The biggest hold up lies with the legal ramifications that are likely to occur. For example if your driverless car gets nabbed for speeding or is involved in a collision who is at fault? Not the driver or the car manufacturer maybe the software firm that developed the on-board navigation system. There are also privacy concerns with data logging of where you've been and the list goes on. The lawyers are going to have a field day with this.
That's what I was thinking. It sounds great in theory when they explain that the manufacturer will be responsible (so please don't hesitate to buy our vehicles!) but look at how they behave when their cars cause accidents right now - they blame the driver and anyone else when they know full well that they messed up to save a few cents.
GM were claiming that a death from an accident due to a faulty ignition was not their fault as "that crash" was a separate accident to the one their vehicle caused because it hit another vehicle just milliseconds earlier. So yeah, totally nothing to do with the crash and careering two tons of metal when they knew it really was.
In a battle between the car manufacturers and insurance companies the driver will come out well behind.
In places like Canada its going to be a bit more difficult to fully develop the driverless automobile market because of our Northern Latitude. Imagine being in a driverless car in a prairie snow storm. LOL.
Yeah, I've been thinking about that. The demo's are always in beautiful pristine California roads, not where the snow makes you have to guess where the road is. The ploughed part suddenly ends and it's "invent your own road time". I guess the only thing that may make up for it is the software's ability to see in different wavelengths, detect lamp-posts and use GPS ... but Canada seems to be one of those places where the roads aren't always exactly where they were supposed to be (why in-car GPS suddenly things you're joining the road you are already on) but if they use the car-tracked paths it should be better.
There will be cases where the car expects the drive to suddenly take over. Imagine that, half way through a game of Angry Birds you get told "save yourself".