Posted on 03/21/22

Learn Both Sides Of The Driverless Cars Debate

Learn Both Sides Of The Driverless Cars Debate

Gas vs. electric cars can be overshadowed by the more important topic of autonomous or driverless vehicles. Autonomous vehicles that are semi-autonomous or have available features have been a goal of automotive manufacturers.

These semi-autonomous features are likely to be familiar to you in today's models.

  • Rear-park assistance with cross-traffic alert
  • Automatic Pedestrian detection and braking
  • Blind Spot Alert
  • Lane Keep Assist

These are just a few of the semi-autonomous features that currently exist, but they can be used as a testbed for more autonomous driving. These features fall under the category of driving safety and use radar technology, cameras, and other components to help drivers stay one step ahead of unpredictable situations in the most efficient manner.

Autonomous driving is a growing trend in automotive companies such as Chevy. You'll be able to drive a Cadillac Super Cruise program vehicle and experience hands-free driving on all roads. Cadillac has already mapped over 200,000 miles across the U.S. and Canada. This means that Cadillac customers can drive hands-free for more than 7,000,000 miles. Super Cruise's innovative autonomous presence is made possible by Lane Change on Demand and automatic safe distancing.

Cadillac's Super Cruise technology uses primarily:

  • Real-time cameras
  • GPS
  • Sensors
  • LiDAR precision map data

Let's move this discussion one step further by looking at the pros and cons associated with 100% autonomous cars.

Pro #1: Do Autonomous Vehicles Reduce Accident Rates?

It is natural to be concerned about your self-driving vehicle getting into an accident because of a fault. Understanding that more than 90% of auto accidents are caused by human-caused errors can help you to reduce your anxiety about autonomous accidents. Autonomous cars would be at a lower risk of causing accidents than those caused by human drivers.

The vehicle's sensor technology, which extends beyond the normal field of vision of a human being, is what allows an autonomous car to dramatically reduce the chance of an accident. The programmed vision can detect subtler environmental elements than a human could.

Road rage is a major cause of road accidents. Driverless cars could reduce or eliminate road rage, paving roads with greater safety.

Automotive crashes can also be caused by distracted driving. Autonomous cars will pay attention to people texting or tired.

Pro #2: Are driverless cars environmentally friendly?

Because vehicles are either idling, or driving at stop-and-go speeds, traffic jams can increase greenhouse gas emissions. The majority of self-driving cars will be hybrid or electric models. The Future of Driving report projects that these new-age cars can help reduce emissions by 60%. These environmental benefits will then benefit all of the ecosystem, not just humans.

Pro #3: How would autonomous vehicles make driving more accessible?

People who are unable to drive can enjoy the comforts of automobile travel with the help of autonomous vehicles. These people might be elderly or those with disabilities. Although public transport can serve a similar function, not all regions have reliable and accessible public transportation systems.

Pro #4: What cost savings are associated with driverless cars?

Car accidents can cause significant economic damage. With perks like fuel savings and increased fuel efficiency, self-driving cars can save us approximately $800 billion. As technology advances, there will be more autonomous competitors who will offer cheaper self-driving vehicles, while costly programs such as driver license testing will decrease in price.

Pro #5 - Do Autonomous Cars Increase Driving Efficiency?

Traffic jams are often caused by human driving mistakes. This can lead to higher fuel consumption due to heavy acceleration and brakes. Autonomous cars can communicate with one another to move seamlessly at the right distances. Your vehicle could take a faster route while you check emails, listen to music, or talk on your phone.

Fatigue is more common when you are behind the wheel. Self-driving cars can let you take a quick nap and still make it to your destination on time. Semi-autonomous technology features, which detect distracted driving and alert a driver, are being used by manufacturers to combat the dangers of driving fatigue.

Many drivers have been in situations where they missed a turn or exit while driving, particularly when we are navigating unfamiliar territory. A car that is autonomous would help you stay one step ahead of exits and turns leading to point B.

Pro #6: Driverless Cars Could Create Time Savings

Many accidents that occur in automobiles are caused by drivers trying to cut down on travel time. Self-driving cars could let you park your car and go straight to your destination. This will save you both time and stress. Speeding to your destination is another example of a risky and time-saving driving situation. Autonomous vehicles will allow for faster speeds because they are more efficient.

Pro #7: Driverless cars will positively impact the police

Police devote a lot time and energy to addressing vehicle accidents. Autonomous driving can lower auto accident rates, which allows police to concentrate their attention on more pressing issues.

Pro #8: Do Autonomous Cars Produce New Job Opportunities?

