Self-driving cars are taking to the streets in California this summer, but the Golden State isn’t the only one opening its roads to autonomous cars.
Virginia just announced that 70 miles of highway in the Commonwealth would be open to self-driving cars, like the cars in Google’s fleet. Any autonomous vehicle wanting to travel those routes, called the Virginia Automated Corridors, will be overseen by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, which helped the state government plan the project.
As the Richmond Times-Dispatchreports the plan is for companies to test how their cars react in real-world situations on highways packed with human drivers. People worried about potential crashes should remember that in California, accidents involving self-driving cars have all been the fault of humans so far. (1)
Yes, computers can drive better.
Computers can play chess better.
Cars can run faster.
Lost our soul have we, to believe these things are important, as Yoda would say.
Start walking again. Start losing. Start playing chess for fun. Start making mistakes again. And you will soon feel that these things are not important. Being entails losing, imperfection. This is what makes us humans. This is what makes us perfect.