan Roberts

    The coming Zombie Apocalypse will see to that.

  • Wake up!

    This guy is delusional…. they barely just got regular cars to function properly. Just think about how glitchy your phone and computer can get….

  • Chickie Galore

    Stop the world, I want to get off.

  • Eatie Gourmet

    Have you ever figured anything out on your own, or do you always shill the government’s stance on things? Do you cross the street when there is no traffic, or do you wait at the corner when there is Not a Car in Sight for the idiot-light to “tell you” that it is “safe to cross”? A member of the Sesame Street generation, raised on that liberal theology? Thought so…

  • Daniel Morgan

    So a robot is gonna pull my fifth wheel on unpaved backcounty roads? Dont think so.

  • copperdog1

    Just buy a 57 chevy or 65 mustang or something without computer… have fun

  • Eatie Gourmet

    That was petty unnecessary.

  • JKramer

    No need to go back to the stealer to have the POS reprogrammed every time a part is changed too.

  • Eatie Gourmet

    I don’t do “devices”. I don’t even like “cruise control”. When they came out with ABS (anti-lock brake system) on cars, I considered it an insult to my intelligence; I already know how to drive, and brake. Teach people skills, don’t dumb-down everything!

  • perpetual victimhoods….

    We should be teleporting already. Or are we….doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo……

  • NoMalaria

    I guess it depends upon what the “partisan” government decrees as better and safer at the time they are in control. For example:

    1. Low flush toilets that do not rid the bowl of the feces.
    2. Expensive CFL bulbs that do not nearly have the operating life claimed.
    3. Variable gear transmissions in cars (“to improve gas mileage”) that are sensor dense and fail constantly. (See what it costs to replace a transmission controller)
    4. Solar power that cost $2.50 a kilowatt over operating life span.
    5. Wind turbines that produce expensive unreliable electricity that chop up migrating birds, eagles and falcons.
    6. Constant surveillance of everyone, everywhere and soon to be at all times. Particularly when riding in an “automated” car.
    7. Etc, etc, etc.

  • Daniel Morgan

    Grew up with lead paint and asbestos. When we were kids we thought mercury was neat to push around with our fingers. Didnt have bike helmets or knee pads or car kid safety seats. Put on heavy coats and shot each other with BB guns. Swam in canals dowstream from cattle feedlots. It was fun to be a kid then.

  • Eatie Gourmet

    Lead paint went extinct in the US 40 years ago. Let It Go!!

  • Roger Cotton

    I have no intention of relying on a robot to steer my vehicle.

  • Retrometas

    When TV came along it was supposed to replace radio. The internet would replace TV. 3d movies would replace 2d entertainment. Soon something else will emerge. Meanwhile, radio and all the other forms of entertainment continue to thrive.

    I will always drive my car regardless of what some silicon valley phruitcake wants.

  • Eatie Gourmet

    Try lead sheets. Lead paint is ineffective in this case. (Think x-ray baffle sheets for a start…)

  • Eatie Gourmet

    “It just inhibits neuronal function – causes retardation”
    So does smoking marijuana, Genius.

  • Deplorable Joe

    “The best kings desire to be in a position to be wicked, if they please, without forfeiting their mastery … their first interest is that the people should be prosperous, numerous and formidable; they are well aware that this is untrue.

    Their first personal interest is that the people should be weak, wretched, and unable to resist them.” (And not in control of their own transportation).

    – Rousseau

  • Eatie Gourmet

    What explains yours?

  • Joe Blow

    And they won’t be able to write their names in cursive. They will expect everyone gets a trophy. They will not own a gun or be able to defend themselves beyond crying. Their water won’t be drinkable. The chips in their arms will be used for buying and selling.

    Reporter: Mr. Gandhi, what do you think of Western Civilization?
    Mr. Gandhi: I think it would be a good idea!

  • Joe Blow

    You a commie or something? Why it, ah, let’s see, it helps, err, crap, I don’t know. 😄

  • Eatie Gourmet

    I am against “banning” lead. It has many vital uses. You are rather clueless overall, aren’t you? You hear the propaganda and push it forward as truth. I think that is known as “useful idiot”… Google it.

  • Eatie Gourmet

    Have you ever checked out Drudge, or have you just heard about from your cohort?

  • Promptjock

    I don’t know if I’m ready to see “JohnnyCab” (Thank you, “Total Recall” ;) ) roaming down my streets.

    And Azazel’s analysis ** IS ** 100% right….

  • Gramsonfire

    More like election to resurrection!

  • Hate to tell you, but OnStar works whenever they want it to, not just when you want it to.

    Look it up.

  • The problem is, YOU can’t play the odds. Other people are MAKING you play the odds.

  • Lead paint was only a problem if you ATE it. Simple solution: teach your idiot kids not to eat paint.

  • Gramsonfire

    The “safer” the cars, the less attentive the driver! Before seat belts and ABS brakes, drivers didn’t tailgate nearly as much as they do now. What they need to do is disable texting while the engine is running.

  • We even lived in houses where people smoked and rode around in the back of pickup trucks too.

  • Loupdegarre

    It is so sad that these young kids will never know the neck snapping joy I felt at 20 when I floored the pedal on my 69 Camaro Z/28, dumped the clutch and 500 hp transferred to the limited slip rear end leaving two smoking black lines in the road. YEEEEEHHHAWWWW!

  • Susan

    You really are a govt. stooge. Did you ever check out the cartel that destroyed our environment with the government’s help? Check out the 100 year old light bulb documentary. Yes….the govt. has done more to intentionally poison the populations with their “caring”. I remember the MTBE forced into our gas in CA that ended up putting dangerous toxins into the water, the air and soil…..oh, but govt. knows everything! No. The govt. is controlled by special interest cartels who force their poisons on the masses–whether flouride in the water (Harvard study says it lower 10 pts. of IQ in children), BUT Oh, govt. is so “wise”. LOL. Govt. destroyed the education system—that is why you remain a stooge. The schools pump out brain-dead mush- minds—can’t even understand John Locke or Adam Smith, if they spent 10 years trying after being in those artificial indoctrination hell-holes.

  • chuckles

    People pay good money to drive the car they want. They spend $100k to drive Corvettes, BMW’s, Audi’s, ect. If you ask a normal everyday person,..”Do you trust a car to drive itself?”, they will tell you NO! Does a car ever breakdown? How about mud on the eye? How about a blown fuse? There are just too many variables to think of to make this stuff safe. I bought a Camero to drive it. A computer won’t burn rubber, pass a grandma, or race the prick next to it in a Mustang. This is going to die a horrible death and leave a big hole in many people’s wallet. Can you imagine spending $100k on a Tesla and letting it drive itself?
    This is a fad that is destined to die.

  • Mac-101

    Not if the gubermint uses this as a control measure to restrict the sheeple where they can go!

  • Mac-101

    All pat of the globalist plot to make people serfs again. If your not rich you will NOT be able to afford one of these cars. And even if you are rich and own one of these cars it will take you only where you are authorized to go! THEY will lock down ALL those issued a CO2 emission permit in cement jungles to serve THEM!
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    No BANKSTER, PoliTick, Judge, Crony Corporate Fascist or Traitor too big to JAIL or Impeach!

  • Justanaveragejoeinmd

    Sad to think kids would never drive. I lived in the best time – convertibles cruising into drive-ins, hanging out on a hot summer night. Radios tuned to CKLW and listening to the best music. Loosing your virginity in the back seat of a Studebaker. Knowing how to get that carb just right.

    The decline of America is now in the minds of the cyber queers.

  • Justanaveragejoeinmd

    I get ya Loupee. Been there, done that. America died when the drive-ins did.

  • Justanaveragejoeinmd

    I would rather have a 58 Belaire rag top than any Ferrari today.

  • Larry Garman

    Are YOU sure of that? Do you think they are going
    to tell us WHEN and how they are going to snoop
    on us? ? They could have been doing it for dec
    ades already.

    Just like you cellphone, they can hear & record,
    even if it is turned OFF. Do you have tape over
    your cell cam, or computer cam? ?

    Then too THIS post is being monitored also, any
    thing that cracks the atmosphere is recorded. As
    the old saying goes, “you can run, but you can’t
    hide.” Cheers. (sr)

  • Marie Kata Kimbe

    Ridiculous. The freedom of driving a car means independence. I guess they may be right, since young people can’t even wipe their own ass today.

    Do people really want to live in an automated world with less human Contact? I sure know I don’t.

  • kurt9

    2020 is a little optimistic for self-driving cars. 2040 is more like it, with automated freeway driving coming sooner.

    Silicon Valley as robot valley? I don’t think so. First, Silicon Valley is part of California, a state that has become notoriously hostile to manufacturing business both due to taxation and regulation. Second, there are already other hot spots for robotics, including areas such as Pittsburgh and Boston, among others, which are already known for robotics, automation, and other technology manufacturing such as nano-materials and the like. Research universities such as Pittsburgh’s CMU are well-known for these kinds of technologies.

    Robotics and other technologies are inherently a form of manufacturing. CA does not do manufacturing any more. Many other states such as Texas, which also has many good research universities as well, do manufacturing. You know, manufacturing where you actually make things, like robots and self-driving cars, Not ephemeral stuff like social media.

  • Wooby

    Never going to happen. Too much money will be lost…insurance companies will no longer be able to gouge “hi risk” drivers….local governments/municipalities would lose income – no more tickets for dui’s, speeding…etc. It will be interesting on a liability issue to determine who is at fault for any accidents – the manufacturers?

  • Barry Howell

    STFU Henrick… you libtard moron. People will ALWAYS drive cars as long as machines exist.

  • Barry Howell

    Because libtards try to control EVERY aspect of human life, as THEY see “appropriate” and “true”. Liberals ALWAYS try to predict the future as THEY see it, because they view themselves as the smartest people in the world.

  • Barry Howell

    The GOVERNMENT has no business telling ANYONE what is “safe”. That’s NOT up to the government to decide. Each individual person is responsible for their own safety, NOT the government. Each individual is responsible for their own PROTECTION… NOT the government.

  • Insidious

    If you’re not dead, you will be driving for the next 200 years plus..

  • Barry Howell

    People will always find another distraction to make them less able to drive a car. You can’t outlaw “stupid”.

  • vwman

    Won’t drive? Oh, you mean like Hillary Clinton?

