Self-driving cars are here, and they’re just not everybody’s idea of what they want in a car. For some people, it’s the thrill of being able to putty into traffic, while others are simply annoyed by not having any control over when or where their car will be able to take them. But in the long term, self-driving cars are set to make our lives safer, with the potential to save thousands of human lives in the future.
“Human-free driving” is a reality. On the roads of Singapore, autonomous cars are already moving across the city and ferrying passengers. In the future, we can imagine a world where we send our car to pick us up from work, buy us dinner and then take us home again.
There is a question, though: Are these cars ready?
About Self-Driving Cars
Self-driving cars, which can operate without a human driver, are currently in development stages in major automakers like Google, Tesla, and Mercedes. These cars can operate without a human driver and control their speed and direction through various sensing technologies and artificial intelligence.
These self-driving cars will be in use in the next few years and will require less driving and driving time than today’s cars and decrease the number of traffic accidents across the world.
First, let’s set the record straight: the term “self-driving car” is a generic umbrella term for any vehicle with the ability to drive itself without the help of humans. This includes cars, trucks, buses, delivery vehicles, forklifts, and senior citizens’ wheelchairs. A self-driving car is any car that is not a part of the original definition, which makes sense since cars are not that smart yet.
Current State of Self-Driving Cars
Self-driving cars are making headlines all over the world, especially after Google’s (Waymo) engineers were caught running the company’s cars without a human at the wheel; what’s got everyone pretty excited is that self-driving cars seem to be working.
Self-driving cars are a hot topic right now. Many technology companies, including Google, Tesla, and Apple, are working to build vehicles that can drive themselves. Many states have passed laws to allow autonomous vehicles on their roads. However, the technology is very new, and there are still many hurdles to be cleared before the vehicles become commonplace.
Though self-driving cars are on the cusp of becoming viable commercial vehicles, they will not be fully up and running for years to come. Taking on the task of driving by machine is no easy feat. Consider the machine itself: cars today are not as easy to control as they are in the movies. The fact that cars are controlled by a computer rather than a human also makes the task harder. A lot of people who work in the field of driverless cars believe that the technology won’t be ready for the public to use until the 2020s – or even the 2030s – allowing for plenty of time for human error to take control.
How will the public respond?
Self-driving cars are touted as a technology that will revolutionize the way we live. Still, some people are worried that they could potentially ruin lives if automated cars cause road accidents. A study that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted said that such accidents could be up to 30 times more likely than normal, and the findings may put the liability on self-employed drivers and put consumers at risk if they use such technologies.
Self-driving cars will soon be a reality, and if you think that they will be a non-event in your life, you are in for a surprise. In a world where smartphones rule, self-driving cars may feel like a relic from a time when the world was so different from today. While there are still several years to go before they become a reality, the remarkable progress being made is enough to wonder how the public will react when they arrive.
Conclusion: Will Self-Driving Cars be required?
In conclusion, self-driving cars are not yet a viable solution for a huge chunk of drivers. If you’re a low-income driver living in a city, you’re far more likely to be a victim of a crash rather than a perpetrator of one. If you’re a low-income driver living in a rural area, the cost of a self-driving car will be way more than your monthly rent.