Driverless Vehicles

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The coming era of driver-less vehicles promises a bright future full of safety and ease, yet this is not currently an obtainable goal. Widespread use of autonomous vehicles proves to introduce more negative effects than the promised positive. They won 't make the roads any safer, for they are more likely to misread their surroundings. There are major risks in taking control away from human drivers, and current technology is not yet up to the task. Self-driving cars should be banned in the state of Pennsylvania because they are not as safe as vehicles operated by humans, they put jobs and businesses at risk of being lost, they can 't make ethical decisions, and they use unreliable and unsecured technology.

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The most advanced autonomous vehicles are just at level three, and this means they conduct some parts of driving and can monitor the environment, but the driver must be prepared to regain control. Around the year 2025 companies plan to release level five autonomous cars. This means the vehicle can drive in any situation and in all weather conditions that a human could. Accomplishing this goal is not possible due to many technological shortcoming, so those cars released won 't reliable. Additionally, every piece of technology created can malfunction. GPS can be jammed, laser range finders can be rendered worthless, and millimeter wave radar could not accurately read surroundings. Faulty technology could lead to cars slamming on the brakes when unnecessary or the vehicle driving straight through whatever it thinks is not there. An Australian hacker, known as Zoz, added to the situation by saying, "like everything else humans have ever made, these systems are going to get hacked" ("Driverless Cars Will Not Solve the Problem of Road Rage"). People can hack these cars to drive erratically and dangerously. They can control brakes, steering, acceleration, and seat belts remotely. While it is commonly thought that "driverless cars are the future [and] they 'll be safer because they remove the possibility of human error," these contraptions have human error in their creation ("Driverless Cars Will Not Solve the Problem of Road Rage"). Autonomous vehicles were created and tested by humans, therefore human error is in their coding, testing, and even building. The technology required for self-driving cars to function reliably and securely is not current available, therefor these vehicles are not prepared to be released onto
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