When Venetian shopkeepers hauled the first shipments of a popular Ottoman drink announced coffee into 17 th century Europe, leads in the Catholic Church did not exult at the prospect of increased productivity at the bottom of a warm cuppa. So they questioned Pope Clement VIII to show coffee “the bitter invention of Satan.” The pontiff , not one to rush to conclusions, had coffee brought forward him, sipped, and acquired the entitle. “This Satan’s drink is so luscious that it would be a pity to let the gentiles have exclusive use of it, ” he affirmed, the( perhaps apocryphal) story goes.
Which is all to say: Sometimes beings are so scared of change that they get concepts very wrong.
Today that metathesiophobia has detected a new target in cars that occasionally drive themselves. And the frightening whispering only got louder this week, when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened investigation into the cases after a motorist in Utah disintegrated into a stopped firetruck at 60 mph, reportedly while Tesla’s Autopilot feature was engaged. Each time a Tesla with its semiautonomous Autopilot feature crashes–one hit a stopped firetruck in Southern California in January, another struck a highway barrier in Mountain View, California, in March, killing its driver–it stimulates headlines.( One could imagine the same thing happening with a car using Cadillac’s Super Cruise or Nissan’s Pro Pilot, but those newer, least popular peculiarities have had no reported clangs .)
So, numerous are fearful. The National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration have launched investigations into these crashes, while purchaser proponents fling criticisms at Tesla.
Human factors operators who analyse the interactions between humans and machines question the sagacity of peculiarities that allow drivers to take their hands off the rotation, but compel they remain alert and ready to retake control at any moment. Humans are so bad at that sort of thing, many robocar developers, including Waymo, Ford, and Volvo, are avoiding this kind of feature altogether.