By B.N. Frank
Unfortunately, some drivers still want own and operate them with the automated features turned on AND some American elected officials continue endorsing them as being a necessity.
Leaves From The Tree of My Life
by Bente Dammegard
Written a few years before the author Bente Dammegaard left this world: “At the moment I am 81 years old and live on the beautiful island of Mallorca, Spain. When I wrote the book I looked back on my life wondering how on earth I had succeeded in collecting so many years. Along the way I have become the mother of three wonderful and very different children, have spent a lot of my life as a translator and, as such, have translated books, films, comics and scientific texts. I have been an instructor of non-violent jiujitsu, been a teacher of languages for adults and never had a steady job but always been a free lance person, that is to say I have worked my bum off when others were on holiday, been a tourist guide at an old fortress/castle – which the Swedes built against us Danes, and I was the first and only one to conquer it. I am a Dane by birth, moved to Sweden in 1966 with husband and three children, lived there for more than 35 years and moved to Spain because the ice and snow on the roads of Sweden were just too much. I am now, more than ever, conscious of the fact that I – and nobody else in the universe – am responsible for how my attitude towards life is. I can choose to see myself as a victim and feel sorry for me, or I can see myself as surrounded by miracles, which I truly am, and be grateful.”
Thanks to Zerohedge for reporting about another AV mishap:
While Elon Musk was celebrating his recent defamation trial victory, yet another Model 3 on Autopilot has done what Model 3s tend to do: slammed into an inanimate object. This particular accident occurred on I-95 near Norfolk, CT when the Tesla, on autopilot, slammed into two vehicles. One vehicle was a Connecticut State Police cruiser, according to ABC.
The driver said that he had put the car in Autopilot because he was checking on his dog in the back seat. Meanwhile, police were on the highway after responding to a report of a disabled vehicle that was occupying a lane.
Troopers were waiting for a tow truck for the disabled vehicle when the 2018 Model 3, traveling Northbound, crashed into the rear of the cruiser before “continuing in the same direction and hitting the disabled vehicle,” according to authorities
The car was “finally stopped several hundred feet ahead” by another state trooper. Luckily, no one was seriously injured and the driver was issued a misdemeanor summons for reckless driving and reckless endangerment.
State police took the accident as an opportunity to remind people that there are no vehicles yet that are fully automated.
“Regardless of your vehicle’s capabilities, when operating a vehicle your full attention is required at all times to ensure safe driving,” state police concluded.
This means there still seems to be NO point in owning an Automated Vehicle.