  • Kim John Markel

    Centrally controlled systems are an open invitation for government to step in, whether in the name of safety, health, welfare, or just more effective management of the herd. This is why we have to kill this idea. I would be fine with intelligent car technology so long as it is entirely and at all times in the control of the owner. But there is always tracking and a master kill switch, and that is unacceptable whether it is in the hands of the inventor or in the hands of an enlightened government high priesthood.

  • Ajt

    “Kids born today will never learn to drive”

    Somebody please remind me, or better yet explain to me how this is a good thing? How it is not further limiting and infantilizing our population? Remember the fat chair bound slugs that humanity had become in Wall-E? Why does Silicon Valley seem determined to bring that dream into reality? It’s almost enough to make one hope for the “Big One” to come and drop San Fran into the Pacific in order to save humanity.

  • Ajt

    Because the hidden flip side of the technology in question is it removes peoples freedom of movement. Largely through the actions of Government or Technocratic Elites. Driverless cars only go where they are ALLOWED to go. Your Freedom of movement can be cut off, restricted or redirected at the click of a button. It is adding another level of dependency to peoples lives. It’s the core piece needed in order to forcefully enable the massive engineered urban planning projects that many of the far left technocrats have envisioned for years. The super dense urban housing to “minimize carbon emissions and environmental footprint”. It’s an attempt to get people to buy into Soviet Style Life planning by offering them a shiny new techno gadget and telling them they need it! It’s safer!

  • shandy1

    The legal age to get a drivers license in my state is 14. So, this industry that is killing car owners with dangerous products is going to be able to replace 100’s of millions of cars and trucks in 14 years. I would suggest there is a zero percent chance of this happening. Talk about fake news. This is 100% crap.

  • dieter

    Having control over your liberty and destiny is what people want…riding in a robot car is like being a dependent of the government…you’re not a free man…freedom loving people would go back to riding a horse rather than be a poos.

  • dieter

    you also want a machine to breath for you so you can be “free” to “live better and safer”?

  • dieter

    because, idiot, the minute the FedGov has control over that robot car of yours it will go only where and when the FedGov says…but you’re a fanboy of being controlled, so you’ll like it

  • KenFedUpWithPC

    Liberals are always Partisan. They CLAIM to be Bipartisan because it begins with Bi…Something they are used to..

  • donfitness

    Didn’t they already try this with chess?

  • Deplorable S E Delenda

    Driving represents independence, distinction and mobility. The left likes people to be dependent, fungible and immobile, because that increases the power of the state.

  • XMagma1

    As quaint as this type of society sounds, in reality it will end up being a curse. I say, lets put the brakes on this type of stuff. Humans get great personal satisfaction out of their jobs and if automation takes away that, it is my belief yhat we will sooner rather than later see anarchy explode and crime along with it. Just because it CAN be done…. doesn’t mean it is the right ing to do

  • XMagma1

    I will keep my 70’s era muscle cars

  • XMagma1

    True! Hence their constant attempts to push people into cities.

  • Deplorable S E Delenda

    I can turn the phone off and I do.

  • Deplorable S E Delenda

    Just the version of the the vassal state and serfs, the reservation and the internment camp.

  • XMagma1

    As you probably would agree… I personally could care less what they think or say and find their incessant need to label anyone who is an independent, critical thinker, in all the ways you mentioned, and countless more. I am not nearly as concerned as I was prior to Trump getting elected as it demonstrated that their are multiple millions fed up with their liberal PC idiocy.

  • XMagma1

    I just hope i don’t live to see the day that they relinquish the liberties they hate so much.

  • Jake Lakota

    Electric cars will be the death of autos we see today. There will not be auctions of 2010 vehicles in 2050 as gas will probably cost $20 a gallon!

  • Linda Palmer

    Well here is just a small thought on this subject…anything made by man will kill man. No matter what the electronics are. Pure and simple, one good radiation pulse from the sun solar flare on a nice summer day…what could happen? Earthquake happen or avalanche..mudslide…how will this idea react in that situation? Gone the days of man driven autos not soon to be let go. Maybe change up the way the motor runs but will still have human guidance.

  • fourscoreandseven

    Sure, Right! OK, now Danish-born Professor Henrik Christensen, PUZZLE ME THIS!

    Ever since cars were invented, NO ONE HAS EVER RIDDEN A HORSE, have they?

    My own pony, when I was six years old, named Frosty, was a total figment of my imagination, huh? After all, my father was driving a Studebaker, and my mother was driving a Ford, and my grandpa was driving an Austin, and my other grandpa was driving a Chevrolet, and my grandma had her own 1/2 ton pickup to move stuff around the farm. So, my riding a HORSE was impossible, wasn’t it?

    And, the horses that grandpa hitched up to a sleigh, to get the cream to the co-op in the dead of winter, in Minnesota, never existed. After all, we had cars, and trucks, and tractors, so no one would ever use a horse, would they? And the Queen and Queen Mum NEVER owned any horses did they? Or hired riders, did they? And, I NEVER went to a single horse race did I? I NEVER went to Churchill Downs, and I never saw a man ride on a horse, or bet a nickel did I?

    Danish-born Professor Henrik Christensen = pretentious tosser!

  • FNLehner

    Leftists prefer mass transportation and technology that controls people, including outlawing things on the grounds of safety, except for recreational drugs. Leftists have already started talking about eventually making manual driving prohibited.

  • Market Business News

    How would you feel about an automated society? All opinions welcome.

  • acronymous

    How is this “liberal”? Conservatives normally welcome labor-saving inventions. Trucking gets done without needing truck drivers, shipping costs fall, accident rates fall, business booms. Maybe. At least it could work out that way. But we will need to figure out a way to find some other place in society for displaced truck drivers.

  • PhysicsBear

    The arrogance of the self-appointed experts never ceases to amaze.

  • fourscoreandseven

    Only when the stupid little butt heads ATE the paint chips! And, most normal children do NOT eat paint! Yes, a particular demographic was prone to “eating paint chips” but that is what happens when a child is “born stupid.”

    You are a true Leftist who will NEVER see the world as it is. You NEVER see the wrong the government has done. You ALWAYS believe the government is correct. You have NO respect, awe, or admiration for the individual. Your “group think” is over developed.

  • Giant 8=====D

    I have a 68 Chevy C10 with a three on the tree, and a 5 month old. He and his two older brothers will learn how to drive it before I ever help them get a car.

  • 2CENTS

    Why point all effort in this direction. Majority is not interested in this. How about sending that highbrow toward addiction, cancer , and the rest of man’s Foley’s. Oh yea…I forgot. Your really not as smart as you think you are. Suck a lemon.

  • 2CENTS

    JTP. poor silly simple person. I’ll let you know if I’m ready to have my privilege to manually drive taken away from me. Suck a lemon.

  • Fallbrook

    So you’re driving along side a mountain and a child jumps out in front of the self driving car. With only a moment to react will the car run over the child or will it drive over the side of the cliff? Maybe if you were driving the car you could possibly anticipate something from happening in advance, like noticing a child alongside the road, and slowing down to avoid disaster. Will you trust your life and the lives of others with a self driving car?. I sure as hell wouldn’t. Besides I like to drive and I am bored as a passenger. Gotta love that freedom.

  • 2CENTS

    JTP . I agree but. It’s OK for a taxi or a bus. But stay away from my personal car freedom and privilege to drive. Attention and resources should be focused on a many other more imperative matters.

  • 2CENTS

    Actually it’s called culling

  • 2CENTS

    I’ve read over 100 comments. You seem to be up against a sea of Stupids. Or maybe…. You just dont get it or see the big picture. Or maybe you don’t see the infringement creep. Or maybe your steady safe check and bennies keeps you comfortable and numb to reality. But whatever it is, man, it’s the big picture. Open your eyes.

  • Nanky52

    Three little letters that brings this all to a grinding halt…EMP.

  • Yaka

    Good luck for all the illegals wanting to drive taxis and trucks.

  • Osama0bama

    I love how one of these little “intellectuals” that lives in a city where everybody takes a subway or an Uber thinks that everybody is going to do the same some day. Not going to happen! Will cars be able to drive themselves? Sure. Probably better than most humans do (especially judging by the idiots that drive the same roads as I do). But people will still drive. Especially in the U.S.!

  • ked5

    is that like children won’t know what snow is?

  • Sumner Kagan

    are you going to magically give everyone a new car? Because with the economy and unemployment, it will be a long long time before everyone has a driverless car. Most people can’t afford the outrageous costs of new cars now so they will have to wait until used ones hit the market, then for even those to drop so far down in price.

    Figure 40 years if they were mass sold today before even the majority could afford one.

  • RametinDallas

    Hey, when ya gonna build a self-driving motorcycle?

  • RametinDallas

    Every ride will be monitored, tracked, and recorded. A big-government wet dream.

  • RametinDallas

    A hundred millions souls are dead from malaria because the government banned DDT. They banned it because some pelican eggs had too-thin shells. Nice trade-off: save the pelicans at the expense of millions of lives. That’s one law the government can’t break: the law of unintended consequences.

  • Rick Morrow

    I would never give up navigation of my car to a machine.

  • Deplorable B Church

    People like to drive and like to be in control. They will not relinquish control just because some west coast leftists say they should. Self-driving cars are a utopian product without a market. Anyone who tries to take away the independence of cars from Americans will face bullets, simple as that.

  • Skylar Thomas

    sorry, no can do… people love to drive

  • Donnie Drasko

    You don’t have anonymity, License plate readers are everywhere.

  • opinionated_too

    Don’t chew on the woodwork or your fenders.

  • opinionated_too

    I still use a flip phone and I rarely take it with me.

  • kittylu

    As long as we have horses, no one will drive a car

  • Dian_Cecht 🔱

    You mean just like the ability to ban whatever you deem as unsafe? Or is that freedom trampling? The right to regulate and ban ad nauseum must be in the Constitution to you, right next to abortion and queer marriage.

  • Brian Stump

    Talk about government control of your life.
    I think they will be an enemies’ gift from God.
    Oh well, I won’t ever get in one.

  • Agent 99

    You know what I meant. But thanks for your input.

  • Klaus

    I have a better idea. Deport this Danish mad scientist back to his country of origin and let him ruin his own country. These globalist freaks have to go back. They don’t belong here.

