Autonomous Cars: Hot Or Not?
As the years pass by, technology also increases into much higher and much more advanced forms. Autonomous cars are the next step in the course of automobile engineering, not all that far away from the possibility of flying cars. Many movies even depict flying and autonomous cars. Bosch, Tesla, Audi, Uber, etc. are some of the companies which are creating the oligopoly of level 5 automatic vehicles, where vehicles are entirely in control of the car itself, and nothing needs to be done by the humans in the vehicle. Testing for the same by these companies is also currently in progress.
However, a lot of questions are now also arising with the rise of robotics and intelligent technology. Some of these include questioning how safe these autonomous cars are, among others. It is natural for humans to be distrustful of machines sometimes. However, this is something that may generally only happen at first. Sooner rather than later, we will all be accustomed to having intelligent technology around us.
One of the significant advantages of autonomous cars is that the technology used to make these cars work can be life-saving. They work based on sensors. The sensors must have an extremely high level of sensitivity because they are used to sense objects and other moving or stationary things on the road. While testing is still going on for the same, once the engineers master building the sensor, having a fully autonomous car could even save a life, due to its high sensitivity. However, it does not account for manually driven vehicles on the road, which will still exist at the time. Another pro of autonomous cars is that it can help traffic conditions to get much better, which is crucial, and the people who have to travel for hours on end, daily, require the same.
Autonomous cars do ensure the utmost safety as a result of their sensors and connections to the clutch, accelerator, and brake functions. It is not to say that every one of these cars will be a lousy commodity. It only means that cars, even though autonomous, are machines after all. Computers do not think for themselves. Instead, they are programmed by humans. A glitch in the system of your car can result in an accident.
There is no telling how terrible of an accident it can be. This is what we refer to when we talk about the safety issues concerned with autonomous cars. Companies such as Google are working on such vehicles. They do all their testing in safe spaces, and they make it a point to keep the world informed about their research as well. Another con is that since it’s a machine, it can be hacked, which cannot be suitable for anyone at all.
There are doubts in the market research area for autonomous cars that people may not even buy them. The reasons that the researchers gave are along the lines of the cons of these cars outweighing the pros. People feel the need to put their safety ahead of feeling fashionable or owning an autonomous car.