Vehicles with driver assistance technology are stopping in carwashes thinking that there is an obstruction when there is not one. This got me thinking about all of the problems driverless cars will have to face, so here is my opinion about some of the Driverless technology with some fact thrown in.
#1 What would a Driverless car do when you need to go off of a road?
There are many situations when you need to leave a road that has white lines. If you have to park in a field, drive off a road to avoid a fallen tree, or visit your grandparents at the end of a gravel driveway. How would it be possible for an autonomous car do these things? Without a mind you cannot follow the orders of go drive through the field and park by Hals car. Even if programmers could figure out a way that the car could do that, a computer would not know what to do when there is a pile of dirt blocking the way. It doesn’t have any problem solving skills. A computer is not programed to take risks because that could end up in injury’s, and then the manufacturer could be sued and would lose money. That would make the car illogical to sell. This brings me to my next point, who would be blamed.
#2 Who would be blamed when an autonomous car crashes?
It the company that made the car is at fault then the cars would eventually stop being produced, and if it was the person in the car would be blamed, well that would be wrong because all the person did was tell the car where to go. Also if that happened nobody would want to buy the car. Self driving cars pose a lot of legal problems to work out.
#3 What would a self driving car do in a “Choose” situation?
When is has to either hit a pedestrian (Who will probably Die,) or hit another car (The occupants will probably survive with injury’s.) An experienced human driver would probably choose hitting the car, but what would a self driving car do?
#4 What would a self driving car do in less than fair weather?
If you needed to go somewhere and it was snowing or heavily raining. In bad conditions the sensors may not function properly. Without sensors then the car would not be able to transport you, and then you would be stuck. When you needed to go to the store to get food, or refill your prescription, this would cause many problems for you that could end badly, especially if your neighbor also had an autonomous car. Even if the sensors could work in stormy weather, the lower ones would not work when they were covered in snow. Now we are going to go from clearing off windshields to trying to scrape ice off of sensors.
#5 What About the automobile being Hacked?
Autonomous cars can be hacked, even regular cars on the road can be hacked as featured in a very intriguing Washington Post article ( I highly recommend reading it, though it is a little time consuming, saddening, and eye-opening.) It is will be challenging to get people to give up their freedom of driving, especially since according to poll 88% of adults are worried about driverless cars. Why would somebody buy a car they are worried about. They wouldn’t, but it will be interesting to see how driverless cars turn out.
I hope this left you pondering some things about autonomous vehicles,
And if You have any answers to my questions please comment below.