Sunday, February 19, 2017

What If Microsoft Designed Your Driverless Operating System?

From Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead by Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman:
  • Automobiles would frequently crash for no apparent reason.  This would be so common that motorists would simply accept it, restart their car, and continue driving.
  • Occasionally all the car's doors would lock, and motorists could enter their vehicle only by simultaneously lifting the door handle, turning the key, and holding the radio antenna.
  • Vehicles would occasionally shut down completely and refuse to restart, requiring motorists to reinstall their engine.
  • Every time a car company introduced a new model, car buyers would have to relearn to drive because all controls would operate in a new manner.
  • Whenever roadway lines were repainted motorists would need to purchase a new car that could accommodate the new "operating system."
  • Cars could carry only one passenger unless the driver paid extra for a multipassenger license.
  • Oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would be replaced by a single, all-purpose "general car fault" warning light.
  • Airbags would ask, "Are you sure?" before deployment.

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