Driverless cars were touted to be the solution to distracted driving and car accidents, but it is not a rare occurrence to see tragic news involving driverless cars these days. These fateful accidents have raised concerns about the wisdom of using driverless cars.
There are lots of opinions about the use of driverless cars on our roads. Some claim that they will drastically reduce the number of deaths from accidents by conventional cars, and make our roads safer as computers are already perceiving better, calculating faster, and reacting sooner than humans driving cars. On the other hand, some argue that self-driving cars are not yet ready for public use. They claim that the technology is not yet fully matured and that the system is not yet ideal. They further contend that while driverless cars require clean roads and painted lines, they are concerned that because our roads have so many potholes, worn paint, and other abnormalities, these inconsistencies will represent an even higher risk to computer-driven vehicles. Despite the heated discussion about the usage of self-driving cars, bad news about self-driving cars continues to emerge.
After the fatal accidents caused by the self-driving car, several companies, including Toyota and Uber, have halted testing on public roads. Many people who had hoped to see more self-driving cars on the road began to worry whether they would make our roads safer. However, the CEO of Waymo, Google's self-driving car subsidiary, is upbeat. Waymo is continuing to test its vehicles and is focusing even more on guaranteeing the safety of autonomous vehicles and technology.
What are your thoughts on self-driving cars and the issues they raise? Despite the numerous concerns that remain unanswered, humanity may expect to see self-driving automobiles soon, according to Amnon Shashua, CEO of Mobileye: “We have contracts underway with car makers for the 2024 or 2025 time frame.”
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