Not that we should be surprised about Mister Flint having a poor grasp of public safety, but Michigan Governor Rick Snyder recently spoke out on testing autonomous cars-something that’s relevant to his state-and he was completely and utterly wrong. Michigan is starting up a training program for people to service autonomous cars, a kind of jobs program for our future without paid drivers, as the Financial Times reported today. In this article, the FT also cited some other choice quotes from Snyder, who is presumably trying to re-orient some of the driverless discussion away from states out west, where all of the startups do most of their testing. Snyder’s takeaway from these testing programs, which have now gone from minor fender benders to a fatal crash, is that we just need to trust driverless carmakers. Trust them: In a wide-ranging interview during his visit to the UK this weekend, Mr Snyder said that car companies testing autonomous vehicles should be “given the benefit of the doubt” with testing rules. Should… they? I feel like they shouldn’t. In the aftermath of an Uber test car killing a woman, we found out that the company was wildly less safe than anyone thought, and the company knew it. Snyder elaborated: “If we’re going to draw the line, we should give them some benefit of the doubt because they’re aspiring to make things safer, not unsafer,” he said. “To the degree they prove that, you can leave that where it is, to the degree… [Read full story]
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