September 25, 2012 archive

If Self-Driving Cars Are the Future Then Why California High-Speed Rail?


Google Self-driving car

A self-driving Toyota Prius

If self-driving cars are the future for California, why is California Governor Jerry Brown and Legislatve Democrats so gung-ho for High-Speed Rail?

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that would allow self-driving cars on California’s roads.

Brown signed the bill Tuesday at a ceremony at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

“We are looking at science fiction becoming reality in a self-driving car,” Brown said.

Tech giant GoogleInc., Caltech and other organizations have been working to develop such vehicles, which use radar, video cameras and lasers to navigate roads and stay safe in traffic without human assistance. Googlehas said computer-controlled cars should eventually drive more safely than humans.

“These vehicles have the potential to avoid accidents.… We can save lives, create jobs and reduce congestion,” said Google co-founder Sergey Brin. “I expect that self-driving cars will be far safer than human driven cars.”

Brin said autonomous cars could be functional and safe for operation on public streets within a handful of years.

The bill, SB1298, sponsored by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), establishes guidelines for autonomous vehicles to be tested and operated in California.

Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters asks the same question.

Here is the video:


High-Speed trains are old technology and will cost a ton of money that California does not have. And, there is NO guarantee that anyone will ride them.

Just askin…..


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