Are Driverless Cars a Risk?
In a high developed world, where we depend on technology and AI. We now also depend on cars, that take where we want, by itself, something we did not think was possible. In the 1900-hundres, everyone thought in the future we would have flying cars, but instead we have Artificial Intelligence, to get us from A to B.
This technology is so smart that, we can sit on our phone while driving, responding to text and emails, CBS News went on a 44 minute road trip, in a self-driving car, they were in they city and out on the highway, and the car did perfect, not a single mistake, it read every road sign and stop light, and had almost instant response time. For every 1 second, it scans the road and surroundings 100 times, that is faster than any human on earth. When we think about this, we cannot stop thinking about the luxury of a self-driving car, getting us easily, and then $7000 dollars don’t seem like that much, you can go to a party and everybody gets to have fun and drink, instead of one person sitting sober having to drive home, now the car does it for you. But what about when it makes a mistake? What about when it crashes into a civilian? Let us say for instance that the weather is foggy and rainy, then the car will have a super hard time sensing the surroundings, and it already has a short sight. You still depend on it won’t you? Even though it is super unsafe. And let us now say the car does not spot a pedestrian jaywalking, and the car keeps driving, and runs the pedestrian, who is to blame? The car? The pedestrian? The “driver”? Is it the pedestrian’s fault for jaywalking? The car’s fault for not being able to operate under certain conditions. Or the “driver” for not paying attention, even though the car is in control? Think about that.
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Driverless cars also have many benefits, that could save thousands of lives and materials. According to THE WEEK, around 30,000 Americans are killed every year, in traffic accidents, because of human error, such as drunk driving, driving, and texting. But if you have autopilot on your car, that will not happen. These driverless cars also drive on electricity, which is great for the environment, because it saves millions of gallons of fuel and diesel, and it comes at a much cheaper cost, when refueling your car. Elderly and disabled people, now they also have the chance to operate a road vehicle, and not depend on public transport, or help from friend and family. This saves them time and the trouble trying to get to a dinner or work for example.
In the future these cars will be able to communicate with each other and mapping the roads much better. They can tell if there is a traffic accident and much more. So the only thing you actually need is a little more money to spend on the autopilot feature, and you have to trust the technology, like we trust our phones, to direct us from one place to another.
So, all in all, driverless cars are a risk you have to take considering how much you trust the technology. It definitely has a lot of nice benefits, helping a lot of people the struggle with transport. But it also has a lot of challenges, like the weather, that could make the car scan struggle to scan the surroundings, and make you possibly crash, but that could also happen on a foggy day for humans. Personally, I would get one. What do you think?