As technology improves, cars become more sophisticated. After all, it was just a few years ago that automatic transmission became the golden standard in the industry. With the development of advanced computer technology, is it possible that our current cars will be replaced by driverless versions, capable of coasting down the road without a human behind the wheel?
What Are They?
Self-driving cars are simply that —cars that drive without a human behind the wheel. They rely on computer sensors to detect traffic, speed limits, and road hazards. While it may seem like a dangerous thing, having a car that relies solely on sensors rather than human reaction time, it may actually be beneficial. It reduces the human element and may, in the long run, reduce the number of traffic accidents and eliminate concerns of drunk drivers being on the road. However, these benefits will really only be apparent once the technology becomes the norm.
What are the Concerns?
With any change in technology, individuals have concerns over safety.
What if someone cuts you off? Many of the emerging self-driving vehicles are equipped with driver override, giving you the option to take control of the car, should the need arise.
Can the system be hacked? The automotive industry has been using computers in their vehicles for years. They take a number of safety precautions to ensure the security of the system.
Will it still be a car? Aside from the computer, much of the car’s parts will remain the same. The same type of routine maintenance will be required in order for the car to run in peak condition. It won’t magically turn into an airplane, we promise!
What Does this Mean for You?
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