New political ad shows an autonomous car almost hitting grandma
Do you remember the over-the-top political ad that featured a man representing Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) throwing an elderly woman off a cliff? Well that spot, which took a not so subtle swipe at Ryan’s Medicare plan, may have met its match. A newly released ad, also targeted at seniors, aims to portray autonomous cars as four-wheeled killing machines.
The ad, which was created by the PAC (political action committee) the Committee to Protect Florida, criticizes Florida State Senate candidate Jeff Brandes (R) because he sponsored legislation to allow driverless cars in Florida. In order to drive the point home, the commercial features a voice over by an elderly woman who seems frightened of autonomous technology.
Furthermore, the ad depicts a menacing looking Toyota Prius prowling an innocent neighborhood nearly hitting a senior citizen trying to cross the street (with the help of her walker of course). Not surprisingly, the crazed driverless vehicle shows no regard for stop signs.
The voice over also states that autonomous vehicles are nothing more than “remote controlled cars,” which simply is not true. Obviously the commercial would not be as effective if it referenced the radar, lidar, GPS and computer vision technology that goes into driverless cars. Also not present in the ad is the driver that would be sitting in the front seat. Unfortunately, the ad may be so ridiculous that it may scare some seniors into voting against their best interest.