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    Europe demands driverless cars be driveable « Ars Technica

    "The legislation is just not in place for us to be able to put these vehicles on the market," explains a BMW spokesperson.

    Essentially, EU law has not yet worked out applicable assumptions and rules that would apply to the kind of intermittently autonomous vehicles currently available, never mind the sort of design just shown off by Google—which lacks a steering wheel.

    The UN Convention on Road Traffic was until very recently considered a major stumbling block to European progress in this area. Based on a 1968 agreement, the original ruling demanded that a driver be in control of his or her vehicle "at all times." Now that's been changed to allow for autonomous systems but the law still stipulates that the human driver be able to retake control at any moment. Cars without steering wheels aren't coming to the EU any time soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teejay View Post
    If they're made by Google, you'll tell the car to go to Sainsburys and you'll end up at Tesco as they've paid Google a bigger advertising fee.
    You listen to Radio 4 as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    You listen to Radio 4 as well
    Sometimes satire isn't funny because you know it's horrifically true.

    On the topic of progress I really recommend this horizon special from the late 70's. Quite thought provoking.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode...chips-are-down

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    You listen to Radio 4 as well
    Eh, confused.com moment, I'm being a bit thick obviously ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by teejay View Post
    Eh, confused.com moment, I'm being a bit thick obviously ;-)
    The same joke was told on The Now Show on Friday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    The same joke was told on The Now Show on Friday.
    @teejay made the joke on Wednesday

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norphy View Post
    @teejay made the joke on Wednesday
    The barstewards stole my joke! *phone lawyer*



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