Florida Political Ad Suggests That Self-Driving Cars Will Be the Death of Grandma

By: Josh Wolford - August 13, 2012

Striking memories of Maximum Overdrive and vehicles gone mad, a new Florida campaign ad hints that one candidate supported technology that will splay out old people in the streets. What’s so terrifying that Florida’s retired population should consider it in the upcoming State Senate race?

Self-driving cars, or course.

Florida’s 22nd district is being contested by two Republicans, Jeff Brandes and Jim Frishe. Frishe is a fiscal conservative, who places a high value on raising educational standards. Apparently, Brandes is an irresponsible futurist who wants to put autonomous death machines onto the streets of Nana’s assisted living community.

“Technology is great,” says the narrator (who sounds like a elderly woman). “But driverless cars? Is this really a priority?”

During that narration, the messages on the screen says “Driverless cars for all: more dangerous than driving” and “Will driverless cars really slow for pedestrians?”

Let’s just say that this is the first time I’ve seen self-driving cars at the center of an attack ad. Check it out below:

The ad was paid for by the Committee to Protect Florida, who says that their purpose is to “support and advance the ideals of protecting the interests of the state of Florida.”

And it looks like Google is the enemy.

[via Jalopnik]
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  • Roy

    This technology will go nowhere. It is common sense. We will never have those cars legally on the road. If we do, it will take one single accident for the population to rally against them.

  • Todd

    Driverless cars could make the roads safer than they are now with distracted drivers. It astounds me how careless and inattentive human drivers can be while careening down the road in a two ton metal killing machine. I’m not saying these computer driven vehicles would have a perfect safety record, but they won’t plow down pedestrians because they were too busy to watch the road.

  • http://www.peterray.co.uk Peter

    We need to recognise some basic facts:
    driverless cars have been tested extensively, and that testing will continue. With all the safety regulations regarding vehicles and technology we should expect that driverless cars will be safe, apart from teething troubles.

    some questions:
    1) As a road user, which would you trust more a) a driver whom you do not know – and certainly do not know their state of mind or driving ability, or b) the reliability of the vehicle they are driving? Car driving technology will be just another piece of technology.
    2) There is a lot of automated technology around us. Do you seriously distrust all of that?

  • http://www.arthurspools.com/abovegroundpools/abovegroundpools.htm Craig Holman

    Grandma anbd grandpa, and little susie texting cutie, and Sloshy Drink Tom and Distracted Dad, and Make up Mom ….etc etc etc

    kill far more people…..lets take the human element out of the equation it HAS to be safer