[LINK] Standards, please! The third coming of electric vehicles
swilson at lockstep.com.au
Mon Apr 23 10:43:39 EST 2012
On 23/04/2012 10:11 AM, jim birch wrote:
> In a fairly short a time - maybe a few decades - it will be unnecessary or
> even illegal to drive your own car in a city on account of the systematic
> unreliability of human drivers.
Illegal? Not in my lifetime.
In the late 80s I worked on the first software controlled implantable
defibrillator. 40,000 lines of C, produced at a rate of one debugged
line per developer per day. Our system had a very small set of
one-dimensional asynchronous real time inputs (one cardiac signal, one
serial telemetry input, one safety magnet reed switch input) and a few
synchronous internal interrupts (for logging and self-checks). And this
was a very very hard problem.
I know 23 years is a long time since that experience but I don't know
that software engineering is ready for controlling a real car on a real
street. Is it?
> ...there will be a push to
> get the remaining human-controlled killer vehicles off the streets.
What do you think the reaction will be to the first fatal accident by a
robot car? How will it be handled - socially, professionally, politically?
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