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Completely driverless cars could hit California roads as early as next June, if not sooner[washingtonpost.com...]
The California Department of Motor Vehicles just proposed a revised set of regulations that will allow self-driving cars to operate without a driver behind the wheel.
On the federal level, the House of Representatives in September unanimously approved the Self Drive Act, which would allow automakers to deploy 25,000 self-driving cars in the first year, a number that would rise to 100,000 over a three-year time span[businessinsider.com...]
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You can be sure they will be looking at where tax income is going to come from in the light of these developments.Yup- raise taxes on drivered cars to force people to go driverless (and optionally make drivered cars illegal to operate- call it a "safety" issue). Then, once they suddenly realize all the revenue from those taxes has dried up (since no one is driving any more), quickly raise the taxes on driverless cars to make up for it. At least that's the way we do things here in California.
When this first significant roll out reaches California it'll be a real-world test.Using "California" and "real-world" in the same sentence- now THAT's funny! (Or would be if it weren't so sad...)
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joined:Dec 10, 2005
The thrill of driving around in a car with loud pipes and way too much horsepowerJust because a person isn't driving doesn't mean this can't happen. I can see that many people would be willing to pay for a software "upgrade" that would handle this. And imagine the fun of hacking that upgrade into a lower end model that barely has enough horsepower to move the car itself (let alone any passengers).
imagine the fun of hacking that upgrade into a lower end model that barely has enough horsepower to move the car itselfI could see that as a future generation's class marker. If you currently drive a car whose rims cost more than the blue-book value of the vehicle, and the sound system cost more than both combined, your son will have a car whose CPU is primarily devoted to making the appropriate loud noises.