  • Mike

    Sounds like a way to a slave society. If you automate everthing, then there will be no jobs, no money for food, housing. Total dependence on a dictatorship government. When you have to depend on the government for everything, you are a slave and you March to the drum of the dictaor. No, I do not want your immigrants or robots. Take that to China or other places.

  • PeterBelles

    I just want a sex robot with 44 dd’s

  • Steven Foster

    I hate to break this to you but on star is always monitoring. If you have a fairly new car it can even tell you the air pressure in your tires. If you don’t pay they don’t send you the data or provide the services. But it’s always monitoring

  • Georgie Thumbs

    Automated cars are a totally utterly retarded idea. Did any of these idiots think of what an automated car would entail in the REAL world? Say you want to go to your local supermarket. Ok, now how would you get there? GPS? OK, do you know the exact address of that supermarket? Not just the street name but the actual street number? Because the GPS isn’t going to know where to drive to unless you DO have that exact address and if you don’t, guess what? You ain’t going anywhere until you waste 20 minutes looking it up. And you have to do that EVERYTIME you want to go to a new place. Automated cars are an utterly retarded idea. There is absolutely no need for them, there is NO void they are filling. People like their freedom with the cars we have now, we do not need f**kin robot cars driving 20 MPH on some highway because it mistook 20 for 50 mph as the speed limit. That’s another thing: I use to drive for a living. There are SO many streets in this country where the speed limit is ridiculously slow by mistake or some other ridiculous reason, for example driving over the Williamsburg bridge in New York city, the speed limit is 20 MPH. Do you know how freakin’ slow that is? Nobody ever drives that slow on that bridge, ever. People run faster than that. So a robot car is going to go THAT slow because it’s going to programmed to only go the speed limit and you will have no choice in the matter and it’s going to drive you crazy when you are in a rush. “Oh my wife is about to have a baby but lets drive 20 MPH to the hospital” Yes that will work.

  • Vlad TheSkewerer

    I like driving! Plus I’ve seen cars you could have bought washing dishes for a summer for 400 to 700 bucks going through the cable TV auto auction for near six figures! Talk about a ROI!

  • jimjamer

    And do you know why I love my 94 Jimmy? Because I do not have to step on the brake to shift into gear.

  • PBR Streetgang

    The trucking industry is pushing autonomous technology hard because they can’t find enough drivers and many of the ones they do have are not dependable in many ways.

  • Everett Walker

    Yes it is and not a new one. Communitarian Priest King, Amatai Etzioni in his 1968 book, The Active Society, prescribed a zero growth economy with subjects living in dormitory housing attached to their jobs. Automobiles would be needed only for vacations and would be checked out of the collective under strict control. Consumerism would be a thing of the past and men would occupy themselves with bonding with their children, exploring their “man-ness in encounter groups and ….basket weaving(!). The back cover of one of his books shows him strolling in a garden with Communitarian Al Gore.

  • Jack

    Gotta love those drones.
    They bring the rifle range to YOU…

  • Everett Walker

    No problem.We just create a stealth App that prompts Adam Link to beat the cr*p out of liberrhoids.

  • Vlad TheSkewerer

    Well, how is “you step into a self driving public transpo and your face is recognized, your position and trip are logged, your vital signs are scanned, mood and state of mind noted, your phone is cloned and any card with a chip scanned and it all feeds into a digital mosaic that generates billions of dollars for somebody but not you” making your life better or safer? Ya know, since all that info can be hacked, and it happens every time you use the service

  • Moonchalk

    Another science phobic reporter that has ZERO clue to how “driverless” cars are put together and their frightening limitations. (hint: the cars do NOT drive themselves nor even see the road.)

  • PBR Streetgang

    It will happen and when it is perfected you will see the public embrace it just like they did with cars in the first place. This type of technology will allow the elderly to drive their entire life. Blind people could own and use cars. Accidents will be eliminated over time. It will make driving long distances much easier and enjoyable. You could actually work while en route to a client or meeting. Bottom line there are alot of positives. Speed limits could also be raised because human error will no longer be a factor. The problems you point out like pre-loading destination info and emergency services are not insurmountable. people don’t like change but it is inevitable.

  • MyOwnMan

    No biggie. HiLIARy hasn’t driven for 30 years and her cankles are strong enough to hold up her enormous bulk.

  • Gus Seals

    That has got to be the dumbest most uninformed statement i have ever read in my life. About twenty years ago stupid general motors said today no one would buy an automobile they would all be rented are leasted. Why in the hell would anybody spend a 100,000 for a 50,000 dollar car?? In addition to the double maintenance cost and getting killed when the computer glitches.

  • MyOwnMan

    ‘There is nothing wrong with the government stepping in occasionally banning things that are not safe.’

    Not safe to their dominion over us, that is.

  • Gus Seals

    How is making stupid liberal statements doing it,

  • Gus Seals

    Occasionally to a liberal is every five seconds.

  • Christoph Resmerowski

    Your brain is blitz-blank, completely clean….fully washed, congrats.

  • G2

    If these busy bodies want to automate the hauling of freight let them go nuts with the rail system. I don’t want driverless anything on the same roads I am driving on.

  • Vlad TheSkewerer

    The scary thing Mr Thumbs is you can deal with all that now easy, think of what you can do with your phone automated with a facial recognition algo. You get in and say “take me to Krogers” and instantly it says” the one 2.7 miles away or 6.2 miles away?”. Or you say “take me to Chris Smiths house” and it goes through your phone, FB, and other public records and says “your cousin, the one you work with or your HS buddy?” As far as a pregnancy these things will be part Fitbit as far as biometrics collections go, probably have a specific mode for that. Will even tell you the closest hospitals that take your insurance.

  • Bossman

    In reading the comments I see a lot of freedom lovers, those that love living life as they please and not having some government lackey slapping you down if you are not living the way they want you too. For example, the seatbelt law in my opinion opened the floodgates to the attacks on personal freedom. The insurance companies uses our law enforcement to enforce their rules. I think our road back to freedom is telling our law enforcement NO MORE, telling politicians to get out of big insurance pockets and the insurance companies to piss off.

  • cktheman

    The government has no such constitutional right to make anything “safer”

  • peck

    Not always.

  • Dularr

    I’m still waiting for my flying cars!

  • Thomas Jefferson

    It’s ok for governments to disseminate information, but it should stop there. We get to make an informed decision after that period-or you become a slave. Think, Americans find out lead in paint is bad, many stop buying lead based paint, the market corrects and lead paint becomes obsolete. That us how it should work: STOP WITH THE DICTATES. The perfect example is global warming BS and the billions if not trillions wasted thus far.

  • Nina

    You want to go to Denmark? Nobody want this crap.

  • Thomas Jefferson

    Wrong, why couldn’t seatbelts just have been an option? It would have become reality anyway, same as motorcycle helmets. I ride and choose to wear a helmet even though my state does not mandate. Unless injury or death to someone else is probable: no dictates

  • Thomas Jefferson

    The government was not needed to ban lead or anything- just education, the people will make the right choices

  • Thomas Jefferson

    That doesn’t matter-you must remove the battery and use an old flip phone

  • Thomas Jefferson

    TV, refrigerators, ovens, washers and dryers

  • Thomas Jefferson

    Information is the only thing needed…my guess is you are not that worried about the foods you put in your body- agreater danger by far

  • Thomas Jefferson

    We shouldn’t be mandated to have car insurance or health insurance

  • Thomas Jefferson

    Then new companies will pop up

  • Jim Mahoney

    Ah yes, the old “no one is talking about banning regular cars” argument. Imagine it is a few years from now, and conventional vehicles are sharing the road with a growing number of driver less cars. Things appear to be going well, but there are still instances of traffic jams and accidents. Some government bureaucrat will then propose that driver less cars are more efficient and can communicate and coordinate with other driver less cars. So obviously vehicle travel will be more efficient and safer if we eliminate human drivers, for our own good, of course. Still don’t think it could happen? Have you noticed that we are now forced to buy crappy CFL bulbs since the government banned incandescent lights?

  • Tom Renk

    AAH! Politics just got in my driverless, licenseless ,insuranceless cars. Next we’ll get voteless election and opinion less news.

  • MidAmerica2

    I have the same concerns about freedom as the other posters on here but I’m having a wait and see attitude about what they come up with. As far as tracking our driving habits we already have that with our phones and many cars have tracking built in too. What happens in the future is the province of the young and they will determine what the choices will be. My grandfather was born in 1885 and even though he tried he could never adapt to driving a car and he was among many of his era who were unable to switch from horses. I remember in the 1950’s when I was young child watching the old farmers driving their cars and trucks and they would make exaggerated turns when turning left or right as if they were still driving a team of horses and wagon. They probably weren’t even aware they were doing it. The point being is that my device obsessed seven year old grandson will probably have a mind wired differently than mine and will probably make choices that I probably wouldn’t.

  • Art Granda

    With billions of cars on the world’s roads who would ride a horse ever again? Well lots of people do, daily. I’ve had a dishwasher for ages yet still wash dishes by hand, as many people do.

    Articles like this constitute “fake news”. Hell its not even news at all, its the opinion of one dude, probably 25 all knowing, all seeing, years old too.

  • Art Granda

    Same here, while the world moves forward with their devices and toys, I’m moving back to a time of analog … where we did more than just exist, we lived.

  • Bisley

    Mostly nonsense — there will certainly be more automation in the future, but not to the degree these fools forecast. There are many things where it’s not possible, or practical to write a program to control them — there are simply too many variable factors and unknown possibilities to contend with. Automation is fine in a controlled setting where most everything likely to happen can be predicted and compensated for — even then its not something to bet your life on. And, there are still those of us who prefer to be in control and trust in our own skill, even if in some instances a machine could do better.

  • Jedediah

    The problem is this: once auto-drive is perfected. Then, it will be safer to “drive” that than to actually drive a then-old-fashioned car. At that point, good old Uncle Sam will make it required to at least have it as an option. Then, it will be required equipment. Then, it will be required to use it. Always happens this way. Sheeple will then follow withour batting an eye. And those who protest will be labeled as kooks or anti-government freaks.

  • glaw

    In the year 2000, all cars will be flying cars!

    Oh yeah I almost forgot the obligatory dumb hippie stinking liberals at the end of every online post.

  • glaw

    You forgot to put stoopid liberals at the end of post.

