Not-So-Robo Cars

Self-driving cars…where are they?

Here is how Consumer Reports — a publication that accepts the hypothesis that the automobile is somehow a decent product and, accordingly, hands out sweetheart numbers — rates existing robotic driving systems in this, the year of our lord 2021:

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Consumer Reports, February 2021 edition

The top overall score is 68/100. That’s a D+. 16 of the 17 overall scores are Fs.

The other noteworthy (and rather comical) point here is the “Keeping the Driver Engaged” scores, all but one of which are atrocious.

A wag might point out that staying engaged is precisely what robotic driving is supposed to eliminate the need for.

On the deathly serious side, meanwhile, the existence of some force that is task-engaged is also the entire difference between a car and a 2-ton anti-personnel drone.

Of course, other than padding price-tags, robo-driving’s real purpose is to burnish the erroneous notion that automobiles are somehow cutting-edge, rather than outdated and inherently defective, technology.

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