Who is paying Joe Psotka?
Ride hailing? Crap. In my home of San Francisco there are many thousands of additional cars on City streets (varying in number, depending on the time of day or night), from Uber & Lyft, that never park; make sudden stops, rudely block lanes of traffic; make unsafe U-turns; and are driven by exploited people distracted by taking directions from their smart phones. Many drivers come here from other parts of California, just to supplement their incomes at the below-minimum wage they’re paid. Would it be any better if automobiles were autonomous? You’ll have to rationalize that for me.
Before ride-sharing, it was easy to cross town, either by MUNI bus or train, my motorcycle, or my car in ten minutes. Now, it takes 30 to 40 minutes to make the same trip in any of the aforementioned vehicle modes. And one is stressed out by the time one arrives at one’s destination.
Oh, and let’s talk insurance liability for autonomous . . .