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    • This appears great, on the surface. But when I really think about all the random factors that exist out there, in the real world on the roads, I am not so sure I'd want one. I had hit a deer once and only survived out of pure luck, but ever since, I had avoided by a large margin several other similar occasions, based on the experience I had gained on how to ride defensively and be more observant on what's going on way out off the road surface, in the bush or trees. That is just an example of negative aspect I see. Another will be a quick monopolization of decision powers being taken away from actual owner and yielded to some higher authorities, such as insurances for example. I think there is allot more to it than meets the eye, and do not think the enthusiasm alone is what's funneling these efforts, but perhaps I am being too cynical.

    • People who live where Waymo tests their cars often say they were initially afraid of them. After a few months however many of them say they feel safer because Waymos don't text, don't drink, don't drive aggressively and don't argue with their their kids while driving.

      When Waymo can show their cars have less accidents per 100,000 miles than human driven cars, I predict a big shift in attitude. People will wish parents got their teens a self-driving car. If they show Waymo taxis are safer than human driven Ubers, I know which ride service I'll hail.

      Here is what it is like to be in a Waymo taxi. The complaint is how conservatively they drive.

    • The technology behind is really awesome. But it's also interesting to note that common modern transportation is being brought up as part of a modern city, and to my mind it's a pity relatively young cities don't get better at that. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to noticed the gridlock, and see that good public transport really is the key to all the road congestion issues, and ultimately making our predecessors life easier with less time and stress in getting from point A to B in the future, which self driven cars won't help resolve. If anyone has ever traveled in Switzerland would understand what a smooth and precise rail and bus system can do.