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September 24, 2014

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Hello Irving,

I was on the same page as you are with regard to the mainstream adoption of self driving cars not so long ago. And I know there is a lot of ground to be covered of which technology is likely the easier part.

Yet I do also see that eg Volvo makes a clear statement that they will take responsibility (i.e. be liable for damages) if their cars cause an accident when in self-driving mode (http://www.cnet.com/news/a-ride-in-volvos-autonomous-car-how-the-next-step-in-driver-safety-requires-replacing-the-driver/ ).

At the same time I see that countries such as the UK and The Netherlands are doing their utmost best to be legally prepared for having self-driving cars on their territories. This includes experimenting with self-driving trucks in the ports of Rotterdam in five years http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/16/netherlands-tech-autos-idUSL5N0OX3S420140616

These developments make me believe this is not something that might happen at some point. This is something society believes in and it's advancement will be pursued by more than just 'the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers..'

Now, there will be problems as well, and disappointments. All part of the hype cycle. But the time it takes to cover that from beginning to the end, may well be a lot shorter than we currently think.

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