  • Art Granda

    Technology has never made lives better, or safer. All we’ve done is offload tasks we are too lazy to do onto a computer. Now that smart phones do so much humankind has started to forget how to do those very basic things themselves, like reading maps. Now our phones instruct us when to turn so who needs to process a map of a large city allowing us to learn where to turn on our own? Google IQ(tm) has supplanted real knowledge in our modern world. How many times do you reGoogle the same terms because you’ve forgotten the last time you Googled it? Siri, Cortana, Echo … answer my infinite questions little devices, so I don’t have to lift a finger to investigate.

    Why does a licensed driver need a “Lane Departure Warning” device? Part of being a driver is knowing when you have departed your lane. Sounds like another driver who should have his/her license revoked immediatly.

  • FL_Stingray

    I do not need some friggin robot to live my life for me.
    I do not let other people make my decisions for me, I sure as heck will not let some machine do it.

  • John D

    What a stupid fool. This article is a total waste of time.

  • glaw

    You don’t have stupid liberals at the end of your post. Your motives are now suspect. Post may be invalid.

  • John D

    Another idiot trying to be cute. Moron.

  • Daniel McCarthy

    What a stupid and self defeating comment kittylu. First, people still ride horses by the tens of thousands, so your premise defeats the headline. Second, your analogy fails because the facts are significantly different with the two situations.

  • glaw

    The new crop of kids is retarted, is lead back in paint again?

  • Well they wont drive a car for more reasons than self-driving. Where will they make enough money to buy a car, when millions of jobs are lost to this bad idea? Are Americans so stupid as to believe that if everyone had a college degree, that everyone would just have some magical income? Are guaranteed a job? No, they aren’t. This is technology that’s cutting the throat of working America. And notice the lack of concern from the industry and the media. They dont care who starves as long as they get their money, and they get their fame. FUKC the rest of us…

  • glaw

    Now see, thats how you end a comment.

  • middleclasstaxpayer

    When there are enough of these on the roads the hackers will come out of the wood work and start to cause all kinds of disruptions and accidents. Drones and self driving cars will become more dangerous than anything out there today when the hackers really get involved in hacking into all of theses devices. Just remember there hasn’t been a computer controlled device made yet that isn’t hack-able.

  • Packard27

    Never drive you say?

    Well, how then do they…ahhh…ahhh…have/get…ahhhh….well, you know?

  • John D

    Technology has the ability to cause great damage as well as great good. Look at the cell phones that allow a corrupt government to track your every move..

  • Daniel McCarthy

    JTP…who are you to tell me that this will make human’s lives better. Your statement ignores the facts (like most leftists). Driving is one of humanities great pleasures. You are an idiot.

  • ISIS will love it. Hack a bomb.

  • glaw

    Horses were the transportation of the masses, I think that’s what he’s getting at. He’s making a prediction as if the year is 1887… dumb liberals!

  • John D

    What a moron. Get your pointed head out of Obama’s butt. The EPA is causing irreparable harm to our country and economy with their over reaching regulations. For every worthwhile regulation, they trot out 100 that are pure crap.

  • jb80538

    As long as there are computers, there will be hackers. A computer controlled car can and will be hacked!

  • glaw

    Look at Google maps, they already know where all the vehicles are because of phones and reroute navigation based on that.

  • John D

    Unfortunately, even when turned off, your phone can be tracked. You have to remove the battery.

  • jb80538

    Stop buying crap from China and you won’t have lead paint.

  • jb80538

    On Start is like big brother watching everything you do. I won’t buy a car with it! Verizon has a new product that will do the same thing. They tried to sell it to me when I got a new phone. Don’t need it, don’t want it!

  • Flyoveryou

    Kids born today will never drive

    – Is Al Gore behind this BS?

  • Dcaudle

    The definition of someone who lives in a bubble.

  • Bisley

    They’ll certainly try to force it on us, even if it’s not perfected, as they did with anti-lock brakes on big trucks forty years ago. That caused many accidents and ended with everyone who had any sense disabling them so they were safe to drive.

    A lot of this sort of thing is just corruption (as with the bans on DDT, Freon, incandescent light bulbs, etc.), where industries persuade government to outlaw cheap, harmless and useful products, or require that they be replace by more complicated and expensive ones, so that they can sell things they can make more money on.

  • Art Granda

    Ever notice that the ONLY “advancements” to autos have been computerizing everything? We’ve added sensors everywhere and yet we still can come nowhere close to the fuel efficiency of a normally aspirated, carburated, gasoline engine? New cars are advertized by their wifi capabilities, USB plugs, entertainment systems, and hardly a word about reliability, resale value, ease of maintenance, etc.

    With all this technology we still are driving cars that burn gas and use asbestos pads to stop. We use the same transmission as we did 60 years ago. Tech is lipstick on a pig. It has no business being involved in any way with controlling 2+ tonnes of vehicle while we play with our devices. This is mass madness.

  • John D

    Speaking of rational thought, when are you going to use some?. So far you have spewed liberal ideology.

  • ponchoholic

    i pay for the roads with my taxes i pay for my own health care,my own life insurance the car i drive the insurance for the car,the gas for it all after wage taxes why is it any skin off the governments ass if i buckle up or not?they need 2 terms then go home and live under the laws they helped pass

  • John D

    I am sick of your crap. You’re blocked.

  • John D

    He can’t let it go. It’s all he has.

  • ponchoholic

    for example?

  • Hoss the Magnificent

    So since we are going to be putting tens of millions of people out of work, the best thing to do would be to import more Syrians, Somalis, Filipinos, Chinese, Hondurans, and so on .

  • GeorgePorgieSays

    This may be true if the roads are polluted with automated cars I may not let my kid drive on them.
    Good idea to keep in mind. So far the automated cars are causing more issues than any good. All the good from automated cars is the profit for companies operating them. We are not talking about taking your order at McDonald’s, we are talking about a 2 ton machine whizzing by you going fast enough to end your families’ life in an instant. No thanks, I trust humans more than machines at this stage of the game. Only 32,000 people out of 330 Million die in auto wrecks each year. I do not believe this number will go down with automated cars. Advanced computer systems capable of safe navigation with humans are decades off. Only cocky fools think we are far enough into the computer age to trust a car to drive with humans driving in the other lanes.

  • NH Native

    Awesome

  • james4usa

    Motorcycles.

  • Megillah Guerrilla

    Do you really believe that the government is the source of good? Did you ever reflect that seat belt legislation does not exist because someone in the government cares about you, but because you are an indentured slave whose body and property belongs to and can be seized by the government? Your seatbelt is mandatory because they own your life and do not allow you to jeopardize the money you provide to maintain them in power.

  • Mark

    2020 is 3 years. Is this a misprint?

  • Zipp1

    I trust machines over a texting teenager. Any day. Many parents don’t have driving skills beyond what they learned in drivers ed, and they are teaching their children. Too many distractions now. Try riding a motorcycle in heavy traffic. You spend most of your time dodging stupid, distracted, unskilled drivers.

  • Zipp1

    Hmmm on one hand I welcome the automation for all the commuters who are
    not paying attention. Properly deployed it could make the roads safer
    for those of us who prefer two wheels over 4, or classic cars over new.
    On the other hand, their is no way I’d want big brother, big business,
    et al knowing even more than they already do about me.

  • Kenneth Aldrich

    OK Silicon Valley bot. I am sure you can’t wait for your chip.

  • Diane Dina

    US government school-indoctrinated kids will be too dumb to drive. A homeschooler will have to drive them.

  • dpaul

    On average when two wheel riding I see one out of every three drivers distracted and not paying attention to driving and that includes the police.

  • haode

    mebbe future driver licenses will require drug tests.

  • So Cal Guest

    I hear you. I want to go 4×4’ing. Seems kinda hard in a self driving car. I also enjoy a classic mustang. Try telling me that I can’t anymore and we will see a revolution. You and I know that the only reason this is being pushed is that greedy Silicon Valley CEO’s want to displace people’s jobs so they make all the money. News to Silicon Valley… over our dead American bodies. Your money won’t change 340 million people’s desires. Again, liberal elite trying to tell us what we can and can’t do.

  • So Cal Guest

    And worthless classics right. Lol. I hear you. The human race isn’t ready and won’t be in my life time. They want self driving… they’lol need to take to the air. The roads are ours.

  • kestrel27

    Probably a good thing especially considering how these snowflakes go into total meltdown when thy don’t get their way. Can you just imagine the “road rage”!

  • MicheleLloyd

    Most people don’t drive worth a damn now … any chance these idiots can be taken off the road right now?

  • J. Longstreet

    I get where you’re coming from, but I think you’re overthinking it. It won’t be a situation where a switch gets flipped and everything will be automated one day. It’ll be gradual. At first the self-driving feature will be in luxury cars or in expensive niche vehicles. Sort of like A/C or automatic transmissions or cruise control. It’ll eventually work it’s way to every car. Finally, it’ll become normal for the car to just do the driving and fewer and fewer people will even remember what it was like to manually operate a car. If you could see how automated aviation is, you’d be stunned. A friend of mine is a First Officer on a Boeing 777 with a major airline. He flies a transcontinental route. In 6 years he’s only hand-flown that aircraft for 20-some seconds. Total. It’s essentially a flying computer and the flight crew is just there in case of an emergency and to do the paperwork. That technology is working its way into cars.

    I’m sure when telephone switches became automated there were people who complained that they wanted a human sitting at a switchboard patching them through to other people and didn’t want to rely on a machine for life & death situations. But human telephone switchboard operators are gone. It’s all automated. And it works fine. Very soon, there won’t be anyone left alive who remembers a time when you’d talk to a human to connect you to the fire department or your kids’ school or your doctor. Emergency or no, the machines do all that now. It’ll be the same way with cars, trucks, ships, etc. in the near future.

  • Let’s set the driving app to “find girls” or “roar down the road to get my passenger all yummy.” Wrong.

  • Michael Lang

    If true…that is very sad. Why would one want to give up another freedom…to make some more A-holes richer?

  • The only kids not driving will be those not passing the written test in Spanish or Arabic.

  • jlcracker

    You mean Even BAD Kids such as Hillary too? She doesn’t drive
    now and hasn’t for several decades. Driving is for the little people.

  • shandy1

    Wow! A bit over the top Will.

  • biffula

    Yeah, these types of predictions are a dime a dozen. We were all gonna have flying cars at one point too. Problem with driverless cars is traffic. They have to keep a safe distance from cars in front of them. Every time a driver with a car darts in front of them, they have to slow down. Pretty soon they’ll barely be crawling down the road. Freeways would be jammed even worse than they are now if driverless cars took over. Won’t happen.

