If you’ve paid attention to technological developments at any point in the last five years, you know that the self-driving car is almost here. Actually, it already is. These cars are pretty successful, too. Studies measure that computer-controlled vehicles drive with roughly the same skill as a driver that is around 16 or 90. Neither of these demographics has a great reputation when it comes to proficiency behind the wheel. Nevertheless, it is a miracle of modern engineering that a computer can perform even that well.
While the government attempts to put safeguards in place to make the transition to driverless cars as smooth as possible, motorists aren’t quite on board yet. Drivers across the United States have their reservations about the advent of the self-driving car. People want to feel like they are in control of their own safety when behind the wheel.
When does it make sense to introduce autonomous cars into existing traffic, though? Some experts claim that the cars should get the regulatory green light as soon as they decrease the number of road fatalities by even 1%. Others argue that the technology is still too unreliable to save a significant amount of lives. Even proponents of self-driving cars say that failing to properly test could lead to computing failures which might endanger the lives of drivers. One death caused in part by an autonomous car could spark a panic and put an end to the technology before it has a chance to get off the ground.
The self-driving car stands to change the very nature of transportation for motorists across the globe. How do you feel about the idea of sharing the road with robotic cars? Do you think that they can help reduce the amount of road fatalities? What do you think the self-driving car means for the automotive industry? Let us know what you think in the comments.