A proposal for a new site has appeared on Area51 - Autonomous Vehicles.
Its rationale being:
Proposed Q&A site for professional, amateurs and enthusiasts engaged and interested in the development and core technology relating to self driving vehicles.
Although repair and maintenance of these autonomous systems are presumably on topic here, development of vehicles is off-topic. To quote the "What topics can I ask about here?" help page:
Questions related to the maintenance and repair of motor vehicles and their accessories, internal combustion engines, even in applications other than automotive so long as the question is related to engine or engine accessories.
Clearly, the example questions under the Area51 proposal are off-topic here under the above criteria. I just wonder, is it worth considering allowing questions regarding autonomy here?
Not necessarily developing or advancing the AI itself but more how it installs and interacts with the vehicle mechanics. How to determine which module is faulty, etc. Sooner or later, home mechanics will be trying to maintain, repair and eventually restore classic self-driving cars.
Or would that just open a can of worms that is best left closed?