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Myron Levin is editor of FairWarning.

One comment to “Safety Would Take a Back Seat if Senate Passes Bill on Driverless Cars, Critics Say”

  1. Matthew Mabey

    Proponents of autonomous vehicles should take a lesson from the nuclear power industry of the 1960s. Rushing into a new technology with unrealistic promises of the level of safety ultimately backfires. The over-promising and under-performing safety record of the early nuclear power industry continues to hobble it to this day. If they had proceeded more deliberately, with more openness regarding risks, and more effort at continuous implementation of new technology to steadily reduce the risks, then perhaps today nuclear power would be a more viable part of our reduced fossil-fuel future. Note that when I refer to the safety of the nuclear power industry, I am not limiting the discussion to just the daily operation of the power plants. I’m referring to the mining of the Uranium, the processing of the Uranium, the construction of the power plants, all aspects of the operation of the power plants, modernization of the plants (or lack thereof), the handling of the spent fuel, and the decommissioning of worn-out power plants, and more.

    As someone that enjoys driving, an autonomous future doesn’t seem very appealing. Even setting that aside, the current rush to autonomy strikes me as being hasty and imprudent.

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