  • rhadagastt

    Agreed. The underlying assumption in this article is that people will all completely opt out of driving 100%. This goes entirely contrary to human nature– especially if those humans are Americans. Americans value their autonomy very strongly. I wouldn’t mind having a car that can take over the wheel when I’m driving long distance, but I still will always reserve the right to take back over. People will always want to take the wheel when it suits them.

  • shandy1

    You probably had mercury thermometers also. We need to send over a hazmat team right away! Lions and tigers and bears, Oh my!

  • rhadagastt

    Hillary? Who’s that?

  • Bob Matulis

    Exactly! Don’t these people realize that people still ride horses?

  • appleforaface

    Even clueless idiots get their say.

  • Pamela Hickey

    Might be safer. God knows they will have zero basic skills anyway.

  • Jim Wymore

    People don’t just drive to get from point A to point B. If that was the case they might be correct. Most people drive for pleasure which is why we have so many different types of vehicles. We buy convertibles, sports cars, RVs, dune buggy’s, and 4×4’s because we all like to drive. Whether it’s a top-down drive along the coast or an off-road adventure in the mountains, self driving cars will never replace our love of driving. At best, they will impact our morning commute and they could replace taxi service in some of the bigger cities, hell, they might even in elimnate some cross country driving but not by much. People drive to see the country otherwise they would fly. Self driving cars will never replace our love of driving and anyone who thinks so is clearly an idiot who has not done basic research on human wants and needs.

  • spotswood

    This hard core conservative thinks this is a great idea. There will come a day I won’t be able to drive safely. Having a driver-less car that will give me the freedom of traveling to where I want to go, when I want, will keep me out of the old folks home a bit longer. Also getting more efficient use out of existing infrastructure will delay/postpone the government coming after me to pay more taxes to pave more roads.

  • Lex

    LMAO!!! Yeah, keep dreaming.

  • Tids1960

    That’s the PROBLEM with engineers… they think systematic all the way through “their” plan problem free…

    then sit there wondering HOW did they make such a HUGE mistake…

    .

    Take the high speed rail they are already WAY over budget on…

    they thought they were going to be able to use existing track cutting cost down by a hefty amount… WRONG !

    Turns out that would not work AND by using the existing rail would cut the speed considerable down…

    Then there’s the whole thing of eminent domain… These are things engineers miss when they get their grand ideas of grandeur…
    And what is it when it comes to cost with these people…? one simple mistake overlooked ends up costing either more or worse… lives, some buildings and bridges come to mind…
    Hey even crew of Apollo 1 were killed… and we had the best minds working on that

  • Drago Rittermark

    so all the children living in wilderness, rural and suburban areas are going to have state controlled robots to move them around. I doubt it.

  • Whiskey7Actual

    I will keep my Cummings diesel thank you very much!

  • Macranthunter

    Never mind the fact that no one for the next 50 years will be allowed to own a self driving car without being trained to drive it anyway. The laws are already being written. So unless these “kids” plan to only take public self-driving transport it will be illegal to actually own a self driving car without knowing how to legally operate it should the computer fail. Never mind that self driving cars are a decade away at least from being able to navigate a busy parking lot and park in a specific space under verbal guidance of a human. No one talks about this. But it would be about a quarter of any robotic car’s daily workload.

  • Tids1960

    actually this is part of the United Nations agenda 21 program
    Go to YOUTUBE and watch
    “Behind the green mask… United Nations Agenda 21” By Rosa Koire
    It’s why we should demand we get OUT of the United Nations and take back our land and National Parks

  • John (magnum)

    Yup, and you just did !

  • Maindrian Pace

    *Cummins

  • Maindrian Pace

    I like driving my V8 Speedwagons as much as the next car guy, but there certainly are times that I would prefer just climbing into the back seat and zoning out while the car deals with the traffic and all the jagoffs.

  • Jedediah

    The future looks bright and interesting in spite of efforts by the global warming, Luddite Branches of the Democratic Party.

  • Gus Seals

    Yes, call a taxie are let the boy friend drive, that doesn’t cost $50,000

  • Gus Seals

    Yes, cars in north Alaska???

  • YellowBunny

    That may be true if the cars cost $250,000, but on the other hand there will be only 1 or 2 car manufacturers worldwide.

  • Gus Seals

    The train company spent 10’s of thousand up grading local tracks to double their train speeds, the local town passed a law restricting the train speed!

  • Gus Seals

    No hard core conservatives support this idea, they support private business, and the laws of supply and demand. Liberals look at this as a way to control drivers.

  • strawberrytart

    Sounds like it’s all about HIM and HIS ambitions! Need attention much?

  • dave

    I’ll NEVER, EVER have a self-driving car !!! SCREW that ! There’s no doubt that the Elitist, Globalists, Progressives envision a day when the MASSES can be CONTROLLED because the masses DON”T drive (control) their own vehicles. Stalin , Hitler, Chairman Mow, Castro (until his recent death), ALL the evil dictators of the 20th century would have LOVED self-driving cars !!! What better way to subjugate, control and enslave a population, than to get everyone in cars that can be controlled by Big Brother ?!? 1984 would be here at last !! Truly a wet dream of the F’ing COMMIES !

  • Deprivation of physical, corporeal activities is the very opposite of human progress. Most contemporary technologists have a vision of human beings as vegetables in a white room living virtual lives, because to them virtual sex is better than sex, virtual love is better than real love, and everything non-corporeal is superior to physical reality. They actually human beings as we actually are.

  • Gus Seals

    I was following a moter cycle a few years ago, the guy shook his fist at me to get off his asss, it never occurred to the pee brain to get in the right lane and out of my damn way, like the law says.

  • Maindrian Pace

    I am not letting your boyfriend drive, Gus.

  • Gus Seals

    Yes, and the stupid congress, a Democrat, said we need a law so cans can communicate with each other, there by kicking the hacker door open.

  • Gus Seals

    First said in 1960 by 1980 we would have flying car’s

  • Scoollink

    Poor Dave, geez Dave self-driving cars are here and will become mainstream in the next 6-8 yrs. commies? Dave good thing you weren’t around when indoor plumbing became the standard or tv took over radio!! Hahaha !!

  • Tids1960

    OH Yeah…
    I remember reading that too… SOMEBODY had the common sense to realize those speeds were still unsafe transporting schedule one liquids

  • Gus Seals

    I knew one of those but she was real.

  • Gus Seals

    Ok, let your girl friends boy friend drive.

  • Tids1960

    they say the mind is the first to go…
    “Old Folks” home… too funny

  • Scoollink

    What is it with everyone? Innovation, the ability to develop an idea, design the product, engineer it, finance it’s production and offer it for sale on the open market is not a bad thing! Holy cow!

  • dave

    @JTP, Your 2nd sentence invalidates your 1st sentence. Mentioning the Gov banning things that “aren’t” safe, SUGGESTS that regular cars are not safe. And, if you don’t believe the Elitists WANT to get us out of our present vehicles, and into cars the Elite can control, you a VERY naive !!

  • Gus Seals

    Very low information, low iq, completely uneducated in marketing statement, the first flying car was built in 1949.

  • Maindrian Pace

    Goonie Goo Goo, Gus.

  • poppyw

    People are required to get a license to drive, but notice how quickly government approved all of these driverless cars on our roads. Many have had wrecks, but the info is hidden from us. Driverless cars is simply more control over our liberty to drive and experience the liberty and freedom to drive without being monitored. But wait, the new cars are loaded with electronics that inform on you to Big Brother. Your location , speed, mileage, your conversation go to Big Brother. And, you pay for these things that are factory installed. I’m keeping my car that’s a 2006.

  • Tids1960

    Yeah… What the heII is wrong with everyone…
    They must be totally stupid to think just because we HAVE TO HAVE Norton and McAfee to protect our computers from virus or those PESKY updates to our software and iPhones to fix those STUPID glitches…
    I mean Honestly… What the HeII do they think could POSSIBLE go wrong…
    Holy COW

  • Hawk

    Incorrect. You are NOT required to get a license to drive. Do a Youtube search of “Driving no license required”.

    It’s because people like you, who do not know their rights is why we become enslaved like this.

  • Maindrian Pace

    Got a smart phone? If so, they would know all that even if you were in a ’59 Studebaker.

  • Gus Seals

    LOL, yes you are, but there are exception’s, but the courts have ruled you cannot prevent travel and transportation. But now some cop is going to tell you it is a privilege not a right. However, they have no response when you tell them even drunks get restricted usage driving rights.

  • Tids1960

    In every state ( in Obama’s world that all 57 of them ) you are able to travel on the highways unmolested with your belongings and that just so happens to include your automobile…

  • Gus Seals

    No problem ,until you get to the risking of other people lives and you require approval and tax payers research and road modification money.

  • MoeDaRat

    If the current devolution in human intelligence is any indication, kids born today should *not* drive, because they’ll be worse than the morons on the roads now.

  • eorann

    tell heinrik that americans are a tad more surly when it comes to being free and that there will be a car parked all up in garage before they let go of that freedommmmm…..are you listening heinrik.

  • Pat Patterson

    Garbage pipe dream.

  • Defiant Rebel ✓ᴰᴱᴾᴸᴼᴿᴬᴮᴸᴱ

    I’ll keep my 20 year old Toyota pickup with 450,000 miles on it. I do all my own maintenance on it (except tire replacements), it gets good enough mileage to be worth keeping, and I can carry whatever I need with it. As another plus, it is a magnet for city liberals’ disdain.

  • Fleendar the magnificent

    I will spend $75K for a fully restored muscle car that I can drive and control before I would spend a red cent for an autonomous driverless car that I have no control over.
    I don’t need to get up and make a sandwich bad enough to want a driverless car.

  • dave

    @JTP, you far leftists need to study the CONSTITUTION ! The purpose of our Gov is to PROTECT our RIGHTS !!!! NOT to protect us from OURSELVES ! The Gov doesn’t even have the authority to keep us safe. Not really. The Gov ONLY has the task of, again, protecting our RIGHTS !! It’s the peoples responsibility to keep OURSELVES safe ! You mention thirty thousand auto accident deaths a year. That’s probably about right. Well, THOUSANDS of people probably die each year in accidents around their own homes ! Like falling off their roof while working on their sattelite dish, or cleaning their gutters, or slipping on the wet floor in their bathroom and cracking their head on the toilet, etc. Tragic accidents happen, THAT’S life ! The Gov cannot protect us everything. And it isn’t their job to.

