Donald Trump is reported to believe that self-driving cars are a menace to society and that he’d “never let a computer drive him around”.
Axios reports that the President’s recent tweets about Boeing’s “complex” planes have emphasised that his thoughts that autonomous vehicle revolution is “crazy”.
In conversations on Air Force One and in the White House, Trump is reported to have acted out scenes of self-driving cars veering out of control and crashing into walls. The report quotes four sources who say he doesn’t think autonomous vehicles make sense.
One source who heard Trump talk about hypothetical accidents involving self-driving cars is quoted by Axios as sayng that he said, “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 source continued to say that “he’s definitely an automated car skeptic,” whilst another source sad that Trump has told him that self-driving cars “will never work.”
The report continues that in one of the early 2017 meetings with CEOs in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tesla boss Elon Musk and Trump shared an exchange about Tesla’s “Autopilot” technology. Trump told Musk that he preferred traditional cars, according to a source who was in the room.
According to Axios in the summer of 2017, at his Bedminster golf club, Trump was talking with club members when one raised the subject of AV technology. the club member was”excited” about a new Tesla he bought, recalled a source who was part of the conversation, “And (Trump) was like, ‘Yeah that’s cool but I would never get in a self-driving car, I don’t trust some computer to drive me around.”