Razor91869, on 29 July 2011 - 09:08 PM, said:
No, it doesn't does it. Neither does 3 years for jaywalking and 6 months for murdering a pedestrian in the street with a car. Looks like the world aint fair all around. And perhaps if the cab gets in an accident, you shouldn't trust it to drive you while you're passed out in the back seat. However, to be realistic, there's a difference in completely automated vehicles and vehicles that drive themselves with a driver present. If that driver is drunk, he goes to jail.. no questions asked. But to be further fair.. I hold a strong dislike for drinking, and I hate drunks, but I loath drunk drivers. Drivers are not the same as passengers though.
If the car is self-driving, then everyone in the car is a passenger, no matter where they're sitting. So long as nobody 'takes control'. Which the car's black box would note.
Human driven cabs get into accidents all the time. So if you were drunk, you wouldn't 'trust' a cab to take you home? You certainly couldn't trust any other human to take you home, either... So you'd drive?
A robot driver would at least not become tired, irritable, impatient, etc. But it could obey every rule of the road, and still have an accident. Things drop out of the sky. Kids go dashing out from between parked vehicles that fully mask them from sight until they're 12" in front of your fender. Bicyclists do all kinds of chaotic things. Animals wander into the road and do surprisingly suicidal things. Human driven cars signal left and turn right, or slam on their brakes for no reason, or go the wrong way down the freeway fast lane for miles.