A Rough Road for Self-Driving Cars

Should we cut to the chase and just call them self-crashing cars?

Uber got a lot of unwanted attention on April 1, 2018, when one of its self-driving Volvo XC90s on a road test fatally struck a pedestrian in Tempe, AZ.

Elaine Herzberg, 49, was walking her bicycle across Mill Avenue about 10 p.m. when the Volvo, traveling a reported 38 miles per hour, struck her. Herzberg was crossing mid-block, not within a crosswalk. She was still alive when rescue Read More

John Draneas

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John practices law in the Portland, OR, suburb of Lake Oswego, where he focuses on tax and estate planning, business organizations and transactions, and representation of collector-car owners. He is a past president of the Oregon region of the Porsche Club of America and served as the chairman of the PCA’s 2006 parade. His collection includes two Porsches, a Ferrari, an Alfa, a Lotus, a BMW daily driver, a John Deere tractor — and one increasingly famous Jaguar E-type. This month’s “You Write, We Read” on p. 20 is full of SCMer advice on whether Draneas should restore his Jag.

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  1. Glad to see someone have an alternate view on this subject. When I get someone telling me that truck drivers are going to get replaced by self driving trucks I point out that the truck, with a load of beer that crossed the country was surrounded by an entire entourage to prevent anyone from cutting in front of the truck. Why? Per Federal regulations a driver has to maintain one second of distance for every 10 feet of length plus another second for each 10 mph over 50 mph plus another second for unusual loads/weather/environment. So the proper following distance for a 70′ truck at 60 mph at night would be 9 seconds. I had one driver respond that to maintain that distance in Los Angeles “he’d have to be driving backwards.” What a truck driver on the freeway usually sees is just the roof of something that just cut in front of the truck. So the truck would slow to re-create the distance and that would cause cars to continue to cut in front of the truck until it would be completely stopped. Then, given the 0 to 60 time of a class 8 truck being in the 1 1/2 minute area there would likely be vehicles cutting in front of it more than before.But I digress. Now Bluetooth connectivity would be useful. Announcing that a vehicle many cars ahead has stopped/slowed or that a vehicle approaching at a perpendicular angle is not likely to stop, that would be good IMHO.

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