  • Steven Foster

    With a lot of cars it comes with the car. And the module is a PITA to even find, let alone remove

  • Dustoff

    Yeah right, and we were suppose to have flying cars for all 30+ years ago. My poor college has gone into the toilet.

    Jezzzz

  • Tids1960

    I get what it is you’re say… it’s part of the United Nations Agenda 21 ( Agenda 2030 )

    TO TRAVEL IS A “RIGHT,” NOT A GOVERNMENT GRANTED “PRIVILEGE “ 

    1. The issue is whether this Citizen is required to obey the provisions in Michigan General Statutes. It is the contention of this Citizen that because he is a Free and Natural Person who has given up none of his “RIGHTS.” That the General Statutes does not apply to him. It is also the contention of this Citizen that travels upon the streets or highways by this Citizen is an inalienable “RIGHT.” Being this, is not subject to regulation or legislation by the State s General Assembly. 2. Let us first consider the contention of this Citizen that travels upon the streets or highways in is a “RIGHT.” Various courts have ruled on this issue. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled: 

    2.1 The “RIGHT” to travel is a part of the liberty of which the Citizen “cannot be deprived” without due process of the law under the 5th Amendment. See: Kent v. Dulles, 357 U.S. 116, 125 

    3. The Supreme Court of Wisconsin stated in 1909:
    3.1 The term “Public Highway,” in its broad popular sense, includes toll roads, streets, highways-and roadways which the public has a “RIGHT” to use even conditionally, though in a strict legal sense it is restricted to roads which are wholly public. See: Weirich v. State, 140 Wis. 98.

    4. The “Supreme Court” of the “State of Illinois” ruled:
    4.1 Even the legislature has no power to deny to a Citizen the “RIGHT” to travel upon the roadways and transport his property in the ordinary course of his business or pleasure, through this “RIGHT” might be regulated in accordance with the public interest and convenience. See: Chicago Motor Coach v. Chicago, 169 N.E. 22

    “Regulated” here means traffic safety enforcement, stop lights, sign, etc., NOT a privilege that requires permission, i.e.; licensing, mandatory insurance, vehicle registration, etc..
    6. PRIVILEGE OR RIGHT?
    6.1 The use of the roadways for the purpose of travel and transportation is NOT a mere PRIVILEGE, but a “COMMON AND FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT” of which the public and individuals cannot rightfully be deprived. (Emphasis added) See: Chicago Motor Coach v. Chicago, supra; See: Ligare v. Chicago, 28 N.E. 934; See: Boone v. Clark, 214 S. W. 607;

    See: American Jurisprudence 1st Ed., Highways 163 6.2 A Citizen ‘s “RIGHT” to travel upon public highways includes the right to use usual conveyances of time, including horse-drawn carriage, or automobile, for ordinary purposes of life and business. See: Thompson v. Smith (Chief of Police), 154 S. E. 579, 580 

    6.3 The “RIGHT” of the Citizen to travel upon the public roadways and to transport his property thereon, either by carriage or by automobile, is not a mere privilege which a city may prohibit or permit at will, but a “COMMON RIGHT” which he has under the “RIGHT” to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. See: Thompson v. Smith, supra.

    7. It could not be stated more conclusively that Citizens of the States have a “RIGHT” to travel, without approval or restriction, (license), and that this “RIGHT” is protected under the U.S. Constitution. After all, who do the roadways belong to anyway? The People-At-Large. The following are additional court decisions that expound the same facts:
    7.1 . The streets and roadways belong to the public, for the use of the public in the ordinary and customary manner. See: Hadfield v. Lundin, 98 Wn. 657; 168 P. 516;
    7.2 All those who travel upon, and transport their property upon, the public highways, using the ordinary conveyance of today, and doing so in the usual and ordinary course of life and business. See: Hadfield, supra; See: State v. City of Spokane, 109 Wn. 360; 186 P. 864.
    7.3 The “RIGHT” of the Citizen to travel upon the highways and to transport his property thereon, in the ordinary course of life and business, obviously differs radically from that of one who makes the highways his principal place of business and uses it for private gain … See: State v. City of Spokane, supra.
    7.4 . While a Citizen has the “RIGHT” to travel upon the public highways and to transport his property thereon, that “RIGHT” does not extend to the use of the highways, either in whole or in part, as a place of business for private gain. For the latter purposes no person has a vested right to use the highways of the state, but is a MERE PRIVILEGE or license which the legislature may grant or withhold at its discretion …. See: Hadfield, supra; State v. Johnson, 243 P. 1073; See: Cummins v. Jones, 155 P. 171; See: Packard v. Banton, 44 S.Ct. 257, 264 U.S. 140 and other cases too numerous to mention. 

    8. The “Washington State Supreme Court” stated:
    8.1 I am not particularly interested about the rights of haulers by contract, or otherwise, but I am deeply interested in the “RIGHTS” of the public to use the public highways freely for all lawful purposes. See: Robertson v. Department of Public Works, 180 Wash. 133 at 139 

    9. The “Supreme Court of the State of Indiana” ruled in 1873:
    9.1 It is not the amount of travel, the extent of the use of a highway by the public that distinguishes it from a private way or road. It is the “RIGHT” to so use or travel upon it, not its exercise. See: ? Ind 455, 461

    10. 11 American Jurisprudence 1st, has this to say:
    10.1 The “RIGHT” of the Citizen to travel upon the public roadways and to transport his property thereon, by horse-drawn carriage, wagon, or automobile, is NOT a mere PRIVILEGE which may be permitted or prohibited at will, but a “COMMON RIGHT” which he has under his right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Under the Constitutional guarantee one may, therefore, under normal conditions, travel at his inclination along the public roadways or in public places, and while conducting himself in an orderly and decent manner, neither interfering with, not disturbing another’s “RIGHTS,” he will be protected, not only in his person, but in his safe conduct. (Emphasis added) See: 11 American Jurisprudence 1st., Constitutional Law, 329, page 1123

    11. The “Supreme Court of the State of Georgia” ruled:
    11.1 In this connection, it is well to keep in mind that, while the public has an absolute “RIGHT” to the use of the streets for their primary purpose, which is for travel, the use of the streets from the purpose of parking automobiles is a privilege, and not a “RIGHT”; and the privilege must be accepted with such reasonable burdens as the city may place as conditions to the exercise of that privilege. See: Gardner v. City of Brunswick, 28 S.E.2d 135

    12. The “Supreme Court of the State of Colorado” discussed the issue in the following way. 12.1 The Constitution of the State of Colorado, Article II, & sect; 3 provides that:

    All persons have certain natural, essential and inalienable “RIGHTS,” among which may be reckoned the “RIGHT” …. of acquiring, possessing and protecting property; …. 

    12.1.1 A motor vehicle is “property” and a person “cannot be deprived” of property without due process of law. The term: “Property,” within the meaning of the due process clause, includes the “RIGHT” to make full use of the property which one has the inalienable “RIGHT” to acquire. 

    12.1.2 Every Citizen has an inalienable “RIGHT” to make use of the public highways of the state; every Citizen has full freedom to travel from place to place in the enjoyment of life and liberty. See: People v. Nothaus, 147 Colo. 210
    (EVERY STATE HAS THESE KINDS OF LAWS)

  • stechatte

    Yes, a most hoped-for prediction: stupid, vapid, insane, text-while-driving millennials (and their even more useless spawn) to be relieved of their driving privileges! Happy New Year!

  • Jljlmjlmn_Prprsprst

    Asian countries for Asians.

    Black countries for Blacks.

    but White countries for everybody?

    That’s genocide.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for Anti-White

  • henrykane

    As long as I can fix my hack-proof, EMP-proof, computer virus – proof, solar flare – proof, idiotic technical enhancements – proof Jeep, I owned over 30 years I will have one. Even, if to be used in case of zombie apocalypse. As for today kids – they can suffer consequences of lifestyle they choose, as we did.

  • Rabbi High Comma

    The elite are pushing autonomous vehicles (and to a lesser degree – electric cars) because it’s such an effective way to control the proles. No one besides the elite/gov are excited about this development, but the media just can’t stop trying to tell us how great, and inevitable it is.

  • Jack Hoyer

    American will not put up with it. The automobile is the essence of personal freedom. You will fail..

  • A Countryman

    Control control control that’s what’s all about!

  • Rabbi High Comma

    Why do you think they are so busy replacing Whites with immigrants – both legal and illegal?

  • Tids1960

    With a show of thumbs up…
    How many of you know that this is part of the United Nations agenda 21 & 2030 program ?

  • rentslave

    If we had this 50 years ago,Reagan would never have gotten shot as Hinckley would never have seen “Taxi Driver.”

  • Ayatollyahso

    And???? Great!

  • Deplorable S E Delenda

    I do, and on occasion, I leave it home in favor of my flip phone.

  • Deplorable S E Delenda

    I do and I don’t use the waze app

  • Jack Hoyer

    To bring in people who are content to be told what to do and how to think. That’s why they will not succeed. Once a people come to experience real freedom there’s no going back, unless they are already in bondage to a demonic ideology like communism or Islam.

  • Finkin79 .

    Until they can deliver on the promise of safety this is just a pipe dream. We still can’t mimic the complexity of the human mind in decision making. Those born today will still be driving in 30 years imo.

  • rentslave

    Another thought:How are the brothers going to carjack a robot driver?

  • HocusLocus

    My own prediction is that kids born today will never get to drive a car.
    ~Professor Henrik Christensen

    Does he realize how threatening a prospect that is? You have to be able to see just a little around the corner. What I see around the corner is autonomous vehicles and their proponents applying pressure through insurers to get all human drivers off the road so their centralized networked management systems might work. The Network System will evolve to micro-manage the lives of people to increasing degrees. In place of the professors insinuation that kids need not drive, in fact kids will not be permitted to drive. In the meantime, what follows will be a conflict tantamount to civil war.

  • Doug Day

    …and the flying cars will take our robots in for tune-ups.

  • Rabbi High Comma

    Does it bother you that the government could disable such a vehicle whenever it suited them? Do you trust them?

