President Donald Trump reportedly said self-driving cars are “crazy” contraptions and will ultimately never work, according to Axios, citing sources reporters say have personally observed the president criticizing the technology.
Trump played out scenes of self-driving cars going haywire and veering into trees and walls, sources told Axios reporters. The president said he doesn’t think autonomous vehicles are practical, according to multiple sources who’ve witnessed Trump discussing the matter privately.
“You know when he’s telling a story, and he does the hand motions,” one source said, referring to Trump’s hand gesticulations.
The person added: “He (Trump) says, ‘Can you imagine, you’re sitting in the back seat and all of a sudden this car is zig-zagging around the corner and you can’t stop the f—ing thing?’”
The president has also called the revolution “crazy,” reported Axios on Sunday.
Trump’s not alone in his view. Nearly 71 percent of U.S. drivers say they would be afraid to ride in a self-driving vehicles, AAA noted Thursday.
Another source told reporters Sunday that Trump told him self-driving cars “will never work.” News of the president’s alleged animus to autonomous vehicles comes amid reports Tesla’s self-driving cars frequently suffer glitches. (RELATED: ‘Car Was Possessed’: Glitches In Autonomous Vehicle Features Are Creeping Out Drivers)
A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report from June 2018, for instance, found a Tesla vehicle involved in a deadly wreck in March of that year rapidly accelerated prior to barreling into a street barrier. The report raised alarms about the safety and risk associated with the functionality of Tesla’s autopilot system.
Trump’s skeptical position doesn’t seem to have slowed down his administration’s embrace of the technology. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced March 13 a new regulatory body designed to push hyperloop tunnels and self-driving technologies to the forefront.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it is considering changes to decades-old motor vehicle statutes to allow cars with no steering wheels, pedals or gear shifts. One source told Axios’ reporters Sunday it probably wouldn’t take much for Trump to reverse his administration’s light-touch position on such technology.
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