We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Any self-driving car is almost certainly going to be traceable via its GPS system and have a “kill switch.”
So self-driving but at the mercy of hackers and an increasingly hostile government?
But I do like that he speculates, that out of habit, the product liability insurance premiums may be dumped on the person with no control over the car.
So GM makes a faulty vehicle and the government regulators hide the fact for political reasons. But good news, the car owners who have not control over the car at any time during manufacture or operation will be on the hook.
re: The Insurance Implications of Google’s Self-Driving Car
lawyers will have to work around or with with the driving skills of a computer chip / sensor suite / servo motors where the primary witness will be an empty chair.
The passengers will inevitably be distracted (texting, playing games, reading etc) and, more importantly, won't be able to interpret the black box record of the accident.
an expert witness qualified to testify about google cars could do this. I'm not talking about suing goggle, but a vehicle vs vehicle accident where one of the vehicles is a googlewagen. expert whores witnesses are never cheap, and these costs always factor into a case's settlement value (the vase majority of cases settle).
for google car owners vs sane people, I predict lesser average payouts overall because plaintiff's attorneys, faced with even more litigation costs (they pay the experts up front and eat the expense if there's no recovery) will tend to accept higher value cases that justify the risk over cases they would normally accept now (this doesn't imply an increase in the number of high value cases). That leaves claims that otherwise might settle to go unrepresented and/or settle for nuisance value. Winner = insurance companies.
for sane people vs. googleers, insurance defense will pick up expert costs as a matter of routine, leaving plaintiffs' attorneys as above. I assume that settlements will be overall lower. Winner = insurance companies (we pay the higher premiums).
O Journalism! Before the World Cup, publish articles on fixed soccer matches. Before Easter, on the death of God. Before Christmas, proof Christ never existed. Before the 4th of July, on racist, sexist America. Before V-Day, on the frauds (“Day of Dread,” “Rape Culture”) of Feminism. Before Darwin’s birthday, on the realities of human evolution.
"Yes, white men are a historically privileged group."
The source for this kind of BS is either that the opposing interest group needs to define the "enemy" and diminish them in order to raise themselves up, OR it is because of a statistical calculation of successful people with the conclusion that white men succeed more often therefore the game must be rigged. Ironically it is women and people of color who are the privilaged group and have been since the 60's. The government has created unconstitutional laws and regulations favoring these "protected" groups at the expense of white males. In government hire it is common to seek a black female for a job so that the politically correct checklist can be checked twice for a single hire. People of color are commonly recruited for medical schools and poor grades and skills are ignored to achieve a "quota". This practice is common in all professions but imagine a doctor who became a doctor only because of their skin color, would you let them operate on you? As scary as it is to have doctors anointed because of a racist quota I have to wonder why competent doctors would stand for this degrading practice.