Automated Cars: Can Private Industry Solve the Public's Problems Better than Government?
Fef 2012/09/19 18:02:40
Google, BMW, Audi, and other private industries race to deliver the driverless car. The profit incentive encourages private solutions, which enable freedom and liberty. Government's solution denies our liberties. Private industry will solve the public's traffic problem with automated cars in congested metro/urban neighborhoods. Government wants to solve the problem by taking away our cars and spending billions on public transit and high speed. Once the politicians get a hold of the public project, special interest groups change the government solution into a slush fund to buy votes.
The timeline for autonomous cars hitting the road en masse keeps getting closer. GM's Cadillac division expects to produce partially autonomous cars at a large scale by 2015, and the automaker also predicts it will have fully autonomous cars available by the end of the decade. Audi and BMW have also shown self-driving car concepts, with the former working with Stanford to pilot a modified TT up Pikes Peak. Meanwhile, Google is ripping along at its own rapid pace with a fleet of fully autonomous Toyota Prius hybrids that have logged over 300,000 miles. And the company has pushed through legislation that legalizes self-driving cars in Nevada. California is close behind, and Google has also been busy lobbying joyriding lawmakers in Washington, D.C.
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