There are a lot of problems that exist in today’s world that people back in the 20th Century were expecting to be solved by now. The hope was scientists would discover a master-gene to accelerate the development of creating a genetic line of big-brained human geniuses to inhabit the earth.
Somehow the focus shifted away from increasing human intelligence organically and all efforts were concentrated on building smarter electronic computers. Consequently, the world population is becoming less intelligent, and more dependent on automation. What were once simple tasks like dialing a rotary phone, or driving a car with a stick-shift transmission have become incomprehensible.
For the automotive enthusiast audience this article is intended for, the subject of autonomous automobiles is about as exciting as a new pair of orthopedic shoes. But, for the ever-increasing population of imbeciles, self-driving cars are a viable solution.
President Barack Obama is aware of the situation and has taken steps to move the country faster towards autonomous automobiles on America’s highways, and eliminate some of the roadblocks towards development.
The U.S. Transportation Department outlined proposals today (January 14, 2016) to waive some vehicle safety rules to allow more driverless cars to operate on U.S. roads, sources said, as part of a broader effort to speed up development of self-driving vehicles.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is set to unveil the new policy guidance for self-driving vehicle testing in Detroit. He will also announce that U.S. President Barack Obama will call on Congress to approve nearly $4 billion over 10 years to accelerate vehicle automation. If Congress doesn’t act can we look forward to an Executive Order?