Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

August 31, 2013

Question Time: Hands-free driving coming soon

Are you ready for a world of driver-less cars?

By Rob Burgess
Tribune night editor

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According to the Wall Street Journal, Nissan says it will offer multiple models of fully self-driving cars by 2020. Now, there’s a thought. So, this week we asked: “How do you feel about the idea of living in a world with driver-less cars?”

Your answers

“Do it. It will probably be much safer. If there is a wreck, sue. Can't believe a car manufacturer would accept such liability.” – Delbert Blanton

“I don't like the idea. Look at how many computers crash. I think I would rather trust my driving.” – Paula Stewart

“Trust your math when doing a thousand calculations a second? Didn't think so. Planes fly themselves and have for years. Can't wait for this eventuality. The Google cars have been running around ‘driver-less’ for a few years now.” - Aaron Roseberry

“I don't have that much trust in technology. This kind of thing having even one tiny bug seems like it could cause such massive issues.” - Monica Rybolt

“Maybe all these idiots will be able to text and ‘drive’ without killing people then.” - Josie Jenkins O'Neal

Our answers

“If it prevents accidents, fine, but it'll be massively expensive so regardless of how many there are, I don't think most people will have them for a long time.” – Pedro Velazco

“What! No hands wrapped around a leather-bound steering wheel and putting the pedal to the metal? They already have driverless cars; they're called buses or trains. I would never purchase one. Where is the thrill and fun of driving?” – Ken de la Bastide

“It's pretty hard to imagine a day when we won't WANT to drive at least part time. There is something special with getting your license at 16 and having the independence that comes with it. I should know, my daughter just got her first car. That being said, the monotony of long commutes and vacations to far-off destinations would make this technology a welcome alternative to the current situation.” – Rodney Ogle

“It's going to be like ‘Maximum Overdrive.’ Or the day Skynet became self-aware. Maybe I've been watching too many movies.” – Scott Smith

“Driving stresses me out, but I love the mobility it provides. It takes me two hours round trip to commute to and from work. Ninety percent of that is straight roads, so I can totally see the appeal of these automobiles. I won’t be purchasing the first few rounds of self-driving cars partly because I probably won’t be able to afford them, but also because I’d like the early adopters to help work out the bugs before I try.” – Rob Burgess

Rob Burgess, Tribune night editor, may be reached by calling 765-454-8577, via email at rob.burgess@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter at twitter.com/robaburg.