Terror up the streets

Government highways test self-driving cars

by Mark Luedtke

Imagine you owned your own road, and your children, family, and friends all drove on it. Now, imagine some multi-billionaire asked if he could test his self-driving car on your road next to your family. The billionaire could build his own roads and highways and hire people to drive as guinea pigs on them, but that would cost lots of money, so he would rather pay you a small fee—to him—to test next to your children.

Nobody in their right mind would allow it.

But you don’t own your own roads—government owns them—and rulers want part of those billions so poorly tested self-driving cars without human overseers are going to drive alongside your children.

The cars may be safe, or they may not. Nobody knows because they haven’t been thoroughly tested. You and your children are the guinea pigs, like it or not. It’s one thing to volunteer to be a test driver around driverless cars. It’s another to have it forced upon you.

The more we learn about Tesla’s cars, the more we learn they are unsafe. At least two Teslas have crashed on autopilot, the first killing the driver. Mobileye, the company that makes the vision system used by Tesla, ended its relationship with Tesla over safety concerns. Ars Technica reports, “Mobileye’s CTO and co-founder Amnon Shashua told Reuters that the electric vehicle maker was using his company’s machine vision sensor system in applications for which it had not been designed. ‘No matter how you spin it, (Autopilot) is not designed for that. It is a driver assistance system and not a driverless system,’ Shashua said.”

But Tesla isn’t the only company testing self-driving cars on government roads. Even though the second Tesla crash was close to Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh rulers are forcing their subjects to be guinea pigs for Uber’s self-driving cars, though they’ve done no preparation.

“Any day now, Uber will introduce a fleet of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, making this former steel town the world’s first city to let any passenger hail an autonomous vehicle. So with the world watching, what has the city of 306,000 done to prepare for Uber’s unprecedented test?” The New York Times asks. “The answer is not much. There have been no public service announcements or demonstrations of the technology. Except for the mayor and one police official, no other top city leader has seen a self-driving Uber vehicle operate up close. Fire and emergency services don’t know where the Uber cars will travel.”

Pittsburgh isn’t alone. Michigan allows self-driving cars without overseers, and Ohio rulers handed over the Ohio Turnpike to self-driving cars.

But few seem to care. This unwarranted trust in rulers and their cronies illustrates the extent of brainwashing done against the American people by government schools and government propagandists.

Fortunately, not everybody is so trusting. Yahoo Finance reports, “Self-driving cars are ‘absolutely not’ ready for widespread deployment despite a rush to put them on the road, a robotics expert warned Tuesday. The cars aren’t yet able to handle bad weather, including standing water, drizzling rain, sudden downpours, and snow, Missy Cummings, director of Duke University’s robotics program, told the Senate Commerce Committee.”

Fortunately, it never rains or snows in Ohio, Michigan, or Pennsylvania. Those aren’t the only problems. Neither rain nor snow was implicated in Tesla’s crashes. Self-driving cars are also unequipped to handle anything out of the ordinary.

To make matters worse, federal regulators recently issued comprehensive regulations to protect government’s richest cronies from competition, ensuring the improvement of self-driving cars will progress more slowly than it would have in an unrestricted market.

A few might wonder why government would risk people’s lives by making them guinea pigs. This is the same government that conducted the Tuskegee syphilis experiment from 1932 to 1972 and the Guatemala syphilis experiment from 1946 to 1948. The CIA ran LSD experiments including MKUltra. The record of unethical human experimentation by the U.S. is as old as the U.S. We’re told such experiments can’t happen anymore, but they never end.

Because of its coercive nature, government as we know it is inherently unethical. It’s impossible for the institution to care about human life other than as a source of loot.

An unwilling guinea pig will be killed by a self-driving car soon, the first victim of government’s latest unethical experimentation on the American people. And, we can’t stop it until then.

Reach DCP freelance writer Mark Luedtke at MarkLuedtke@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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Reach DCP freelance writer Mark Luedtke at MarkLuedtke@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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