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Do You Think Self-Driving Cars Are Safe?

Do You Think Self-Driving Cars Are Safe?

Here’s The Scoop

In a startling revelation by NBC News, self-driving vehicles in California, despite flouting traffic laws, are not being ticketed. The report indicates that these autonomous vehicles, powered by artificial intelligence, have been seen running red lights, intruding into construction zones, and failing to yield to emergency vehicles.

However, California law currently shields these vehicles from receiving traffic violation tickets if they are operating in a driverless mode, as per an internal memo from San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott.

While technology races ahead, legislation lags behind, struggling to adapt to the rapid changes. Interestingly, autonomous vehicles are not exempt from parking citations, as per the report.

States like Texas and Arizona, along with California, have become testing grounds for this new technology. However, these states have different approaches. In Texas, autonomous cars can be ticketed even without a human inside, while in Arizona, the vehicle’s owner can be penalized for traffic violations.

Despite the safety concerns, companies like Waymo and Cruise argue that their vehicles are safer than human drivers. However, in October, California suspended Cruise’s testing permits over safety concerns, following an incident involving a pedestrian.

It seems that while autonomous technology is advancing, the question of safety and accountability in the event of violations or accidents remains a gray area. As California Democratic state Senator Dave Cortese pushes for a new regulatory agency to focus on this technology, the debate continues: Are self-driving cars truly safe?

What do you think? Let us know by participating in our poll, or join the discussion in the comment section below!




  1. CandygramForMongo

    January 12, 2024 at 7:07 am


  2. Tarheel

    January 12, 2024 at 7:43 am

    There are simply too many variables that a human brain can pick up and compute immediately that AI would have to have programmed into its algorithms. In a perfect world,….maybe, however we do not live in one.

  3. R. Earl

    January 12, 2024 at 9:16 am

    I am a retired airline captain, and served as a Check Airman and flight and simulator instructor! I could always tell immediately those pilots who relied heavily on the aircraft’s auto-pilot when they took their simulator check rides and had to hand fly it. They really struggled! Same thing will result with these self driving vehicles! The driver’s skills will be compromised, and I don’t need to tell you there are already too many unskilled drivers out there now!

  4. Don OConnor

    January 12, 2024 at 10:50 am

    Who thinks there is a need for a 4000lb projectile to be roaming the streets pilotless? My and my family’s well being are far more important than some “egg heads” dream of a future with unmanned projectiles speeding around the roadways. What is the benefit to society? AI was a failed experiment that has run it’s course so let’s keep drivers in cars. Human eyes are far better than sensors.

  5. lynn murry

    January 12, 2024 at 11:43 am

    The Only possible “Good” outcome from Self-Driving Cars & “SEMIS-Next” is More Rich People will Get richer & Nastier……….MAGA 2024——-Lynn

  6. Dan Heartsill

    January 12, 2024 at 1:08 pm

    Leave it to California to do something else stupid. No wonder so many are leaving the state. In the year 2022 124 housand to Texas alone.

  7. Jerry C.

    January 12, 2024 at 6:13 pm

    No “Johnny Cab” for me!

  8. RJC

    January 13, 2024 at 7:47 pm

    Calif. should donate a VERY large area of their desert and set it up like a small town.
    Turn loose the cars, the human-bots, robo-dogs and whatever mimics they have come up with and let them have a “GO”.
    OH YA! and be “SHURE” to through a “SEMI” or “TWO” in the mix!

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