There are many benefits to self-driving cars. They will help alleviate traffic congestion. Driving is a surprisingly emotional experience, where tempers may flare and drivers try to choose the most efficient lane. Eliminating traffic jams can be done by adequate space between vehicles, so that even if a car needs to change lanes to exit the freeway, it can be done without cars getting in the way or completely stopping. This can be done at this moment with human controlled cars, but it is hardly done due to selfishness. Self-driving cars can eliminate this problem as well as help increase highway capacity, lower overall fuel consumption, and reduce the constant hunt for parking.
Benefits Of Self-Driving Cars
If software-controlled vehicles are used for public transportation and services, then there will be an overall enhancement of human productivity. Drivers of public transportation vehicles will be dedicated to underlining other aspects of customer service since the actual driving part will be delegated to an on board computer. Self-driving cars will also allow the everyday consumer to have a productive commute. Instead of spending more than 250 hours driving per year, people can can focus on education, or work related issues while driving.
Self-driving vehicles will lower fuel consumption as they will be far superior and efficient at tracking time, and formulating the best route for their passengers. Software and hardware will allow these cars the ability to automatically acclimate to the weather and the driving patterns of other vehicles. Most of the cars will be traveling at the same speed, reducing constant slowdowns and acceleration, which consumes large amounts of fuel. A steady, constant speed is more fuel friendly. Aerodynamics also come into play, since cars driving in a linear fashion will reduce friction from the headwind.
Self-driving cars will also improve the mobility of the elderly and disabled. After a certain age, many drivers may not be suitable for the road anymore. Self-maneuvering cars can ease the burden of transportation for those who are elderly but still want their independence. Also, children of disabled parents do not have to worry about transportation as these cars will help their parents forge their own sense of mobility and independence.
Notable Potential Dangers Of The Cars
There’s the potential chance of hackers hijacking maneuvering software. Hackers can potentially access personal information in the car’s system, potentially changing routes. Cyber terrorism can also be enacted if the technology on self-maneuvering cars aren’t made with security in mind.
Public transportation that relies on self-driving vehicles can throw a country into disorder. To reduce the chances of cyber terrorism or hackers taking hold of a vehicle, stringent security measures should be enacted to protect vehicles from breaches.
Google is also taking advantage of self-driving vehicles. However, they may have uncovered some concerns when it comes to autonomous technology. Some of their cars decided to make a turn but stopped in the middle due to an error. However, cars behind Google’s vehicles didn’t stop, causing a small collision. This raises the concerns of self-driving vehicles strictly following rules laws and rules, and how it intersects with real-life drivers who tend to slightly bend the rules.
Companies Are Tuning Into The Trend
By 2025, there will be almost 20,000,000 self-driving cars on the road. Tesla Motors is at the forefront of this technology. It released a new Autopilot Feature that allows drivers to drive hands-free on certain roadways. Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, and other mid to high-end brands are also planning to unveil similar features in their prospective car models.
Even though the self-driving vehicle industry is still in its infancy, there is a strong promise of its presence in the near future.