I don't like active collision avoidance systems that steer or brake. I might need to ram a vehicle with mine, and want to have that option available. That might sound odd at first glance, but it's informed by personal experience so it's not theoretical to me that situations can arise where an intentional collision is the right thing to do.
The evolution of this tech sounds to me like we're making an exponentially-more expensive, privatized version of a decent public transit system.
You get in, it takes you somewhere, Elon Musk 'n' friends get to make even more money, and it looks like the dawn of a techno-utopia is here (we got space cowboys 'n' everything now!) until enough people realize their sweet new cars with lots of fragile and sensitive tech are getting beat to hell real quick on our poorly maintained, shitty roads. How good are Teslas at avoiding suspension (and sensor)-busting potholes, for starters?
I really don't think that the companies developing self-driving tech appreciate that a bunch of states still don't even have any vehicle emissions testing because if they did their state economies would tank since so many vehicles would be taken off the road for failing (grounding much of the wage-slave workforce). And none of the people driving all these barely-running old cars want to be, but they can't afford anything else.
Unless a program is created that ensures everyone on the road has the latest tech then we might end up in a spectacularly unsafe situation were there's a mix of autonomous and old, analog cars on the highways.
I imagine that autonomous vehicles are a lot safer if ALL the vehicles on the road are autonomous, since they can be networked and will act uniformly and predictably in a given situation. When it's a 50/50 mix on the road then the autonomous vehicles will also have to deal with the unpredictability of the humans driving the "old" cars, and that takes an enormous amount of additional bandwidth to process in real-time.
What we really need is decent public transit, but the U.S. is too big and everything is spread too far apart thanks to building it all 10X more sprawled out in order to accommodate car culture (it's more like 12X, esp. in car-centric cities like Los Angeles; imagine if LA was 1/12 as sprawled out; public transit suddenly becomes quite affordable, and people might even walk!).
But instead of real public transit we all have to buy our own mini semi-public transit system, which is what a car you don't drive using tech you don't own or control seems to me to be analogous to. The only part of it that seems to be truly "mine" in that scenario is the monthly payment required for the privilege of being carried around in it.
Should we have to sign a EULA before they unleash invasive technology though?
There should be studies on new tech that are equivalent to how a new drug is studied before mass-producing it. Tech is always just unleashed upon the world as soon as it's invented, as if new must always mean better or that any unintended "side effects" will either be surmountable or reversible. People go to literal rehab for their social media addiction now ffs.
The Silicon Valley pseudo-culture of "disruption" doesn't seem to appreciate that if all you do is disrupt existing structures, you might find yourself without any functioning structures if you don't get the timing perfect when replacing them with the new structures you seek to replace them with.
The malfunctioning cyborg known as Mark Zuckerberg's now-infamous motto was "move fast and break things." Well he did just that, but the things he broke or was instrumental in breaking real fast turned out to be civility, reason, and Democracy. Hatred, delusion, and Fascism have predictably been filling the vacuum, and it's probably going to get a lot worse since it seems to have crossed an irreversible tipping point and there's no sign of any real robust movement to stop or reverse it. If someone thinks education can do it I would urge them to watch the videos of what's going on at School Board meetings around the country.
Another thing about excessive reliance on technology that I wonder about is how much of a national security threat having a fully autonomous, networked transportation system presents in the case of either a hack that takes control over critical systems that keep traffic moving or one that shuts it all down completely? Did none of the people working on this stuff watch the 2004 remake of Battlestar Galactica?!? Did they factor in solar flares?
It's kind of funny to think about a minor flare fucking with the GPS satellites enough to stop self-driving traffic nationwide since no car would know where it is, potentially leaving you stranded within sight of your destination, or on a route you could drive almost in your sleep if only you were allowed to drive your own car...