Most people in their lifetimes have driven a car to someplace or another. A car is a common want or needs that most people have, which is why cars are always changing and improving. There is an abundance of different makes and models of cars, making it a more desirable product for consumers. The self-driving or autonomous car is a product of the next technological advancement of cars. Self-driving cars could cause changes to numerous situations, for instance, how we interact with one another or how to react and/or proceed after an accident.
The companies today that are attempting to make self driving cars have had a huge success and this is a good thing because they have found that if the road is occupied only by self driving cars then it would be safer in a number of ways. One reason stated in the article “ The 3 biggest ways self- driving cars will improve our lives,” by Cadie Thompson, is that “ if 90% of cars were autonomous, the number of accidents would fall from 6 million a year to 1.3 million a year.” This would be a drastic change, and would help save hundreds of thousands of lives each year. Also in the article titled “3 reasons you should embrace self driving cars,” by Drew Hendricks, it says that “ there’s no emotion involved, and certainly no distractions.” This means that all distractions
True,the self driving car will give off less air pollution than the regular car, because it uses electricity instead of gas. However, the factories that make the cars will still contribute to air pollution. Another reason people like self driving cars better, is because they claim there would be less accidents each year. Most accidents are caused by human error. But, according to the article (A Google Self-Driving car caused a crash for the first time), “California DMV filing first reported by writer Mark Harris, one of Google’s self-driving Lexus SUVs drove into the side of a bus at low speed.” Lastly, some may say that one could be more productive in a self driving vehicle because the computer is in charge of the wheel.
Also some employees of Google also used the Self Driving Vehicles for work and weekend trips. While working on these test trips test drivers are able to disengage the Self Driving Vehicle and take over control it needed. In 2015 “Firefly”, took the first fully self driving ride on public roads, Firefly had no steering wheel or pedals for assistance. In 2016 the Google self driving project became known as Waymo. Waymo is a self driving technology company with a mission to make it easy and safe for people to get around.
Tomorrow, maybe, completely autonomous cars will steer themselves across mountain ranges and through downtowns. Across the world, hundreds of millions or even perhaps billions of people will be safer than ever, more prosperous than ever, and more efficient than ever. Despite, some people will say self-driving cars will foster an environment of less safety, rather than more. They say hackers may be able gain control of cars from the outside. However, this is not true because the sensors on a car can and will be programmed to automatically detect and shut down malicious invaders, through reasons which I actually will explain later.
Technology is advancing rapidly and allowing us to make our day-to-day activities easy and straightforward. In the same way, self-driving cars were introduced to ease the transportation for humans. The idea behind these cars is to eliminate the crashes as Bryant Walker-smith, says that today 90% of the accidents are caused by human errors. But with these amazing features, the driverless cars should also make ethical and moral decisions resulting in the rise of an ethical dilemma for vehicle manufacturers. What is going on?
Since the car is basically a computer, it could get hacked and the hacker could use the car as a weapon or steal any information that they can get from it. If a fatal accident involving a self driving car were to happen, who would be responsible? The makers of the car for failing to create a vehicle that could handle the situation, or the driver for not paying attention. There has been an accident where a self driving car killed a man because the car thought an 18 wheeler was a cloud and went straight into the truck. They truck took off the top of the car
In addition, recent studies have shown that human drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident in comparison to driverless cars. Cars of Tomorrow-Still Not Flying states; “Google has had a fleet of driverless cars since 2009, and they’ve driven over a half a million miles without a crash. Human drivers get in an accident about every half a million miles on average in the United States, so either the Google cars are due, or they’re going to out-drive humans yet again.” This explains that in recent humans are more accident prone and get into accidents more frequently. Not to mention the fact that amongst humans driverless cars could ultimately end up saving lives. Fischer who was interviewed at the New York International Auto Show tells CNN Money Watch, that by looking towards new crash mitigation technology it will worn the driver if an accident is about to occur.
Self driving cars-con Did you know that self driving cars have been a future dream since the 1930s? In fact experts were positive that the cars would be flying by on the road by the 1960s. Although this would have been a great thing to have, everything has a downside and self driving cars have quite a few. Self driving cars may promote safety concerns because if there is an accident or a technology fail, self driving cars won’t be able to read human signals, causing accidents. Additionally, the computers can be damaged by serious weather conditions causing accidents and much more.
In America, for every fifty one minutes, someone is killed in a tragic drunk driving accident. That almost equates to twenty seven people every single day. Statistics by FBI states that in the year 2011 alone over 1.2 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. Also over 3,952 drivers have been tested positive for drug involvement after they had encountered an accident and escaped with deathly injuries. An even more shocking fact has been put forward by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which stated that on an average, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.