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Self-Driving Cars – A Reality?

Like the Industrial Revolution of years gone by, we are on the cusp of another revolution that is set to change everything. The Automation Revolution has slowly been on its way for decades, but it is only now that we are finding uses for automated technology that are beyond factories. Human resources staff can use software to automate payroll and other tasks; we can develop scripts and macros to automate a lot of jobs on the computer. Logistics is also a field heavily impacted by automation as robotics help pack and dispatch goods. There are more examples of automation right now than before. That trend will carry on moving upwards as well.

How does this affect cars? Well – easily. Self-driving cars are becoming more commonplace in conversations taking place regarding automation and the future of driving. The near future as well – Lyft, one of the ride-hail apps that compete with Uber and others wants the majority of its trips to be in self-driving cars within four years. That’s not long away. Not at all.

As with anything remotely, new safety will always be a question and that’s true for self-driving cars as well. Tesla’s Model S was involved in a fatal crash that raised concerns over the true safety of driverless cars. However, that was during a test-phase, using prototype code with a prototype car, but still – these tests shouldn’t have life or death at the end of them! Technology isn’t perfect, and concerns over coding and glitches have been raised – especially so if a flaw with an automatic driverless car means a crash! The Tesla case was strange, as the driver was reported to have been watching a DVD at the time – but what we do know is that neither the car, nor the driver noticed the dangerous situation occurring. Truly a worry. It does look like anyone in possession of a driverless car will need to be ready to assume control at any point and any driver under the influence will still need one of the top DUI lawyers – any driver will still need to have their wits about them in a driverless car. Just in case…

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Google, on the other hand – are making massive advances with safe driverless cars. Tesla’s Elon Musk is arguing for self-driving cars to refuse to let humans take the wheel, as human error should be removed from driving. Google are taking a bit of a different approach. Google’s cars have been involved in accidents, but most of them have been due to other human drivers. It’s a strong point in favor of an AI chauffeur. By 2030 it is expected that self-driving vehicles will make up the majority of car sales in the United States. It will certainly reduce the amount of road traffic accidents, but unfortunately, they cannot be wiped out. Nearly all road collisions are caused by human error; this won’t happen if cars are not controlled by humans. However, will self-driving cars be totally safe? No – the road is dangerous, but self-driving cars will be a reality, and they will be safer.