ViciousNakedMoleRat t1_j958sau wrote

With automated driving the question is simply: How much more do we value an overall reduction of crashes compared to having to live with crashes that a driving human would've easily avoided?

On a societal level, we should theoretically be in favor of self-driving cars as soon as they cause fewer crashes than human-operated cars – even if it's just a couple of percent.

However, on a personal level, it probably takes a much more significant rate to convince many individual drivers. That's because a vast majority of drivers thinks of themselves as above average.

The perceived stupidity of automated driving accidents, like driving straight into objects or coming to a stop in the middle of the road makes them particularly likely to be picked up by the media, which raises the exposure of people to these issues. The hundreds of daily crashes caused by inattention or other human error just slide by without being noticed.

This causes a similar situation as fear of flying. It's much safer to fly than to drive a car, but plane crashes become huge news stories, which causes some people to develop an irrational fear of flying, while having no issue with driving.


ViciousNakedMoleRat t1_izdwt6k wrote

I don't quite see the benefit. They make it sound like it only requires sunlight and therefore reduces electricity costs, but that isn't the case.

>The Saudi innovation uses the polarisation of sunlight to transfer data by using smart glass elements known as dual-cell liquid crystal shutters (DLS).

The system still requires a modem and router, it just replaces the sending antenna with smart glass. I'm not sure what they use as the receiving antenna, since smart glass can't be used for that purpose.

Smart glass currently requires around 5 watts per square meter / 10 square foot. For it to cover several rooms or large areas, there would have to be many smart windows.

The WiFi antenna of a standard fiber router requires about 5 watts.

So, a normal WiFi router uses less electricity and doesn't require line of sight to the antenna. It also doesn't require a separate method to receive data from the device.


ViciousNakedMoleRat t1_iycay9j wrote

I couldn't immediately find a single source that had all the information, but after reading a couple of articles, I've gathered the following.

Part of the development is the resettlement of 58,000 eligible families, who currently live in the slum, into newly developed tenements. Those housing units will be rent-free and built on neighboring land, to avoid having to move inhabitants of the slum into temporary housing during construction.

There are apparently another 58,000 ineligible families, who will be resettled in a different neighborhood of Mumbai, but I couldn't find an explanation for why some families are and some families aren't eligible.