Will autonomous cars be a good thing or a bad thing?
- Autonomous cars will be safer than human-driven ones
- Autonomous cars will be more efficient
- Autonomous cars will be more convenient
- Autonomous cars will be more sustainable
- Autonomous cars will be more accessible
- Autonomous cars will be more affordable
Should all cars be autonomous?
At the core, everyone agrees that self-driving cars are safer than human drivers. If you’ve ever driven on a highway in heavy traffic, share your lane with other vehicles and a driver who is reading a book or talking on their cellphone, you know what I’m talking about. But while autonomous cars can take over some of those duties—notably handling lane changes—there’s still something to be said for having a human behind the wheel.
The argument becomes muddled when we consider how much humans like driving: people don’t want to stop driving because they enjoy it so much; they just want to be able to do it whenever they feel like it. As it stands right now, humans will have to abide by road rules and drive in accordance with posted speed limits; we’ll have to pay attention when assuming control of our vehicle; and we’ll have to buckle up and wear our seatbelts if we want any chance at surviving an accident. These are basic but significant tenets of being autonomous car owners, whether or not the car itself is capable of driving by itself.
If a car is driving itself, who is legally responsible for it?
If a car is driving itself, then there are many different people who could be at fault for an accident. The driver, the owner of the car, and even the passenger in the car could all be responsible. Other parties that may have some responsibility include:
- The manufacturer of the vehicle
- The software developer and hardware designer
- The manufacturer of any parts used
There are so many people that could potentially be responsible for an autonomous driving accident that it will take years to sort out who is actually accountable for this type of incident.
Autonomous cars will change the world and we need to think about how.
If you’re interested in learning more about how autonomous cars will change the world, check out the resources below. But first, let’s do a quick recap:
Autonomous cars will change the way people spend their time, which may mean that they’ll read more or make more phone calls. The ways that autonomous cars could improve life on Earth include less traffic, better safety records and higher employment rates. Autonomous cars could also help reduce our carbon footprint by reducing emissions and making public transportation obsolete. Finally,
autonomous cars will change the way people interact with each other by taking away one of our most important forms of connection–driving together–and replacing it with an experience that’s much less fun.We are living in an exciting time. From the development of autonomous cars to the successful completion of the first human-less flight, we are seeing some amazing advancements in technology.
But what about autonomous driving?
With drones, planes, and now cars, we have seen companies like Amazon, Google/Waymo, and Uber taking big steps forward in the creation of driverless vehicles.
The benefits of this type of innovation are pretty clear: with autonomous driving, you could get more done during your commute. Instead of spending your morning drive to work with your eyes on the road, you could be checking emails or reading a book while your car takes care of getting you to work on time. You could even catch up on some sleep!
However, there are still plenty of questions left unanswered: Do you trust an autonomous vehicle with your life? How much do you think you should be compensated if your car is involved in a collision? What do you think about the idea of having a car that can drive itself?
Take our poll below and let us know!
Autonomous vehicles are here, and they’re changing the way we think about transportation.
Some people think it’s awesome that they can text while driving, which is illegal in most places anyway. Some people are nervous about the prospect of riding around in a car with no steering wheel or brake pedal.
Where do you stand? Take our polls!
What do you think about autonomous vehicles?
1: They’re gonna destroy our society (0%, 0 votes)
2: They’ll be great for parents who need to shuttle their kids around (0%, 0 votes)
3: I’m glad I won’t have to drive anymore! (0%, 0 votes)
4: I’m anxious about what will happen if one malfunctions (0%, 0 votes)
5: I love that I can finally read a book when my car is moving (0%, 0 votes)
6: I’m nervous that they’ll text while driving and put people at risk (0%, 0 votes)
7: They’re going to make traffic worse! (0%, 0 votes)
8: They’re going to make traffic better! (0%, 0 votes)
Getting a driver’s license is an important rite of passage. Being able to drive a car on your own, with no supervision, is a huge milestone in life. You feel free, like you can finally go anywhere you want and do anything you want. Plus, driving can be pretty fun—and it’s way more convenient than walking or taking the bus most of the time!
But there’s one thing you want to avoid at all cost when driving: crashes. Crashes are scary and even fatal sometimes. They’re also expensive, stressful, and a hassle to deal with when they happen. It’s always better if they don’t happen in the first place!
That’s why autonomous driving has been getting more attention lately. The idea is that cars would still have drivers, but they would have sensors that tell them things about their surroundings and make them aware of potential hazards, like other cars coming in their direction or animals crossing the road. Then they would react appropriately without even needing human intervention.
This could solve many problems related to crashes because humans have cognitive limits (as we all know) when it comes to things like reaction time and multitasking ability on the road—things an autonomous car could handle like a champ!
Of course, there are still k
So, I was thinking about autonomous driving the other day. And I realized that I have a lot of feelings about it.
I mean, on one hand it seems like it would be super nice to not have to drive myself. On the other hand, part of me is kind of resistant to the idea—because when you think about it, driving is something we’ve been doing for thousands of years, and giving up control over that all of a sudden just feels weird. I don’t know about you, but there’s something about letting go of the wheel that just makes me feel like someone else is going to take advantage of me.
And then there’s the issue of safety. With cars getting more and more computerized anyway (what with GPS navigation systems and automatic braking), what happens if your car gets hacked? What if someone takes control over your car remotely? What if they use it to kidnap you? Or worse?
But then again, cars are really dangerous right now—and computerized systems might help mitigate some of that danger. If people were safer in their cars, would the risk be worth it?
The future is coming, and it’s bringing with it a whole slew of changes. One of the biggest is autonomous driving.
What do you think about self-driving cars? Do you think they’ll be safer than human drivers? Do you think they’ll make life easier? Will they help people with disabilities, or will they force them out of their jobs as Uber drivers? What do you think of the ethics surrounding self-driving vehicles, and how they need to be programmed to respond in an emergency?
We want to know your thoughts! Leave us a comment below, and vote in our poll on whether you think autonomous driving will save lives or be a disaster.
If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve been in a self-driving car. It’s also likely that you’ve heard about the debate surrounding autonomous vehicles.
On one side of the argument, people are saying that “self-driving cars kill people.” On the other side, the argument is that “self-driving cars are more efficient and safer than traditional vehicles.”
But what do you think? Which side of the autonomous driving debate do you find yourself on?
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Do you think self-driving cars are safe? Why or why not? Do you enjoy not having to drive and being able to focus on other things while in a self-driving car? How often do you use driverless cars on a daily basis?
One of the biggest questions in the tech world right now is whether or not self-driving cars will be a reality within the next 10 years. Automakers like Tesla, Ford, and General Motors are all playing in this space and have been for a number of years.
Some of these companies are hedging their bets on the idea that autonomous driving will be limited to certain areas and functions (like parking or on highways) while others are saying that it’s possible to have fully autonomous vehicles within just a few years. What do you think?
Will we have fully-autonomous cars in 10 years?
Absolutely – No way!
There’s no doubt about it, I’m sure we’ll be riding around in driverless cars before 2030.