  • Marathon-Youth

    The “art” of driving will continue. Commercial planes did not do away with those who wished to fly a plane
    Cruise ships did not do away with sailing ships
    Motorcycles did not do away with Cycles
    As a matter of fact there is a good chance a modern version of the Zeppelin may return.

  • chris

    Of course some progressive will be able to turn off the car with a push of a button,if he doesn’t like what you say or if your a day late on a payment.

  • Rabbi High Comma

    You realize nearly every Latin American country is socialist or further left? Maybe that’s what Latinos want….and what a coincidence, so does our Judeomarxist rulling class. (((They))) would prefer a mid-80s IQ, miscegenated, grab bag hoard with no heritage/history, which is only educated to a level they can complete their works tasks to rule over. Whites are a little too concerned about their rights, being independent, government corruption, etc.

  • chris

    The problem isn’t going to be the self driving cars. It’s the legislation the controlling progressives will pass that makes it illegal for a person to drive a personally owned vehicle. They will let you own a ”classic car” (before confiscation) but you can’t drive it on public roads. It will be for the safety of the children.

  • G.B. America

    Very funny. Until they can guarantee that a 6 year old with $35 worth of equipment can stop my self-driving car, make it spin around or go into reverse at 40 miles per hour, I think I’ll pass. Oh, everyone else will too. Maybe this guy gets more funding when he says garbage like t his.

  • Kriilin Namek

    Ah, but the first time an inattentive human makes a mistake behind the wheel after the implementatin of driverless cars, suddenly cars with humans behind the wheel will suddenly be “unsafe”. It’s all about control and consolidation of wealth by the elites who hold everyday folks in disdain.

  • G.B. America

    Of course the globalists want us in self driving cars. They’ll know where we are at all times and can shut down the vehicle at their whim. People are not moving to these cars.

  • ywiml

    That makes zero sense.

    Regards-
    Ywiml

  • chris

    If you have a model 2016 car in the U.S., your car can track you with GPS. It may not display this info but your car saves this info and it is transmitted to the manufacture. This is common knowledge in the industry. A Ford executive accidentally revealed this during a car presentation at a a car show when he stated they know how fast people drive.

  • chris

    100% spot on. New cars transmit data with or without owners knowledge or permission.

  • JTP

    Wow how very Christian of you.

  • chris

    Buy a new car and it has some type of monitoring.

  • chris

    They will keep importing over a million poor people into the country per year and eventually your vote will not count. The poor will get free rides on self driving cars and you will end up paying for it. CA is the model for this.

  • JTP

    What is this post suppose to be? It is just a word salad that doesn’t go anywhere.

  • Stephen Roberts

    Driving can be fun and enjoyable though. Sorry, the lot of us aren’t lazy and hate our lives like Sillycone wants to imagine. Regardless, this is bad news for truck drivers, but I also want to say… fat chance that a computer, at this time, could back up b-train.

  • chris

    The EPA and local government did a fine job in Flint when they were aware of the high lead.

  • Stephen Roberts

    Or because of “carbon emission” concerns.

  • Bruce Cameron

    Since this is the USA, the market should decide if driverless cars are the future. These guys can not tell me to buy one but I also do not have the right to make them stop designing them.

  • chris

    My dad told me he and his friends would purchase mercury through the mail when he was in school. He used to carry a vile of it in his pocket and play with the liquid ball in his hand while in class. He is still alive.

  • SnackbarAlert

    Keep your horseshit self driving cars, I’ll keep enjoying my freedom on the road.

  • JTP

    Thanks for sparring me from seeing more of your retarded posts.

  • JTP

    I think you have watched the Matrix too many times.

  • chris

    Yep, eventually most local self drivers will be Hybrid then electric when ranges are increased.

  • chester

    Yes. As a hobby on their own land. There is no investment in “horse infrastructure.” There are no “horse lanes” on highways. It’s a niche thing. Which is exactly what non autonomous vehicles will become. There will be tracks where you can drive. People will become old school car hobbiests. But the infrastructure and world will go the way of self driving cars. Can’t wait to meet here in two decades and see who’s right.

  • Ren Dudas

    Agenda, agenda, agenda. May I suggest ” storm glouds gathering” on youtube

  • whoodoo

    The driverless generation is as inevitable as Hillary Clinton’s election.

    Continuously breathing the exhausts of each other leads colleagues to not only dream the impossible, but guarantee it.

  • chris

    That’s why car paint sucks.

  • James1754

    It’s all about control, without the ability to drive and travel at will, the government has more control. We have less freedom.

  • chris

    Flashback: Thomas the train wood train figures have lead paint….. remember that.

  • Rabbi High Comma

    No one pushed back hard enough when they flooded us with illegals, passed TARP, etc. The elite believe they have amassed enough power over the people that they can do mostly as they please. The controlled media helps grease the wheels with careful spin and info control.

  • chris

    It was misused and over sprayed which resulted in the impact on nature. It is bad stuff if over sprayed.

  • chester

    You didn’t answer the question. What is partisan about wanting to save 30,000 lives a year? That has nothing to do with any of the other issues you mentioned or “left vs right.” It’s just life vs death and facts vs fiction. Are you saying you’re “pro-death?”

  • Pro_sanity

    Unless the gov’t forces it, driverless cars will have about the same appeal as the Prius … and the same type of people in them.

  • †Col.Duncan†

    like he11 they wont, my kid who next month turns one, will!! just like people say you cant drive without a license, its called traveling and its constitutional and not enforceable, You cannot force people to do sh1t, especially when they are armed!!

  • Charlie Crash

    We may need the horses, when the Apocalypse comes!

  • Larry Garman

    Even shut off flip or no flip they can still HEAR you. The batteries
    must be removed for you phone to really be “shut off.” Sad but true.
    (sr)

  • shandy1

    I ate the lead weights my mom had in the hem of all of her curtains. I bought mercury at the local craft store and we used to smear it all over our bodies just to turn them grey – hands, arms, stomachs and chests. We did every science experiment you can imagine with mercury. Fun stuff.

  • opinionated_too

    They can’t hear me if I’m out somewhere and my phone’s in or on my desk. Maybe, I can disable my security system and just let them listen in?

  • Mike0oSS

    One of our important freedoms is the right to move around independently. Robots may help you get from A to B and back when ever you want….but this easily could lead to places the government and corporations don’t want you venturing….that is the concern I have. I love my old 5 speed turbocharged little 93. I’m a damned good driver too. Why should someone not be able to experience the freedom of blasting off a greenlight just for the fun of it? Individual freedom of association is and important part of our economy and society. No other society has this kind of independence. We should be jealously guarding our rights.

  • Mike0oSS

    I got a ’95 SAAB 93 my son picked up for $500.00 last winter. I watched him burn the clutch up trying to figure out how to shift it. After 3 months in the driveway I commandeered the thing and took it as my own. $5500.00 alter I got it running like new, next comes the body work in the spring. The mechanics at the foreign car shop here in town give it another 200,000 miles if I keep it in good maintenance, it’s got 190,000 now. doesn’t leak anything and doesn’t burn any oil. I never owned a European car before. This thing is more fun to drive than any set of wheels I’ve ever owned.

  • Mike0oSS

    MECUM classic car shows on TV!! They are some cool shows to watch!!

  • Citizen Watchdog

    Never trust a robot bigger than you are.

  • Alburt

    In the fifties we were promised flying cars. Where the hell is my flying car.

  • Brian washere

    This is the most ridiculous assertion I think I have ever heard.

    First, there is no technology requiring software that isn’t buggy as all hell. A small change often has many unintended side effects and the testing is a joke at best, Frequently beta testing is done by an unsuspecting public thinking they are buying a stable product.

    Reliable and safe self-driving cars may be in our future….but it won’t be in the next 2-3 generations of drivers.

  • Erik de Vries

    Feet. Feet were transportation for the masses, at least in urban centres. In the country, people didn’t go to town all that much. Once a month or so. Horses cost a lot of money, were expensive to keep in the city.

  • les

    Daniel,
    Please flip on your Humor switch. It seems to be in the off position. It is a concept we call a “joke”.

  • les

    Why so nasty? Happy New Years!

  • Everett Walker

    Goes over about as well as that Weapon Shops of Issur thing they’ve been goobering about for years.

  • eorann

    you went to public school dincha sparky

  • de_ploribus_unum

    Liberals will be banning human drivers soon. Get your fun in now.

  • les

    I want a self driving car, and other progress but will offer an answer to your question. Based on previous experience people who say their motive is safety or a clean environment often have a different agenda – power. They use the power of government to exert control replacing other peoples’ freedom with their, often flawed, judgment. Most of this type of person are not nearly as smart as they think they are. As an example, I offer the waste of public funds as 60′ hi-rise housing projects, built to replace the 30’s low-rise projects, were demolished in the 90’s to make room for low-rise housing because each generation of socialists thinks they are smarter than the last.

  • stephen rollins

    Yep. Welcome again my friends to the show that never ends – brought to you by the cashless society of 1950.

  • KofLee

    Unless it’s ‘KITT’ I don’t want it!

  • les

    Chester, I posted this above: I want a self driving car, and other progress but will offer an answer
    to your question. Based on previous experience people who say their
    motive is safety or a clean environment often have a different agenda –
    power. They use the power of government to exert control replacing other
    peoples’ freedom with their, often flawed, judgment. Most of this type
    of person are not nearly as smart as they think they are. As an
    example, I offer the waste of public funds as 60′ hi-rise housing
    projects, built to replace the 30’s low-rise projects, were demolished
    in the 90’s to make room for low-rise housing because each generation of
    socialists thinks they are smarter than the last.

  • NotMarySue

    Why? Who wants this except trucking companies and cab companies? Regular people outside of large cities with mass transportation and who mostly walk everywhere don’t…

  • les

    People used lead paint for a long time, before we developed a breed of humans stupid enough to feed it to their children as potato chips. We should have banned bad parents rather than led paint.

  • NotMarySue

    How is all of this robotic technology going to help humans evolve? There’s not much thinking involved when you don’t need to do anything for yourself.

  • les

    The government doesn’t accomplish this, the free market does. Most children who die in hot cars die because they are in a mandated car seat which must be in the back seat (out of sight, out of mind) because mandated air bags were killing short people in front seats. I have a car with all the Delphi Safety features and I love it, but I have no right to force my preferences onto other citizens and force them to pay for something they don’t want. Remember the “V chip” mandated for everyone but used by few and then made obsolete. Given a choice between freedom and safety, I’ll opt for and even fight for freedom.

