Taco-copters: the serious side

by Walter Olson on June 15, 2012

“Issues surrounding liability and law, rather than technology, now appear to be the biggest obstacle to autonomous vehicles.” [Ryan Avent via Alex Tabarrok]

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1 Swift 06.18.12 at 10:24 am

What nonsense. The reason tacocopters don’t fly is because of technology. The “issues relating to liability and law” have to do with people getting whacked by them and or maybe getting their human bits intertwined with their spinning or electrical bits. There’s a world of difference between getting something to work as a lab prototype and getting it to work safely and consistently in a deployable environment in a cost effective and safe way. It is only a testament to the author’s lack of deep engineering experience that they would imply otherwise.

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