Phil Koopman: Self-Driving Cars Safety Tips: Everyday Drivers with Full Autonomy

Phil Koopman: Self-Driving Cars Safety Tips: Everyday Drivers with Full Autonomy


Some cars are fully autonomous and designed
to be that way, but some cars have a combination of speed-keeping and lane-keeping,
that you can take your hands off the wheel and take your foot off the gas pedal perhaps,
and the car will sort of drive itself down the highway. But that car was never intended to actually
be a full self-driving vehicle, and if the driver doesn’t pay attention and there’s
a crash, that’s the driver’s fault because they should not have been trusting the vehicle. Other vehicles, like the Google car and some
of the other ones, are really supposed to be fully autonomous. And in that case, there’s a safety driver and
you can decide whether to blame the safety driver or not, but at some point the car is
not supposed to make a mistake. It’s unreasonable to expect a driver in
a self-driving car to remain fully alert and ready to dive in hour after hour if they’ve
been told the car is driving itself.