A $20,000 Self-Driving Vehicle Hits the Road
. . . and at $20,000 the cost is acceptable. All we need do now, is spike the price supports for the electric and hybrid vehicles which do nothing, and prod insurers to charge appropriately low rates for these safer vehicles.
"While federal officials and lawmakers ask questions, however, many safety advocates want Washington to immediately make these features standard on the millions of light vehicles sold in the U.S. each year."
By all means, legislate the creativity out of the system. We all know how legislating something makes it better, after all licensing drivers has been the rage for ever, and heaven knows we are nigh on to perfect now, right? This desire to do something is foolish, and unnecessary. Once these systems are more commonplace, insurers will begin charging less to insure those cars. Today's young men pay absurd amounts for auto insurance. This will be ameliorated once the car won't let the super charged young men crash them into other things. The drop in insurance rates is likely to only accelerate as fewer collisions and less costly repair bills drive down costs.
Low priced self drive autos will save lives, and result in lower transportation costs. This will accelerate as Uber and the other ride sharing services begin to replace human operators with AI. This will create a loop of ever increasing safety, and lowering costs. A true win/win for everyone.