  • Deplorable Flyboy

    I have a 1999 Nissan Frontier “Desert Runner” pickup with 245K on the clock. The only thing I’ve ever had to replace on it besides tires and batteries was the starter and alternator. I bought it used in 2003 with 35K on the clock for $7,900. I could advertise to sell it today for $5,000 and people would be lined up to buy it. You can’t find these older vehicles anymore which some refer to as “beaters” thanks to Ozero’s Cash For Clunkers bullsh*t. All CFC did was make used vehicles more expensive.

  • eorann

    hey kenrik….ya little scht ….americans are a lot more feisty than you roll over sociaists…..we will park a car all up in your garage before we stop driving….oh yeah, the dk calling himself AKA EORANN IS A DISQUS EMPLOYEE.

  • Bigg Bunyon

    Never happen. Driverless cars may have a chance in large cities, but rural America is a different story. My guess is Ms. Paddock has never spent any time working on a farm, ranch or dairy farm. Some driverless vehicles are already being used on large farms, but the wholesale adoption of these vehicles will never happen. There are just too many variables dealing with livestock, perishable items and the like. Some things require human intelligence and care. Try getting a robot to get right down in the mud and herd a bunch of belligerent porkers into a large truck or rail car. I’ve done that and I once saw a 250 pound boar take apart a small tractor and trailer.
    And then there are those of us who use a little four-wheeled mule to haul dead deer and pig out of the woods. I’ll give that up when they pry my rifle out of my cold dead hands.

  • Controlling movement of a population gets a lot easier when the transportation cannot be operated by a human and will most likely come equipped with a remote kill switch that can render the vehicle immobile. Think about it, first they convinced everyone to carry personnel tracking devices, now CCTV is popping up everywhere and soon they will control movement. Checkmate!

  • Deplorable Flyboy

    Libtards are hell bent on dumbing down people. First it was Zuckerberg’s Facebook crack that everyone apparently can’t live without, and next it will be not even thinking about driving. You liberals keep your utopian mindlessness out of the rest of our lives. Better yet, go form your own dumbed down nation full of useful idiots incapable of thinking individually.

  • Deplorable Flyboy

    Government regulations and lawyers got in the way.

  • Zorro

    Right, ever been to California?

  • JHolman1991

    That’s the overall plan. The whole thing is right in front of people yet we ignore it.

  • mofo

    If it feels good, do it

  • 1crazymf

    Get over it
    We will not give up our right to freedom of travel, my f250 will still be here when my 8 month old is ready to pull the trailer to the lake
    We like our freedom and independence and when your deep in a canyon driving to your hunting spot and the gps has no signal self driving once again will just be a wet dream

  • Zipp1

    I agree 100% I hope the day never comes where I can’t choose to operate my vehicle. With that said I’d rather ride my motorcycle amongst a bunch of robot cars than amongst a bunch of tuned out distracted brain dead commuters who can’t seem to operate a blinker much less handle a vehicle in a skid.

  • Sea Scholars

    A lot of poo-pooer comments here, but I can see if you live in Southern California (having lived there myself – ugh) that you would welcome this. It could be a real boon to people stuck in commute traffic both in So Cal and the SF Bay Area actually. IMO Bay Area is even WORSE than So Cal. It’s basically an upgrade to “rapid transit” of the current bus, railways, and subways, only personalized and private.

  • Zipp1

    If this happened in America I don’t doubt It. Sadly American motorists don’t understand drive right pass left.

  • Jack Hoyer

    North American Union. UN 2030. Strong Cities Initiative. It’s all exposed. The NWO will have to incite civil war. Who do you think will be the first to go? Most of these people won’t last a week without a government check. They die waiting for someone to bring them a bottle of water.
    Oh yeah! It’s on baby!

  • Bob Matulis

    Great points Chester. My guess is it people for the foreseeable future will be allowed to drive but their insurance premiums will be so high the number of drivers will continue to drop. the larger the Gap over time between the quality of autonomous driving vs. Self-driving the larger the premium you have to pay in insurance.

    I think it’ll take beyond our lifetimes before manual drivers are relegated to tracks. Like you say who knows and will find out in about 20 years. Happy New Year’s!

  • Well who am I to disagree with the 3rd president of the US and author of the Declaration of Independence. I do believe most people would make the right decisions but businesses out to make a buck can not be trusted to make safe choices for others.

  • Cur Traut

    He is a Danish professor brought to San Diego to start the AI – Robotic center for the USA. A pointy head.

  • Cur Traut

    Not opt out, but REQUIRED by the government. They (Dems) want to be able to keep you from going where they don’t want you to go. Or stop everyone immediately, in an area if an Amber Alert goes out.

  • Whiskey7Actual

    Damn auto correct

  • Joe Blow

    A fun answer to your question about technology above. Thought the emoticon was obvious.

  • This has no more to do with “saving lives” than the war on poverty was about helping the poor. Its all about prying more money out of our pockets and taking away more control over our lives. If you feel that you’re too inept to drive “all by yourself”, then by all means get in the back seat with the rest of the children. As an actual grownup, I am going to keep on driving MY car.

  • There is no such thing as “the government”. Its not some abstract entity existing somewhere “out there”… its people. More specifically, its a bunch of tax fattened vampires who want to spent our money so they can control our lives. You wanna be controlled? Knock yourself out. You can GTFO my life though

  • JJTX

    ^^^^^^^^ retard

  • JJTX

    dumb as rocks

  • NO, “they” don’t have any such “right”. Only to someone like you, who is apparently frightened of the incredibly complex activity called “driving a car like real grownup”, do “they” have this “right”. “30,000 deaths” sounds superdy duperdy SHOCKING… until you do simple grade school math, and realize that a stat like in a nation of 300,000,000 people means you have a less than ONE IN TEN THOUSAND chance of dying this way. Less than 1 in 10,000…and for this, libtards like you say the government has the “right” to force us into cars that WE don’t actually control.

    You wanna be treated like a wayward child? Fine: get yer bony a$$ up to yer room,and wait til your father gets home. No dessert for you young man! And no allowance either, buster…cause you’re grounded!

  • I do not care for the braking systems now either. I feel like I can control braking better than the computer and when the system takes over I feel helpless to stop the car properly.

  • Will Dennis

    Would it be better if I poured boiling tar on him and then covered his melting skin with feathers? Tree of liberty buddy….

  • Will Dennis

    Ok I’d rather watch him tarred and feathered and then die of gain green. Fighting for liberty isn’t pretty buddy.

  • Zipp1

    There is something to be said for owning a carbureted, points ignition (no computer) vehicle. No On-Star, LoJack or any other tracking bs. If government evolves into something that deems it necessary to take my old vehicles, they will have to do so forcefully.

  • Leo Borges

    No. Tons of green laws have been creating. The government will propose complementary laws to prohibit people from driving “vintage” and “old” polluting cars. Also, people would not be able to drive on a street where most cars are auto-driving.

  • JTP

    So you want to kill people you disagree with. Go f u c k yourself you human paraquat.

  • Eatie Gourmet

    You are correct! A study by the insurance industry trade group I read a few years ago showed that the more “safety features” are installed – from bike helmets to airbags — the more people seem to think they are “protected” and pay less attention to taking care of _Themselves_. Nah, give me the old-fashioned way of just paying attention; and I don’t use no stinkin’ bike helmet either! Teach skills and self-reliance, not dependence on some stupid government mandate!

  • shandy1

    I think I would rather be burnt to death than tarred/ feathered and then die slowly from infection.

  • Mighty One

    We can use them to transport our new liberal robot bodies around.

  • Bill Bradsky

    I love to drive more than just about anything. It’s a legitimate pastime of mine. You know what I hate doing more than just about anything else in the world? Driving in heavy traffic for an hour on a commute that would take 12 minutes if the roads were clear. I say bring on the self driving cars for the commuting, and when I get the itch, I’ll take whatever project car I’ve got for a spin out in the mountains on my days off. Best of both worlds. As long as they don’t ban me from doing that, I’m down.

  • Defiant Rebel ✓ᴰᴱᴾᴸᴼᴿᴬᴮᴸᴱ

    That’s before the GM days ruined SAAB, so that life estimate is very likely. Take care of it and enjoy!

  • Defiant Rebel ✓ᴰᴱᴾᴸᴼᴿᴬᴮᴸᴱ

    Another good choice. You make me want to check on my starter and alternator, as they are still original… and probably on borrowed time now.

  • Mike0oSS

    It’s parked for the winter. A new heater core is $2500.00 used and there aren’t many left. I was told to just let it sit in the garage till the Spring. That’s not a problem, I got something else to drive for the Winter.

  • David Mowers

    12 Vietnamese died during the French, American and Chinese wars of aggression.

    Anybody care about those people?

  • David Mowers

    “Illegally?”

    Banks offered those loans. Banks, and they were indemnified, “legally,” by Congress with retroactive amendments.

  • David Mowers

    Mark Zuckerberg took a variable rate subprime loan at 1.25% on his mansion. If the Fed never raises rates he never pays interest and if they do he can simply pay the mortgage off since he already HAS the money. In the interim he doe not tie up his capital leaving it available to him.

    You build wealth by using other peoples money. By risking other peoples wealth.

  • jb80538

    Fisher Price…Made in China

  • David Mowers

    No they bought bogus bonds with bogus insurance attached that failed to pay and taxpayers got stuck covering their losses.

    I work so that someone else who doesn’t have to can enjoy having a no-loss socialist bail out.

  • spotswood

    Anyone under 50 will ride in a driverless car if they live a long life. Elderly desires to remain independent as long as they can, working-age folks desires to conduct other business during transits, and the markedly lower insurance rates associated with driverless cars will drive many to these types of vehicles… that’s as free market as you can get. Get used to it.

  • Gus Seals

    The first car plane was built in 1949, if you were smart enough to read you could look up the speculation as to when everyone would be flying. Then the gyro copter came out and you could read when everyone would be flying them. Ha! Ha ! Ha, to you understand the term pipe dream.

  • Will Dennis

    Id prefer a bullet to the head.

  • Will Dennis

    Voting only delays Tyranny. Freedom is earned through war.

  • Laminectomies abound

    Lying about income = illegally. Arrest both if proven . Simple concept.

  • David Mowers

    Offering fraudulent insurance contracts on worthless bond = ILLEGAL.