Submitted by weluvm3 on Sat, 2017-08-19 06:58
Lately, there have been numerous terrorist attacks involving automobiles being intentionally driven into crowds.
I'm wondering if it wouldn't make sense for governments to push for development of a baseline level of sensors, computing and software, such that a car could detect if it was being used in that way, and take whatever steps necessary to avoid injury and loss of innocent lives. Then mandate that this be included in all new cars purchased. Older cars would still be a problem, just as they were when smog control was phased in.
Obviously, this won't automatically grant cars full self driving. At first. But it would certainly create a much more favorable legal and political environment, and spur more investment and research. Plus, cars shipping with this anti-terror hardware and software might just require flipping a switch to turn on FSD as with today's Teslas. I would expect that the incremental cost to asymptotically approach zero.