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Well, as far as protecting the drunk occupant, anyways.
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Matthew J. Fair, 34, of the 200 block of Wagner Road, was arrested and hospitalized after a traffic crash Sept. 10 around 11:45 p.m. Police responded to a report of an intoxicated motorist behind the wheel of a silver Chevy Volt. While patroling on westbound Willow Road, a Northfield officer found Fair in a heavily damaged silver vehicle off to the side of the road with its airbags deployed after striking a tree.
Police said the vehicle was headed eastbound on Willow Road approaching Chapel Hill Court when it drove off the road and hit two trees and an IDOT sign in the south parkway before hitting a larger tree and coming to a stop south of Willow. Fair, who police said had a blood alcohol content of more than twice the legal limt (0.189) was taken to Glenbrook Hospital and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and issued citations for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and damage to public property. He forfeited his driver's license as bond pending court an Oct. 27 court date.


https://patch.com/illinois/winnetka/drunk-driver-crashes-chevy-volt-tree-northfield-crime-reports
 

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What, no Anti-Tesla post? Bro, you're falling down on the job...:)

Somebody had a really bad day. Makes me wonder when self driving cars become ubiquitous, will drunk driving utterly disappear because the car is driving, not the drunk behind the wheel?

No trees yet for my volt, but it has taken its fair share of flying debris, materializing stop signs, and kamikaze deer.
 

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...Makes me wonder when self driving cars become ubiquitous, will drunk driving utterly disappear because the car is driving, not the drunk behind the wheel?
No. But there will a brand new excuse. I didn't do it officer. It was the car.

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I read that "IDOT" sign as "IDIOT" sign. Seems about right.
 

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Somebody had a really bad day. Makes me wonder when self driving cars become ubiquitous, will drunk driving utterly disappear because the car is driving, not the drunk behind the wheel?
That's my goal for paying money for "self-driving car". When I can get into the thing, push the "Go Home, Jeeves" button, pass out, and wake up in my driveway, LEGALLY.
 

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That's my goal for paying money for "self-driving car". When I can get into the thing, push the "Go Home, Jeeves" button, pass out, and wake up in my driveway, LEGALLY.
Just think if they perfect this, there could be a central controller managing traffic rather than a bunch of autonomous cars trying to guess what's going on. Street lights won't be needed as they could all adjust speeds to speed up or slow down and all cross without issue. Cars could be platooning in bumper-to-bumper formation at high speeds using every square foot of pavement just inches from each other. if we can get to 150 MPH, the airline industry would crumble as people could just hop in a car, fall asleep (or play video games, read a book, watch TV, participate in adult relations), and wake up at your destination well rested.

On the other hand, I like controlling my destiny and don't want to trust my life to a computer quite yet.
 

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Anyone want a "spare tire?" Look's like there's four more in the area...
 

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Just think if they perfect this, there could be a central controller managing traffic rather than a bunch of autonomous cars trying to guess what's going on. Street lights won't be needed as they could all adjust speeds to speed up or slow down and all cross without issue. Cars could be platooning in bumper-to-bumper formation at high speeds using every square foot of pavement just inches from each other. if we can get to 150 MPH, the airline industry would crumble as people could just hop in a car, fall asleep (or play video games, read a book, watch TV, participate in adult relations), and wake up at your destination well rested.

On the other hand, I like controlling my destiny and don't want to trust my life to a computer quite yet.
This is a fine idea, but it's wildly expensive. We can't even figure out how to pay for fixing our bridges much less create central control systems. The idea of putting the smarts in the car is much better. It decentralizes all the costs, and you don't need any infrastructure.

Now if Eisenhower were still president, he might be able to politically maneuver a huge project like this. But we are a long way away from Kansas.
 
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