Hilarious Attack Ad In Florida Suggests That Legalizing Autonomous Vehicles Puts Old People At Risk
from the run-for-your-lives dept
It’s political silly season, so you expect to see all kinds of ridiculous campaign ads, and in local elections they can get particularly bizarre. Most of them have little to do with technology and innovation and things that we focus on, but here’s one that’s been making the rounds that seems worth discussing here. A local campaign ad in Florida attacked candidate Jeff Brandes for… legalizing “driverless cars” in Florida. First, just watch it:
Then, the ad “quotes” Forbes supposedly saying that “Driverless Cars for All: More DANGEROUS Than Driving.” Here’s the screenshot:
But, more seriously, the ad then attacks the candidate by saying he should be focused on the economy and jobs. Um. You know one good way to do that? It’s to help advance job-creating technology and innovations. You’d think that seniors in Florida would be excited, not worried about autonomous vehicles, in that they could help make them a lot more mobile.
Either way, the ad is silly, and pure misleading luddism targeted at Florida seniors. And, clearly, they didn’t work, as the guy won his primary anyway. Oh, and it’s worth noting that his opposing candidate — the one that ad wanted the little old ladies to vote for? Yeah, he voted in favor of the same proposal to allow autonomous vehicles on the roads in Florida too. Ah, politics…