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The efforts to launch fleets of driverless vehicles keep intensifying with this week’s announcement that Walmart has partnered with Ford and Postmates to offer at-home delivery in the Miami area next year. It’s a market test similar to what Ford has been doing with Domino’s Pizza.

And I am not sure whether to be impressed, or run for the hills.

As much as I like the idea of home delivery in urban areas, I am simply not convinced that driverless cars are ready to hit the streets. Yes, Walmart needs to up its game to be able to compete with Amazon and its own delivery fleet, but the track records of these autonomous vehicles has not exactly been stellar.

Driverless cars rely on sensors looking in every direction, little different from the front-end sensors found today on many new cars…and I mean cars that require human drivers. A couple of weeks ago I had occasion to rent a Nissan Sentra for some business travel, and I found the front-end sensor not only to be annoying whenever I was using cruise and starting to encroach on a vehicle down the road, but, worse yet, the crazy thing started beeping whenever I was staring at a hill to be climbed.

Yeah. As if that hill were going to cause me to crash.

The immediate reaction of the front-end sensor is to at least temporarily disable cruise, as well as give audible alerts. While slowing down is certainly better than speeding up, it is the fact that these sensors are misreading topographical features that gives me pause. What other mistakes are they making?

I understand the need to trim labor costs. I don’t have a problem with frictionless retailing. But I do have a problem with a technology that has not yet proven itself to be close to 100% reliable.

Besides, what if I actually lived atop a hill? Would the Walmart car stop at the bottom and expect me to trudge down to retrieve my purchases?

I think I’ll stick to the human delivery people for now, thank you very much. And one of these days I’ll figure out how to disable those annoying front-end sensors.

Because we humans really do know a thing or two about driving.

Dr “Start Your Engines“ Gerlich