Originally Posted by Steven N.
I think Google had some nice pie in the sky vissions on how to make it work (like you are driving down the street and get a message"Wouldn't you like to get a pizza from Jonnie's Pizza for dinner tonight?
There is one coming up on your path in 1/2 mile."
The creep factor is out the roof with that but I doubt Google sees it that way.
I just had a horrible, horrible realization.
Google WILL be releasing their self-driving car technology. They'll get it working 99.9999999% perfectly, and then they'll release it.
And then cars will be able to drive themselves and humanity will be safer because idiots who don't deserve to be able to drive will be able to be legally barred from driving manually but still get from place to place.
And that'll be great.
But it will come at the price of our ears. Sure, we all have self-driving cars, but they'll all be Google tech. They'll know exactly where we are, and the cars' speakers will bombard us with ads (like the one you outlined above) as it drives (and even if we're driving manually). And there will be no way to turn it off. You either have the ads or you don't get a self-driving car.
What a horrid, horrid, future.
I'm being entirely serious about the above, but the following is (only partially) a joke.
"How about stopping to get a pizza? There's a pizza joint about a mile from here."
"No, car, I don't want one. I don't eat pizza."
"You sure? How about we go there and you can check it out."
"NO, car, I don't want one."
"I'll just take you there and you can be sure."
"NO. CAR, GIVE ME BACK MY STEERING."
"I can assure you, [name], that pizza's pretty good. Just hop out and buy a delicious three-topping large for $9.99 and then I'll take you home and you can eat it."
*banging on the now-locked doors*