Driverless Cars Disadvantages

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The disadvantages of driverless cars By Johann Groß, Melinda Jakus, Denise Pizzimenti and Anko Baron Autonomous cars, defined as cars with the capability to act independently, are gradually appearing on the streets. The world is eagerly anticipating the full implementation of technology as advanced as this, but have managed to disregard the overwhelming disadvantages that come with any new technological advance. The problems with technological errors and its liability, the resulting ethics questions and the ever-existing human element, should prevent us from using this automated machinery. The point of this report is to present the disadvantages of driverless cars with the focus of technology, ethics and the human element. The chances that a vehicle might malfunction are much higher when the system used becomes more complex as the number of functions that could go wrong increases. Since the system autonomous cars run on is particularly complicated, there is a significant chance that the vehicles might develop deficiencies over time. Consequently, in case these lead to accidents, responsibility concerns might be raised, which could result in further problems. Manufacturers might not accept liability for the incident and will most likely claim that they programmed the cars in a way that no deficiencies would occur. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, actually made a compelling argument comparing car crashes to being stuck in an elevator,

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