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The sad truth is that Rideshare drivers and Taxi drivers combined do not have the money or political power to stop implementation of Autonomous Vehicles. However, there is another group that just might.

Right behind Autonomous cars are ... Autonomous TRUCKS!

If Truckers and the politically powerful Teamsters union realize the danger to their jobs and their livelihood then there is a real chance of killing Autonomous Vehicles.

An average car weighs about 3,000 pounds. An average truck weighs 10 times that, over 30,000 pounds. Some are over 80,000 pounds. What will people think of tens of thousands of those on the road under robotic control?!!

[skeptic] Sounds good unless some rich corporation with billions pays them off to look the other way [/skeptic]
 

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Right, bc getting hit by a 3000 lb car only causes a slight itch. What kind of stupid thinking is this?
The momentum of a moving truck is roughly 5 to 25 times that of a car, lets use an average of 10 times. A truck collision can cause about 10 times the amount of damage. Both are far worse than a "slight itch", but the relative effects of the two are not the same. If you want, checkout the physics at http://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/54150/small-car-colliding-with-large-truck

What's more important is the likely public perception that an out-of-control truck is far worse than an out-of-control car. It's common sense, backed-up up by highway statistics, that the chances of a car's passengers surviving an accident with a truck are significantly lower compared to a similar accident with a much lighter car.

We will know that the major propaganda hard-sell has begun sometime in the future when we begin to hear how "Statistically, autonomous vehicles are 'safer' then those driven by people." That's a long way off, but closer than you think.
 

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Why would we want to trade 1.2 million lives annually for some low paying jobs? Time moves on, the world changes, there's plenty of time to prepare for those not in denial.

With 2 teenage daughters, 1 and 3 years away from driving, I don't think SDCs can get here fast enough.
 
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