Would AI self-driving cars work on Germany’s autobahn roads?
Driving in Germany is a real thrill. Once you get on the highway and notice that 80% of the inter-city roads are unlimited speed, it kind of releases a mental springtrap that is holds us back since birth.
“Go as fast as you like?”. Wow!
How would all this work with self-driving cars? Or with humans on the autobahn? That would be interesting.
As Lance was pondering recently,
Should AI self-driving cars be allowed to drive at the unrestricted speeds of the autobahn?
We’ll need to wait and see how well the AI systems are devised and tested to cope with the high-speed possibilities. In theory, if AI self-driving cars are properly developed and tested, and when accompanied by V2V and V2I, the AI self-driving car will be a boon to travel on the autobahn by a potential reduction in human-driven car accidents and in avoidance of cascading car crash circumstances.
The dilemma faced by Germany is whether to impose speed limits now, aiding in reducing the carbon emissions of cars on the autobahn right away, or wait until AI self-driving cars become prevalent (assuming too that such self-driving cars are mainly or completely EV’s). I am sure there will be a lot of hand wringing over what to do.
Some would say that AI self-driving cars should be allowed to zoom, perhaps even taking the place of bullet trains and other fast mass transit options as a long-distance speedy option.
This leads to an interesting question: if we ever get to fully automatic cars, would we progress to high speed travel? Or will we still dawdle at human speed levels? I guess it depends if human drivers are in the mix.
No doubt we’ll be stuck with humans trying wheels and pushing peddles for quite a long time, and as long as they are involved, we’ll need to keep things slow and simple.
Read the rest of Lance’s ramblings here.
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