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Texas: roads, laws, ways

April 4, 2016

I have driven tens of thousands of miles on roads that had no lane markings. Texas, like any state with sparsely populated areas, has many such roads. Some of those roads are dirt. Some places in south and west Texas, there are spots where the road is almost indiscernible from the scrub or flatland around it, except for slight ruts. Those last are the roads that autonomous vehicles must learn to navigate. Right now, that seems to be a problem.

I hope most who read this horrific story of a pregnancy gone wrong forever fight the “pro-life” movement.

Democracy empowers majorities. But other than laws, a state doesn’t necessarily feel all that different because 55% of its voters start to go one way rather than another. So I enjoyed Mimi Swartz’s evocation of Texas in her heart.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Pat permalink
    April 4, 2016 3:08 pm

    I saw two cases last Monday (3/28/16) where a driver had to take control of a self-driving car. Both were on Shoal Creek Blvd.

    In one case, a person was unloading a car parked on the right. His door was open. The google car wouldn’t cross the centerline to go around even though there was no oncoming traffic. In the other case, a self-driving car came up to a long line of bikes passing a car parked in the bike lane, and similarly wouldn’t cross the centerline to pass. The latter was a hazard since the car and the bikes couldn’t work out how to proceed. The human driver had no problem.

    • rturpin permalink*
      April 4, 2016 3:24 pm

      Yep. The software needs to get smart enough to treat lane markings more the way people treat them, as showing expected group behavior, rather than as some kind of absolute.

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