Self-Driving Cars Will Fail

Currently, self-driving cars are the rage in technology circles. We do believe that, in certain environments, they could work well (such as closed-loop environments, i.e., a mining operation or a shuttle service on a closed track at an airport). But like other fads (Google glasses, nano tech, 3D TVs), we think self-driving cars will take more time to mature than many realize due to their inherent legal issues and safety concerns. That’s not to say self-driving cars can’t happen. Perhaps eventually. However, we think it will be quite some time before they are “smart” enough to be on the roads safely and we are not alone in our assessment. “You can’t just assume this stuff is going to work,” says Phillip Koopman, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University who…


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