10 reasons to fear Google's self-driving car

Updated: Not to slow the wheels of progress or anything but …

Google's research into self-driving cars received a world of attention over the weekend because, well, because it's Google. And while the concept of autonomous vehicles is not new, allow me this opportunity to ask if we have thought enough about:

Self-driving 18-wheelers.

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What happens when one self-driving car can't resist texting the other wicked cute self-driving car?

Cabbies need to eat, too.

When a self-driving car cuts you off in traffic, what will be the point of flipping it the bird?

Dad's never going to give up the keys now.

See that line of lawyers snaking around the factory that builds self-driving cars.

What part of "Car and Driver" doesn't Google understand?

Parallel parking will no longer impress anyone.

"Driving Miss Daisy" doesn't win an Oscar with HAL playing the Morgan Freeman role.

And finally, two words: Microsoft Inside.

(Update: As for those taking the news more seriously: Chris Matyszczyk at CNet asks "crazy good or crazy crazy?" ... The New York Times has more details. ... Clint Boulton at eWeek writes: "It smacks of the artificial intelligence technology Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page have for years talked about building to augment and even replace human work." ... And they've taken note across the pond.)

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