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It’s been suggested more than a few times on TTAC, most recently in conjunction with an incident where police shot a mentally ill man to death, that stories regarding police interaction with motorists are, or should be, outside the purview of this blog.

Point Two of the TTAC Reboot promises “Accountability and Civility”. In service of that goal, I want to take a moment to ask the B&B how all of you feel regarding cop-and-motorist stories. This won’t be a poll; I’d rather hear the reasons behind the choices. Should we have:

* No stories about police/motorist interactions at all?
* Only stories that are directly related to enforcement of traffic laws (i.e. speed cameras, distracted-driving law)
* Only stories where the police are presented in a positive, community-focused manner?
* Everything under the sun, including that kind of skanky-sexy girl in the Murano who rammed the cops?
* A different set of criteria entirely?

When Car and Driver basically declared war against the 55MPH speed limit lo these many years ago, they unwittingly set the universal template for automotive-enthusiast publications, both print and online. It’s long been assumed that the police are the natural enemy of people who want to drive quickly on public roads. Perhaps that’s no longer true, at least here at TTAC. Perhaps the B&B, as a majority, are comfortable with the speed limits and the manner in which police interact with motorists. If that’s the case, the content should reflect it.

Think about it and let us know.

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Can A Robot Car Get You Pinched For DUI? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/can-a-robot-car-get-you-pinched-for-dui/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/can-a-robot-car-get-you-pinched-for-dui/#comments Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=471678 Sure, driverless cars might mean the end of individual freedom, automotive enthusiasm, and the American man as we know him today, but at least you can’t get busted for drunk driving when you let your robot car drive you home from the local watering home, right? Right? Writing in the New Scientist, legal expert Bryant […]

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Sure, driverless cars might mean the end of individual freedom, automotive enthusiasm, and the American man as we know him today, but at least you can’t get busted for drunk driving when you let your robot car drive you home from the local watering home, right?

Right?

Writing in the New Scientist, legal expert Bryant Walker Smith suggests that it will be extremely possible to get a ticket for DUI in a self-driving automobile.

How do you ticket a robot? Who should pay? And can it play (or drive) by different rules of the road?… To what standard, then, should these vehicles be held? Must they perform as well as a perfect human driver for any conceivable manoeuvre? Or must they perform merely as well as an average human in a statistical sense? In any case, how should that performance be measured?

The first question Smith asks — how do you ticket a robot — is particularly interesting, because the current ticketing-industrial complex depends on aggressive ticketing to cover everything from municipal slush funds to red-light-camera firms’ stockholder dividends. A country filled with perfectly-behaved robot cars doing 54.5 miles per hour in a 55 and stopping right before the line at every traffic light will leave a lot of pockets empty. Something will have to be done, and that something will likely include paying some serious attention to what the occupants of driverless cars are doing. What if it turns out to be illegal to be “distracted” while one’s robot car is driving? If you want a vision of the future, imagine a thoroughly bored man staring out a robot car windshield — forever.

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