Mercedes says it’s driverless cars won’t swerve to avoid running over a child

We’re going to have to face the facts here – unless we choose to reject this technology, we will see the tech decide on life and death situations which our instincts would normally have to resolve. Human instincts are created by God – each and every one of us has had to take evasive action on the road at some time, and sat shaking afterwards, amazed to have got out of it unscathed. Machines will have no such scruples, no such instincts. They will weigh your value against the value of the person, or in this case, child, who has just run out into the road. (source)

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What is truly astonishing is the comments on the article – commenters saying that this is perfectly understandable, and:

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Um – yah know, we don’t normally ‘incarcerate’ kids to protect them from driverless cars – is this going to become the norm?

This comment at least made me laugh:

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Mercedes and other car manufacturers need to realise that we DO NOT want this driverless technology. The ONLY benefit of this is for those who are unfit to drive (in which case what is wrong with public transport) and the ELITES! The elites want this so badly. Why?

Your driverless car can be hacked – you p*ss someone off, and whoops, your car drives into a bridge support.

Your driverless car is a prison cell on wheels – commit a ‘crime’ and find yourself being driven in a locked car to the nearest police station/detention centre/FEMA camp.

Need I go on? Thankfully a few are awake:

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We are very naive if we think this is safe or acceptable technology. We may have to become Neo-Luddites to prevent it, though.

God Bless you

Lis

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