Driverless cars can create new jobs. This new type of driving will require both skilled programming and manufacturing professionals.

Pro #9: Driverless Cars Are Less Prone To Theft

It will be naturally more difficult to get into a vehicle that is self-aware. Consider how much we use smartphones. For additional security, many smartphones include fingerprint and facial recognition technology. These advanced security features can be moved into autonomous cars to reduce the chance of car theft.

Con #1: Could autonomous hacking become a problem?

Hacking opportunities are possible with self-driving cars that use signals and sensors to communicate with external receiver points. Autonomous driving could be used by hackers to create glitches or other errors that can lead to accidents.

Even if autonomous driving hacking is not a concern, it's worth being concerned about the possibility that your car may collect personal information. To give their drivers more security, autonomous car manufacturers will most likely have to implement privacy protection measures. A manufacturer could sell your data to third parties without these protections.

Con #2: What Will Driverless Cars Really Cost?

The transition to driverless cars will be costly. Due to the lack of competition and early stage technology, the initial self-driving model will be costly. The high cost of the initial self-driving models will result in limited accessibility, which will slow down the transition. The government will have to create new infrastructure in order to support autonomous cars, which will require a lot of money and time.

Con #3: Will Autonomous Unintentional Accidents be Worse than Human Accidents?

Most likely, accidents are the greatest fear associated with the gradual rise of autonomous driving. Many people are concerned about the unforeseeable consequences of self-driving cars. These car problems can lead to worse accidents than if the driver was a human.

The safety benefits of autonomous driving can only be fully realized when we move completely to self-driving cars. Autonomous cars will continue to be involved in accidents with human-led vehicles until that transition is complete.

You may be asking who is responsible for an autonomous vehicle that causes an accident. The same question is being asked by us. This is a major problem that the self-driving car industry must solve.

Respecting local traffic rules can help reduce the chance of an accident. Some local traffic rules may be difficult to recognize and follow by autonomous cars. Driverless cars may not recognize certain traffic regulations in adverse weather conditions like snow or rain. These disruptions occurred when snow blocked autonomous sensors or rain interrupted roof-mounted laser sensor technology.

This driverless vehicle safety issue is fundamentally about our inability to understand how humans respond when something goes wrong. A responsible organization would oversee the maintenance of autonomous vehicles so that they can operate at their best.

Con #4: Will our driving skills diminish?

People make fun of New Yorkers who move from public transport and walking to driving cars. It takes practice to operate a vehicle. Your ability to drive a vehicle will decline if you are absent from it for a long time. If something goes wrong, people may be less comfortable driving an autonomous vehicle.

Con #5 - Would Autonomous Cars Cause More Congestion

The argument that self-driving cars are more efficient than traditional vehicles means that there is less traffic can be countered. It is reasonable to expect that as self-driving cars become more popular, the number of vehicles on roads will increase with previously restricted drivers such as the elderly or disabled. This would then lead to more traffic congestion.

Con #6: Does Driverless Cars Have a Negative Impact on the Job Market

Delivery providers and drivers of rideshare services would be either out of work or have to make major operational shifts in order to adjust to autonomous driving.

When did autonomous car development begin?

It may surprise you to discover how far back self-driving cars have been in existence. A General Motors display at the 1939 World Fair in New York City predicted the introduction of autonomous cars in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The automated highway system guided the driverless cars to their destination. General Motors built a self-driving electric car in 1939, which was controlled by radio-initiated electromagnetic field.

Japanese automobile manufacturers went further than GM 20 years later when they pioneered a top-speed 20-mph car that used cameras to transmit data to an onboard computer. This created driving responses. German vehicle manufacturers increased this speed to 56 MPH years later.

What has Driverless Vehicle Development looked like in recent years?

According to August 2021 reports, Google began testing its autonomous cars in San Francisco with participants. Given the diverse terrain of San Francisco, which includes hills, narrow streets and pedestrian activity, this is a great location to test.

It is interesting, but not surprising that Waymo has banned test participants from discussing their rides with anyone except the self-driving company. The autonomous initiative's development phase will require subject feedback. The test cars will feature an operator sitting in the driver's seat, with their hands on their knees. They are ready to step in if things go wrong.

Fully autonomous cars that can drive themselves without the aid of a steering wheel or accelerator are not far away from becoming reality by 2025. It is clear that the auto industry has seen more changes in recent years than it has for decades.

What do you think about autonomous cars?

Although there are more benefits than cons to driverless cars on our list, they are still significant enough that it is vital to continue autonomous vehicle research and development. To expand the discussion, please share your thoughts on driverless cars in Move Car social media feed's comments section.