[ExI] The Future of Car Insurance

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Thu Sep 11 07:53:42 UTC 2014

On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 5:56 AM, spike wrote:
> My guess is that car
> accidents make very little impact on hospital bottom line profits.  They
> probably did at one time, but with improvements in tires, anti-lock brakes,
> increased use of seatbelts and universal front seat airbags, I can imagine
> the ER sees way more patients with diabetic complications now than proles
> who have damaged themselves upon the steering wheels of their Detroits.

In the US there are about 50 times as many injuries as deaths in
traffic accidents. In third world countries the traffic accident rate
is horrendous. The benefit of robot cars would correspondingly be
greatest where the accident rates are highest.

As another thought, when robot cars become universal all road traffic
control systems will be abandoned. No traffic lights, Stop signs,
traffic lanes, etc. The cars would know to avoid each other and
probably travel faster than humans could cope with. To a human it
would look like high speed chaos until magically you arrived at your
destination. Eeeeek!


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